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October Is Planting Time for Trees, Shrubs & Perennials


So you think it’s too late in the year to plant or transplant trees, shrubs and perennial plants in your garden? Well, the good news is that it isn’t. Actually, you are at the ideal …

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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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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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5 Tips to Help Your Lawn Recover from Summer Stress


Cool temperatures, light rainfalls and beautiful autumn leaves signal that fall is nearly here. These same signs tell your lawn that fall has come and winter is on the way, too. End the season with …

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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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Simple Tips for Designing and Planting Fall Flower Bulbs


Bulbs are the gateway to the garden. Plant them now and forget about them. By the time spring rolls around, the garden will be full of buds ready to blossom.
And, with cooler temperatures, …

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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

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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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Pet Food Drive at HG Farm & Pet!


Do your part to help animals in need at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County during these ‘Dog Days of Summer’
Homestead Gardens asks you to join our efforts in restocking the SPCA of Anne …

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A Quick Guide to Watering your Lawn


Planting flowers, picking up sticks, mowing the grass – these are just a few of the ways we make our yards look presentable to the public. Another common strategy is watering the lawn. Water helps …

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4 horse care myths debunked


Owning a horse can be a truly rewarding experience, but it does come with some challenges. One of those challenges is knowing how to take proper care of your horse. With so many conflicting ideas …

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How to introduce a new pet to your current one


Adding another furry friend to the mix, whether it be a dog or a cat, can be a rewarding experience for both you and your current pet. But bringing home a new pet is also …

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The 2015 ‘Dog Days of Summer’ photo contest was a success


Thank you to ALL who participated in our ‘Dog Days of Summer’ photo contest! We received 103 submissions and we had so much fun looking at the photos. From dogs enjoying the pool or the …

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How to Choose a Boarding Stable for your Horse


How to Choose a Boarding Stable for your Horse – Your horse is like family, so you already know that selecting a boarding stable requires a lot of thought and consideration. It’s essential that the …

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Enhance your home’s curb appeal with flowers


Enhance your home’s curb appeal with flowers – You’ve put time and thought into designing a welcoming entryway, but what about your front lawn? When guests visit, your house’s exterior and yard are what they’ll …

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Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips

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Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips
Pancakes, tarts, pies, we love adding blueberries to any recipe. And we’re not alone.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes July as National Blueberry …

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How to safely eliminate weeds and grass from your landscaping


Getting rid of weeds and unwanted grass in your yard can be tricky. While there are many products out there designed to kill weeds, many of them are filled with chemicals that do more harm …

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DIY: How to make your own compost pile


If you’re a gardener but you don’t yet compost, now is a great time to start. Composting is beneficial both to you and the environment, and it’s simple to do once you learn the basics. …

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5 tips to efficiently water your garden


Water is a precious resource, and just like people need water to thrive, so do your plants. While watering plants is essential, there are ways to use the resource thoughtfully to prevent waste. Here are …

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