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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Secrets to Bird-Hosting

Six quick and easy ways to create a welcoming space for birds to inhabit.

To turn your backyard into a winged haven, follow these simple suggestions:

Go organic.
Never use pesticides or herbicides on your property.

Establish multiple habitats.
Birds are drawn to areas where two or more habitats come together; create several in your yard for the birds' benefit.

Save deadwood.
Designate woodland areas for the birds -- leaving dead trees standing (if this is not a safety hazard) and letting wood decay.

Provide a refuge.
Create a brush pile in the transition area beside a woodland and its neighboring open field for birds to seek cover from predators.

Plant in multiples.
One bird-supporting plant is good -- but five or seven or nine of something is even better.

Skip weeding.
This is your excuse to leave some weeds behind the potting shed or some other off-the-beaten-track place. Let weeds go to seed, and the birds will love it.

Provide grass at different heights.
Let some grass grow long to shelter birds. Mow other grass short to help ground-feeders hunt for worms.

Spread seeds.
Pick seed heads of plants such as coreopsis and Rudbeckia to sprinkle in a meadow to increase the bounty of seed-producing wildflowers for birds.

If you have pets whom you brush their hair, enclose it in suet cages and hang outside for nesting material.

Get more ideas on creating a backyard wildlife habitat.
See which berry plants the birds love the most.


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