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Succulent plant

Winter Care of Succulents

Meredith asks, “I have succulent plants outside that do well in hot temperatures. How should I take care of them during the winter?”

The biggest threat to tender succulents is the combination of cold temperatures and wet soil. Read on to find out more.
Frozen birdbath

How to Care for a Birdbath in Winter

If you live in an area with extended freezing temperatures, you may find that your birdbath or water feature freezes over rather quickly in winter. Read more for tips on taking care of a birdbath during the winter.
Shrubs in containers ready for planting.

Can I Plant Trees and Shrubs in Late Fall or Winter?

Dee asks, “We just bought some shrubs at a late fall sale. Can we plant them now, or should we try to store them until spring?”

With a little care, you can plant trees and shrubs in late fall. Read on for tips on how to help late season plantings make it through the winter.
Removing snow with a snow shovel

Avoid These 5 Common Snow Removal Mistakes

Snow removal can be tedious and expensive. But if you follow these steps, you will keep your property safe, no matter how much snow falls.


How-To

How to Glue Wood Without Ruining the Grain

Tempted to grab a towel and wipe excess glue between joints? Resist the temptation! Here's a better way — and it protects the wood grain.
Applying a bead of machine oil to a hinge pin.

How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges

Door hinges that squeak can be very annoying, but they are easy to fix. Watch this video to find out how.
organizing sandpaper in file folder

How to Organize — and Preserve — Sandpaper

An expandable office folder is a great way to keep your sandpaper organized. Start by labeling manila folders for each kind of sandpaper you use, then file them all in the expandable folder. Not only will this make the sandpaper easier to find, but it keeps it flat and prevent curling due to changes in humidity.

Repair Loose Chair Rungs

Loose chair rungs are a fairly common problem but the solution can be simple. These joints (usually dowels) can be completely repaired. Begin by cleaning the old dried glue and any debris from the dowel hole.

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