When to prune hydrangea, making a square-foot garden, bluebird houses

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 24, 2019

flowering tree

Look all around thee! How the Spring advances!
New life is playing through the gay, green trees
See how in yonder bower the light leaf dances
To the birds tread and the quivering breeze.

–Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853)

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When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas

When do you prune your hydrangeas? Well, it depends on the variety. Yes, we know that sounds tricky but it’s not if you consult our handy cheat sheet to figure out the best time to prune. We’ve included photos in case you’re not sure which hydrangea you have. 
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Tired of Too Many Lawn Tasks and Not Having the Right Equipment?

It’s Spring and time to take care of the many lawn projects that await you. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single reliable power source that accepts multiple attachments to tackle all sorts of jobs? ECHO’s Pro Attachment Series(TM) is the answer.

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Gingered Beef, Snow Peas, and Carrots
Gingered Beef, Snow Peas, and Carrots

Add the taste of spring with carrots and snow peas! (Snow peas can be substituted with sugar snap peas.)

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House-hunting with the Bluebird
House-hunting with the Bluebird

On a sunny day in early spring, the male bluebird goes looking for the perfect nesting site. Instead of building a traditional nest, these plump little thrushes commonly find nest boxes as well as old woodpecker holes. Let’s go house-hunting with this most charismatic of thrushes.
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The Old Farmer's Almanac All-Natural Ant Repellent

Repels Black, Red, Fire, Crazy, Sweet, and Carpenter Ants!

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Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?
Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?

Ever meant to say one thing, but something else pops out of your mouth? Spoonerisms are sort of similar. Here’s curious story of how the word spoonerism was invented—and some fun with words.
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