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How to Keep Bugs Away With DIY Natural Pesticides

by Teknor Apex May 18, 2017 5:08:14 PM

If Plant Insects Are Driving You Buggy, Squash the Problem with Simple, Safe, Smart Solutions.


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Topics: Landscaping, Lawncare, Flower Gardening

The Inside Dirt on Must Have Gardening Tools

by Teknor Apex May 10, 2017 3:46:45 PM

It’s the day you’ve put aside to get outside. The sky is blue, and you’re armed like a yard warrior: wide-brimmed hat, bug spray and the garden gloves you did not skimp on. The garage doors open, and there they are. The tools you’ve collected through the years. The ones your Uncle Bob gave you. A few that were here when you moved in. The general purpose for must have gardening tools is pretty obvious (or is it?), but there are gray areas when it comes to greening. So what better time than spring to brush up?

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Topics: Landscaping, Lawncare, Water Gardening, Flower Gardening

Get Your Garden in Snip Shape for Spring!

by Teknor Apex Mar 14, 2017 10:45:10 AM

Look! It’s a new branch. A young bud. A bush nearly bursting with blossoms. Who wouldn’t want to sit back, and let the growing take place? Smart gardeners, that’s who. They know that – especially in spring – all plants need routine maintenance, otherwise known as pruning.

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Topics: Flower Gardening

The Hose That Holds its Ground

by Teknor Apex Feb 1, 2017 10:49:01 AM

I’ve been a homeowner for decades, having spent untold hours nurturing, coaxing and sometimes threatening my lawn and garden. Always at my side is the garden-variety garden hose: green and ornery, but necessary. I’ve untangled hundreds of knots, circling back in frustration to unkink kinks. I’ve broken many a sweat dragging hoses across the lawn, around flowers and through shrubs. There have been casualties.


So when the folks at Apex gave me five hoses to try, I felt like I’d earned my credentials as an impartial judge. I wanted to find the perfect lightweight, no-kink, high-flow, flexible, easy-to-store winner – and I did.


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Prevent Your Garden Hose From Freezing This Winter in 7 Simple Steps

by Teknor Apex Dec 14, 2016 3:51:50 PM

If you’re a devoted gardener, you probably try to take good care of your tools and equipment. Some things are easy to forget, though. For instance, you might not put too much thought into maintaining your water hose, but when it’s left out in the cold all winter, it can experience some serious damage. While that's good news for heavy duty garden hose makers come springtime, it's bad news for forgetful gardeners.

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Space Exploration for the Home Landscaper

by Teknor Apex May 23, 2016 9:45:20 AM

When It Comes to Planting Near the House, Fall in Love, But Keep Your Distance

It’s been said that the landscaping around a home adorns it like jewelry. Nothing softens the line between a flat lawn and a tall wall like gorgeous greenery. Its many shades, shapes and heights are the perfect enhancement to your curb appeal.

But it’s no coincidence that the word “plan” is most of the word “plant!” There are serious errors that can be made, and here are the Top 5:

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Topics: Landscaping

How 'Mulch' Does it Matter?

by Teknor Apex Apr 27, 2016 12:12:39 PM

Discover the Beauty and Benefits of Decomposing Leaves and Bark

The weeds are pulled, the soil is turned and the plants are in. Now take a few well-deserved minutes to stand back and admire your work.

Okay, long enough. Now it’s time to think about mulch, the gardener’s finishing touch. What usually comes to mind are those muscle-building bags of shredded bark from the garden center. But just to clarify, mulch is actually any type of material (usually organic) spread over soil as a covering: grass clippings, shredded leaves, compost or even newspaper.

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5 Ways Raised Garden Beds Can Raise Your Game

by Teknor Apex Mar 16, 2016 3:55:51 PM

You Made Your Bed. Now Plant in It!

It’s almost time. Open the seed catalogs, grab your garden gloves and start thinking. What’ll it be this season? An explosion of vibrant wildflowers, a garden of fresh herbs, or all the makings for fresh summer salads?

For a growing number of gardeners, the raised bed has become the solution to a spectrum of backyard challenges. Whether it’s built from stones or logs, the raised bed offers terrific advantages, like…

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Topics: Flower Gardening

So You Want To Start A Garden?

by Teknor Apex Sep 30, 2015 10:04:00 AM

commercial garden hoseFrom 2013 to the spring of 2014, 113.5 million Americans spent time in their garden, making it one of the most popular ways to spend time outdoors, and a great way to make your home beautiful. When you're thinking about starting a garden, you want to make sure you're prepared with all the materials you'll need to keep it maintained and healthy. Here are just a few things you should invest in if you want to be a successful gardener.

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Topics: Flower Gardening

How to Prepare Your Existing Bed for Fall Planting

by Laura Bianchi Sep 3, 2014 2:47:00 PM

There's nothing like the fresh fall air to get my blood pumping. I can just taste seasonally fresh apple crisp, squash soup and pumpkin pie, made in part from produce grown in my garden. In the midst of all the feasting, though, I need to nurture my outdoor plant beds and give them a bit of attention as the summer growing season wraps up and fall planting begins. With a little bit of effort, my outdoor beds will be ready in no time for broccoli, cabbage, onions and other delectable produce.

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Topics: Lawncare

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