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How to Use Bold Textured Plants for Outstanding Garden Design

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If you’re looking for great transitional plants, bold textured plants carry the garden when flowering plants begin to die off for the season. A plant with heavily textured, bold foliage rivals the showiest of blooms. They grab your attention and beg to be the focal point of a garden bed. Garden designer Rebecca Sweet has these expert tips. 

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Why It’s Called Lyme Disease & How to Avoid It

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Lyme disease is a bacterial disease spread by deer ticks, which are most common  in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, north-central, and Pacific Northwest sections of the United States. The disease is named after the town of Lyme, Conn., where cases were first diagnosed in 1975.

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How to Combat Poor Soil Conditions for a Better Garden

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It’s easy to blame poor soil conditions for our garden troubles; I do it myself. In northern Wisconsin it was too sandy. Here, in Cincinnati, there’s too much clay. Some soil blocks nutrients from plants. Some soil simply lacks enough nutrients for the plants we want to grow. And that is part of the problem—we need to choose the right plants for the soil, or find a different place to grow the plants we want.

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Expert Lawn Care Advice: Let it Go Natural

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Many Americans’ lawn care routines focus on creating manicured monoculture lawns. They follow rules written into community bylaws that say lawns must be kept mowed to a certain height, be free of weeds and in perfect order at all times. Letting our lawns go natural helps the pollinators so much more. 

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How to Create a Peaceful Garden in this Noisy World

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Many a dream of a peaceful garden is thwarted by noise from a busy street wafting in. There are landscaping solutions that help reduce noise coming into ours yards and gardens. We can’t block all noise, of course, but we can reduce it. Hardscaping, strategically placed plants and other features are all part of the solution.

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