Gardening Basics

Flowers blooming

August Lawn & Garden To-Do List

August is in the “dog days of summer,” the hottest and most sultry time of the year. Everything seems languid and still – except mosquitoes – and the sun threatens to bake lawns, gardens, and gardeners alike.

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July Lawn & Garden To-Do List

Rainfall can be scarce in July, and soaring temperatures can cause your garden and lawn to slow down to conserve energy. Vegetable gardens kick into high gear and need some extra attention while other plants can benefit from special treatment as well.

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Blue iris flowers in bloom

June Lawn & Garden To-Do List

June marks the official start of summer and is a great month for working in your garden and lawn. Most parts of the country are green and teeming with birds, butterflies, and flowers; but the heat and summer drought haven’t taken hold.

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Pink dogwood flowers

May Lawn & Garden To-Do List

Much of the country will experience the last frost of the season during May, bringing us to the heady days of spring gardening. So whether you’re just getting your hands dirty for the first time, or already have calluses from digging, here are some tips and chores for the May lawn and garden.

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Pink and white flowers on tree

April Lawn & Garden To-Do List

In April the weather is warming, trees and spring bulbs are showing off blooms, yet cold weather threatens the eager gardener who starts too early. As plants and gardeners awaken, the mad rush of planting, pruning, and plowing descends. Read on for a list of April chores for your lawn and garden.

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Flowers blooming

March Lawn & Garden To-Do List

March marks the arrival of spring, but depending on where you live, freezing weather can persist well past the official start of spring. Read more to find out how to get your lawn and garden ready for the upcoming growing season.

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rinsing houseplants

How to Spring Clean Your Houseplants

Once warmer weather arrives, I can’t wait to get my plants outside for a nice spring cleaning. Here’s what you need to know to get your plants in tip-top shape for the growing season.

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Bulbs emerging from snow

February Lawn & Garden To-Do List

Early February marks the official midpoint of winter, and on this day many cultures look to folklore and tradition for signs of the coming spring. For most of us, however, plants are dormant or just beginning to stir. Read on for some February lawn and garden tasks.

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