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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Lawn Fertilizer Calculator

Eliminate the guesswork with this handy calculator.

Lawn grass fertilizers are primarily nitrogen plus smaller amounts phosphorous and potassium. The three numbers found on each fertilizer package (for example 30-2-3) indicates the percentage of each of these key nutrients. The first number (usually 25 to 35) indicates the percentage of nitrogen. Use the calculator below to see how many pounds of fertilizer you need to apply each year to keep your lawn healthy. In most cases, you would apply one-half to one-third of this amount in each of two or three well-spaced applications during the growing season.

Lawn fertilizer calculator

Enter the requested information below, then click Calculate to see the range of amounts of fertilizer you need annually. Remember, too much fertilizer is just as damaging as too little.

Square feet to be fertilized
Percent nitrogen in the fertilizer
Type of grass (check one)
Kentucky Bluegrass, Ryegrass
St. Augustine
Pounds of fertilizer needed per year:

Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.

Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.

Helpful Tips

  • Bags of fertilizer always provide a recommended application rate. This calculator will also provide the details you need.
  • Most lawns need regular feeding -- once or twice a year -- if they are to be lush and healthy. Feed cool-season grass (grass that generally stays green all year and grows primarily in the South) in the spring and autumn; feed warm-season grass (the Northern grasses that go dormant in the fall and winter) in the spring and summer.
  • Apply fertilizer with a spreader, for even distribution. A lawn's greatest need is for nitrogen, so the amount of fertilizer you need will depend on the nitrogen content of the fertilizer.

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