It's no secret that the United States is in various stages of drought. Although only parts of the country are labeled "exceptional drought" (think tumbleweeds and cow skulls) by the U.S. Drought Mo
It's easy to envision a spring garden full of beautiful flowers -- a colorful carpet of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, succeeded by clusters of lilies and iris, walkways bordered with roses, pots
No matter how big your lawn is, you want your grass to look gorgeous and green. Achieving the perfect lawn starts with knowing what kind of grass you have and tailoring your lawn care to it. Differ
Your swimming pool provides wonderful entertainment and relaxation for your family and friends, but only if the pool water is clear and inviting, not murky and green. It takes only a few regular ma
From children's parties to formal dinners and friendly get-togethers, entertaining outdoors is fashionable, fun and creative. Throw a themed party on your patio or in your backyard, and guests will
In a residential landscape, a homeowner can design for privacy or for security, but not both. Here's why -- and how to find compromises that will work.
The problem is that screening your home from
Missing that green thumb? No need to miss out on fresh, homegrown produce. Look to proven winners, such as tomatoes, summer squash and bush cucumbers. These hearty, foolproof vegetables deliver gre
Taking good care of your lawn mower ensures that it will last for many seasons, prevents the high costs of mower repair and can even make it easier to maneuver across your lawn. Plus, a mower that
Surviving severe droughts necessitated a better way to grow plants with less water. Xeriscaping is a process of designing your garden to withstand droughts, conserve water and still provide adequat
Q: Last summer, I planted several varieties of squash and cucumber that were supposed to be resistant to powdery mildew. They did OK for a while, but then the mildew did a pretty good job of killin
Whether large or small, many jobs around the yard -- from trimming trees to cutting the grass -- can be dangerous. Knowing how to use your garden tools and following some general safety guidelines
Wrought iron can improve the look of many houses. It's easily added to various parts of a house, including over windows, around patios, as stair railings and on top of outside retaining walls.
Do you find yourself sniffling when sniffing your flowers? Sneezing in your garden? Coughing after mowing the lawn? You may be one of the 40 million Americans who have allergies.
If you long for a garden of colorful flowers -- and butterflies fluttering all around -- it's important to put in the right plants.
Butterflies use or require two different kinds of plants, explai
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