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How to keep your Christmas tree alive.

how to keep your christmas tree alive.

Christmas tree care is essential if you want to keep your tree from drying to a crisp before Santa arrives. These tips for keeping your Christmas tree alive can help.

How to keep a living Christmas tree alive.

how to keep a living Christmas tree alive.

Every year you buy a tree, bring it home for a few weeks, then leave it out on the sidewalk for the recycling truck. If you're considering a live tree this year, these tips for a living Christmas tree can help.

How to keep holiday garland fresh.

how to keep holiday garland fresh.

We all want the old-fashioned kind of Christmas holiday we read about in books and see in movie holiday movie classics. Here's how to choose and prepare holiday garland and keep it fresh, which ever style of Christmas you desire.

How to care for Christmas plants.

how to care for christmas plants.

There are some plants inextricably linked to Christmas. Guests show up with them - and a week later, they're all slumped over looking like the Ghost of Christmas Past. This Christmas plant guide can help. 

How to keep holiday greenery fresh.

how to keep holiday greenery fresh.

You want your greenery to be supple and fragrant. And it is - at first. These 5 tips for keeping holiday greenery fresh can help extend greenery's lifespan.

Fall patio furniture cleaning tips.

fall patio furniture cleaning tips.

Fall patio furniture cleaning is an essential task to help ensure you'll have attractive pieces to pull out of storage next spring. Here's the fall patio furniture cleaning routine to make sure that happens.

Container gardening with kids.

container gardening with kids.

Anything can be a container for your kids' planting adventure. From old athletic shoes to rain boots and dump trucks, the possibilities are endless. Read Container Gardening Ideas for Kids to get started here.

5 tips for indoor plant containers.

5 tips for choosing indoor plant containers.

The right pot can make or break a plant. Plants are the botanical equivalent of the basic black dress. Here are 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Container for Your Plant.

How to compost without worms.

how to compost without worms.

Composting without worms, the process from raw ingredients to useable compost will take about two months. Start by placing your composting tumbler in an out of the way place in your backyard. Here's how to Compost Without Worms.

8 tips to keep houseplants healthy.

8 tips for keeping houseplants healthy.

Houseplants provide beauty, serenity, even oxygen as they go about their daily growth and flowering. Can you keep inside plants healthy and vigorous even if you can barely spare a minute to care for them?  Yes - if you follow these 8 simple rules for healthy house plants.

Indoor gardening: survivor plants.

survivor houseplants.

Indoor gardening is like marriage. You just have to find the right one for you - a plant that matches your personality, lifestyle, and skill. Find your perfect indoor house plant mate here.

Good garden bugs: the 10 most wanted.

good garden bugs: the 10 most wanted.

In this case, these good garden bugs really are the 10 Most Wanted in your backyard. These good guys eat the bad bugs. Here are the 10 good garden bugs you'll want to make and keep a part of your backyard garden.

9 essential backyard garden tools.

9 essential garden tools.

You'll definitely need a few garden tools to start gardening. But tools are expensive, so which ones do you really need? This guide to the 9 essential garden tools can help.

Bad garden bugs: The dirty dozen.

bad garden bugs: the dirty dozen.

These bad garden bugs are wanted in the Wild, Wild West way: dead or alive. These bad bugs eat or suck the juices out of our prized backyard plants. Here are the dirty dozen bad garden bugs to be on the prowl for.

Backyard gardening with kids.

gardening with kids.

Spring is a great time to begin gardening with kids. After all, it's a natural pairing - kids seem to be born with a love of growing things and of the outdoors on a spring day. Here's how to get started gardening with kids.

Planting tips for flower bulbs.

planting tips for flower bulbs.

The word "bulbs" brings to mind the stately tulips and cheerful daffodils that grace spring gardens. But bulbs can provide color in the garden year round. Here are a few flower bulbs to consider for each season of the year.

How to clean a grill.

how to clean a grill.

Before you light that match or turn on the gas in the spring, stop and think. That grill has been sitting out in the yard for six or seven months accumulating dirt, insects, and rust. Here's how to clean a grill and get it ready to glow for another season.

Patio furniture cleaning tips.

patio furniture cleaning tips.

Patio furniture gets dirty. Really dirty. That said, here's how to take the mystery - and the dirt - out of patio furniture and cushions. Get cleaning tips for patio furniture here.

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About the Author

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.