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Deck Check

Is your deck ready for friends, family and barbecues or are there loose boards with nails popping up? Do a deck check and, if it's the latter, a little TLC will keep it from looking like a wreck. This time of year cleaning and re-sealing is good but don't stop there.

How to Photograph Flowers

With your garden in bloom comes an irresistible chance to grab the camera and start capturing the blooms of the season. Yet, how do you turn those shots of your favorite blooms into something special? Here are some tips on how to take better flower pictures from the world's largest photography school, New York Institute of Photography (NYI).

Don't Just Ditch the Tree

The relatives are gone, the kids are back in school, and the Christmas tree has shed its last needle. Yes, it's the end of the holiday season and time to say good-bye to your once live and beautiful tree. But don't just throw it on the trash heap (or into your neighbor's yard at 3 am).

Is It Time To Fertilize?

Once the early signs of spring arrive, rake the leaves and debris off your lawn and check it for signs of new growth. Most grass carries a bit of green color through the winter. But when you start to see a bit more green apply a fertilizer to help the lawn grow faster.

Planting Ahead

Considering crocus, daffodils, hyacinths or other spring-blooming perennials for next year's garden? You'll want to plant many of them in the early fall, before the first frost. So start sketching out your plans pronto. Check out seed packets for precise planting info.