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5 ways to declutter your home that require absolutely zero effort

We’re all for styling your home with items that are sentimental or simply make you happy, but it’s clear that our relationship with shopping has spiraled out of control. According to professional organizer Regina Lark, clutter has become the new norm. The average U.S. household contains over 300,000 “things” and we collectively trash 13 million tons of clothing every single year.

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1 hour, 1 mile and 34 species make for a good birding on a Saturday in Charlotte

Last week I walked a brand new section of Toby Creek Greenway that runs from Chancellor Park Drive to Rocky River Road in the University area. The greenway is elevated over a wet woodland at the start then levels off when drier ground is reached. There are lots of tall and mature sycamores, cottonwoods, and black walnut; all species characteristic floodplain creek side vegetation. It’s a short and easy walk to the end and back.

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On Gardening: Lady Slipper orchid, easy to grow stunning beauty

It looks like it would gobble up an unsuspecting pollinator but instead the pouch called a labellum is simply nature's method of getting a pollination program underway. The pollinator flies into the pouch and most likely finds it a little work to escape all the while either picking up pollen or making a deposit before finding freedom. This wonder of nature occurs in lady slipper orchids which is a spectacle that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Yardsmart: The best annuals for your garden

The English cottage garden began as a worker's garden. These were country folks who served on grand estates or farmed small plots in the countryside. In this incredible climate, the workers planted everything they thought beautiful, oblivious of horticultural fashion of the day. Inevitably, they selected flowers that brightened life after the long English winters. Annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that produced the most glorious color were the most favored. This suggests that at our human roots lies a need for flowers as solace to the disappointments of life.

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Working dogs sniff out Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with Working Dogs for Conservation to train dogs in sniffing out EAB infested wood and ash tree material. The goal is to deploy the dogs to help regulatory crews find infested wood and other materials that may be harboring the destructive tree pest.

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Some decorative grasses spell trouble, but attractive alternatives exist

In the realm of good-looking grasses, Miscanthus has long held a certain pride of place. In 1893, the cover of Gardening magazine, published in Chicago, featured a border of hardy grasses – variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'), zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'), fountain grass (Pennisetum) and giant reed (Arundo donax).

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Design Recipes: The best pastel looks for spring

From flowers to fashion and home furnishings, spring is a time for soft, muted colors. Pastels are a popular choice, whether pink, blue, green, purple or yellow. What is appealing to many homeowners about pastel colors relates to the soft, soothing environments they help create. Pastel colors also pair well with other colors, especially neutrals such as cream, white, taupe, brown and even black.

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Kitchen overflowing? Try modern take on Julia Child-style pegboard

Great storage solutions are born in one of two ways: in a frantic effort to make sense of an ever-expanding universe of things, or as a surrender to the knowledge that space is, in the end, limited. In the case of most of our houses – and particularly our kitchens – that limitation seems to be more stringent than ever. There are only so many pots, pans, paring knives and gadgets that can fit.

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Style at Home: Welcome to Innisfree– It's patio time.

Dan and I love to entertain at our home. When we lived in our grand old Greek revival in Atchison, Kan., welcoming large groups was no big deal. But our snug little lake cottage where we live now just doesn't have the space for big gatherings. So when we renovated the house, we decided to make the most of our outdoor spaces so the party could spill outside.

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Working dogs sniff out Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with Working Dogs for Conservation to train dogs in sniffing out EAB infested wood and ash tree material. The goal is to deploy the dogs to help regulatory crews find infested wood and other materials that may be harboring the destructive tree pest.
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Working dogs sniff out Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota 1:26

Working dogs sniff out Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

Cankerworms, it is their time of year 0:26

Cankerworms, it is their time of year

Blooming Bradford Pear trees 0:45

Blooming Bradford Pear trees

A blooming Romare Bearden Park 0:57

A blooming Romare Bearden Park