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6 Ways to Keep Your Holiday Greenery Fresh for Longer

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There’s a reason so many people love fresh-cut holiday greenery. Steeped in tradition, there’s nothing quite like chopping down your own Christmas tree with your family or foraging cedar branches and boughs of holly from your backyard. On top of that, the fresh, woodsy scent is reminiscent of the festivities and holiday joy. Of course, getting creative with your fir, cedar, and pine cuttings …

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How To Revive Your Dying Lavender Plant

Lavender is dying on the plant

A beautiful, aromatic, and valuable member of the mint family, lavender is generally easy to care for indoors and outdoors. Though resilient and drought-tolerant, like all plants, lavender is subject to common issues such as disease, pests, overwatering, and a lack of optimal conditions. So, how can you identify the issue and bring your plant back to life? While several …

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How To Prevent Hydrangeas From Cold Injury

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Cold weather tends to affect a hydrangea plant’s ability to bloom, so proper winter protection is crucial. While severe winter weather can do a number on your precious plants, there are plenty of measures you can implement to protect them. With the proper time, tools, and attention, preventing cold injury is incredibly easy! Below, you’ll …

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How To Protect Fruit Trees From Frost

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If you’ve got fruit trees in your garden, it’s important to properly prepare them for the cool temperatures and frosts of winter. Unprotected fruit trees are vulnerable to frost damage which can affect the health of the tree for years to come. Protecting your fruit trees falls in line with other chores you have do …

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How to Care for New Sod

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Fall is the perfect time to lay new sod, especially if you’re installing cool-season turf grasses. Laying sod in autumn ensures the grass has ample time to grow and develop new roots, and extreme cool or warm temperatures won’t damage it. With that said, it’s crucial to properly care for your new turf so you can …

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5 Common Mistakes That Will Kill Your Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii - Variegated Snake Plant in the pot

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is favored for its succulent green leaves and low-maintenance nature. While the snake plant once fell under the genus Sansevieria, it has since been reclassified as a Dracaena. There are over 70 species to choose from, but they generally have a similar spiky appearance, come with green leaves, and require similar care. …

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How To Dry Hydrangea Flowers For Charming Home Décor

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Hydrangea blooms are revered for their ethereal cloud-like shape. They are the perfect addition to your backyard garden and are available in an abundance of unique and eye-catching colors. But as the season comes to an end, you may be looking for a way to continue enjoying your beautiful hydrangeas. Dried floral arrangements are the …

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How to Store Tomatoes

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Maybe you’ve enjoyed a hearty harvest and you’ve been plucking plump tomatoes of different varieties all summer long, or perhaps you’ve just brought home the ripest pickings from the grocery store. However you’ve gotten your hands on a few juicy tomatoes, you’ll need to properly store them. There’s nothing worse than getting excited for a …

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