As summer kicks into full gear, it’s the best time to step outside and take in the glories of nature. Spending time engulfed in your home’s outdoor oasis is even better when the garden is full of beautiful flowers and foliage to enhance our enjoyment. If your garden is full of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you already know who magical that can be.

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Gardeners who treasure fragrance above all other sensory experiences gained through the hobby can boost their olfactory satisfaction by adding herbs to their plant lineup. In pots, amongst regular landscaping, or in their own special scent gardens, herbs can bring delight to the nose.

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One of the most obvious integrated pest management components in terms of pest control is the advent of disease-resistant cultivars of turf and ornamental plants. One needs only to participate in a field day at a land grant university turfgrass research facility to quickly understand their influence. Some IPM components are not so readily observable. The influence of irrigation on pest populations and pest control efficacy is a good example.

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No matter your weather, this is peak time for spring yard cleanup! From pruning to crabgrass prevention, here are 10 tips to cover all you need to know now. There’s a right way to care for your yard, lawn, and garden beds.

Lawn and yard care is all about being proactive. We put a lot into our home and property, so it’s time to refresh our memory on what’s next.

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“For obvious reasons, I spend most of my time emphasizing what you should do in the lawn and garden,” says gardening expert Paul James. “But occasionally, I emphasize what you shouldn’t do. After all, gardening, like life, is full of dos and don’ts.”

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Nothing can ruin summer quite like mosquito bites. In addition to causing a persistent itch, mosquitoes can also carry serious diseases. Viruses like Zika and West Nile pose health threats to your friends and family, and heartworm is a mosquito-borne disease that puts both dogs and cats at risk. It’s important to gain control of these insects in your yard as early as possible. Rainy conditions in the spring create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to thrive once the weather warms, so now the time to take action.

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What is the difference between a high-maintenance and low-maintenance landscape?

A high-maintenance landscape may have many beds to enhance outdoor areas and home entrances. More perennials, shrubs, annuals, water features, and lighting means more maintenance.

Low-maintenance landscapes are mainly grass and just a few beds. A few tall shrubs or trees mean just mulch and occasional hand pruning, along with mowing the grass.

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