Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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The Debate over Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers

Ask most any gardener whether they prefer organic or chemical fertilizer, and chances are you'll spark a lively debate. Even though both contain needed nutrients, there are significant differences between them in terms of the long-term effects on soil, plants, and the environment. Read on to find out why.
Container garden flower pots

Container Gardening: How to Grow Flowers in Pots

Growing flowers in pots will brighten up your backyard and it's easy to do. Here's everything you need to know about container gardening.
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How to Care for Poinsettias Year-Round

Poinsettias can be used year-round, not just for Christmas! This guide shares how to care for poinsettias indoors as houseplants.

How to Correct Soil pH in Your Yard

Soil pH is a very important factor in plant health – if the soil is too acidic or too alkaline, plants will be unable to absorb nutrients, and your lawn or garden won't grow. If the results of a soil test show that your soil's pH needs adjusting, read on to find out what you can do to fix it.
Landscape fabric installed around shrubs in house foundation bed.

How to Install Landscape Fabric and Plastic

Landscape fabric and plastic can help prevent weeds and control erosion by holding the soil in place and keeping weeds from sprouting. It's easy to install, and we'll tell you how, step-by-step, including some important information you need to know about the products that are available. Read on to find out more.
Clipper trimming tree branch for spring tree care

When to Trim Trees and Shrubs

The best time to prune or trim trees and shrubs is during the late winter while they're dormant, but there are exceptions. Read on to find out more.
Camellia bloom with snow on it.

Hardiness and Heat Tolerance: Understanding Planting Zones

There's nothing more disappointing to a gardener than planting the perfect plant in the perfect spot, only to watch it wither and die during a cold snap or heat wave. Thankfully, there are some great resources out there to help, such as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the American Horticultural Society Heat Tolerance Map.

How To Grow Different Varieties of Begonias

There are so many new varieties of begonias to choose from nowadays! Read on to find out what you need to know about growing begonias.
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How and When to Trim a Monkey Grass Border

Ben asks, “Does monkey grass need to be pruned? If so, when and how should I trim it back?”

Trimming monkey grass isn’t required, but cutting it back can improve the looks of your border. Read on to find out more.