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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Drought Survival for Your Lawn

With water shortages hit your area, consider these helpful tips for keeping your lawn and landscape as healthy as possible.

Drought is a fact of life most of us have to deal with at some point. Whether the period of abnormally low moisture is long or short, you can prepare for your lawn's survival. Here are some tips from the Turf Resource Center, an international nonprofit organization.

Before the Drought

For existing lawns, maintenance 30 to 45 days prior to an expected drought, dry period, or excessively hot time of year can have a real impact on your lawn's survivability. The idea is to make the lawn as strong and healthy as possible beforehand. Here's how:

  • Reduce thatch and compaction.
  • Reduce or eliminate nitrogen fertilizer and increase potassium fertilizer.
  • Water the lawn late at night or early in the morning.
  • Water infrequently and deeply.
  • Sharpen your mower blade two or three times per season.
  • Mow often so you never remove more than the top third of grass blades.
  • Leave clippings on the lawn.
  • Avoid using herbicides and pesticides.

Do you need to patch a bare spot in your lawn? Figure out how much seed you need with our calculator.

Surviving the Drought

Once the drought hits, or once temperatures reach high levels for a week or more, take these additional steps:

  • Raise the mowing height 25 percent or more.
  • Reduce traffic on the lawn.
  • Increase watering on areas near buildings and other heat-reflecting surfaces as well as high or sloped areas.

Extended Droughts

If the drought is extended or water-use restrictions are implemented, take these additional steps:

  • Eliminate all traffic on the lawn.
  • Restrict watering to the areas that are most important to you.
  • Accept that the unwatered portion of your lawn will be dormant and brown until conditions improve.

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