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Caring for Your Yard

What does your garden look like? Does it have trees and flowers, grass, or a big vegetable bed? Chances are, whatever you have, you have questions about how to care for your yard, lawn, and garden. Fortunately, there are answers, from picking the right plants to watering, fertilizing, and staking. Start with your soil: If it's too sandy or has too much clay, you can fix it; the right amendments will go a long way toward helping. When spring starts and you're headed to the nursery, you've probably experienced some plant confusions; discover how to pick the healthiest plants (as well as the easiest ones to start on your own from seeds if you want). You might want to install a brand-new lawn, or you might just want to rejuvenate the one you have; discover how to start one from seed or sod and give yourself a lush, green carpet underfoot. Mulch is a great gardening friend -- keeping down weeds, preserving moisture. Figure out the best mulch for your garden and how much mulch you need. You'll also find tips to save yourself labor in the garden so you can create a stunning yard and have plenty of hours to enjoy it, from building raised beds, making your own compost, and pruning trees and shrubs. Plus, there's advice for no-till gardening, top tools to take the back break out of all those outdoor to-do tasks, and cheap garden gear to trim your budget.

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Take the mystery out of when to prune your plants by following our...

Make Your Own Potting Bench

Want to know how to build a potting bench? Our potting bench plan will give yo...

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Clay soil makes gardening tough. It's slippery when wet, and it bakes solid...

Make a Rain Barrel to Save Water

Rain barrels are a great way to save water and money -- and making a DIY rain...

How to Build a Raised Bed

Raised beds make growing any plant easier. Use these easy instructions to buil...

Tips for Planting Your Favorite Bulbs

Fill your garden with beautiful bulbs that bloom in spring, summer, and fall....

Seed-Starting Essentials

Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants....

Storage Secrets for Your Garden Shed

Keep all your tools easy to find and displayed with style using our guide to...

Make More Plants from Cuttings

Taking cuttings from your favorite plants is one of the quickest -- and easies...

Top 5 Secret and Natural Soil Additives For A Healthy Garden

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How to Improve Garden Soil

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Pruning Checklist

Pruning trees isnt tough, but it can be intimidating. If you're not sure how t...

Garden and Landscaping Edging Ideas

Use these garden edging ideas to lend character, definition, and texture to...

How to Care for Garden Tools

Properly caring for your tools will ensure that you enjoy gardening with them...

10 Steps to Beginning a Garden

Dig into your first garden adventure with these 10 basic tips.

Ultimate Rose-Care Guide

Grow the most beautiful roses in your neighborhood with these tips.

The Easiest Seeds to Start

We've put together our list of the easiest annuals to grow from seed.

6 Steps to a No-Work Cottage Garden

Create a garden that's big on color -- but small on labor.

Building a Flowerbed Without Digging

Transform your yard with this easy-to-build, no-till garden bed.

8 Steps to a New Garden

Here are the steps to building a new bed or border from scratch.

How to Make Compost

Learn how to make your own compost -- as well as get tips on the best type of...

How to Grow Cherries

Learn how to grow cherries for a tasty summer harvest.

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