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Basil plant in pot

How to keep pests away from your delicate basil plants

Basil is a wonderful herb, but what isn't so wonderful are pests eating its leaves. We provide handy tips on what to do about it.
An azalea bush with pink flowers

When should you fertilize your azaleas? What you need to know

If you want to keep your azaleas beautiful, here is everything you need to know about when and how to fertilize them.
Red and green rubber tree in a gray pot against a white background

How to propagate your own stunning rubber tree plant from a cutting

Rubber tree plants are small, indoor trees that are great for desks and windowsills. Here's how to start a rubber tree plant from a cutting.
Person pushing a lawn fertilizer spreader

Is weed and feed bad for your lawn? 6 things to know before you use it

Read this before you use weed and feed on your lawn.
Rows of plant seedlings in wooden box garden

Not sure how often to water seedlings? Here’s everything you need to know about starting seeds

Here's everything you need to know about growing your indoor seedlings into healthy plants.
Fiddle-leaf fig beside stairs

How to treat brown spots on fiddle-leaf figs to get your plant back in tiptop shape

Let's walk you through how to treat brown spots on fiddle-leaf fig leaves and return your plant to a beautiful green.
Garlic bulbs and cloves

What pests does garlic keep away? What you need to know about this natural pest control

Annoyed by the pests in your garden but looking for a natural solution? You'll be surprised how effective a garlic spray can be.
A home with a grass lawn

When is the best time to plant St. Augustine grass? What you need to know

Planting grass of any kind is a balancing act. This is what to consider when seeding and caring for St. Augustine grass.
A coffee filter with coffee grounds, sitting on top of a coffee maker with plants in the background

How to use coffee grounds to fertilize your blueberry bushes

Coffee grounds can be a great fertilizer — here's how to turn your trash into your garden's treasure, especially for your blueberry bushes.
A kitchen compost bin

How to make a compost bin from a 5-gallon bucket

You can compost at home without dedicating too much time or space. Here's how to make your own DIY compost bin with a 5-gallon bucket.
Grass with dew on it

How often should you water your grass seeds? Here’s what we know

Growing grass from seed can be challenging — don't blow it by watering incorrectly.
A field of lavender flowers

How to grow lavender from seed to keep your garden and your home smelling fresh

Keep your garden and home smelling fresh by following this simple guide for growing lavender from seed.
A pair of morel mushrooms

How to grow morel mushrooms at home and save yourself tons of money

Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about morel mushrooms, as well as a guide on how to grow and care for them.
Hackberry tree with hackberries at various stages of ripening

How to grow hackberry trees, a native tree with unique and tasty berries

Add hackberry trees to your fruit and vegetable garden for delicious crunchy fruit in the fall. Here's how.
Pittosporum shrub with variegated leaves and white flowers

If you’re in need of a durable flowering shrub, then consider growing pittosporum! Here’s your care guide

Pittosporum is an easy-to-grow flowering shrub that's perfect for containers and garden borders. Use this care guide to start growing your own.
A cluster of stargazer lily flowers

Stargazer lilies are excellent warm-weather flowers – how to grow them for stunning blooms all summer long

Add stargazer lilies to your home or garden for stunning flowers this summer. This simple care guide will tell you how.
Purple periwinkle (Vinca minor) flowers

Should you be using Vinca minor as a ground cover in your lawn? This is what you need to know

Vinca minor can offer a lot of charm as a ground cover, but it has drawbacks as well. Here's how to decide if it's right for you.
Ripe loquats on a loquat tree

Loquat trees provide flowers, fruit, and even herbal tea! Here’s what you need to know about growing these useful plants

Loquat trees provide delicious fruit, beautiful flowers, and even herbal tea. Here's how to grow one and make use of all it can offer.
Light purple angelonia flowers

Angelonia is excellent for containers, borders, and more – how to grow this beautiful and sweet-smelling flower

Angelonia is a great choice for garden borders and containers. This is how to grow your own.
Orange crocosmia flowers

How to care for crocosmia – get stunning red and orange flowers all summer long

Crocosmia flowers can fill your home or garden with bright orange and red blooms. This is what to know about growing them.
Pink muhly grass

Ornamental grasses add texture and color to your garden – how to grow these 6 different varieties

These are the best ornamental grasses to plant in your garden to add color, interest, and definition to your yard.
Quaking aspen trees

Quaking aspens are tall, beautiful, and easier to care for than you might expect

Looking for a gorgeous native tree to add to your yard? Quaking aspens might be just what you need!
Tall purple liatris (blazing star) with butterflies

Blazing stars will fill your summer garden with color: A liatris care guide

Liatris is a great addition to summer flower gardens. Here's how to get started growing your own.
White hellebore flowers

The delicate lenten rose has some unusual and delightful varieties – here are our favorites

Looking for a new lenten rose variety to bring home? Why not try one of these five?
Hydrangeas with blue flowers

Take advantage of hydrangeas’ color-changing quirk – how to get beautiful blue hydrangeas

Turn your hydrangeas blue by making your soil more acidic. Not sure how? Start here.
A black and blue butterfly on a Texas sage shrub

Texas sage: This colorful shrub can withstand almost anything

Texas sage is resilient and beautiful. This is how to grow it yourself.
Light orange kalanchoe blossfeldiana flowers

Could Kalanchoe blossfeldiana be the perfect addition to your outdoor succulent garden? Here’s how to grow it

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a stunning and popular houseplant, but did you know it can grow outdoors? Here's what you need to know.
A ripe loofah gourd on a vine

Loofah plants are unique and interesting vegetables – here’s how to add them to your garden

Looking for something unique to add to your summer vegetable garden? Try growing loofahs!
Pink verbena flowers

Don’t be fooled by it’s silly name! Turkey tangle frogfruit might be the perfect ground cover for your lawn

Phyla nodiflora, also known as turkey tangle frogfruit, is a great alternative to grass lawns. Here's what you need to know to grow it.
Kniphofia torch lilies in a field

How to care for the red hot poker: Add this exotic-looking plant to your garden

Grow this unique and exotic-looking plant in your garden by following these tips.
A cluster of ripened tomatoes

Summer is approaching: Time to plant tomatoes for your favorite meals

These are the top tips for planting and growing delicious tomatoes in your garden.
A tulip field with many colors of tulips

Are your tulip bulbs not sprouting after winter? This is what the problem might be and how to fix it

If your tulips aren't growing after a rough winter, here's what to do to jumpstart their growth.
Bundles of cinnamon sticks tied together

How to grow a cinnamon tree for delightful homemade cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon trees are beautiful and delicious. Follow these steps to grow your own.
Several older bird chicks in a nest

What should you actually do if you find a baby bird on the ground in your garden?

If birds are nesting in your yard, you might find a baby bird on the ground. This is what you should do to help it.
A large maple tree with red leaves

Don’t wait until fall to plant an autumn blaze maple! Here’s how to plant your own today

Here's your guide to caring for a stunning autumn blaze maple tree.