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While houseplants have the ability to bring life to a room and purify the air while doing it, a drawback is that many houseplants are toxic to animals. Here are 10 plants that add beauty to your home without worry.

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Topping out at 6 to 8 inches, this plant is ideal for small spaces such as bookshelves and end tables. Its red, cream and green leaves curl up at night, giving it its name. What’s more, it’s one of the easiest houseplants you can grow.

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This plant is named for the ease with which it can be divided and shared—so if you happen to receive such a gift, rest assured it’s safe for your cats and dogs. But beware, pets may be especially drawn to the fuzzy, crinkly leaves.

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The variegated gray-and-green leaves of this plant make it an attractive option for the home. It’s one of many great easy-care houseplants safe for pets.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to a significant plant health threat and needs your help. Please check your boxwood pl…

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Following an extended hot dry weather, fall rains provide a very quick distinction between living and dead cool-season turf.

Window boxes give gardeners an affordable outlet to do what they love most: experiment. Known as one of the first living walls, window boxes have been a longtime favorite of gardeners. Window boxes continue to be a popular landscape element today and often stand in for front yards at homes that open to the sidewalk. Although there is a lot of creative freedom with planting window boxes, there is a right way to do it. Window boxes show off the wide range of possibilities a few feet of soil can offer, so use our tips to create a floral creation of your own.

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These toys are contoured to feel like food, right down to the sprinkles and tomato leaves, and are easy to clean and sanitize. $10.99 at Amazon

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Keto dieters don’t have to miss out on the summer fun with this low carb cocktail from @theketodadlife. Fresh lime juice, basil leaf, kombucha, and berry sparkling water give this vodka drink plenty of flavor.

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Solo hiker Elena of @hikinghacks totally changes the game on staying fresh during camping trips with this soap hack. She creates single use soap leaves by using a regular bar of soap and a potato peeler to keep her pack light while also staying clean. Another tip? Soap can take some of the itch out of mosquito bites.

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Technically, professionals recommend cleaning your gutters twice per year, in both the spring and fall. But if you’re realistically only going to clean them once per year, it’s best to wait until fall, after the majority of the leaves and branches have fallen, so you can be sure the gutters are properly cleared before winter.

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If you plan to enjoy your backyard this spring and summer, getting it ready should be near the top of your to-do list. Before you start mulching or planting anything new, this typically means starting by clearing out any debris, sticks and leaves that have collected over the winter, as well as sweeping the deck or any patio areas. Clearing out the front yard will also boost your home’s curb appeal.

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Prepare seasonal tools, such as snow blowers, with a tune-up, which includes a light coating of oil to prevent rust. Make these tools (including snow shovels and salt) easily accessible so you don't have to dig them out when you need them. Make sure everything is in proper working order.

Joe P. Bouton, 83, passed away on Tuesday, July, 21 2020, in Georgia from Covid-19 and complications of Parkinson's disease. Joe was raised in…

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