Gardening Generations

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How to snake-proof your yard

Snakes are important to the ecosystem, but if you don't want to run into one at home, here's what to do.<p>There may be no creature on the planet that …

Zoology

These wild animals can help guard your garden

Frogs and toads can be formidable predators of insect pests. (Photo: Norio Nomura/Flickr)<p>When you grow plants for food, you're part of a cultural …

How to create a dragonfly garden

A freshwater source and appropriate plants are key to attracting these colorful insects.<p>If you want to attract dragonflies to your garden, there are …

How to hang a birdhouse without harming a tree

Plus, how to keep the birds safe from predators.<p>Birdhouses make lovely additions to a yard or garden. They can be aesthetically pleasing and, …

Plant Which Can Cause Blindness Spreads to New State

Officials have warned the public against touching giant hogweed, which can burn the skin and cause blindness, after it was spotted for the first time …

How to use weeds to read soil

The weeds in your yard are trying to tell you something.<p>There's no such thing as a good weed. That’s something you learn pretty quickly in a …

12 plants that repel unwanted insects

These herbs and flowers can shoo pests from your garden and skin.<p>Are you an insect magnet? If you aren’t, you probably know one. Insect magnets …

6 DIY garden projects using dead wood

My grandmother used to collect the fallen branches and dead limbs of trees from her yard every other day or so. She put them in a collection bin. If …

Why you should plant a climate victory garden

During both world wars, people back home planted victory gardens. By growing and harvesting their own vegetables, they put less of a strain on the …

How to Choose and Plant a Tree

May 21, 2018<p>0<p>Being a homeowner means more than just cleaning, decorating and maintaining your house. It’s also your responsibility to take care of …

How to tell if a tree is dead or dying

A dying tree in a forest is nature simply running its course and eventually giving back to its ecosystem. A dying tree in a well-landscaped yard, …

Elements of a Residential Therapy Garden

Deck: Learn how to bring home the om. As interest in outdoor spaces that can help heal and satisfy physical, emotional, and spiritual needs expands, …

The world's largest Victorian greenhouse reopens its doors

The 19th century meets the 21st century in this restored architectural marvel.<p>In 1863, the Royal Botanical Gardens' Temperate House in Kew, England, …

5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill

Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.<p><i>"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." —Mitch Hedberg</i><p>Let’s face it: keeping houseplants alive (real or, in Mitch Hedberg's case, fake) isn’t always easy. After your second or third plant …

Plants

40 Gardening Tricks The Pros Don't Want You To Know - Page 7 of 38

6. Stick to Local Flora<p>It’s always a good idea to do some research before planting whatever you want because some plants grow better in different …

Why you should grow a lawn for bees

Leave these weed flowers intact, and pollinators will thank you.<p>If your landscape goal is to have the perfect lawn, who is it for? Yourself? Your …

Rip Van Winkle, the titular ne'er-do-well of Washington Irving's 1819 short story, famously spent 20 years napping in a forest. This lengthy slumber, …

Each State’s Official Tree

If there is one thing all 50 states have in common, it is their zeal in designating official state symbols or icons.<p>States assign their official …

Killer Vines and How to Spot Them

April 23, 2018<p>0<p>There’s nothing as stately as a red brick house covered in green vines. This iconic image has been portrayed on television, in movies …

Home Improvement

9 Houseplants Proven to Remove Toxins From Indoor Air | Page 2

5. Lady palm<p>Lamyai / Shutterstock.com<p>This palm excels at removing ammonia, landing it at No. 1 among Wolverton’s list of 50 air-cleansing plants for …

How to make a dandelion sing like an angel

Well, almost like an angel — but let the dandelion symphony begin!<p>The grass is singing. And the sweet symphony of spring is upon us.<p>So why not grab a …

Scientists harvest their first salad in Antarctica

You don't need soil or sunlight, but you do need patience.<p>Heading into space for long journeys and potentially colonizing other planets requires …

Aquaponics

52 Fresh New Landscaping Ideas for Your Yard

Save these landscaping ideas by pinning this image, and follow Country Living on Pinterest for more gardening inspiration.<p>Leave it to Joanna Gaines …

Is 'botanical sexism' making allergies worse?

A surplus of pollen-producing male trees and plants may be to blame.<p>To alleviate his wife’s allergies years ago, Thomas Leo Ogren, a California …

Pollen

Why 'lazy' lawn mowers are heroes for bees

Mowing less often can benefit your local bees, a new study finds.<p>There's no shame in an unmowed lawn. Not only can wild yards and gardens look better …

Why you should never pick these pretty forest flowers

Spring is springing up all over the place! As the weather warms, forests are a-bloom with wildflowers. Walking down the trails and through the …

How to humanely keep wildlife out of the garden

Author Theresa Rooney offers a colorful array of critter control tips.<p>Some types of catnip can deter backyard visitors like deer, but the neighbor's …

'Apple detectives' rediscover 5 lost types

Thanks to the hard work of "apple detectives," five types of apples that once were thought to be extinct have been rediscovered in northern Idaho and …

Tree likely planted by George Washington felled by recent storm

A massive 227-year-old Canadian hemlock that may have been planted by George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia is no more. A brutal …

Mount Vernon