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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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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Let your dogs and cats play on your lawn or in your garden, knowing they’re free from chemicals and dangerous tools.
If you are a pet owner, you want to give your cat or dog a pet-friendly yard where they can run around, play fetch and explore the great outdoors — without having to worry about their safety.

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Warmer weather is on the way – which means it’s time to schedule home and apartment projects before the summer heat sets in. Get on these outdoor living upgrades, gardening boosts, lawn care solutions, and cleaning salvations to make spring prep a breeze. Minor planning on your part now hands all the work to qualified pros—and means you spend all summer summering.

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Weeds are, in many ways, signs of the mistakes we make in trying to care for our lawns. A lawn will have fewer weeds when mowed with a sharp blade at the right height and frequency; watered infrequently and deeply; and fertilized at the proper time. When these practices fail to produce a quality lawn, we are either trying to grow a poorly adapted grass species, or a lawn in an environment where grasses don’t grow well, such as a very shaded location.

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