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A healthy, beautiful yard can be yours with these tips on green landscaping. Find ways to make your outdoor living safe and sustainable. Topics include pools, spas, lawn maintenance, outdoor furniture, herbicides, fertilizers, pest control, solar lighting, kitchen gardens, water conservation and barbecues.

Top 10 Trends in Green Landscape Design
Organic gardening and green landscaping design are smart ways to conserve water and energy while reducing your use of pesticides, herbicides and other toxins.

8 Tips for Green Lawn Care
Green lawn care will give you a beautiful, safe lawn. Follow these organic lawn care tips for a healthy lawn that takes advantage of natural weed killers and other smart lawn care tips. These green lawn care tips will give you a green lawn that's safe and natural.

What Is a Xeriscape?
Xeriscape is a type of landscape design that emphasizes the beauty of drought-tolerant plants that need less water to thrive. But what does xeriscaping look like, and is a xeriscape landscape design a good idea for places like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California?

How Safe Is Roundup?
Roundup, made by Monsanto, is a widely used weed killer. But questions about the safety of Roundup and its ingredients, namely glyphosate and POEA, continue to plague the herbicide.

7 Great Reasons to Compost
Are you ready to start composting, but need some convincing before you start that compost pile? Here are the basics of composting, and 7 good reasons to start recycling your kitchen waste and lawn clippings into yard and garden fertilizer.

Plant a Wind Break to Save Energy
How can a tree help you save energy? A wind break or even a single shade tree, if planted in the right place, can greatly reduce your home's electric bills. Learn how wind breaks and shade trees can save energy while beautifying your home.

What to Compost - and What Not to Compost
If you're wondering what to compost, and what items are not safe for your composting bin, look no further. This list of EPA-approved composting materials will help you sort out what should and should not be put in your compost.

Michelle Obama’s White House Garden
What is Michelle Obama planting in the White House garden? Take a look at the First Lady's plans for going green at the White House's organic garden.

Rain Water Harvesting with a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is an ideal rain water harvesting system. But what should you look for in a rain barrel? And what can you safely do with stored rain water? Discover the facts about rain water harvesting with a rain barrel.

Organic Lawn Fertilizers
Here's a review of organic lawn fertilizers.

Alternative Pest Control Products
Updated reviews of pest control methods that don't rely on chemicals.

What Is Soil? Get the Dirt on Dirt
What is soil? It's essential for the survival of life on Earth, but due to soil erosion, it's disappearing fast. Get the facts on soil conservation.

DEET vs. Natural Insect Repellents
Many natural insect repellents claim to repel bugs as well as DEET. But how effective is a natural repellent made of green ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil, picaridin or IR3535?

Rain Water Harvesting with Algreen's Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is a great idea for rain water harvesting. This review of Algreen Product's rain water harvesting system includes information on rain water storage and a user's review of an Algreen rain barrel.

Great Trees of the World
Where is the largest tree in the world? But is it also the world's tallest tree? How big is the biggest tree on Earth? And how old is the world's oldest tree? Discover these and many other magnificent heritage trees in this list of some of the greatest trees alive today.

Bee Death: What's Causing Colony Collapse?
Scientists worldwide are alarmed at the high rates of bee death caused by colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Is it nosema, clothianidin, neonicotinoid or some other cause? Get the facts on hive collapse and colony collapse disease.

10 Surprising Uses for Vinegar
Cleaning with vinegar is just one of many uses for this "miracle" product. There are dozens of household uses for vinegar, from lawn care to laundry. Discover how green cleaning with ordinary white vinegar can keep your household safe, healthy and clean.

What Is a Greenscape?
GreenScaping is a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden, while also protecting and preserving natural resources. By changing your landscape to a GreenScape, over time you can save time and money and protect the environment.

Natural Swimming Ponds
Natural swimming pools (or swimming ponds, as they are called in Europe) are self-cleaning pools that combine swimming areas and water gardens.

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