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oak tree disease
Tree care

Oak Tree Diseases: How to Treat Them

You pull on your gloves, carefully place safety glasses atop your nose, and grab your tools. It’s time to do surgery — well, at least some minor cosmetic work — on your landscaping. But sometimes, when you head out to trim and prune, you don’t know where to start. You […]

Woman sneezing, curled up on a couch
Pest control

Which Household Pests Can Aggravate Your Allergies?

For people with allergies, household pests (bugs, insects and tiny creatures) can make things worse year-round. But which household pests are most likely to aggravate your allergies? Cockroaches, roaches and dust mites, for starters. That “Achoo!” and “Gesundheit!” triggered by your sneezing may not be solely the result of pollens and […]

Jar of homemade peppermint oil
Pest control

Does Peppermint Oil Repel Spiders?

Does peppermint oil repel spiders? Studies suggest yes, and even better, at least one other essential oil, and chestnuts (yes, chestnuts) can keep daddy long-legs and his pals at bay. So, how did peppermint oil become a go-to for saying bye-bye to arachnids? For thousands of years, people have praised […]

Green Pine Needles
Tree care

Pine Tree Diseases and How to Treat Them

If you’re noticing brown needles on your pine tree, it’s likely not because winter is coming. Pines are evergreen trees, which means a healthy pine should stay green all year long. If your pine needles are discolored and falling off, this could be a sign of a diseased tree. It’s […]

Diseased maple tree leaf
Tree care

Maple Tree Diseases and How to Treat Them

Symbolic of strength, endurance, balance, and longevity, maple trees have not only rooted themselves in our world culture but also in our landscape designs. Perfect as an accent piece or to line a long driveway, there’s no denying the beauty and majesty these towering plants exude. That is, unless a […]

A rabbit in a garden
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Rabbits

How to get rid of rabbits munching on your garden and lawn? Home remedies include Irish Spring soap shavings, spicy foods and red pepper. You also can purchase repellents and fencing. One other option? Add some garden plants that are pungent to rabbits as a natural deterrent. But that’s hopping […]

Dandelions growing on a lawn
General Lawn Care

How to Get Rid of Dandelions

Searching the yard for white puffballs to blow is a favorite summer pastime for kids, but adults often are more interested in learning how to get rid of dandelions marring a perfect lawn. It’s understandable. Dandelions are weeds. Or are they? Dandelions, which are technically herbs, were first brought to […]

cat scratching itself
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Cat

Keeping your feline friend pest-free is a top priority for pet owners, so it’s no wonder you’ve found yourself reading about how to get rid of fleas on your cat. Not only are they annoying for the constantly grooming companion, but they can also pose health hazards to your cat […]

Dog scratching
Pest control, Pets

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Dog

Fleas live within pets’ hair, feasting on a buffet of blood. Combing for fleas, and treating them accordingly, are important steps in caring for your furry friends. First, identify if the issue is fleas, then wash and groom your doggo, clean and protect your home, and do what you can […]