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How Do Christmas Trees Get Their Shape?

Oh Christmas tree — how did you get your signature shape? These iconic symbols don't naturally grow into a perfect pyramid, but that doesn't stop us from expecting it.

Yours, Mine or Ours? Leaf Blowing and the Law

Whether you like to pile them up and jump in with abandon or rue the time of year when they fall, leaves are at the center of a heated debate.

Phallus Impudicus: The Nastiest Mushroom Ever?

Don't be alarmed if you find a few of these funky mushrooms popping up in your yard right when the weather turns cool and wet.

New Sharing Website Links Farmers, Saves Seeds

People have been saving seeds for centuries. But a new website takes the idea online, making it easier for farmers to find and share the seeds they want and need.

'Warm Snap': What Happens When Trees and Shrubs Flower Early?

Many of us love a break from the cold weather, even if temporarily, but should we be worried about early blooms and the environment?

Iconic Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Falls After Intense Winter Storm

At one time, tourists could drive through this mighty California icon. Then only hikers could traverse it. Now only worms and bugs will be able to pass through.

Eccentric Georgian Billionaire Takes Giant Tree for Sea Cruise

Why would an ex-prime minister of a former Soviet state uproot an enormous tree to ship across the Black Sea? It's not the first controversy for Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Historically, Houseplants Were For Rich; Now, Chinese Money Tree Purports Wealth

'Easy-to-care' has always been a big plus for indoor plants. Which ones are impossible to kill?

Are poinsettias poisonous?

How many poinsettias have languished on high shelves so children and pets can't munch on their dangerous leaves? It may all have been for naught. The poinsettia's poisonous rep is a bit unfair.

10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Lawn

It's getting close to springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. Before you rev up your mower for the first cut of the season, learn (or relearn) what not to do to your lawn. You can thank us later.

Backyard-Free Gardens: How to Grow Without Space

Don’t have much space? That doesn’t mean you have to go without a garden.

Gardening for Beginners: Tips for First-Timers

Even if you've never gardened before, it's easy to add some plants to your yard in five easy steps.

5 Amazing Backyard Waterfalls

Creative waterfalls for yards of all shapes and sizes.

5 Tips on Eco-friendly Lawn Care

Are you landscaping methods hurting the environment? Keep reading to discover new tips and tricks on eco-friendly lawn care.

How can you recycle water for your outdoor garden?

It'll save you money and help the environment. How can you grab water from your roof and your washing machine and use it to hydrate your plants?

What veggies can you grow in a shady yard?

Sure, you could take a wrecking ball to everything that casts a shadow on your yard. But it's way easier to simply plant some veggies that thrive on shade. Which seeds should you sow?

10 Green Lawns Without a Blade of Grass

Sure, a lush expanse of grassy turf is a pretty sight. But it requires a lot of water and harmful fertilizers. Is there a way to have a gorgeous lawn without all that needy grass?

How Moss Works

Money may not grow on trees. But moss does. How does this plant manage to carpet hard surfaces like rocks and sidewalks?

What are asters?

If you're looking for a way to add color to your garden year after year, you can't go wrong with bright asters. Learn more about this floral star in this article.

What time of day should you water your plants?

Using less water on gardening doesn't have to mean less of a garden. Learn how to save 30 percent of your gardening water just by watering at the right time of day in this article.

What types of stones work well in hardscape designs?

Natural stone works well in hardscape design. Learn more about what type of stones to use in hardscapes in this article.

Should you plant lavender in your garden?

For fragrance and looks it's hard to beat lavender. Find out more about this well-loved plant in this article.

What is aquaponics?

Growing fish and plants together in a closed cycle is good for both. Learn about auqaponics in this article.

What's an "elephant’s ear"?

Elephant's ear is a colocasia plant with large leaves. Learn more about other characteristics of elephant's ears.

What type of perennial plant thrives in the West?

There are many ways to use perennials, including as borders, in gardens, in flower arrangements and as groundcover. Find out which perennials are popular in the West from this article.


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