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  1. Top 5 Shrubs for Fall Color

    The heat of summer is sliding away and soon fall colors will decorate the valleys and mountain sides of your hometown. If you want additional fall foliage in your life, then you can plant shrubs that fit your garden and fill your afternoons with the excitement of changing leaves. 

     

    But which shrubs will give you the most dazzling display of fall color? We’ve picked out our top five favorites!

     

    Which Shrubs Give You the Brightest Fall Color?

     

    Sumacs 

    Bright and bold and difficult to kill, sumacs can be the perfect addition to your garden. These are one of the first plants to change in fall and they get wrapped in a beautiful maroon shield of color. The seeds of this plant are often spread by birds, so you typically find them scattered in forests and along t

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  2. 7 Best Gardening Tools for the Fall Season

    With autumn approaching as quickly as ads for pumpkin lattes, you’re gearing up to get your garden in shape. Fall leaves are a beautiful sight to behold, but they are ruinous for your garden. 

     

    All that foliage blocks your plants from getting the light that they need while driving your dog wild with excitement as they hop through the leaves. 

     

    So, get ready to retool your garden with a few tools and an abundance of patience.

     

    Gloves

    Shield your hands while handling branches, brushes, and piles of yard debris. Gloves help protect you from poison ivy, oak, or sumac if you’re fixing to pull out handfuls or if you accidentally come into contact with a sneaky stem. 

     

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  3. 5 Simple Tips To Trim Your Hedges

    Summer is in full swing--which means that all of your plants are growing like weeds. Your weeds are also probably growing like weeds, too--but that’s for another article. 

     

    With so much growth, you’ve likely noticed your hedges looking a little unkempt, even scraggly. While this rapid growth can look messy, it also makes summer the ideal time to reshape your hedges and perform major pruning.

     

    So, how can you help your hedges shape up? With a good trimming. So, get ready to give your hedges, shrubs, and small trees a healthy trim. 

     

    Here are our top 5 tips for keeping your hedges healthy and looking their best with a trim:

     

    Visualize the End Result Before You Beg

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  4. Vines: The New Outdoor Decor

    There are few landscaping plant types as whimsical and versatile as vines. From edibles to vines bursting with blooms, adding vines to your landscape, balcony, or container garden creates a dynamic and fun sight. 

     

    While vines have a tendency to run away with your imagination, they can also serve practical needs in the garden, as well. 

     

    If you’re curious about the latest in outdoor decor, vines are a must. If you’re unsure how to use these intertwining, climbing, and spectacular plants, this article has all the information you need to help your garden’s beauty climb to new levels.

     

    How to Use Vines in Your Garden

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  5. How to Use Plants as a Fence

    If you’re looking for a little more privacy, a living fence is a beautiful and effective way to do so. Not only is a natural fence a softer, more eco-friendly approach to marking your property line and keeping your kids and pets within those lines, but shrubs and hedges improve your curb appeal. 

     

    So, what do you need to know about using plants to create a fence? Read on and get ready to break ground to grow your own natural fence.

     

    What Is a Natural or Living Fence?

    A natural fence is a boundary made from trees, vines, or shrubs. With the right selection of plants, a living fence will provide a dense screen of leaves and branches to provide your yard with privacy and security. 

     

    What Are the Benefits of a Privacy Hedge vs. a Fence?

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  6. Top 10 Low Maintenance Houseplants

    Indoor gardening is a great way to bring the beauty of plants into your home. Not only do houseplants add appeal to your interior space, but they also purify the air you breathe. 

     

    However, choosing houseplants can feel daunting if you’re new to growing indoors. If you’re hesitant to bite off more than you can water, don’t worry. We chose our top 10 low-maintenance houseplants to help make the decision easy.

     

    How to Create a Curated Houseplant Collection

    If you’re looking to start a collection of indoor botanical beauties, keep in mind that many of the same rules for outdoor gardening apply to houseplants. Aim for contrast in color, size, and texture.

     

    Many indoor gardeners choose a theme, color scheme,

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  7. Which Trees Are Great For Shade In The Summer

    Summer is here, and so are those luxurious summer afternoons. Put your lawn chair or hang your hammock in the shade, with a soft summer breeze--it doesn’t get much better than that. Unless you don’t have any shade trees to relax under. 

     

    If you’re looking for a tree that will flood your yard with shade, look no further. We have what you need to decide which shade tree is best for your needs.

     

    Why Invest in a Shade Tree?

    Besides giving you a place to take a nap, shade trees do more wonderful things than you can imagine. They will:

     

    • Filter the air
    • Store carbon 
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  8. How to Improve Drainage In Your Lawn

    There are few things that will put a damper on your summer, like a waterlogged lawn. When your garden beds are soggy and you wind up ankles-deep in mud, it can be difficult to enjoy the beauty of your yard. 

     

    Luckily, you can improve the drainage of your lawn on your own. If you want to dry out your mosquito larvae nursery and step into your grass with confidence, we have the information you need.

     

    Why You Don’t Want a Waterlogged Lawn

    When your yard turns into a lake, the excessive water can do serious damage. Sitting water fills in the open spaces in the ground where roots pull in oxygen. Without oxygen, your grass and garden plants begin to suffocate below the surface.

     

    Too much water also causes your plants to develop a shallower root s

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  9. Grow Kits & Why They're Tomorrow's Big Hit

    Grow kits have erupted in popularity over the past two years. Why? While not as easy as running to the store and swiping your credit card, grow kits are an easy and fun way to grow your own produce and make your own products. 

     

    They bring the fun of the brewery home, teaches kids with hands-on activities, and gains healthier eating habits. 

     

    Furthermore, kits add zest and excitement to your home life at a reasonable cost while controlling the process and ingredients of the things that you are eating. And while this may sound straightforward, there are some more in-depth advantages to using grow kits, including:

     

    Gaining Control Over The Quality Of Your Ingredients

     

    Ever check the ingredients on some of the products you buy

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  10. A Guide To Summer Plant Care

    When it comes to keeping your plants alive, happy, and healthy, summer can be the most daunting month. Why? It’s hot, often dry or oppressively humid, and pests are at an all-year high. 

     

    So, before you fret and decide that your garden is a lost cause and xeriscaping is the only option, use this guide to keep your plants green and avoid some of the most common summer gardening pitfalls. 

     

    Understanding the Difficulties of Summer Gardening

     

    Summer is often regarded as the brightest season of the year in the garden. Coneflowers, dahlias, crape myrtles, and so many other flowers are glowing. However, summer is also one of the most difficult times to keep plants hydrated. 

     

    This is the time of year when your plants can b

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