Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Why You Should Recycle Coffee Grounds for Plants

Horticulturists praise coffee grounds for acidifying soil and enhancing plant growth. Here's how you can use them in your garden.
Flower bed with mulch.

Rental House Flower Bed Solutions

Mike asks, “I just moved into a rental house and the flower beds are pretty bad. I need a cheap solution which preferably does not involved plants or flowers, as I don't want to have to maintain them, to make the front of my house presentable. Any ideas?”

The easiest way to make your flower beds look nice and neat, without even needing plants, is by adding mulch.

Choosing the Right Size Vegetable Garden

"What size should my first summer vegetable garden be?"

One of the hardest decisions in planning a garden is deciding what size. Read on for tips on planning the garden that's right for you.
Snow melting around plants

January Thaw and Indian Summer: Fact or Folklore?

There are all sorts of folklore terms for weather quirks and regional patterns, but the January Thaw and Indian Summer are pieces of weather folklore that have roots in actual weather data. Read on to find out more.

Plant with Care

Helping your plants make the transition from the pots or containers you buy them in to the garden is an important step to developing a healthy landscape. Begin by digging a hole large enough to accommodate the plant, its root ball and some additional material.

Perennial Flower Garden Basics

A perennial garden offers a constant variety of flowers for years to come. Read more to find out how to plan, plant, and care for perennials in your garden.
old seeds still good to plant

How to Determine if Old Seeds Are Still Good for Planting

If you’re like most gardeners, you’re sure to have bags of leftover seeds lying around. To find out if the seeds are still able to grow, pour the seeds into a container full of water and allow them to sit overnight. The seeds that are still able to germinate will sink to the bottom of the container while the bad seeds will remain floating on top. Watch this video to find out more.

Tips for Using Mulch in Your Yard

As a gardener, mulch can be one of your greatest allies. This often-neglected stuff maintains soil moisture and temperature while blocking the growth of weeds around plants you do not want.
Dividing hosta plant

How to Divide Hosta Plants in Your Garden

Hostas are an easy plant to propagate by dividing one plant into many more. Watch this video to find out how to divide hostas in your garden.