Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Roundup (glyphosate) Weed Killer

When to Plant After Using Roundup Weed Killer

Ron asks, “How long do I have to wait to plant after spraying weeds with Roundup?”

While Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer breaks down quickly, you should wait a few days before planting. Read on to find out more.

How to Deal with Wasps in Your Lawn

Lynn asks, "I'm worried about stepping on wasps or their nests in my lawn. Any suggestions?"

Wasps are generally beneficial for the garden, but sometimes they can be too close for human comfort. Read on for some suggestions for dealing with them.

Getting Rid of Lawn Grubs — For Good

Some insects do wonders for your garden ... and then ... there are white grubs. Here's how to get rid of them.

How to Kill Weeds Using Boiling Water

You don’t have to buy expensive herbicides to kill weeds in the cracks of a driveway or sidewalk. Simply pouring boiling water on the weeds will do the trick without toxic side effects.

How to Target Weeds in Your Yard

Spray individual weeds without catching your favorite plants in the crossfire. Cut the bottom off of a plastic 2-liter soda bottle. Set the bottle over the trouble-making weed, stick the sprayer nozzle in the mouth of the soda bottle, and spray away. Let the chemicals soak in for a few seconds before lifting the bottle. For larger problem areas consider using a cardboard box.

How to Use Flour to Keep Pests Off Plants

Stop grasshoppers and other chewing insects from eating your plants by making them eat flour. Place three cups of all-purpose flour in a garden duster or saltshaker and then jiggle the plants to get the insects moving. Dust the insects and the leaves of the plant with the flour.

Rid Pests with Rubbing Alcohol

A rubbing alcohol spray is effective against a number of plant pests. To make the spray, mix 1/2 to 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 quart of water in a pump-spray bottle. It's a good idea to test spray one leaf and wait a day to check for damage. Treat at 3-day intervals for 10 days or as needed.

Today’s Homeowner Radio Show Podcast | August 20, 2022

This week, listen to learn about fire concerns with open floor plans, fixing a sticky vinyl floor and more. 
Formosan termite, foraging through wood and dirt

Formosan Termites: How to Handle this Growing Threat

Formosan termites are one of the most destructive pests in the country. Here's what you should know about them to protect your home.