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Using a cordless drill to drive screws through a plywood subfloor.

Fixing Carpet Floor Squeaks in Your Home

Learn how to find and repair a squeaky wood or plywood subfloor under carpeted floors in your home. Watch this video to find out more.

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Roundup (glyphosate) Weed Killer

When to Plant After Using Roundup Weed Killer

Ron asks, “How long do I have to wait to plant after spraying weeds with Roundup?”

While Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer breaks down quickly, you should wait a few days before planting. Read on to find out more.

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House with ivy growing up the brick walls.

Growing Ivy and Other Climbing Vines on Old Brick Masonry

Heidi asks, “We’d like to use climbing vines on our 1904 brick home, but we’re concerned about ivy damaging the mortar in a house this old.”

While ivy and other climbing vines don’t normally damage masonry, it can cause problems with some older masonry. Read on to find out more.

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Pomegranate fruit

How to Grow Pomegranate Plants from Seed

Sandy asks, “Can I grow a pomegranate plant from seed?”

Yes, you can grow pomegranate plants from seeds; though if the seeds came from a hybrid plant, the fruit may not be identical. Read on to find out how.

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Blooming, fibrous-rooted begonia in pot.

How To Grow Begonias Indoors During the Winter

Robert asks, “I have some beautiful wax and angel type begonias in pots. Can I bring them inside for the winter? How do I care for them?”

Many types of begonias can be grown inside during the winter. Read on for some tips on how to care for them.

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Flowers on crabapple tree

Problem Growing Grass Under Crabapple Trees

Jean asks, “We’ve been having trouble getting grass to grow under our flowering crabapple tree. Is it emitting something that kills the grass?”

Crabapples aren’t known for emitting a chemical that kills grass, but it can be hard to grow grass under trees. Read on to find out more.

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Grass seedlings poking up through straw mulch.

Benefits of Spreading Straw or Mulch Over Grass Seed

Jack asks, “Why is new grass seed covered with straw? Can any kind of straw be used?”

Straw or other mulch over newly planted grass seed holds in moisture to keep the seeds from drying out. Read on to find out more.

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Holly bush with bare branches.

Pruning Bare Branches on Holly Bushes

Judith asks, “I recently planted a pyramidal-shaped holly bush, and the lower branches are pretty bare. Can I prune them to encourage new growth?”

Holly bushes can lose leaves for a number of reasons, from diseases to environmental factors. Read on to find out more.

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