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    Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southern California

    While most gardening pests and problems vary greatly depending on region, there is one dilemma that just about all of us have to contend with—deer. There are populations of deer…

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    Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Northeast

    1. Sycamore-Leaved False Nettle Name: Boehmeria platanifolia USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8 Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

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    Improve Your Soil by Raking Less

    Mowing leaves into your lawn can improve its vigor, and unraked leaves in planting beds don’t smother shade-tolerant perennials

  • the making of a leaf mold

    Making Leaf Mold

    Recycle fall's debris to create this organic soil amendment and mulch

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    Regional Picks: Big Blooms That Don’t Flop – Southern Plains

    1. Chinese Fringe Tree Name: Chionanthus retusus USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

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    Revamping the Cottage Style

    Joy Davey dreamed of having a cottage garden. She could picture the dense, flower-filled beds surrounding her Craftsman-style house. The breezy informality of the cottage look resonated with her lifestyle…

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    Concentrate on Contrast

    Imagine driving through miles of farmland or desert, where hour after boring hour the landscape never changes. If you’re like most of us, you’d tune out pretty quickly. That’s because…