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This Is Why Some People Put Netting Over Trees

Have you noticed this around your neighborhood?


7 Types of Hydrangeas for Multi-Season Interest

Your garden needs good bones all year long. Use these types of hydrangeas to add interesting shape and colorful structure...


How to Grow a Chinese Lantern Plant—the Mesmerizing Bloom You Need in Your Garden

Few plants are as easy to grow as Chinese lantern. They ask for little, but deliver a splash of late-season...


How to Deadhead Hydrangeas, According to an Expert

Deadheading hydrangeas is a cinch with these pro tips.


Myths and Facts About Butterfly Host Plants

It takes more than nectar to increase the variety of species in your garden. Learn about butterfly host plants and...


How to Plant a Moon Garden for a Dazzling Midnight Display

It's easy to plant an out-of-this-world moon garden. Here's what to do!


Why Is There Mold on My Houseplant Soil and How Do I Fix It?

White, fuzzy growths can appear at the base of your plant seemingly overnight. Salvage your houseplant and prevent moldy soil...


If You See Metal Wrapped Around a Tree, This Is What It Means

Those metal bands, also known as baffles, strapped around trees are not holding the tree together, but they do have...

20 Smart Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

These clever curb appeal ideas will beautify your home, whether you're ready to put the house on the market or...


6 Plants That Attract Dragonflies

Some of the most beautiful of garden bugs, skimmer dragonflies eat pest insects, making them great additions to your garden.


16 Succulent Pots Our Stylists Love

Show off that aloe and agave! These succulent pots and planters chosen by our very own stylists dress up your...


What You Need to Know About the White Stuff on Your Mulch

Don't let the icky appearance deceive you—that white stuff on mulch can be beneficial to your landscape.


How to Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders Using a Slinky

Hungry squirrels are no match for a Slinky. It's a simple, cost-efficient way to keep squirrels out of your bird...


6 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees

Help the declining pollinator population and become a bee champion.


If Your Grass is Turning White, This is What it Means

If it looks like someone sprinkled flour or baby powder over your grass, chances are good that your lawn has...


How to Read a Seed Packet or Plant Tag to Help Your Garden Grow

Beyond the pretty photo, do you know what all that plant information really means? Learn how to read a seed...


9 Foods That Will Soothe Bug Bites and Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquitoes are plentiful and hungry this time of year, but they're no match for some of these home remedies.

Here’s What Makes Cucumbers Bitter—and How to Fix It

Here's the science behind that bitter cucumber taste.


What Are Spider Mites and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

Often hard to detect, tiny plant-corrosive spider mites are pests you don't want in your garden, window box or home.


If You See a Painted Purple Fence, This Is What It Means

Knowing about purple paint laws can help you stay on the right path when driving or hiking in an unfamiliar...


How to Keep Wasps Away from Your Food and Deck

Learn how to keep wasps away with a DIY solution!


How to Grow Zucchini in Your Backyard Garden

Zucchini is a fun, fast-growing vegetable to have in the garden! Learn how to grow zucchini with tips from a...


If You See a 40% Chance of Rain, This Is What It Really Means

It looks like a 100% chance of math today.

How to Get Rid of Itchy Mosquito Bites

Don't let mosquito bites ruin your summer!


12 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Tomato Garden

Having fresh tomatoes at the ready is one of the summer's great joys. But your tomato gardening technique could be...


How to Care for Hydrangeas: 7 Things You Need to Know

Here's a closer look at how to care for hydrangeas, including tips on where and how to plant them.


15 Products to Keep Bugs Away from Your Outdoor Eats

Whether you're looking for mosquito repellents or wasp traps, we found the best products to keep bugs away during outdoor...


How to Keep Flies Away from Your Porch and Patio

You can learn how to keep flies away with a bar of Irish Spring, according to a viral Facebook post.


You Can Make a Bee Watering Station with a Bowl of Marbles

This bee waterer will make your backyard an oasis for hardworking pollinators. It's easy to DIY, too.