Author Archives: rachelbaumgarten

Rake away the stress with a Japanese Zen garden

After a long week at work, some people sink into their sofa to watch some TV and relax. Others work out their stress by hitting the gym. Another way to unwind and put yourself into …

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Master gardeners: Who are they and how do I become one?

Are you interested in learning more about gardening and horticulture? Are you passionate about topics such as sustainable gardening or plant pathology? Do you love volunteering your time to local food efforts? If the answer …

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Do I have to trim back hostas after the first freeze?

Preparing your perennials for winter is essential if you want to see healthy blooms in the spring. Fortunately, some plants are very low-maintenance and require little to thrive. Hostas are a great example, as they …

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How to find the right lawn fertilizer for fall

In order to grow a green and luscious lawn in the summer, it’s important you take proper care of it before winter strikes. Along with raking leaves and removing any weeds, you can easily support …

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Holiday lighting: Illuminating your exterior for beauty and safety this holiday season

The holidays are here — is your house ready? When loved ones arrive to celebrate the season, welcome them with a festive display outside your home. Seasonal lighting both helps your holiday spirit shine bright …

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Five fall tablescape ideas to entertain with style

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s no question that the main event each year is the hearty Turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing dinner you share with loved ones. Sure, some people like to enjoy the …

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How to grow your own pumpkin patch using Halloween seeds

Now that Halloween is over, you’ve probably spent the last couple of days taking down and putting away your spooky and festive decor. While your carved Jack-o’-Lanterns can be thrown out, you’ll want to save …

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How to relieve your pet’s stress during the holidays

The holidays are a happy time for many, but this cheerful season can be stressful every now and then, too. Whether you’re traveling, hosting family, budgeting for gifts or planning parties, there’s a lot to …

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5 tips to take care of your horse this winter

Chilly winter weather means bundling up and staying indoors longer for us humans. But what does it mean for your horse? Proper winter care is essential for the health of any horse. Many horse owners, …

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How to prepare your perennials for winter

Year after year we experience harsh winters with heavy snow, slick ice and freezing temperatures, yet our bodies never quite adapt to these unfavorable weather conditions. Sure, our Midwestern roots help us handle winters better …

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What to do with your harvest this fall

The growing season is nearly finished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy delicious veggies, fruit and herbs from the garden. Rather than letting excess produce go to waste, use these storing methods to …

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Five beautiful destinations to see fall foliage

Year-round warm weather sounds nice in theory, but those who live in four-season regions would miss the beautiful season of fall. A few months of cool sweater weather, pumpkin carving, holiday parties and fall comfort …

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5 Simple Tasks to Make Your Yard Look Fab This Fall

Don’t put away your garden gloves just yet. Fall is officially here, and there’s still yard work to be done! Not only does lawn maintenance keep your yard looking tidy, but it also prevents diseases …

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Tablescaping ideas for fall entertaining

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween celebration, Thanksgiving dinner or a simple fall party, it’s fun to enhance the occasion with festive tablescapes. Use these charming ideas to start designing a table you and your guests …

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Use these tricks to keep those pesky mosquitoes away

Anyone who lives in a mosquito-infested area knows that all it takes to end an outdoor party or a lovely evening out on the patio is a swarm of bugs. Not only do mosquito bites …

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Design ideas to create the perfect catio

Cats that live indoors tend to live longer, which isn’t exactly surprising considering the fact that there are no cars or predators inside your home. Still, fresh air and the natural sights are beneficial to …

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Xeriscaping garden ideas to conserve water and improve the look of your yard

You’ve designed beautiful lawns and gardens in the past, but xeriscaping is new territory, and it’s important to learn more about this landscaping method before getting to work. After all, even pro gardeners and landscapers …

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A convenient coservation solution: The benefits of xeriscaping

Those of us who don’t live in drought-prone areas or desert regions might use water without giving it much thought. Water, however, is a precious resource these days, and taking small steps to conserve water …

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Create a catio for your furry feline friend

With cars, predators, diseases and unfavorable weather conditions to contend with outdoors, it’s no surprise that many cat owners consider the indoors to be the safest place to keep their pets. That being said, a …

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How to prepare your lawn for fall

Summer will be over before we know it, but there’s still plenty of outdoor time to enjoy before winter sets in. Fall is often the best season to go on long walks, dine al fresco …

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