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Add storage to your garden with personalized style. Our gallery of garden shed ideas shows you how.

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Gardening Tips for Renters

Want to bring more green to your house or apartment? Using a few easy, inexpensive techniques, <a href="http://www.thehorticult.com/">The Horticult</a> shows how you can garden like you own the place -- without risking your security deposit. You don't have to own your home to create a garden that reflects your personal style. Grow your favorite plants and create an inspired landscape -- or patio, interior, or balcony -- using these fun, low-commitment methods. (Although you might want to check with your landlord about the larger projects!) And if you move, you can take it all with you. These 10 tips for renters will give your garden a new lease on life.

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Summer Garden Maintenance Checklist

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Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

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Choosing a Lawn-Care Service

Even if you love cutting your own lawn, it helps to use a reputable service when you're away.

Taking care of your lawn can be a chore. Maintaining a good stand of turf requires mowing, trimming, fertilizing, and heading off or curing problems. If you'd rather leave the job up to someone else, consider hiring a lawn care service.

The tips below can ensure that the company you hire will do the job right.

Undecided between a lawn service and lawn mower? Here's how to find the right mower for you.

  • Decide what you want from a service. Most offer fertilizing, weed and lawn-damaging pest control, aerating, mowing, and small tree and shrub maintenance.
  • Inquire about the company's philosophy and methods. Do they use long-acting fertilizers? (That's good). Do they routinely spray for pests or problems that you haven't experienced? (That may be bad.) Do they check you soil before recommending a fertilization program? (Another good sign.)
  • Talk to neighbors who use lawn services. This is a good way to determine which services operate in your area and to get a homeowner's recommendations.
  • Request a lawn inspection and a free estimate of service costs from the company. Beware of companies that quote guaranteed annual prices without having seen your lawn.
  • Ask about prices and what services are included. Some companies require a yearly contact; others work on verbal agreements that can be discontinued by the customer at any time. Find out what happens if you have a problem between applications. Will there be a charge for these service calls?
  • Check to see if you can save money by paying an annual fee up front. This method is more convenient than paying after each treatment.
  • Understand what services the company is proposing to provide before work starts. Find out what treatments are included, approximately when they will be applied, and what results can be expected.
  • Find out what is guaranteed. Some will assure performance, and others will refund your money if the work is unsatisfactory.
  • Make sure the service is licensed to apply lawn-care products as required by your state.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau to find more information on a specific lawn-care company's service record.
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