Will Yellowstone Be Back for Season 4?

The drama-filled show is set to return for another season in 2021.


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With all of the twists and turns, it’s no surprise that Yellowstone has become one of the hit TV shows of the summer. The story of the drama-filled Dutton family’s Montana ranch is filled with cliffhangers, making it perfect for binge-watching. Kevin Costner stars as patriarch John Dutton, who, along with his children Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly), and Jamie (Wes Bentley), does whatever it takes to protect his ranch and fortune. Season 3 came to a head during the eventful finale, which ended with a bomb and gunfire, leaving viewers wondering who would survive to see season 4.

HOW CAN I WATCH SEASON 3?

If you haven’t watched past seasons of Yellowstone, you have time to catch up! The show is not on Netflix or Hulu, but seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch on the new Peacock streaming service. Season 3 has not launched on Peacock yet, but you don’t have to wait long! Season 3 will be available on Peacock on November 22, 2020. If you have cable TV service, you can sign in to watch all episodes through the Paramount Network. If you just can’t wait, individual episodes are also available to purchase through Amazon.

When will season 4 premiere?

Well, don’t worry. There will be a season 4. According to Deadline, “Paramount Network has ordered a fourth season of its flagship series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner, ahead of its Season 3 premiere on the summer.” Filming for season 4 was delayed by a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic but picked up shortly before the season 3 finale aired.

Chief Joseph Ranch, where Yellowstone is filmed, confirmed on August 21 that filming for season 4 had begun, and Forrie Smith, Jr., who portrays cowboy Lloyd, reported from his first day of shooting. No release date for season 4 has been announced, but the past three seasons all began in June, so we expect season 4 to air in June 2021, as long as the delay in filming hasn’t put production behind schedule.

Source: https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a33768227/yellowstone-season-4/

9 Things That Might Be Affecting Your Libido

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We know the drill. You come home late after a long day, cook dinner, and basically just melt right into bed. Your partner, of course, was wishing for other plans. While most of us shrug this off to stress or exhaustion (which it can be!), there are other reasons you might not get as excited to get down to business tonight. It’s normal to not be in the mood every now and then (I mean, sometimes we just want to sleep!); however, when it becomes a consistent occurrence, there could be something deeper going on.

A low libido seriously sucks, but it’s something most of us will go through at some point. Instead of causing yourself more stress, we looked into all the reasons you’re not too keen on doing much in the bedroom right now — besides sleep.

1. Stress

We all know how it feels to get home and still have a to-do list. Whether you’re experiencing work, school, or personal stress, it’s easy to let that get into your head and discourage you from engaging in time with your partner.

Try one of these — might I add, wonderful — ways to reduce your day to day stress, so you and your partner can get back to it. You could also start adding some self-care to your routine, or if you’re feeling ~spicy~, treat yourself with a little me time. We promise you’ll feel renewed.

2. Certain medications

Antidepressants, some anti-anxiety medications, blood pressure medications, and more can have a low sex drive as a side effect. If you’ve started taking a new medication recently, look back at the list of side effects your pharmacist gave you (that you probably wanted to throw out and thought again that it might be important). If you think it’s impacting your life or your relationships, you can talk to your doctor about another option.  

3. Pregnancy or breastfeeding

Pregnancy and breastfeeding cause a lot of changes to occur within your body. Your hormones are raging, which can cause fluctuations in your sex drive. One day you might want to go at it like rabbits, and another, you’re not interested at all. Understand that this is just a change in your body, and it won’t last forever.

Aside from your hormones, the other side effects of pregnancy can turn you off from sex. Nausea and fatigue in the first trimester just make sex uncomfortable — who wants to go at it when they feel sick!? Then, as your body grows and changes (woohoo! A baby!), traditional sex positions can feel kinda awkward, and women can sometimes be self-conscious about their pregnant bodies. Be kind to yourself, you’re about to birth another human into the world!

4. Lack of sleep

Along with stress, we completely understand. Whether you had a work report due at 8am, you had a scary dream (I watch too much AHS), or you stayed up reading (#guilty), you didn’t get your full eight hours last night. And that’s okay! It’s when you continuously forgo sleep that you start to notice a consistent decrease in your libido.

Try some lavender oil in your diffuser, turn off your electronics an hour before bed, or my personal favorite, give yourself a good Saturday morning to sleep until noon.

5. Negative body image

When you don’t feel comfortable or accepting of your body, it’s hard to want someone else to see you naked. Continued fear and self-consciousness when having sex is enough to make you never want to do it again. Yoga, meditation, or buying a cute new set of lingerie are all examples of ways you can start to gain a little confidence (and maybe feel a little sexier, too!).

6. Mental health issues

If you’re struggling with depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder included) or anxiety, it can significantly impact your sex drive. This can have to do with medication, issues with trust, anxiety and worry about your partner — the list goes on. Because there are so many ways mental illness can affect your libido, reach out to your doctor to discuss ways in which you can either bring it back or make it easier on yourself.

7. Relationship issues

You and your partner might have gotten in a fight recently, or you feel as though you can’t trust him or her. There are many different issues that you and your partner can experience that might lower your libido. If you’re experiencing conflict, talk with your partner openly and honestly. The conflict might be stressful and hard to deal with at first, but you’ll be grateful when it’s over and you and your partner feel closer than ever.

8. Conditions that make sex painful

Vulvodynia and endometriosis are known to cause painful sex, which can not really make you super excited to get in the sack, right? If you suffer with these conditions, talk to your doctor about treatments. You can also talk to your partner about different positions that might reduce or avoid pain. You deserve to feel good during sex, not uncomfortable!

9. Birth control

Again with the hormones! Birth control pills can sometimes lower the hormones in your body — like testosterone — that make you want to have sex. Luckily, there are alternatives, such as non-hormonal IUDs, condoms, and diaphragms. You could also talk with your doctor about trying a different birth control pill or option, like the NuvaRing.

Source: https://theeverygirl.com/9-things-that-might-be-affecting-your-libido/

3 Fall Pitfalls That Can Lead to Weight Gain and How to Nip Them in the Bud

By By Brierley Horton, MS, RD for LiveStrong.com

Even if you love fall, you have to admit that it’s a strange sort of in-between season. It’s not the carefree days of summer spent in shorts and flip-flops, and it’s also not quite the cozy months of winter that call for wrapping up in scarves and sweaters.

Likewise, when it comes to weight loss, you may expect the challenges of summer — barbecues, ice cream and alcohol, oh my! — and the holiday season, while autumn’s pitfalls might not be so obvious. But the season comes with a few unique barriers that can trip you up.

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Here are some common habits we adopt or activities we choose to do (or not) that could make the number on the scale grow.

1. Increased Stress

With long sunny weekends and vacations behind us, it can feel good to get back into a regular routine — aka that “back-to-school” feeling. But this time of year also typically comes with more deadlines, appointments and (if you have kids) shuttling to school, activities, etc. Put another way, stress ticks up when the dog days of summer are behind us.

And here’s the thing about stress: We’re more likely to overeat and choose less-healthy foods when we’re feeling overextended, per a study in the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry published October 2018.

How to Dial Down Your Stress

Double down on your stress management. When obese adults participated in a stress management program (think: learning progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing and guided visualization), they lost more weight over an eight-week period than their counterparts who didn’t take stress-reduction classes, according to that same Journal of Molecular Biochemistry study.

Try These Tricks

2. Cooler Weather

Sure, those colder temps help you get a better night’s rest, but they also may make you less likely to want to be active or exercise outdoors. Unfortunately, dialing back on your activity level means you’ll burn fewer calories.

How to Stay Active During Colder Months

Planning ahead is key.

“If you’re an outdoor exercise fiend, consider the right clothing so you can continue your journey,” Chris Mohr, PhD, RD, of MohrResults.com, tells LIVESTRONG.com. “There’s a saying I learned when I was in Norway and it’s stuck with me since — there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

If that doesn’t appeal to you, what are your indoor options?

“Many gyms offer virtual classes, and there is certainly no shortage of apps that offer a great variety of workouts,” Mohr says.

Crunched for Time?

Choose one of these 20-minute workouts that torch calories and build muscle.

3. The Urge for Comfort Food

It’s fall, y’all — and that means pumpkin spice lattes, cider donuts, game-day snacks and warm casseroles that might be slightly less than healthy. Add in the fact that you’ve probably put away your swimsuit for the season and have dug out your cozy oversized sweaters, and it can be tough to resist these cool-weather treats.

How to Still Enjoy Your Favorite Fall Eats

The age-old advice of “everything in moderation” absolutely still applies. You don’t have to skip that PSL altogether, but maybe order a tall instead of a venti. And try pairing that ooey-gooey mac and cheese with a big leafy green salad.

And here’s another trick: Dial back the portion sizes at your other meals. When a small group of adults cut down their main meal portions to “smaller than normal,” they didn’t end up eating more (and making up for those calories lost) at other meals or snacks, found a study published February 2020 in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Point being: You can enjoy your comfort food faves in all their glory and compensate for your indulgence at another meal, if you so desire.

Source: https://www.livestrong.com/article/13729021-avoid-fall-weight-gain/

Smoky Chicken and Rice Skillet

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This one pot meal is packed with so much flavor and nutrition! This recipe is a great combo of carbs and protein and it reheats well, making it a nice option for lunch too.Smoky Chicken and Rice Skillet -

Smoky Chicken and Rice Skillet

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, halved
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 4 cups bone broth or chicken stock
  • Green onion, sliced (for garnish)

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine chicken, paprika, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, or until nicely golden brown. Flip and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

Add the carrots, celery and shallot to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly softened. Add thyme, oregano, lemon zest/juice, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Stir in rice and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and the chicken and bring to a boil; cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Remove pan from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with green onion and serve.

Jen Plaggemars is a registered dietitian and private chef based in Holland, MI, and owner of Chef Jen LLC. She blogs at chefjen.com.

Source: https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/stone-soup/smoky-chicken-and-rice-skillet/

How to Stop Sugar Cravings Once and For All

By Michele Promaulayko and Kaitlyn Pirie for Good Housekeeping

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Why do we crave sugar?

The first step in regaining your power over sugar is understanding why cravings happen in the first place — and there are a number of factors at play. “We crave sugar for a variety of reasons, from hormones to habits to the psychological impact of simply seeing a decadent donut or a drizzle of caramel,” says Marisa Moore, M.B.A., R.D.N., L.D., a culinary and integrative dietitian. “The preference for sweet-tasting foods is innate.” That means sugar cravings are drilled into our bodies at an early age. “The presumption among scientists seems to be that sweet tastes exists as a way to identify sources of digestible carbohydrates and importantly, glucose-based energy,” adds Moore. That evolutionary drive to nourish your body is strong and hard to overcome so don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling to cut back on your sugar intake — and know that completely eliminating sugar from your diet isn’t worth it.

How to stop sugar cravings

1. Listen to your body.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a craving as “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.” Synonyms include yearning, hankering, wish, want, and lust. However, just because you’re having a craving or want something sweet doesn’t mean you have to eat sugar — or even pop a sugar replacement, such as a piece of fruit — on impulse. Take a minute to understand what’s really going on in your body. Do you have a headache? Are you stressed out? Do you feel physical hunger? Are you bored? Do you need an energy boost? Or do you really want a sweet treat?

2. Buy yourself some time.

Drink a glass of water, take five deep breaths, or go for a short walk. If you are truly hungry, it’s okay to reach for a snack. Your best bet for stamping out a craving may be to have a snack that includes protein or a healthy fat. Prepping your own at the beginning of the week will enable you to be proactive and prevent trips to the vending machine for sugar-filled packaged foods.

3. Pay attention to patterns.

If you notice that a sugar craving hits you at 3 p.m. daily without fail, that’s a good sign you should add a protein-filled snack at this time to power through the day. Not only will this make you feel better instantly, it also sets you up for a better evening with fewer cravings around bedtime.

4. Balance your meals.

Make sure every meal you eat (including breakfast and lunch!) contains protein, veggies, or other healthy carbs and healthy fats. This will keep you fuller for longer and stabilize your blood sugar.

5. Spice things up.

We sometimes get stuck in an eating rut, sticking to the same simple meals every day because we know they’re “safe.” But as they say, variety is the spice of life — and spice is a savior when you’re swapping out sugar. Some of the most unique flavors are derived from easily accessible spices that don’t contain any added sugar, such as red pepper and cinnamon.

6. Identify your faves.

Figure out what you love to eat so that you feel satisfied — not deprived — at the end of a meal. It might help to keep it simple and pick two go-to breakfasts, two go-to lunches, and two go-to dinners and have those ingredients on hand so you can stay consistent.

7. Be adventurous.

While it helps to have enjoyable staples to turn to, getting curious in the kitchen can provide a fun outlet and instill healthy eating habits. Explore recipes, eat some new fruits and vegetables you’ve never tried before or combine different ingredients to create new dishes. By switching up what you’re eating from day to day, you might find a new delicious dish that gets you excited about dinner.

8. Dodge sugar pushers.

While most people will support your get-healthy mission, there will be a few who try to derail your efforts. At a birthday or holiday dinner, you might notice your mom trying to persuade you to eat dessert or your friends eye-rolling because you turned down a cocktail. Even your spouse can morph into a sugar pusher when he or she wants to hit that all-you-can-eat pasta joint. While you should definitely tell your friends, family, coworkers and significant other what you’re trying to accomplish, you need to go the extra step and actively ask them for their encouragement and cooperation. If they still try to lure you to eat sugary foods, stay strong and know this: It’s not about you, it’s about them not feeling fantastic about their own choices and not wanting to be left behind. Stick to the plan, and they will likely stop trying to lead you astray. Better yet, your compliance could inspire them to make some positive changes of their own.

Craving something sweet? Try:

  • Sliced apple with nut butter
  • Fresh berries with a handful of nuts
  • Whipped ricotta with roasted cherries
  • Baked cinnamon apple
  • Herbal tea that has a sweet note such as vanilla

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a30498001/how-to-stop-sugar-cravings/

Dexter Revival Won’t ‘Undo Anything,’ But It Will Make Things ‘Right,’ Says EP

By Matt Webb Mitovich for TVLine

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD

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If Dexter‘s original series finale didn’t quite cut it for you, the newly announced revival hopes to make things right.

Showtime’s serial killer drama wrapped its eight-season run seven years ago by — SPOILERS ALERT, AND I AM NOT KIDDING — killing off this main character and then sending Michael C. Hall’s titular vigilante into fake death-imposed exile in the middle of nowhere. AKA the infamous Lumberjack Ending.

But with the 10-episode revival picking up in real time, so many years later, “We basically do get to start from scratch,” returning showrunner Clyde Phillips told the Oct. 16 episode of THR’s always entertaining TV’s Top 5 podcast.

“We want this to not be Dexter Season 9,” he continued. “Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale.”

Given the lukewarm reaction to the September 2013 series finale, from both viewers and even series lead Hall himself, “This is an opportunity to make that right,” Phillips said. “But that’s not why we’re doing it.”

As for righting/retconning any specific perceived wrongs, “We’re not undoing anything,” Phillips maintained. “We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Whoops, that was all a dream.’ What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.”

Michael C. Hall, sharing his own take on the original series finale, told The Daily Beast in 2014, “Liked it? I don’t think I even watched it,” adding: “I thought it was narratively satisfying — but it was not so savoury…. Just inherently because of how long we’d done it, because of the storytelling capital we’d spent, because our writers may have been gassed… Maybe some people wanted a more satisfying-maybe they wanted a happy ending for him, either a happy ending or a more definitive sense of closure.”

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/dexter-revival-won-t-undo-anything-but-it-will-make-things-right-says-ep/ar-BB1a6xBc?ocid=msedgntp

What Happens When You Eat Avocado Every Day

Reader’s Digest article by Dianne Bright

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Your cholesterol improves

While avocados may have gotten a bad reputation for being high in calories and fat—half contains 113 calories and 10 grams of fat—they mostly give you monounsaturated fat, which is healthy in moderation. The good fat boosts your levels of good HDL cholesterol while lowering the bad LDL cholesterol.

You have better digestion

Half of an avocado contains just under 5 grams of dietary fiber (depending on the size). Nutritionist Megan Ware, RDN, reports that adding avocado to your daily dietary regimen can help prevent constipation and maintain healthy digestion. Another benefit of this high fiber fruit is that you will feel full longer. By adding avocado slices to your toast, sandwich, or salad, you can stay satiated for up to three hours.

You get protection from disease and infection

Avocados are a great source of B vitamins, which help prevent disease and infection, reports WebMD. They are also loaded with vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer. Because they’re high in antioxidant phytochemicals (such as lutein and zeaxanthin), avocados may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, reports Ware.

You’ll sleep better

Not only do avocadoes taste great, but they’re also loaded with magnesium (19.5 milligrams for half of an avocado), which experts consider an anti-stress nutrient, says nutrition expert Elise Museles. Just make sure to wash your avocado before eating it.

You’ll have a natural glow

Glowing skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair are added perks from eating this amazing super food. This is because of its fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fats. While these benefits come from eating avocados, there are also advantages from using them topically, reports Medical News Today.

Source: https://www.microsoftnewskids.com/en-us/kids/education/what-happens-when-you-eat-avocado-every-day/ar-BB1a4OZs?ocid=msedgntp

Conversation Starters: Halloween

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What day of the month is Halloween?
Why is Halloween celebrated?
Can you explain the history of Halloween?
How is Halloween celebrated in your country?
Do you believe in ghosts?
What makes you afraid of ghosts?
What are some of the symbols of Halloween?
What kind of costume are you going to wear to the Halloween party?
Is your pumpkin still out ?
Are you still eating Halloween candy?
Why do you like to celebrate Halloween?
Do you believe in magic?
Did you know there were real ‘witch trials’ in the seventeenth century?
Why do you think they happened?
Do you think there are really witches and monsters and creatures living amongst us in the real world, or are those things just from our imagination?
If you could choose to be any monster or creature, what would it be?
What is your favorite magical story?

Character in a book?
Film?
Legend?
If you could use a magical spell, like a love spell, on somebody, would you?
What other countries celebrate Halloween?
Can you describe the best costume you’ve seen?
Is your pumpkin still out?
Are you still eating Halloween candy?
How long does it take for a pumpkin to rot?
Are you going to have a Halloween party?
Would you go out and trick or treat? Who would you go with?
Do you know any Halloween legends?
Do you think Halloween is dangerous?
What do you know about the history of the holiday?
Do you think it is appropriate to celebrate it still today?

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Winter’s Coming: When To Stop Mowing Your Lawn

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By: Julie Martens Forney for HGTV©

Fall ushers in a host of yardwork, with the No. 1 chore being leaf raking. As leaves tumble and planting beds beg for clean-up, lawn mowing is the task that seems most out-of-season. The truth is, in regions with cool-season turf, fall is the time when grass grows readily and quickly. The combination of cooler air and autumnal rains give lawns a jump start that sends them into rapid growth. The reverse is true for warm-season turf, which tends to go dormant in regions where fall brings frost.

To figure out when to stop cutting the grass, pay attention to these seasonal signals.

Soil temperature—Warm-season grasses go dormant when soil temps remain consistently below 55 degrees Farenheit. For cool-season grasses, the soil temp that triggers dormancy is 45 degrees F. You can track soil temps for your area online (search “soil temperature map”), or simply observe grass growth, which slows to a crawl before slipping into dormancy. You know grass is growing more slowly when the time between mowings stretches from every two weeks to once a month.

Leaves—Falling leaves signal the arrival of cooler air. Usually by the time trees are at least 50 percent bare, grass growth should be noticeably slower. But even when grass is dormant, you still need to keep leaves off the lawn, and the easiest way to do that is mulching with the mower.

Frost—Following a few hard frosts, warm-season grasses go dormant. Depending on soil temperature, cool-season grasses can keep growing and may still need mowing. Never mow a lawn when it’s covered in frost, though. It’s best to stay off frosty grass to protect turf crowns.

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Fall Mowing Plan

Embrace autumn with a lawn mowing plan that prepares grass for winter. In regions where the snow flies, the goal of your final mowing is to leave grass as short as possible without scalping it. For many turf grasses, that’s a height of 2 inches. Gradually step down mower height through fall until you’re cutting grass to that short length. With each mowing, remember not to remove more than one-third of the total blade length. If grass is actively growing, you may need to mow twice in the same week to reduce grass blade height.

Why Cut Grass Short?

Prevent disease—Long grass is more susceptible to winter fungal diseases known as snow mold, which can kill grass.

Deter voles—Long grass gives voles a place to hide from predators as they munch a ready food source: healthy grass plants and roots. If snow cover is absent, voles are less likely to venture into short grass, which provides no cover from cats, hawks, foxes or owls.

Reduce winter kill—Longer grass is more likely to experience winter kill, especially when snow is present. The snow folds grass blades over the plant crown, which can lead to fungal disease and rot.

In spring, short grass offers several advantages:

Faster green-up—Short grass doesn’t shade soil, allowing sunlight to reach soil and warm it. This leads to earlier growth, also known as green-up.

Less debris—Most leaves skip across short lawns in winter winds, but get bogged down in tall grass.

Less snow mold—Snow mold can occur even in regions without significant snow cover. Winter rains can also mat long grass and allow this fungus to grow and harm grass. Short grass blades stand up to winter rain and snow.

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When to Stop Cutting the Grass

The right time to stop mowing the lawn is when grass stops growing. You may still need to run the mower to mulch leaves on the lawn until as late as December, depending on weather. An early snowfall that doesn’t stick around isn’t a signal to stop mowing. It all depends on grass growth and leaf cover on the lawn. A good rule of thumb is to keep mowing and mulching leaves until roughly 90 percent of them are down. At that point, drive your mower to the shed and give it some post-mowing-season TLC.

Source: https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planting-and-maintenance/when-to-stop-mowing