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Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season

Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. They’re the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bouquets. Americans love their roses — and so do a host of harmful pests, including Japanese beetles, aphids, mites among other insects, and let’s not forget about deer.Pests can cause a great deal of damage... read more
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7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)

The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey.More millennials (people between the ages of 21 and 34) than any other age group are falling in...
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Top gardening trends for 2017

Whether you have a backyard or just a few containers on the patio, sunny days are your cue it's time to garden. Growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables is a lot of fun, and with some simple tips, it can be pretty easy to make sure your outdoor space is a showstopper.The experts at Ball Horticultural Company...
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Retaining walls create attractive outdoor seating options

Humpty Dumpty had the right idea when he sat on a wall.Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are a popular solution for beautiful and durable outdoor seating — from freestanding walls that double as seating and two-tiered couches to large applications such as cost-effective amphitheater and stadium seating.Landscape professionals and do-it-yourselfers can build seating options from these multi-purpose units...
Perfect lawn in beautiful backyard

Check off your backyard bucket list: seed, weed and feed

From Sunday picnics and impromptu barbecues to games of catch, make your lawn center stage this spring. Everyone longs for a lush, green lawn, but many homeowners arent sure how to achieve it. In fact, although 81 percent of Americans do their own lawn care, 69 percent say their lawns could be better, and nearly a third arent...
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