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A rare, historically massive cicada season is coming: How to protect your lawn, trees, and landscaping

With 2024 expected to be a historic year for cicada emergence, Pest Gnome put together a comprehensive primer on these insects: from which areas of the country will see the greatest number of cicadas to what every homeowner can do to protect their lawn and landscaping.

10 Made-in-the-Shade Ideas for Covered Outdoor Spaces

(BPT) - Homeowners across the country are going undercover. It seems no matter where you live, the growing popularity of covered outdoor spaces is evident in backyards from Buffalo to Bakersfield. …

Refresh your shade garden: Transform the outdoors with impatiens

(BPT) - Gardening enthusiasts, rejoice! The long-awaited moment has arrived — gardening season is officially here. As green thumbs eagerly prepare to embark on their outdoor endeavors, …

Best cities for naked gardening
LawnStarter reports on the best cities in the U.S. to bare it all in the garden.
Green goodness: 4 reasons to love homegrown produce
(BPT) - Are you one of the 185 million Americans who garden? If not, it’s time to consider joining the crowd. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding hobby, especially if you grow your own …
Antoni Porowski's tips for creating a yard-to-table garden
(BPT) - Have you ever grown salsa in your garden? What about potato salad? You can, with spring’s hottest culinary trend called "yard-to-table." It brings farm-to-table home and is about …
From watering via ice cubes to spritzing with hydrogen peroxide – 4 misguided plant health trends on social media
The internet is full of advice on just about everything, including plant care. As the director of a plant diagnostic laboratory and expert on plant medicine, I help people manage their plants’ health
How to transform your backyard into a PGA TOUR-level lawn
(BPT) - Throughout the year, golf tournaments captivate audiences excited to watch the pros do what they do best: play golf! As viewers tune in to see their favorite athletes compete on pristine golf …

6 tips to take your spring DIY projects from weeds to blooms

(BPT) - The spring is a great time of year to start tackling the DIY projects you’ve been putting off all winter. If you plan to roll up your sleeves this season, you're part of a growing …

7 Tips for Spring Yard Prep

(BPT) - After winter's last gasp, spring is just around the corner. That means it's time to get out into the yard and tackle some spring cleaning. With a little DIY prep work now, your yard will be …

The ultimate in-and-out list for your backyard this spring

(BPT) - As the weather begins to warm up, it's time to breathe life into your backyard sanctuary and embrace the vibrant spirit of spring. Professional landscaper, author, and TV host of "I Hate My …

How to keep your garden on-trend with petunias this spring

(BPT) - Excited to elevate your garden into a trending oasis destination this spring? If you're like many gardeners, you likely approach your outdoor living area with a discerning designer's …

Cherry blossoms – celebrated in Japan for centuries and gifted to Americans – are an appreciation of impermanence and spring

Cherry blossoms mark the beginning of spring. Various festivals are regularly organized in California, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., to celebrate the bloom of cherry trees. …

How to create an Insta-worthy outdoor living space

(BPT) - Social media has changed the ways people engage with content and seek inspiration. Thanks to ever-evolving technology and algorithms, you have the ability to find new ideas instantly. Need a …

Bring vitality to gardens in the shade with impatiens: Your new burst of living color!

(BPT) - Ready to fill your garden with striking colors this spring? Look to Beacon® Impatiens from PanAmerican Seed®, the gardener’s favorite versatile plant for partial to deep shade …

Why do flowers smell?

Imagine walking through a tropical forest as a sweet scent wafts through the air. A little farther down the path, the putrid stench of rotting flesh makes you catch your breath. Upon investigation, you find that both odors originate from flowers – but why do flowers smell like anything at all? ...
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Five clear signs it's time to sell your car
Knowing when to sell your car isn't necessarily easy. Sell it too soon and you could be forgoing months or even years of a potentially happy union. Hold onto it for too long, however, and it could cost you more than planned in terms of depreciation, unexpected bills, or a lack of suitability for changing needs. With that in mind, CarGurus compiled five easy signs that all indicate the time might well have come to sell your car.  1. When It No Longer Meets Your Needs Life changes. Landing a new job, moving, starting a family, watching kids leave the nest—events like these determine how you'll use your car, and in time inform when to sell your car. Buying that four-wheel-drive truck made sense when you were living with New England winters, but now that you've moved to Arizona, you might want to look for something more fuel-efficient, or perhaps something with a convertible top. Or you might love that two-door sports car, but with a kid on the way, it's time to start looking for a minivan with more room. 2. When It's at Its Most Valuable One of the five signs it's time to sell your car concerns resale value. It's wise to sell your used car when it's at its most valuable. Here are some factors affecting the selling price of your used vehicle: Demand Demand plays a massive role in the resale value of your used car, and market trends can affect demand in powerful ways. For example, if there are supply issues that cause new and used car inventory to be low, demand for used cars may skyrocket. Depending on the year and model, the value of your car may be higher than you think. If demand for used cars is high, it may be an excellent time to sell your vehicle. Overall Condition Your vehicle's condition affects its price on the used car market. If you want to sell your vehicle with the least hassle (and for the most money), do it when everything is in good working condition. Selling a car that needs major repairs, whether mechanical or cosmetic, can be difficult. When potential buyers discover the vehicle needs work, they will likely ask to deduct the cost of repairs from the asking price—or they'll walk away from the deal. Mileage Selling before the odometer hits the 60,000-to-70,000-mile mark is a good idea since that's often when expensive fixes become necessary. Sell a car before this mileage marker, and you can ask for a higher price. If your current vehicle has already passed 70,000 miles, it will still be easier to find a buyer if you list now before it reaches 100,000 miles. Though the condition of your car might not change at that mileage marker, shoppers may think differently about the same used vehicle once it passes six figures' worth of miles, even if it's a Toyota, Honda, or other notoriously long-lived make. 3. When It Costs More to Keep Running Than It's Worth Ideally, you'd sell your car when it's running well. But what if your vehicle is already costing you a lot of money in repair costs? Getting a $2,000 repair estimate for a car worth $2,000 means it's time to sell, but it won't always be that obvious. Estimating the value of your vehicle and comparing that value with the cost of keeping your car on the road will take some research and math, but that effort will save you time and money in the end. First, determine how much the vehicle is worth. Next, ask your trusted mechanic about upcoming maintenance costs. These may include significant repairs needed to keep your car on the road, repairs coming in the next year that aren't necessary right now, and considerable maintenance due in the next year based on mileage. Finally, compare the vehicle's worth to how much it costs to keep it running. If costs exceed the value of the car itself, it's time to sell. 4. When It's Too Expensive to Drive A car typically has two expenses you'll face consistently: fuel and insurance. Those expenses vary based on the model of your vehicle. For example, a small hybrid may use less gas than a full-size SUV. And you may face higher insurance premiums with a luxury car than a budget-friendly hatchback. You may have reached a point with your car where fuel or insurance costs are too steep for you to handle. Maybe higher gas prices have left you wanting to switch from a gas-guzzler to something more fuel-efficient. Or maybe your financial situation has changed and you want to save money by getting a car with lower insurance costs. If your car's expenses for gas or insurance are burdensome, it may be an excellent time to switch vehicles. 5. When It Feels Unsafe One of the five signs it's time to sell your car concerns safety. Your car may start every time you turn the key, but maybe stopping with those worn-out brakes feels less certain. Or perhaps the engine is purring, but there's so much rust you worry about parts falling off every time you drive. Also, your vehicle's safety features can tell you whether it's time to buy a new car. For example, many modern vehicles come with advanced driver-assistance features that can help prevent accidents. Getting a newer model might make sense if your car lacks these features. The old "safety first" rule applies here. If your car's safety is in question, that's a sure sign the time has come to part ways. Conclusion If any of the above criteria apply to you, take it as a sign that the time has come to sell your car. And if you're wondering how to do that, check out the best ways to sell your car.  
Online gamers want more concrete value from their virtual in-game purchases
Unstoppable Games polled gamers on what they spend on in-game items and whether they feel the purchases have been worth it.
5 emerging trends that will change how you use your phone in 2024
Visible partnered with Stacker to highlight some of the biggest trends that could impact how you use your phone in 2024 based on consumer surveys and news reports. 
Cancer diagnoses could reach record high in 2024. Here's how alcohol increases risk.
Northwell Health partnered with Stacker to illustrate the lesser-known association between alcohol intake and some cancers, using CDC data.
In-person socialization is alive in these states—here's where people are the most social
Peerspace mapped the states that spend the most time socializing using data from the American Time Use Survey via IPUMS.