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  • All gardeners want to be green — except when it comes to water. Whether you have a fountain, pond or a small reflecting pool, chances are good that at some point you'll have to deal with nuisance algae.
  • How to identify yellow jackets, honeybees, bumblebees and other stinging insects. Techniques for preventing problems.
  • Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec, ripped out their lawn to install a stylish raised-bed garden in their front yard in 2012. Little did they know it would trigger an international controversy. In a slideshow, see the transformation of their front yard from grass to garden.
  • How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • How to plant and grow lilacs successfully, with tips on preventing problems with insects and diseases.
  • Dreaming of a backyard berry patch? An asparagus bed? Start with a raised bed. A raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. All have shallow roots that don't compete well with weeds and that can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools.
  • When dry weather continues for an extended period, landscape trees depend on homeowners for water. Learn when to water and how to do it.
  • Lawn has long enjoyed its unique status as our country's default groundcover — rolled out like wall-to-wall carpeting around every house. But the reign of grass is being challenged. Garden Designer Pam Penick shows how to design spaces with less lawn.
  • It's hard to beat hostas for shade. But, there are plenty of rugged, carefree, shade-tolerant perennials.
  • Monarchs are in trouble because of the elimination of milkweed that used to grow in farm fields. Grow a patch of milkweed in your backyard, which will provide food for monarch caterpillars.
  • You may have heard that you can change the color of a hydrangea's flowers by adjusting soil pH. But there's a little more to it than that.
  • Where there's a will, make a path. Our step-by-step guide to making your own garden path.
  • How to build a healthy, thriving lawn without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
  • How to grow fruits and berries in your own backyard.
  • How to grow, select and care for roses.
  • How to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your landscape.
  • Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • retired 6 March 2012 -djg This guide will help you take advantage of a great (and free) mulch and soil amendment - leaves.
  • This guide will help you enjoy being outdoors, even during mosquito season.
  • Techniques for creating a garden that looks great all summer -- without a lot of maintenance.
  • With some thoughtful plant selection and placement, you can reduce the amount of lawn that you maintain by at least 25 percent, and enjoy a lower maintenance yard that still looks neat and well cared for.
  • How to design your dream garden.
  • Well-chosen plants change the garden scene from bleak to beautiful.
  • Tips for making your backyard a little more private.
  • Fertilize every time you mow the lawn.
  • What is a nature-loving, generally peaceful soul to do when voles, woodchucks, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, moles, and other furry little mammals wreak havoc on our gardens?
  • How to get your lilac to bloom profusely.
  • Fencing is the only sure-fire way to keep wild and domestic animals out of a prized garden.
  • Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • Here are some of our favorite perennials that tolerate dry conditions. Drought-tolerance varies from one region to the other, so be sure to get advice from good gardeners in your area. For more ideas, check with your local Cooperative Extension office.
  • Winter can be a dark time because the days are so much shorter. To change things, add a little light.
  • Perennials, trees and shrubs that thrive in wet or poorly drained soil.
  • Choosing the trees, shrubs and perennials that birds like.
  • It's easy to see why outdoor solar lighting is all the rage: no electricity required, no wiring. You can install it yourself.
  • Solar-powered lights are an increasingly popular choice for garden and landscape lighting. They are affordable, easy to install and can be relocated easily.
  • Learn how to build a "rain garden," a special type of planting that's designed to capture storm runoff in a creative, beautiful way.
  • It's the most important season of the year for improving your soil. What should you be adding to your soil this fall? Three things: finished compost, raw organic matter, and organic nutrients.
  • Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms.
  • Learn how gardeners can help keep invasive plants from spreading and damaging our wetlands and forests.
  • During the hottest part of the summer, it’s especially important to make the most of every drop of water. With so much information available it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Learn the five common myths about watering.
  • For most of us, mosquitoes and other insect pests are mere annoyances, but sometimes they pose real threats.
  • Water is the key to a healthy, productive garden. With our Snip-n-Drip automatic watering system, you can get water directly to the plants, without wasting a single drop. It makes irrigation easy, whether you have a large garden with rows or a few raised beds.
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • People often say weeds are good indicators of soil conditions. But what does that really mean, and what should gardeners do with the clues weeds provide?
  • With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen.
  • Photos from Felder Rushing, author of "Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass."
  • Flowers are the stars of the garden, but what do you do when the inevitable garden gaps appear? Experienced gardeners know that it helps to have a few well-chosen ornaments on hand.
  • Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • Learn how to turn fall leaves into a soil-enriching mulch.
  • Tired of spending time every weekend with a noisy lawn mower? Here’s an alternative: slow-growing turf. These fescue turf grasses are green and lush, but naturally slow-growing, so you mow only four to five times a year.
  • Extreme cold isn't the only challenge faced by woody plants; in fact, plants hardy to your region should endure normal winter temperatures just fine. However, winter can wreak havoc on landscape plants in other ways.
  • Planting trees and shrubs too deep is the No. 1 reason that they die in landscapes. Follow these simple steps to ensure the correct planting depth.