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If your landscape is flat, add your own hills
A perfectly flat landscape is easy to mow but it isn’t very interesting. Build gently sloping mounds and berms to show off flowers, create a physical barrier, or even change a drainage pattern...
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The Smithsonian Institution’s “Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard” exhibit is currently travelling across the nation. The exhibit, culled from the ...
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Adaptable and dependable, redbud blossoms fill their branches to announce spring’s arrival.
  Redbuds (Cercis spp.) are understory trees and are among the earliest to bloom in early spring, just after forsythia and before the dogwoods. Their amazing pink, fuchsia, and purple pea-...
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Looking for a way to spice up your landscape this year? Check out these new plants from Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.
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Ohio landowner gets a new John Deere mower.
Samantha Horton (left) of Bolivar, Ohio, has won the Living the Country Life My Country Yard Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a John Deere Z915 B zero-turn mower with a 54-inch mower deck...
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When tree roots invade your pipes, patio, and foundation, that means trouble
Years ago my folks had an old septic line that was messed up by tree roots growing into it. We had to get a new septic system – and get rid of the tree. Scott Cullen is a registered...
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Not all bugs in the garden are harmful. Some are there to help you by eating the bad bugs.
I plant chives and let some flower because I've heard they repel Japanese beetles. But I don't want to repel all insects from my garden because some of them eat bad bugs such as aphids and...
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The best mulch for your garden is probably in your yard
Raking up leaves and burning them robs you of valuable, free mulch for the garden. David Robson is an extension horticulture educator at the University of Illinois. He says leaves are organic...
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Enjoy your beautiful property and landscaping after the sun goes down
My back yard has a nice, big flower garden that is gorgeous during the day. I have lights in the garden that come on at night, giving it a very different look. Cruz Perez is the vice president of...
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Getting seeds for your garden may be as simple as visiting the library. Seed libraries are cropping up to help you grow food and learn the art of seed saving.
The next time you're in the library, see if you can check out garden seeds along with your books. Seed lending libraries are sprouting up around the country to offer free packets of seeds, with...

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