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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Sharpen Your Garden Tools

Digging tools, such as shovels, are easier to use when they're sharp. Check out these tips for keeping your tools in tip-top shape.

What You'll Need

  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Light machine oil
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • File
  • Wire Brush
  • Vise

Step 1

Start by cleaning the metal parts of your tools. Use a wire brush or wire-steel pad attached to a power drill.

Step 2

Lock the tool into a vise and use both hands to move a mill file along the edge of the blade toward the shovel's point.

Step 3

Flip over the shovel and remove burrs on the back side of the blade with sandpaper. If any rust remains on the blade, remove it with the sandpaper.

Step 4

Lightly coat the blade with machine oil. Apply several light coats of linseed oil to the handle if it's made of wood. Let the oil soak in the handle after each application.


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