Trees & Shrubs

Cat climbing on Christmas tree

How to Keep Pets Safe from Your Christmas Decorations

It’s a wonder cats and dogs can contain themselves at all at Christmastime, with all those climbable branches, swattable glittery baubles, and scented chewable branches! But there are some things you can do to keep your pets (and decorations!) safe this holiday season.

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Dragging a cut Christmas tree home in the snow

How to Select and Decorate a Christmas Tree

Whether you cut down your own tree or visit one of the many tree lots popping up during the holidays, selecting and bringing home a Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the season. Read on for answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to select and care for a cut Christmas tree.

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Decorated live Christmas tree

How to Choose and Care for a Living Christmas Tree

Decorating, enjoying, and then planting a living Christmas tree can be a wonderful “green” holiday tradition. Living Christmas trees require a little extra attention to acclimate them indoors and to plant them afterwards, but the rewards are well worth it. Here’s what you need to know to choose, care for, and plant a living Christmas tree.

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Trimming Trees? Do This to Extend Your Reach 5 Feet

Here’s how you can modify a pair of bypass loppers and trim high, hard-to-reach tree branches.

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Planting Indoor Container Trees

Growing trees in planters inside your home is a unique way to bring the outdoors in. Here are some tips for choosing and planting indoor container trees from Southern Patio.

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Man holding standard and pruning blades with reciprocating saw.

Use a Reciprocating Saw to Prune Tree Branches Faster Than Ever

Watch this video for tips on how to quickly and easily prune tree limbs and branches using a standard reciprocating saw equipped with a special pruning blade.

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Rodgersia plants with green, serrated leaves and clumps of white flowers.

Four Easy to Grow, Shade Loving Alternatives to Hostas

If you’re ready for a new look in your garden, here are four easy to grow, shade loving alternatives to hostas that will give you a similar effect while adding variety. Read on to find out more.

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Azalea shrubs blooming under tree.

Shade Loving Flowers to Plant in Your Yard

If you have shady spots in your yard that could use some color, check out these seven plants, including hydrangeas and hostas, that do well and bloom in partial sun and shady conditions! Read on to find out more.

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