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Yardsmart: How to resolve conflict in cactus, succulent gardens

Ordinary plants yield their space while cacti and succulents resort to violence to keep competitors at bay. Drought-resistant species take no prisoners and use their armor to claim earth and its treasure: water. Unless you control the proximity of this botanical weaponry, you will sustain casualties out there as plants you love and paid dearly for rot, melt down or become scarred beyond recognition.

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Don't have a nightstand? 7 alternatives that work just as well

Nothing is worse than having to get out of bed when you're finally about to fall asleep. But without a bedside table, where are you supposed to put that glass of water, alarm clock and nightlight? Well, we're all about thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating and utilizing unexpected items in your decor, and it doesn't hurt if they also prevent groggy, disruptive trips out of bed. After some thought, we came up a few furniture options for all your bedroom essentials that don't require a traditional nightstand.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: The heart of the home

We may travel to the far corners of the globe on adventures ... or put in long days at work ... but most of our real living is done within a few square feet in our own homes. This special spot is both our launching pad and our safe harbor. It's where we turn up the music and dance while tossing together Tuesday night dinner. Relax over a well-deserved glass of wine with our best friends. Get lost in a good book or binge watch our favorite series. For most of us, the heart of our home is our kitchen and family room.

Home & Garden

Tag a bag

Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie's List: What are the benefits of a furnace inspection?

Much like a car, a furnace needs tuning to keep it in good working order. And regular maintenance will prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Poor furnace maintenance is to blame for most of the emergency calls heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) experts receive in the winter, they say. So, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect and service your furnace before the cold weather hits.

Travel

Familiar frights at these haunts

Six years ago, director Eli Roth pulled on a costume from his film "Hostel" and staged an impromptu performance inside the film's maze at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights.

Travel

A Taste of Transylvania in North Carolina

Looking for a couple's getaway to keep you both happy? A surprisingly attractive option lies a reasonably short distance from the Asheville, N.C., airport. Home to world-class mountain bikers drawn to its extensive trail network and mild winters, nationally known fly fishermen and an internationally acclaimed music center, this rural getaway offers travel amenities, a publicly accessible NASA gem and an art district that's home to a Smithsonian exhibitor. Need more? There's also a blooming craft beer scene, and more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. North Carolina's Transylvania County has much to offer lovers of music, mountain biking and Mother Nature.

Travel

A Yosemite park ranger's five favorite spots

Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome, spectacular as it is. There's so much beauty and bounty to check out in its northern reaches, where the crowds are sparse and the sights spectacular. So we asked park ranger Jamie Richards about some of her favorite spots. She's particularly fond of Tuolumne Meadows and the points along Tioga Road, she says, and now is the perfect time to go.

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