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Gardening Basics

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Using Mulch in Your Garden

Applying mulch to your garden or foundation planting beds is a great way to prevent weeds, retain moisture, enrich the soil, and add visual appeal.

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A Simple Tool to Remove Roots

Joe Truini shares a Simple Solution for removing roots in your yard.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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