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3 All-Natural Ways to Eliminate Weeds That Actually Work

3 All-Natural Ways to Eliminate Weeds That Actually Work

How to keep your lawn care easy on the earth.

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Bulk up your grass.

Thick turf with deep roots is naturally resistant to weeds. To make yours more resilient, use a mulching lawn mower—the clippings return nutrients to 
 the soil. It’s also important to water, fertilize, and mow according to your turfgrass species and region. The folks at your local U.S. Department of Agriculture office can help you determine this info. (To find yours, go to www.
outreach.usda.gov.)

Eliminate weeds more efficiently.

Use a 
stirrup (a.k.a. hula) hoe. It cuts weeds off just below the soil and won’t bring up new weed seeds, says Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D., an integrated-pest-management adviser at the University of California Cooperative Extension, in San Diego.

If you must, buy a kind weed killer.

Look for 
an herbicide that includes one of these ingredients: potassium salts of fatty acid, clove or citrus oil, chelated iron, or corn gluten meal. Always use the recommended amount, and wear the protective 
gear suggested in the label directions.

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10 Goofproof Outdoor Plants

10 Goofproof Outdoor Plants

If tending to your flora is leaving you feeling wilted, take heart: These plants are almost impossible to kill.

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Lantana

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This self-cleaning plant has flower petals with multiple colors (like confetti). The strong fragrance of the leaves deters deer, and hot days stimulate it to produce more blossoms, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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8 Basic Gardening Tools Every Newbie Needs

8 Basic Gardening Tools Every Newbie Needs

Get your green thumb ready with these picks.

If you’re just starting a garden, you’ll want to have a few necessities on hand to make the process easier. We asked the experts to share their favorite essentials. Even if you’re a veteran, this handy guide is a quick refresher.

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Gloves

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“The most important tools in the garden are your hands, which is why you need to protect them with a good pair of gloves,” says Johnston. “I like for my gloves to be fitted so that I can really feel the plants that I am working with. Second skin garden gloves are the absolute best—they are comfortable and dry quickly.”

Moisture Meter

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If you’re using pots or other containers, this handy tool will measure how dry the soil is. “No more wondering if the plant looks like it needs to be watered—now you’ll know for sure,” says Gutierrez.

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The 10 Richest People In America Live In These Four Places

The 10 Richest People In America Live In These Four Places

Mega-mansions, luxury apartments and eco-homes are what being a billionaire can get you.

The annual Forbes 400 list is out, and that means two things: Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world, the nation’s biggest names in tech are still dominating the top slots. Perhaps most intriguing, however? Taking a close look at these tycoons’ real estate investments to find out what they’re spending those hard-earned bucks on.

Those investments typically arrive in the form of luxury real estate (or, if you’re Warren Buffet, modest real estate). It also just so happens that many of those who are among the top 10 are actually practically neighbors.

The Real Wolf Of Wall Street House Is For Sale

Here’s a peek at impressive homes and neighborhoods where America’s top ten wealthiest have put down roots.

Medina, Washington: Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos

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Bill Gates’s $124.99 waterfront home in Medina, Washington, near Seattle.

Bill Gates might be the founder of the world’s largest software company, but don’t mistake him for a Silicon Valley resident. The richest man in America actually lives in a 66,000-square-foot home in Medina, a Washington city outside of Seattle.

The mansion, known as Xanadu 2.0, was built by Gates in 1994 for $63.2 million, and today is worth a whopping $124.99 million, according to the King County Department of Assessments.

The 7-bed, 18.75-bath home sits on the edge of Lake Washington, and has some pretty futuristic features, including a sensor system that automatically adjusts room temperature and lighting to each visitor’s unique preferences as they move throughout the house, computer screens that allow you to display the artwork of your choice, and a 60-foot-long pool that plays music under water.

We’d expect nothing less from the guy who founded Microsoft.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Seattle-based Amazon.com, and the second wealthiest man in America, also calls Medina home. Who knew the nation’s two richest men are practically neighbors? This actually shouldn’t be that surprising though, since, according to the Seattle Times, Medina is known in the area “as a place where very wealthy people want to be left alone.” It’s also home to a co-founder of Costco, the vice-chairman of AT&T, and multiple athletes. The average price for a home in the area? Nearly $2.43 million.

Though Bezos also owns homes in Beverly Hills and Manhattan, this 5.35-acre waterfront compound is certainly his most grand. It even includes a caretaker’s cottage and 4,500-square-foot boat house, according to Forbes.

The 29,000-square-foot home wasn’t always so mammoth, though. In 2010 the property underwent a $28 million renovation, which expanded it from (a still astounding) 13,000-square-feet.

Hey, we all have to start somewhere.

Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Larry Page and Sergey Brin

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Four of the nation’s top ten richest people live in this San Francisco Bay tech hub.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is perhaps the most famous of Silicon Valley’s current residents, and lives in a $7.5 million home that he bought in 2011 in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto — just a short drive from Facebook’s headquarters.

Zuckerberg and wife, Pricilla Chan, share 5,000 square feet, which includes 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a lush garden, a pool and a cozy outdoor fireplace. Good luck trying to catch a glimpse inside, though — the property is heavily concealed by trees and a wall.

Talk about using your privacy settings.

Oracle Corporation founder Larry Ellison is known for collecting real estate, from mansions in Malibu and Newport, Rhode Island, to an estate and private golf course in Rancho Mirage, California, and almost the entire Hawaiian Island of Lanai. His primary property, though, is a $110 million Japanese-inspired manse in Woodside, California, another Silicon Valley town that’s just a short drive from Palo Alto.

The home, which took about seven years to build, spans 23 acres and is rumored to have taken somewhere between $100 and $200 million to complete, according to Variety.

It’s no surprise Ellison chose to settle in Woodside — it’s one of the nation’s wealthiest communities (the average home price in the area is around $1.8 million, according to Zillow) and is home to other big names in tech and business like the CEO of Sony, Kazoo Hirai, the CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman, and Charles R. Schwab, to name a few.

And what would Silicon Valley be without Google? The tech company’s co-founder and Alphabet CEO, Larry Page, lives in a $9.8 million 6-bed, 6-bath, 8-thousand-square-foot Spanish style home in Old Palo Alto, according to Zillow.

The home, built in 1934, isn’t as new as you might expect, but in 2009 Page began constructing an “ecohouse” right beside it after buying up properties next door. The new 6,000-square-foot eco-friendly mansion has solar panels, a parking lot paved with sustainable materials and a rooftop garden among other green features, according to Buisness Insider.

Just around the corner in Los Altos Hills you’ll find Google’s other co-founder and Alphabet president, Sergey Brin. The town neighbors on Mountain View, Google’s homebase, and also the town of Los Altos, where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built Apple’s first computer in Job’s garage in 1976.

These days it’s primarily a town for older wealthy people and tech-types, with an average home price of nearly $5 million, making it the 11th most expensive zip code in the US according to Forbes.

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10 Best Instagram Accounts For Interior Design

10 Best Instagram Accounts For Interior Design

For a new generation of designers, Instagram is not only an outlet for creativity, but also a crucial way to attract clients.

The design world isn’t what it used to be — and that’s probably for the best. Social media has become not only a creative outlet for a new generation, but also a crucial way to find clients. An innovative young jeweler exhibits her wares not just at the usual trade fairs, but amid the avant-garde innovators at Design Miami. And a communal studio space in Manhattan provides a new template for how designers can work, both together and apart.

In the six years since Instagram burst into the App Store, the social-networking site for the visually oriented has become the clickbait of choice for interior designers—Bunny Williams has 129,000 followers—and, for young decorators especially, a source of new clients as well. “I’ve met so many people on Instagram,” says Mark D. Sikes, whose preppy, all-American style has earned him 75,500 fans. “It’s less polished than a professionally produced design portfolio, but it puts you literally into the hands of the public, showing them who you are and what you love.” Here, 10 design firms talk about the power (and pitfalls) of Instagram.

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The 16 Biggest HGTV Scandals Of All Time

The 16 Biggest HGTV Scandals Of All Time

So much drama in the HGTV.

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you probably still know all about Home and Garden Television. (It’s the network has made you jealous of your best friend’s under-rock home because it’s 4 square feet larger and has a deck.)

Better known by its popular acronym HGTV, the cable channel runs a number of addictive shows where perky hosts turn not-so-great properties into more habitable homes. You know you’ve got a Pinterest board full of their best tips!

It’s important to keep up with the home and decor trends, after all. And you know what else it’s important to keep up with!? The scandals that surround the hugely popular station. Here are some of the most memorable from HGTV’s history — drama that even a few coats of paint can’t cover up.

1. When “Flip or Flop”‘s Tarek and Christina El Moussa split after some serious drama. The couple announced their split with a statement to People magazine Dec. 12, stating that they had faced “challenges” in their marriage, and in particular citing an “unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago” as the big issue. TMZ offered up more details on that “misunderstanding,” describing it as “a scary incident involving guns and a feared suicide attempt.” After a big fight, police were called to the couple’s home and saw Tarek running from the property with a gun (Christina also fled the house crying). After being found by police, Tarek explained he had gone out with his gun to “blow off some steam.”

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2. And when one of the “Property Brothers” got in a bar brawl. Jonathan Scott, one of the esteemed Property Bros, got into a bar fight at a North Dakota last June and reportedly had to be dragged from the premises. The drinking establishment was apparently closed at the time, and Jonathan and his crew got upset when their drinks were taken away… fast-forward to the bar’s bouncer allegedly having Scott in a headlock and the TV star calling 911 to report that he’d been assaulted.

At the end of the day, TMZ’s video of the altercation proved not to be enough to get the Property Bro et al in trouble, and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

3. When a “Love It or List It” home was maybe destroyed. A North Carolina couple filed a lawsuit in April against the production company behind “Love it or List It,” claiming their home was left “irreparably damaged” after the show filmed. The Miami Herald reported that Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan asked the production company to clean up the shoddy work of the construction company hired to work on the couple’s house. Apparently they left the place in major disarray, with low-grade carpet, ruined floors and windows painted shut.

4. When it was revealed that “House Hunters” is a lie. When former “House Hunters” participant Bobi Jensen flat-out called the show a sham, plenty of people were likely surprised, then thought, “Oh yeah. That makes a lot of sense.” In a now-infamous 2012 post on the Hooked on Houses blog, Jensen shared that HGTV producers didn’t like her initial plan to remodel her current home so she could rent it out. They basically told her that the episode would be about her family’s desperation for more square footage instead. They also forced Jensen to buy the new house before the episode aired, and the houses they toured on the show belonged to family friends.

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The Best Home Decor Deals To Shop All Black Friday 2016 Weekend

The Best Home Decor Deals To Shop All Black Friday 2016 Weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for a home redecoration.

It’s true — curating the furniture and decor in your space so that it becomes the dwelling of your dreams takes a lot of time and can be a considerable investment. Though it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the dizzying number of sales going on during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t even think about skipping out.

If you’re in the market for a large-ticket decor item like a sofa, dining room set, or high-quality bed linens, it is absolutely worth taking advantage of the limited-time promos for the massive savings alone. No two home sales are alike, and we’ve rounded up a number of great ones below:

Ace Hardware: Save up to 50% off home goods and tools from 11/23 to 11/28 on acehardware.com.

American Heirloom: From 11/25 to 11/26, get free shipping with the code AHFRIDAY. On 11/28, save 25% off the entire site with code AHCYBERMONDAY on aheirloom.com

Art.com: From 11/23 to 11/30, get up to 50% off site-wide at art.com.

AllModern: From 11/18 to 11/28, enjoy up to 70% off items across most categories. On 11/28 only, save 70% off select picks with code MODERNMONDAY on allmodern.com.

Ashley Furniture: Save up to 50% off and up to five years’ no interest on purchases made from 11/25 to 11/28 on ashleyfurniturehomestore.com.

Brooklinen: From 11/20 to 11/29, get free shipping site-wide and a free candle with a purchase of $150 or more. Also during this timeframe, get 10% off a $250 purchase, 15% off a $350 purchase, or 20% off a $450 purchase on brooklinen.com.

bunglo: Save 40% off site-wide with code LUCKYYOU from 11/25 to 11/28 on bunglo.co.

Chasing Paper: From 11/25 to 11/28, save 50% on select wallpapers, plus free shipping at chasingpaper.com.

Chatbooks: Get 20% off site-wide from 11/21 to 11/28 at chatbooks.com.

Crane & Canopy: Get 20% off your purchase using the code THANKS from 11/25 to 11/28 at craneandcanopy.com.

Dear Keaton: From 11/25 to 11/27, save 30% off of their (temporarily expanded) sale section with code EXTRA30. On 11/28, get 20% off site-wide and free shipping with code CYBER20 on dearkeaton.com.

Easy, Tiger: From 11/25 to 11/29, get 20% off of their champagne flutes, plus receive free silver glassware with any purchase over $50 on easytigerco.com.

Electric Objects: Get $50 off the EO2 smart art-frame and free shipping in the U.S. from 11/25 to 11/28 on electricobjects.com.

GelPro: From 11/25 to 11/28, take 30% off and get free shipping on all residential kitchen mats with the code cyber16 on gelpro.com.

Handy: On 11/25, any booking made that day for a service on any future date will s their specialist paid 1.5 times their standard rate, at no additional cost to the booker. Sign up at handy.com.

HORNE: From 11/25 to 11/28, save 15% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY16 on shophorne.com.

Home Depot: Their month-long holiday sale is running until 11/30, and you can save up to 40% on major appliances, and get huge savings on a variety of other items on homedepot.com.

HoneyComb Studio: From 11/25 to 11/28, get free shipping with the code shopsmall16 on honeycomb-studio.com.

Illy: On 11/25, enjoy 15% off orders over $75, 20% off orders over $150, and 25% off orders over $225. On 11/28, receive a complimentary espresso machine (your choice of an X9, Y5 Duo or Y3 Machine) with the purchase of two cases of illy iperEspresso capsules on illyusa.com

JCPenney: From 11/23 to 11/25, get up to 40% off on select major appliances, and up to 60% off certain mattresses, accent rugs, and furniture on jcpenney.com.

Joann: From 11/23 to 12/1, get major discounts (up to 70% off!) on all major crafting categories at joann.com.

Jonathan Adler: Take 20% off everything (except art), and free shipping on all purchases (except furniture), from 11/22 to 11/29 on jonathanadler.com.

Joss & Main: From 11/24 to 11/27, get up to 80% off across 13 different sales on the site, including rugs, sofas, lighting, and stocking stuffers. Then on 11/28, take an extra 30% off select items with the code CYBERDAY on jossandmain.com.

Leesa: From 11/22 to 11/30, get $75 off a mattress and an included $50 Amazon gift card on leesa.com.

Macy’s: From 11/23 to 11/26, get up to 60% off everything from apparel to kitchen appliances on macys.com.

Nook: From 11/25 to 11/28, enjoy 15% off entire website with the promo code BLACKCYBER15 on nooksleep.com.

ProFlowers: On 11/25, enjoy up to 50% off select items on proflowers.com.

Saatchi Art: From 11/23 to 11/28, save 10% off orders of original artwork under $1000 with code Gift and 15% off orders of $1,000 or more with code Holiday. Additionally, from 11/27 to 11/28, get 20% off of framed art prints with code Cyber on saatchiart.com.

Society6: From 11/24 to 11/28, get 20% off and free shipping on society6.com.

Still House: On 11/25, get 20% off your purchase on stillhousenyc.com.

Teavana: From 11/23 to 11/25, there’s a buy-one-get-one-free promo on select items, as well as free shipping using the code BLACKFRIDAY. Additionally, from 11/26 to 11/29, use the code CYBER to enjoy $25 off any $60 of qualifying merchandise, plus free shipping on teavana.com.

Wayfair: From 11/18 to 12/3, expect lots of ongoing sales off thousands of best-sellers — get up to 80% off items in major furniture categories on wayfair.com.