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  • Eco-friendly lawns: The natural look is in.

    Eco-friendly lawns are sprouting up across America as property owners realize they can get better results for less work and money. Some are getting im ...
    May 20, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • Eyes up: Raising the ceiling can dramatically change a room

    Architects tend to look skyward: The ancient Greeks built coffered ceilings in their temples. Romans introduced the barrel vault. Medieval builders co ...
    May 20, 2016 - 4:18 pm
  • Don't ignore forsythia just because it's gone green

    The warm glow of forsythias cools down as their flowers fade and green leaves start to unfold. For the next 11 months, this plant that displays such c ...
    May 13, 2016 - 3:41 pm
  • Decor goes tropical this summer

    If there's one decor trend that hits summer's sweet spot, it's tropical style.Furnishings and access ...
    May 13, 2016 - 3:40 pm
  • Mulch is good, but which is the best?

    Mulching can be one of the best things you do for your trees and shrubs. It also can be one of the worst things you do for your trees and shrubs. Firs ...
    April 16, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Pruning: Get the right cut for the growth you want

    In the short space that follows, I think I can guide you on how to prune any plant, from a midget marigold to a mighty oak.
    April 8, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • Updated built-in breakfast nook brings practicality to kitchen

    The term “breakfast nook” sounds hopelessly trapped in the 1970s, but modern homeowners are embracing the style and practicality of built-in seating i ...
    April 8, 2016 - 3:48 pm
  • Want garden space in a city? Look up

    NEW YORK – Looking out across an urban or even some suburban skylines, most people see an expanse of rooftops.
    April 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Gardenfest keynote speakers offers spring tips ahead of conference

    The clocks have sprung ahead and the weather is starting to climb out of the icy winter temperatures, so now is the time to start stretching those gre ...
    March 28, 2016 - 12:27 am
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