Living the Country Life

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Inspired by spectacular views of Mount Monadnock bursting with autumn color, a pair of New Hampshire gardeners create an equally stunning fall display on their acreage.
Laura and Jamie Trowbridge were sold on the 7-acre property when they stepped into the backyard. The 1763 house on the Peterborough, New Hampshire, property was okay at first sight, but the view was...
These plants may be late to the party, but each brings its best in autumn.
Prairie gardens require little care—no pruning, spraying, irrigation, or fertilizer. But they do require a little patience to get started. For thousands of years, tallgrass prairies covered much of...
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 ...
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-...
Looking for a way to spice up your landscape this year? Check out these new plants from Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.
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...
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...
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...