Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Attracting Bluebirds to Your Yard with Nesting Boxes

For a real treat in your yard or garden this year, try putting up a bluebird house. If their stunning beauty weren't enough, they're also great for natural summer insect control! Read on to find out more.
Green June beetle on leaf

Attack of the Green June Beetles

I headed out to my garden early to pick vegetables and had charged well into the tangle of tomato plants before I heard and saw hundreds of huge, green June beetles swarming and buzzing all around me! Read on to find out more.
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How to Prevent Deer from Damaging Plants in Your Yard

Deer can be a nuisance that can damage or destroy plants in your yard or garden. While there are many products on the market to keep deer away, most do not work. Here are a couple home remedies you might want to try to keep deer away from your lawn or garden.
Possum in drain pipe.

’Possum Folly

Every day this week, I've been watching a small opossum who's been happily waddling around my back yard and munching on the mulberries. He's a cute little fella, probably too young to realize he's nocturnal, but I was so puzzled by his recent – and regular – visits that I decided to tiptoe out with my video camera to investigate. Here’s what I found.
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How to Keep Dogs from Digging Under a Fence Gate

Some dogs love to escape when confined to a fenced yard, and the easiest way out is often by digging under the gate. Watch this video to see how to prevent your dog from digging under a gate.
Swallowtail butterfly on blue flower.

Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

A butterfly garden is an easy way to bring some beauty and fun to your garden. Many species of plants and flowers attract butterflies – some provide nectar for the adults, and some provide nutritious leaves for the larvae to feed upon. Read on to find out more.

How to Prevent Damage to Door Weather Stripping

Dogs and cats are pretty smart animals, and some have figured out that if they scratch on a door, someone let them in. Watch this video to see how to replace weather stripping on a door and prevent future damage.

Plants in Your Garden that Produce Seed for Birds

As you clean up your garden this fall, don't forget the birds! Leave some seed heads to dry on your perennial flowers, to provide winter food for finches, cardinals, and other year-round birds. Read on for some popular garden plants that are great for feeding the birds.
Garden plot with scarecrows and rubber owls.

Scarecrows in the Garden

As long as there have been farmers, there have been birds trying to eat their crops. And throughout the ages, farmers have tried to come up with ingenious ways to scare them off. But do scarecrows in your garden really work? Read on to find out.