Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Dress up your front porch and yard with these holiday outdoor decorating ideas that last from the first days of fall through the New Year. They look great on a porch or just outside your door.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow from bulbs and great for adding color to your holiday decor.

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

Gardening in the shade where deer are plentiful can be a challenging situation. But there are plants that thrive in the shade that aren't tempting to hungry deer. Although no plant can be considered completely deer-resistant, here's a list of shade dwellers that most deer avoid. Plus, we've added some fun facts about deer that might help you understand them better.

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

A winter landscape has a beauty all its own. An unexpected plant feature -- winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage or unusual bark -- add a welcome element to gardens. These winter shrubs will not disappoint.

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

Here's a handy guide for moving your favorite plants inside once the weather turns cold.

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Bird Feeding

Supply treats for your favorite birds, and some may sing for their supper.

Birds appreciate supplemental food and fresh water, especially in fall and winter. You can stop feedings in summer, but a continuing supply of food will encourage birds to nest and raise young in your yard.

Attract even more birds and butterflies to your yard; here's how.

Feeding Birds:

  • Different species feed at different levels. So feed birds on the ground, at tabletop level, from hanging feeders, and from feeders placed against tree trunks.
  • Place food near shrubs or trees so birds will have the security of an escape perch nearby.
  • Sprinkle small amounts of food on the ground until you can gauge what's eaten in a day. This will prevent extra food from rotting and making birds ill.
  • Rely on a good-quality birdseed mixture that will attract the widest variety of birds.
  • Serve sunflower seeds in a hanging or post feeder and niger seed in a tube feeder or fine-mesh bag hung from a wire or tree branch.
  • Buy beef suet from your butcher; place it in a mesh bag or in a wire basket and fasten it to the side of a tree or post. It's best to stop serving this when summer comes, as suet will go rancid in the heat.
  • If you live in a frost-free climate, serving sugar water (4 parts water to 1 part sugar) will make you popular year-round with hummingbirds, tanagers, grosbeaks, house finches, and some warblers. In colder climates, serve sugar water during warm months only.

Birds' Favorite Treats

Attract your favorite bird -- with its favorite food!

Hummingbird: sugar water

Bluebird: beef suet, peanuts

Blue Jay: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Red-Winged Blackbird: millet, peanuts

Cardinal: peanuts, sunflower seeds

American Goldfinch: millet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Baltimore Oriole: beef suet, peanuts, sugar water

Chickadee: beef suet, niger seed, peanuts, sunflower seed

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak: sunflower seed, sugar water

White-Breasted Nuthatch: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed


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