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Best Chipper Shredders Reviews 2020: Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

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Maybe it was winter weather. Maybe it was a savage storm. Whatever it was, it wrecked your lawn. What was once a peaceful, clean space is now chaotic and covered in debris. Branches and leaves are scattered all about. Dead plants are overshadowing your healthy ones. A simple solution that will help you clean up your yard …

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How to Prune Camellia Trees: An Ultimate Guide

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Camellias are notoriously hardy plants that are relatively easy to take care of. They just need biannual fertilization, frequent watering, and annual pruning. People often cut out pruning from their camellia care plan, not deeming it “necessary.” Which is technically fair. If you want to grow camellias, you don’t have to prune them. However, if …

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Sasanqua Camellia Trees: The Ultimate Backyard Gardener’s Guide

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Camellias are not a shrub to shrug at. They produce absolutely gorgeous flowers that pop with color in front of their dark, glossy foliage. How incredible camellias are is not up for debate: these long-blooming flowers provide beauty and elegance to every landscape they adorn. What is up for debate is which camellia species, of the hundreds to …

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How to Grow and Harvest Strawberries: The Definitive Home Gardening Guide

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I wouldn’t even consider a grocery store strawberry and a freshly-picked strawberry to be the same fruit. Why? Because quickly after strawberries are picked their sugar turns into starch, lessening their sweetness and flavor dramatically. That is why grocery store strawberries taste dull and muted and fresh strawberries are juicy, delicious, and bursting with flavor. How do …

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Camellia Varieties: 17 Different Camellia Plants to Grow at Home

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Who isn’t crazy about camellias? These gorgeous flowering shrubs can add pops of color to any yard.  They are long-blooming, hardy plants that are easy to grow in gardens or containers. The hardest thing about growing them is choosing from the countless camellia varieties! Or it would be if you didn’t have this handy, dandy guide. I will describe …

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