Can Houseplants Really Clean the Air?

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Houseplants can improve your life in many ways (more on that later), but if you’re expecting that peace lily on your desk to rid your home of toxins, you’re in for a surprise. A 1989 NASA study  attempted to find new ways to clean the air in space stations. Despite some pretty neat findings, it never claimed houseplants are great … Read More

Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace

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A garden shed is more than a place to stash your shovel and lawnmower – it’s a gardening workstation where you can plant and repot to your heart’s content. Of course, if you don’t have a shed, you can always improvise. Turn a corner of the garage, balcony, or patio into the next best thing by including a potting bench … Read More

Bigger Homes and Gardens: Caring for Your New, Upsized Outdoor Space

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When Lance Fort upsized from an apartment to a 2,350-square-foot home in Shoreline, WA, a bedroom community just north of Seattle, he ended up with quite a project on his hands. The rundown split-level needed significant work, and he spent the first six months hiring contractors to gut and rebuild the interior. By the time Fort finally moved in, he … Read More

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Hint: Don't Just Wing It)

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It takes more than a bird feeder to attract a colorful variety of songbirds to your backyard. Think of your feeder as a drive-thru fast-food joint in an unsafe neighborhood: The birds will stop to eat, but they won’t stick around for very long. They want to get home to their comfy nest in an exclusive deciduous broadleaf community, where they can … Read More

8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017

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Just like home interiors, landscape design evolves with our lifestyles and the times. Here’s a look at eight trends that will be shaping your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces this year. Estate style scales down Who says you need to have rolling acres to deck out your landscape with soaring hedges and climbing vines? Compact and dwarf versions of popular estate-style plants … Read More

Five Tips for Spring Lawn Prep

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Even if your lawn is made up of weeds more than actual grass, you can turn it around with some basic preventive spring maintenance. Try these five tips to get your lawn ready before the weather warms up and the grass (and weeds) leave you in the dust. Prevent weeds Proper mowing, irrigation, and feeding practices are the best possible … Read More

Get Ready to Grow: 6 Tips for Planning Your Spring Garden

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Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into … Read More

What Your Houseplants Need to Make It Through Winter

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It isn’t just you – your houseplants really do look worse in winter. Blame it on dry central-heated air, shorter days, changing light patterns, and cold drafts – and the fact that some plants go nearly dormant in winter anyway, even in their own habitat. These obstacles make houseplants more vulnerable to problems like overwatering, poor drainage, and pests than ever … Read More

A Quick Guide to Holiday Houseplants

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Don’t let a silly houseplant add even more stress to your holiday routine. From now through January, poinsettia, amaryllis, and holiday cacti only ask for three things: the right drainage, sunlight, and moisture. After the holidays you can either throw them out with the tree and buy new plants next year , or you can follow these tips to get even … Read More

Repotting Plants: Give Them a New Home Sweet Home

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Repotting your plants might seem like a hassle, but you would be amazed at how they spring back to life in a few weeks. All it takes is a little root pruning, fresh potting mix, a larger pot – and maybe a little TLC to get them back on their feet. Best of all, repotting gives you the opportunity to … Read More