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In built-in lawn sprinkling systems, there is a device called an anti-siphon valve. What is it for and how does it work? Find out what this part of an irrigation system does with the help of this article.

What is fertilizer and why do plants need it? What do the three numbers on most bags of fertilizer mean?

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Why is that? Do you want a lawn that looks like a pristinely manicured golf course, a plush green carpet surrounding your house? Learn how to take your lawn from wilting mess to suburban Eden.

By Tom Harris

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We all know that water's a precious resource, but in drought-stricken regions, it's harder to come by than ever. What can you do? One landscaping option is Xeriscaping.

By John Fuller

Unlike model trains or dollhouses, bonsai is a living landscape. It's the vision of the bonsai artist applied to a tree, shrub or plant.

By Sara Elliott

The yard should be a relaxing place where you can go after a long day of work and enjoy a bit of nature. Unfortunately, your backyard is anything but relaxing. Building a pond may be just the thing to bring serenity to you.

By Heather Kolich

A green lawn is a nice place to sip iced tea, relax in a hammock, bird watch. But to get to that magazine-worthy turf, you first need to till the soil. Here's how.

By Charles W. Bryant

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Reproducing plants out of season gave man a measure of control over nature. The allure of it sparked the imagination and inspired new methods for building structures devoted to plants. So how do greenhouses work?

By Sara Elliott

When fish live in tanks, their waste builds up in the water. But what is one living thing's sewage is another living thing's savory meal. Can crops be cultivated on fish feces?

By Sarah Winkler

Oscillating sprinklers are great for watering a square area. But what if your lawn has curves? Traveling sprinklers spray the water exactly where you want it. Find out how they travel around your yard so you don't have to.

By Kristen Young

Whether you're growing prize roses for a state fair or planting cucumbers and potatoes for the table, you want those plants to thrive. Find out how irrigation systems can help keep our gardens lush and beautiful.

By Shane Speck

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Flowers have always played a part in our history. Even primitive man used flowers and plants to beautify his face, body, and his cave. Read this article to learn about the materials and techniques for arranging flowers, and the meanings of flowers.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Before you rev up your mower for the latest cut of the season, learn (or relearn) what not to do to your lawn. You can thank us later.

By Alia Hoyt & John Perritano

Wall fountains are popular for adding aesthetic value to a room as well as creating a relaxing atmosphere. But what should you know about them before investing in one for your home?

By Chelsea Hedquist

If grass grows in your yard, sooner or later, you'll have to consider how to keep it trimmed and tidy. For those who don't mind a little manual labor, the answer is mowing it. How do you pick the best mower?

By Echo Surina

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It may be time to dethatch your lawn, but you'd never know it unless you know what to look for. You'd better find out, though -- it could make the difference between a healthy and decaying lawn.

By Linda C. Brinson

Riding mowers are ideal for larger lawns -- anything over half an acre. You can learn more about riding mowers from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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

By Clint Pumphrey