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Wouldn't it be nice to have an experienced gardener at your side to show in a clear and concise manner how exactly you can undertake that garden project? Well, these how-to guides are just that, an ongoing set of tutorials that demonstrate the best methods for establishing and caring for your garden plants. Graphically illustrated along with clear direction, our how-to guides will be your gardening mentor.

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Get the Most Out of Potted Mums

Get the Most Out of Potted Mums - give your landscape a fresh look for fall -

Chrysanthemums, also known as “mums”, are available in hundreds of colors and flower forms. They bloom for several weeks in the autumn, adding a colorful boost to tired summer landscapes.

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Team-Themed Flower Combinations

Team-Themed Flower Combinations - show you’re a fan with flowers -

Show your team spirit all season long by planting flowers that represent the colors of your favorite college or professional football team.

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Top 5 Well-behaved Perennial Groundcovers

Top 5 Well-behaved Perennial Groundcovers - spreading plants with curb appeal -

If you have a lot of landscape to cover and are looking for a low maintenance, inexpensive way to do it, then look for groundcover plants at your neighborhood Walmart Garden Center. You'll find a good selection of plants that will return year after year.

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Make Your Own Herb Blends

Make Your Own Herb Blends - create “signature” seasonings from homegrown herbs -

Preserved herbs from the garden are perfect for pre-mixing and storing ahead of time for your family’s favorite pizza, pasta or tacos.

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6 Heat-Loving Plant Combos for Containers

6 Heat-Loving Plant Combos for Containers - beat the heat with these pretty accents -

Try an expert-recommended combo of plants that will withstand hot weather in your next container display.

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15 Plants That Safely Repel Mosquitos

15 Plants That Safely Repel Mosquitos - foliage and flowers to keep the biters at bay -

Quite a few common plants contain natural compounds that mosquitos find offensive and avoid.

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Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh Longer

Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh Longer - grow your own bouquet -

Follow these words of advice and your flowers will stay fresh and pretty.

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6 Beautiful Edible Plants for Containers

6 Beautiful Edible Plants for Containers - brighten your doorway or patio -

Read more to see our blue-ribbon picks to beautify your small-space garden.

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Tips for Choosing the Best Annuals

Tips for Choosing the Best Annuals - a great first choice will set you up for a hassle-free season bursting with color -

Do you walk into a garden center and think, "Where do I even start?" We know the feeling, so we have put together our pro-tips on choosing the best annuals to make your experience enjoyable!

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Tips for Planting Roses

Tips for Planting Roses - what to choose and how to plant it -

Finding the best rose and planting it might feel like a daunting task, but with these tips you can choose the right rose for your garden and plant it with confidence.

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Tips for Tomato Caging, Staking and Pruning

Tips for Tomato Caging, Staking and Pruning - a little support yields big, tasty benefits -

These tips require very little effort but can have a big effect on the health of your tomato plants and the quality and timing of your harvest.

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Compost Tips for Beginners

Compost Tips for Beginners - use up kitchen & yard waste instead of throwing it away -

Start composting with these tips and basic steps!

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Tips for Raised Garden Beds

Tips for Raised Garden Beds - raised garden beds are attractive, easy to build, and provide great growing conditions for plants -

Putting together a raised wooden bed is one of the easiest and most rewarding garden projects.

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Top 5 Plants for a Quick Privacy Screen

Top 5 Plants for a Quick Privacy Screen

Yes, you can grow a privacy screen in a reasonable amount of time.

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Supportive Garden Structures

Supportive Garden Structures - working art in the garden -

Beautiful and supportive classic garden structures.

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Cool Weather Spring Vegetable Containers

Cool Weather Spring Vegetable Containers

Taste-full style, easy and close at hand.

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DIY: Hardscape Essentials

DIY: Hardscape Essentials - It takes more than plants to make a landscape. -

Hardscape is not a catchy term for overly difficult gardening sites. Hardscape simply means the hard, durable parts of the landscape…the non-plant elements.

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How-to: Green-up Your Lawn this Spring

How-to: Green-up Your Lawn this Spring - Taking a few simple steps in the early spring will reward you with healthier grass year-round. -

Early spring raking, aeration, and fertilization all help create a healthy lawn that is thick and vigorous, with better pest and disease resistance.

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Plant a Family Vegetable Garden

Plant a Family Vegetable Garden - Bring the family together to plant a garden and enjoy the harvest that much more -

Enjoy some low-stress family time, fresh air and outdoor exercise - along with fresh, tasty food – by growing a family veggie garden.

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Fragrant Plants for Containers

Fragrant Plants for Containers

Mix and match fragrant plants to create a beautiful perfumed oasis on your deck or patio.

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How-to: Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs

How-to: Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs - Regular pruning helps keep trees and shrubs in great shape! -

How and when to prune trees and shrubs.

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DIY Terrarium

DIY Terrarium -everything you need to know-

Create a miniature world from your imagination! These step-by-step directions explain the basics of making a terrarium.

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Make Your Own Suet Bird Feeder

Make Your Own Suet Bird Feeder - from a cookie cutter -

Insect-eating birds can have trouble finding food during winter, so it's a good idea to provide them with a feeder that offers high-energy suet to eat.

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Easy and Fun DIY Garden Markers

Easy and Fun DIY Garden Markers -Makes a great project to do with the kids during winter break!-

Labeling your plants is a great way to remember plant names or identify where plants are located. This is the perfect project to take on when you're snuggled up indoors on a winter day planning for spring.

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DIY Cornucopia

DIY Cornucopia -assemble your own horns of plenty-

Celebrate the autumn harvest with this traditional symbol of the season. Included are some great ideas for making an assortment of decorative cornucopias.

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Halloween Pumpkin and Mum Centerpiece

Halloween Pumpkin and Mum Centerpiece - decorate for fall -

A beautiful Halloween centerpiece with minimal work, but all of the beauty!

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3 Ways to Create a Cozy Fire Pit Area

3 Ways to Create a Cozy Fire Pit Area

Use plants to design an even cozier and more inviting nook on your patio for get-togethers.

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Instructions for Cleaning a Birdhouse

Instructions for Cleaning a Birdhouse - clean it at least once per year -

Make sure your birdhouse is move-in ready!

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Use Fallen Leaves as Mulch

Use Fallen Leaves as Mulch - reduce weeds & watering -

Leaves are great for protecting plants over winter, plus they break down and enrich the soil in garden beds.

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How to Winterize a Bird Bath

How to Winterize a Bird Bath - keep your bird bath in good repair -

Follow these guidelines to prepare your bird bath for cooler weather.

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Autumn Container Combinations

Autumn Container Combinations - 3 combos that celebrate fall -

Celebrate autumn by switching out heat-loving "summer" plants for some that thrive in cooler temperatures.

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When and How to Divide Iris

When and How to Divide Iris

Bearded, Siberian, and Japanese iris plants should be divided 6 weeks before the first hard frost every 3-5 years. Follow these step-by-step instructions to keep your iris at their best.

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How to Make Lavender Wands

How to Make Lavender Wands -a relaxing project-

Instructions for making a classically beautiful lavender wand with a calming scent.

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Drying, Pressing, and Preserving Flowers

Drying, Pressing, and Preserving Flowers

Simple DIY steps to preserving blooms.

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How to Evaluate Your Soil Type

How to Evaluate Your Soil Type -Do you have clay, silt, sand or loam soil?-

Believe it or not, plants in the garden do better if the soil is healthy. Focus on a single aspect of soil health and perform this simple jar test to determine the composition of your garden soil.

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Living Succulent Wreath Tutorial

Living Succulent Wreath Tutorial

Add modern style to your entryway or outdoor table with this easy-to-make living succulent wreath. This project will take about an hour and a half to complete, requires minimal care afterward, and can be used again next year.

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Pickling for Beginners

Pickling for Beginners -how-to pickle in 5 steps-

It's surprisingly simple and inexpensive to make sour, crunchy pickles at home. Follow these five simple steps to prepare your own fresh pickles.

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How to Change the Flower Color of Bigleaf Hydrangea

How to Change the Flower Color of Bigleaf Hydrangea -hydrangeas of a different color-

If you purchased a bigleaf hydrangea with pink flowers, planted it in your garden, and were surprised when next year the flowers were blue, you're not alone. You have the power to change the color from bright pink to deep blue, or vice versa.

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Plant a Salsa Garden

Plant a Salsa Garden - #1 must-have condiment -

Plant a salsa garden in a garden bed or containers and you'll have the basics on-hand to prepare and eat your favorite recipe on a regular basis.

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Plant a Patriotic Flagpole Garden

Plant a Patriotic Flagpole Garden Patriotism is like charity – it begins at home.

Plant a garden bed with red, white, and blue flowers at the base of a flagpole to create a beautiful display of patriotism and pride.

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3 Ways to Use Hanging Baskets

3 Ways to Use Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are beautiful! The best part about them is you are not restricted to just hanging them. You can put them in a gorgeous container for a doorway showpiece or you can plant them right in a flower bed or box planter.

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Garden Center Checklist – a printable shopping list

Garden Center Checklist – a printable shopping list

Before heading over to your neighborhood Walmart, print this checklist to remember all the supplies you need in one trip.

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DIY: May Basket Day

DIY: May Basket Day Celebrate Springtime

This May 1, mark the special occasion by filling a basket-like jar with flowers to give your friends & family.

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Earth Day: How-to Pay it Forward

Earth Day: How-to Pay it Forward

April 22 is a day to make a positive change that benefits our home, the earth. Pay it forward to our planet with some or all of these easy-to-do projects.

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Create a Garden that Attracts Birds this Spring

Create a Garden that Attracts Birds this Spring - make your garden bird friendly -

Plants and birds have a very special relationship in ecosystems and outdoor environments, including your backyard. Here are tips for making your garden more bird friendly.

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DIY Potting Benches

DIY Potting Benches

Tired of squatting on the patio bricks or dirtying the kitchen sink to pot up plants? Perhaps it's time to build a potting bench! While DIY info abounds, here are our top picks from some trusted build it yourself sites.Better Homes and Gardens make…

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Ivy Topiary Made Easy

Ivy Topiary Made Easy

Learn how to shape up some living decor!

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Quick and Thrifty DIY Holiday Centerpiece

Quick and Thrifty DIY Holiday Centerpiece - a few bits & branches make for a festive arrangement -

A naturally beautiful holiday decoration is easy to whip up in no time with no added expense.

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Decorating Your Home This Christmas

Decorating Your Home This Christmas - with wreaths, garlands, a living Christmas tree & more -

Christmas is that wonderful time of year to spread cheer and fill your home with seasonal décor. Check out some of our favorite decorating ideas and kick-start your imagination!

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DIY Festive Winter Containers When It’s Too Cold for Plants

DIY Festive Winter Containers When It’s Too Cold for Plants - a winter display for porches & patios -

Grab a few plant trimmings and follow these do-it-yourself instructions to create festive winter containers in no time!

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Caring For Your Freshly Cut Christmas Tree

Caring For Your Freshly Cut Christmas Tree - tips & tricks -

For some, the Christmas season just isn't the same without a real Christmas tree. Whether you cut it down yourself or pick it up from your neighborhood Walmart, you want your tree to remain fresh throughout the holiday season.

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Dividing Perennials

Dividing Perennials - keep ‘em healthy and spread the beauty -

Energize your perennials and gain more of them by following these simple guidelines for dividing them.

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Thanksgiving Decor from Nature

Thanksgiving Decor from Nature - gourds, leaves, nuts, branches & seeds -

Use natural objects to create easy, budget wise decorations for your Thanksgiving gathering!

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Ball Jar Ring Pumpkin

Ball Jar Ring Pumpkin - an upcycled, rustic decoration -

Recycling and upcycling are a fun and affordable way to add a personal touch to your home. Here are the step-by-step instructions to transform jar rings into a pretty pumpkin.

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Fall Ball Jars

Fall Ball Jars - a seasonal decoration DIY -

Fall is upon us, and it is a one of the most fun times of year to decorate. This week's project is "Fall" Ball Jars filled with ornamental grass.

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Watering Solutions That Save Big

Watering Solutions That Save Big

Did you know it can take 15-20 seconds to properly water a plant? And in Walmart's garden centers, where we house an average 12,000 plants in peak season, that adds up to a lot of watering time. So figuring out how to responsibly manage our water…

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Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing Herbs Indoors - care tips -

A brief guide to enjoying gardening and herbs all year long.

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The Living Christmas Tree

The Living Christmas Tree - fresh for the holidays -

This holiday season enjoy a living tree. You can feel good about having a living Christmas tree: It looks beautiful and effectively filters harmful pollutants from the air - ­making your home safer for your family.

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A Garden To Have and To Hold

A Garden To Have and To Hold Creating Miniature and Fairy Gardens

Creating Miniature and Fairy Gardens

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