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15 Hacks For A Water-Smart Garden
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15 Hacks For A Water-Smart Garden

PHOTO: Bill StrubbeDrought is a cyclical part of life in the American West, and water conservation—no matter where you live—should be an ongoing concern of every savvy gardener. A well-designed, water-wise landscape that incorporates H2O-saving devices and techniques can still be a lush and inviting place without the water waste.

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12 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Groundhogs for Good

Barbara has tried many ways to get rid of the groundhogs in her yard and now she& 39;s sharing the best methods of removal and prevention. The groundhog shown in the movie Groundhog Day looks like a cute little creature, but, in reality, there& 39;s nothing cute about these animals. A groundhog (Marmota monax)—otherwise known as a woodchuck, land beaver, or whistle pig—is a rodent.
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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies In Your HomeFruit flies are a big nuisance in every home: in every kitchen, every bathroom — pretty much everywhere you look. They seem to never go away, no matter what you do. If you& 39;re looking for quick tips on how to get rid of them fast, you& 39;ve come to the right place.
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Eco-Friendly Countertop Buyer's Guide

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.Many homeowners love the look of natural stone countertops, especially granite. But are you aware of the negative impact these natural stones have on the environment?
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Mimosa Trees: Exotic, Aromatic, and Potentially Threatening?

Ms. Clark has a solid appreciation for hard science and likes to share interesting things she learns in the course of her research. The mimosa tree, sometimes called the Persian silk tree, is a legume that can help enrich the soil where it grows. The Persian name means “night sleeper,” and in Japan it is known as the sleeping tree.
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Five Useful Weeds: Beautiful and Edible

Cynthia is a writer, artist, and teacher. She loves studying language, arts, and culture, and sharing that knowledge. Weeds in My YardWhen I moved to western North Carolina from Colorado, I couldn’t believe how different it was. Compared to Colorado, I may as well have moved to a rainforest! It’s not really a rainforest where I live, but it’s moist and lush, and a lot of biodiversity exists because of the rain and warmth, especially in the summer.
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Security Tips for Your Family, Home, Business and Community

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.Safety and SecurityThe world has grown safer over the past few hundred years as murder rates and the number of full-scale wars have declined. However, that does not mean that we can relax and stop being vigilant.
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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Purple Coneflowers

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Everyone should grow purple coneflowers, also known as echinacea, in their flower beds or herb gardens. Here are 7 reasons why.1. Coneflowers are a native plantThe most important reason echinacea belongs in every garden is that it is a native plant.
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How to Grow a Geranium Plant From a Cutting

Deborah is a published writer, mother, and grandmother who writes on diverse topics, including financial info, homemaking, gifts, and more. Geraniums Are Easy to GrowGeraniums are a delightful way to add color to your patio, and, if you live in a mild climate, you can keep the same geranium plant going for years.
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Green, Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean Your House With Vinegar

Angela loves researching new facts, especially those about science and history. She feels that knowledge is essential in growth. Green House-Cleaning Tips and TricksIf you& 39;re anything like me, then you hate cleaning. You would rather be spending time with your family, reading a book, or working in the garden, than getting your cleaning rags and scrubbing the bathroom tub.
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A Complete Guide to Power Tools for Beginners (Drills, Sanders, Grinders, Saws, Dremels & Multitools)

Eugene, an avid self-taught DIYer and engineer, has acquired almost 40 years of experience with power/hand tools, plumbing, and woodwork.A Beginner& 39;s Guide to Power ToolsThinking of buying a power tool as a gift? Or maybe you want to make light work of DIY? This article is an absolute beginner& 39;s guide, covering practically every type of tool used for home maintenance, construction, woodwork, metal fabrication or crafts.
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Protect Your Privacy With These 5 Evergreen Trees

I& 39;m a gardener and nature lover. I enjoy writing articles and how-to guides that help people learn new things. What Kind of Tree Works Best to Provide a Natural Privacy Barrier?If you want to section off your yard from your neighbor& 39;s land naturally, trees are a great option to create privacy.
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How to Repair (Not Replace) Your Leaking Bathroom Faucet

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.An easy faucet repair guide to get the job done inexpensively, and a quick tip to quiet the noise from a dripping faucet until you can make that repair.The Deafening Sound of a Leaky FaucetYou& 39;re laying in bed when you decide to kill the lights, turn off the TV and turn in for the night.
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Plants That Grow on Walls

I love the sight of a wall covered in flowers, especially if they are actually growing out of the wall as opposed to being a climber growing against a wall or part of a & 34;living wall& 34; setup such as the woolly pocket system. To me the best displays of plants that grow on walls look as though they occurred naturally without any human intervention.
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How to Clean a Japanese Katana and Saya

Kymberly became interested in Japan and made several solo trips before moving there to teach English in 2010 and 2011. Swords of all types must be kept clean, protected and stored to protect the blades from rust and corrosion. The mirror-like surface of Japanese katana require a little more care and special equipment when cleaning.
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Free Seed-Packet Templates

Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs.Store Your Saved Garden Seeds in StyleOnce you start saving seeds, you& 39;ll find that a little goes a long way! How better to put extra seed to good use than by packaging it in attractive homemade packets and giving it to friends and family?
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Angle Stop Valve Types and Installation Methods

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida. A stop valve connects a building& 39;s water pipes to a toilet or faucet& 39;s water supply line. An angle stop attaches to pipes that come out of a wall, while a straight stop connects to pipes that penetrate the floor.
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How to Make Soil Less Acidic

After having obtained a degree in biochemistry, Leah works for a small biotechnology company and enjoys writing about science.Acidic Soil Is Harmful to Plants Understanding Soil pHThe acidity of garden soil will affect how plants grow. Some plants prefer acidic soil, while others prefer neutral or even basic conditions.
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How to Grow Sunflowers

Sean has been in the industry of gardening and landscaping since 2006. He is also a certified arborist that specializes in plant health. Sunflower OverviewThe sunflower, Helianthus annuus, is a flower native to the Americas. Sunflowers have bright yellow blooms that mature into dense seed heads. The stem and leaves of sunflowers are rough and hairy.
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How to Brew and Use Compost Tea

Zach& 39;s writing ranges from matters of gardening, cooking, aquariums, and fish to more niche topics like coin collecting. No more excuses, it& 39;s time to give compost tea a try! Contrary to popular belief, compost tea is much more than just dirt steeped in water. It& 39;s complete garden nutrition!
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A Natural Alternative to Shampooing Your Carpet

A dirty, stained carpet can really detract from the appearance of an overall clean house. As a mother of two young boys and two dogs (one large, one small) I am no stranger to dirt, spills, and & 34;whoopsies.& 34; After about two years of only spot cleaning our carpet, it was starting to look worn down and dirty all over.
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