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Eco-Friendly Lawn Alternatives for Homeowners

The well-manicured lawn has been a longtime symbol of the American dream. Therefore, even the most eco-friendly of families may not be willing to neglect or remove it from their home. Keep reading for some ways that you can start being more eco-friendly when it comes to your home's lawn.

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Do You Have Anxiety? Start Gardening

In the United States alone, it's estimated that over 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. This makes anxiety an extremely prevalent mental health condition that may affect your everyday life. Luckily, there are ways to lessen the intensity of anxiety symptoms. One way you may not have thought of is growing a garden. Here are a few reasons why starting a gardening hobby could help you if you have anxiety. Dirt Makes Humans Happy A lack of serotonin is one major reason you suffer from anxiety, and it is possible to use medications to increase serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones. However, it's also possible to dig your hands in good soil and experience a similar effect. A...

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3 Real Gardens You Have to See to Believe

Sometimes you have to see something with your own eyes to appreciate its beauty. The US is flush with an abundance of gardens just waiting to be explored. These gardens are more than just a place to take a leisurely stroll through the blooming buds. With a bevy of special events, rotating exhibitions, and educational programs, these gardens are a true destination. Here are three real gardens that you simply have to see to believe. New York Botanical Garden Conveniently located in the Bronx, this natural wonder is just a quick train ride away from Grand Central Station. Escape the urban jungle of New York City with a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens and you will be transported...

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Flaunt Your Garden by Creating an Outdoor Entertainment Area

Sun Shade You might want to be outside, but you don't want to get burnt. You'll need some way of staying out of the sun to stay cool and thoroughly enjoy nature. There are a few types of shading structures that you can set up. A retractable awning is a great idea because you can also pull it back if you want to be in the sun. Otherwise, you can also use umbrellas or screens when the sun is lower in the sky. Pergolas and gazebos are classic structures that protect you and your guests from the sun or even gentle rain. Otherwise, you take a look at outdoor curtains. Hung on rods, sheers add a light touch that makes...

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3 Natural Tricks for Keeping Pests Out of Your Garden

Gardening is great for the body, mind and soul. In order to harvest the biggest crops, however, you must successfully grow them until they are ready to harvest. Unfortunately, pests will be fighting you for your fruits and vegetables. Here are three natural tricks for keeping pests away. Release the Ladybugs Ladybugs eat up to 60 aphids a day, so you want to encourage them to live in your garden. They also munch on scales, mealybugs, leafhoppers and mites. Ladybugs feed on a variety of plants including dill, fennel, caraway, wild carrots, yarrow and cilantro, so plant some in your garden to encourage ladybugs to come naturally. You can also buy ladybugs, but they still need these plants to thrive....

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