Ticks are a serious problem for both humans and animals. For example, in the United States alone, 36% of Lyme disease cases can be attributed to tick bites. A single tick bite could also spread other diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, or babesiosis.

If you want to keep ticks out of your yard and away from your family members, here are a few simple steps you can take.

Using Repellents

The most important step you can take is to use a repellent. There are many different types of tick repellents on the market, so you should be able to find one that works well for you. Some contain DEET, while others use essential oils such as rosemary or lemongrass. Whatever base you choose, make sure you’re using natural tick repellent for the yard as much as possible. This is important, as some chemical-based ones can be harmful

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In the five years since the Nintendo Switch released, the console has become absolutely loaded with great games, including plenty of entries in some of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. Family-friendly games have always been part of Nintendo’s DNA, and with the Switch becoming Nintendo’s most successful home console ever, it’s no surprise that there are more stellar games for kids on the Switch than any of the console’s predecessors. We’ve rounded up the best Switch games for kids in 2022. Many of these games feature local multiplayer, so you and your kids can game together. Also, a decent number of these games aren’t just the best Switch games for kids–they are some of the best Nintendo Switch games, period.

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Our list contains the obvious standouts but also some games that might not be on your radar. Games of all different genres are represented, too, and

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What is Organic Soil?

As gardeners, we revel in playing in the dirt. Whether we tinker in a small urban patch or tend to an expansive plot, garden management starts well below ground level.

Meaty tomatoes, lush leafy greens and bountiful squash benefit from a nutrient-dense foundation made with organic soil. And with soil being as unique as the gardener who tends it, quality varies from region to region, climate to climate and season to season. 

Soil is a living organism and, like anything in nature, needs year-round nurturing. Why risk damage, drought or disease, when one of the easiest ways to boost your garden is by tilling in organic soil?

Organic soil is a mini-ecosystem marriage of compost, plant decomposition and animal manure. To the novice gardener, this combo may seem, er, dirty, but it’s this mixture of minerals and microorganisms that pumps life back into the earth and

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Some of my earliest memories involve sights of rich, dark soils, green leaves that seemed to go on forever, plump black and yellow bumblebees, and sweet smells of tomatoes on the vine. I couldn’t estimate the number of times I ran barefoot on the cool, fragrant path to my grandmother’s vegetable garden or the hours I spent alongside her picking beans in the searing sun.

On the warmest of days, she would cut a freshly-picked watermelon or cantaloupe beneath the giant twin oak trees of her backyard, and we would devour the sweet, cooling, sticky fruit with great delight. I guess you could say I am nostalgic about gardening.

Although I’ll always cherish those memories, the idea of horticulture has taken on a more urgent meaning for me through the years. During my childhood, most everyone we knew had a garden. Both small- and large-scale cultivation was a

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