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1. Lack the time (or skill?) for planting interesting container combos? Buy them potted up by the pros from nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers. Just be sure to read labels regarding sun exposure, care, etc.

2. When starting an exterior house-painting project, begin on the side that will remain in the shade until you finish. Direct sunlight can cause paint to dry too quickly, and can cause lap marks and blistering. For other tips, visit benjaminmoore.com.

3. Elevated garden beds are something to consider if kneeling and bending are difficult. Some structures are tall enough to let you stand and garden.

4. Landscape lighting of various types not only extends the hours you spend outdoors, it also can be used to improve safety, accent garden features and improve overall ambience.

5. For striking centerpieces at a bridal shower or outdoor party, fill canning jars with clusters of colorful gerbera daisies and tie pretty ribbons around the jars.

6. According to Burpee, yellow blooms couldn't be more popular among flower gardeners this season.

7. Check out local greenhouses and nurseries for ergonomic gardening tools designed for ease of use.

8. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding a Black Friday Bulb Sale at 8 a.m. April 27. The Gardens provides the bag; you fill it for $7. See buffalogardens.com for details or call 827-1584.

9. Incorporate whimsical garden gear into your outdoor decor. A watering can will add a colorful touch to decks and patios when not in use.    

10. Summer watering needs vary by plant type. Learn to do it properly in terms of amount, frequency, application techniques, etc.