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    Can’t Find Chlorine for Your Pool? Try This Instead

    Supply chain woes are affecting swimming pool supplies. If you can't find pool chlorine, try these substitutes.

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    How To Keep Yourself and Your Home Safe Around Animal Predators

    Whether your home is near cougars, coyotes, bears, bobcats or wolves, here are some preventative measures to peacefully co-exist.


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    Family Handyman Approved: Snow Joe Cordless Snow Blower

    Clearing the driveway is a chore, but it’s one you'll actually look forward to with...


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    How To Make Your Fence Wildlife Friendly

    To you, that fence feels like a cozy enclosure. To animals, it's a barrier to survival. Here's how to make...


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    Buyer’s Guide to Garden Spades

    A garden spade is the go-to tool for many yard and garden tasks. But what makes one garden spade different...

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    Here’s Why You Should Grow Lemon Trees in Your House During Winter

    Cheerful and fragrant lemon trees can bring a little sunshine into your home, even during the chilliest days of winter.


    Everything You Need to Build an Igloo

    Take advantage of winter weather by building an igloo right in your own yard.

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    What Is Pigweed and How Do I Get Rid of It?

    Pigweed, also known as amaranth, has multiple personalities and can even be eaten! If you want to get rid of...


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    What Are Sod Webworms and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

    Sod webworms are a common nuisance in residential lawns. Sometimes they're just pesky and can be easily ignored. But they...


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    What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Compost Bin

    Set yourself up for success by making your compost bin easy to use and simple to maintain.


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    9 Inspiring Garden Décor Ideas

    Garden design goes beyond the plants. Try some of these garden décor ideas for an original outdoor space.

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    Do Substratum Soil and Bedrock Affect My Garden?

    Depending on the depth of your soil, these low-lying strata can impact the success of your garden and lawn.


    The Worst Poisonous and Invasive Plants for Your Yard

    Some plants may look pretty, but they're actually irritating to the skin or even poisonous. Avoid these toxic and invasive...


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    What To Do if You Have Clay Garden Soil

    Home gardeners often regard clay soil with dread. But clay soil can be beneficial to your garden — if you...


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    What Is Clay Soil?

    Everyone's heard of clay soil, but do you really know what it is? If your garden beds are clay, here's...


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    9 Vegetables To Plant in Winter

    For much of the U.S., there's no need to shut down the garden once winter rolls in. Here's what to...

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    Homeowner’s Guide To Garden Soil Treatment for the Winter

    In winter, your garden can still be working, creating rich beds for spring planting. From compost to cover crops, here...


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    The Best Summer Color Plants for Northern Gardeners

    Let's plan a garden! Here's a look at 12 of the best hardy plants that survive Northern winters and bloom...


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    What Is Subsoil and How Does It Help a Garden?

    Learn about subsoil's role in your garden's success and how to make it healthier.


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    9 Adaptive Tools To Make Gardening With Disabilities Easier

    Gardening can be relaxing and therapeutic. These adaptive gardening tools help those with limitations enjoy their time in the garden.


    This Is Why You Should Grow a Firethorn Bush

    Plant a firethorn bush in your backyard to welcome birds and bees while providing year-round beauty. This shrub features...


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    4 Innovative Camping Lanterns and Emergency Lights

    Whether you're heading out with your tent or prepping for the next power outage, these camping lanterns and emergency lights...


    If Your Plant Leaves Have Brown Tips, This is What it Means

    Noticing brown tips on leaves of your indoor plants? Solve the problem with proper watering and fertilizing tips from a...


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    Gardener’s Guide To Soil Horizons

    From topsoil to bedrock, soil horizons are like a textbook for determining your soil's health and how to optimize it...

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    Smokeless Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

    Learn how you can keep your smokeless fire pit in top shape for years of enjoyable, smoke-free gatherings.


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    When Is the Best Time of Year for a Soil Test?

    Knowing what's in your dirt is an easy way to green up your thumb, but the test isn't a no-brainer....


    How To Garden with Perlite Potting Soil

    Perlite, a natural wonder born from volcanoes, is an inexpensive soil additive that will help your garden plants grow faster...


    How To Garden With Vermiculite

    Versatile vermiculite helps your garden, potted plants, seedlings and lawn germinate and grow more quickly.


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    8 Best Garden Scooters for Easy Gardening

    Kick off spring gardening with a new garden scooter. These mobile seats make plant- and turf-tending so much easier on...


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    12 Best Native Plants for Northern Gardeners

    Looking for new native plants for your USDA Zone 3 landscape? These shrubs, perennials and grasses can survive temperatures as...