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How to Keep Deer and Other Pests Away from Your Hostas

Deer, rabbits and other animals love hostas just as much as gardeners. Here are some easy ways to keep these critters from eating them.

Create a Backyard Oasis

With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never...


How to Make Solar-Powered House Numbers

Your dinner guests will never miss your house again once you install these solar-powered house numbers.


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How to Plant and Care for a Weeping Cherry Tree

These beautiful trees put on a spectacular show in the spring, offer lovely summer shade and are not particularly hard...


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How to Keep Cats Out of Plants

How do you keep cats out of plants? Try these expert-recommended tips to protect your indoor potted plants from curious...

How to Winterize and Store Garden Hoses

With old man winter knocking on the door, time to reel in that garden hose. Here are a few tips...


How to Build Stronger Retaining Walls

Get strong, long-lasting retaining walls by learning how to properly build a wall.

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How to Harvest Rhubarb the Right Way (Hint: Don’t Cut It!)

Don't cut those rhubarb stalks! Here's why it's a bad idea, and how to harvest rhubarb the right way.


How to Dry and Store Garden Herbs

Stock your pantry with home-dried herbs and save money at the grocery store. Here's how.


How to Get Rid of the 10 Worst Garden Insects

As if weeds and weird weather weren't bad enough, gardeners also have to face insect pests. Here's a look at...


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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost

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How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

Backyard birdwatchers share their tried-and-true tips to keep sugar water safe for their favorite fliers.


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How to Grow Hops

Growing hops rewards homebrewers and gardeners. Use these tips for buying, planting and nurturing this fast-growing vine.


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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.


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10 Common Plant Diseases (and How to Treat Them)

Plant diseases are a fact of life for gardeners. Learn how to deal with the most common plant ailments and...


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How to Tell If Your Plants Need More Sun

It's more show than tell with indoor and outdoor plants. Learn the signs of too little light so you can...

Planting Succulents in Recycled Glass Jars

Glass yogurt jars are perfect to use as succulent pots, and they make great DIY gifts!


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How to Amend Soil for a Nutrient-Rich Garden

Here's how to amend your soil's texture, pH and nutrients to maximize garden growth.


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Good Bugs For Your Garden

Among the hundreds of thousands of bug species, some are really beneficial for your yard. Discover the good bugs for...


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How to Clean Rubber Car Mats

Cleaning the dried mud and spilled coffee off your rubber car mats is quick and easy with a high-pressure garden...


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Gardening Tips for Brown Thumbs

So you think you can't grow anything? Here are 10 common excuses — and how to turn them into successes.


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12 Most Common Kinds of Weeds (and How to Remove Them)

Grab your sprayers or herbicides, or be ready to tackle by hand some of the peskiest and most persistent lawn...


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Top 10 Tree Diseases (And What to Do About Them)

Trees contribute mightily to a landscape's value, so it's important to keep them healthy. Here's how to deal with 10...


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Not the Greenest of Thumbs? Here’s How to Pick the Best Fake Plants

You want to add some greenery to your home but don't have much of a green thumb. If this sounds...

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Balcony

Tempt hummingbirds to your balcony with flashy flowers and a trio of tricks.


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3 Ways to Preserve Your Garden Goodies

Don’t toss your harvest at the end of the season. Use these methods to make it last.


How to Build a Compost Bin

This 'log cabin' bin will keep your compost pile from becoming an eyesore. These compost bin plans will give you...


10 Worst Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

They may be cute, but birds and mammals can wreak havoc in your garden. Here are some of the most...


Top Tips for Arranging Indoor Plants

Once you know how to arrange indoor plants, you'll see how they can bring life and joy to every room...


How to Save a Houseplant on the Brink

Rescue your indoor plants from these common ailments and go for a new lease on life. Use these tips to...