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3 Important Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

The start of fall is the best time to prepare your lawn for the long winter ahead. Without help, most lawns will not survive snow, ice, and extreme cold intact, so when spring finally arrives, you may find that your

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A Thanksgiving Survival Guide For Your Home

Preparing for Thanksgiving is no easy task: Every year, our family takes several days leading up to the event to clean the house, put together the menu, and collect enough chairs and serving pieces to accommodate our guests. This year,

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8 Creative Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining in Cooler Weather

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Outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to the summer months: Autumn is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the cooler weather. To make your fall get-togethers a success, draw inspiration from these creative ideas for outdoor entertaining.

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4 Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations For Your Lawn

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Every year, I look for new ideas for my Halloween landscape. To save money, I prefer to make most of my decorations myself using materials found around my home. This October, try your hand at creating some spine-chilling Halloween décor using these ideas.

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7 Must-Do Autumn Home Maintenance Projects

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As winter approaches, the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Now is the perfect time to finish up those critical maintenance tasks that you didn’t get to during the summer. I actually prefer doing outdoor projects in the fall to avoid the extreme heat of the summer sun. Performing maintenance in autumn still leaves ample time to make any necessary repairs before the onset of winter. Roll up your sleeves and complete your home maintenance tasks with this list.

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What to Do With Leftover Seeds

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After the growing season has come and gone, you may be left with extra fruit, vegetable, or flower seeds. Instead of simply throwing these seeds away, I prefer to store or reuse them as not to be wasteful. If properly stored, most plant seeds can be used from one year to the next. Whether you have leftover packaged seeds or have harvested seeds from your own garden, there are numerous uses for your leftover seeds.

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Make Your Own Charming Corn Maze

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Some of my fondest childhood memories are of walks with my family each October through a local corn maze. Today, corn mazes are a common symbol of Autumn, and are the perfect Fall activity for families in search of outdoor fun. Designing and creating your own private labyrinth can provide entertainment for children and adults of all ages throughout the fall season. If you haven’t yet tilled under or cut down the corn stalks in your garden, follow our simple guide to build a corn maze. (Otherwise, hang onto this list until the spring.)

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The Perfect Pumpkin Picking Guide

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Pumpkin-picking has been one of my favorite fall activities since I was a young child. Each year, we take a trip to the local pumpkin patch in search of the biggest, roundest pumpkins to take home and carve into jack-o’-lanterns. While pumpkins can range in size, shape, and color, there are several characteristics that can indicate damage or early spoilage. Follow this perfect pumpkin guide designed to help you choose, harvest, and care for pumpkins this fall.

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Haunted Harvest: 13 Things You Can Do With a Pumpkin

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From spooky jack-o’-lanterns to spiced pumpkin pies, there are numerous things you can do with your home-grown pumpkins. Pumpkins can be used for fall décor, Halloween displays, and a wide variety of delicious dishes. These resilient fruits are highly versatile and tasty and can actually be a healthy treat to enjoy during the fall season. Check out these other creative uses for pumpkins:

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The Unconventional Guide to Recycling Leaves

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Each fall, the shorter and cooler days trigger the end of the growth season. Leaves begin to turn yellow, orange, or red and fall from the trees. While fallen autumn leaves are certainly beautiful, they can quickly become a nuisance as they cover lawns, gardens, and driveways. Instead of bagging up the leaves and sending them to a landfill, consider recycling them. Here’s how to make use of fallen leaves on your property.

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