Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Wood mulch in foundation planting bed

Types of Mulch for Your Yard

Watch this video to find out about the many types of mulch that are available for your yard, including cypress mulch, red wood mulch, pine bark, and rubber mulch.

Deadheading Flowers

Deadheading flowers is the process of removing faded or dead flower blooms from plants. In many plants removing these blooms promotes new flower growth by preventing the plant from putting its energy into seed production. Watch this video to find out more.
Clipper trimming tree branch for spring tree care

When to Trim Trees and Shrubs

The best time to prune or trim trees and shrubs is during the late winter while they're dormant, but there are exceptions. Read on to find out more.

Lawn and Garden Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

When the mercury soars, most gardens start to droop and begin to look beaten down. Read on to find out how to safely tend your garden in a summer heat wave.
rinsing houseplants

How to Spring Clean Your Houseplants

Once warmer weather arrives, I can't wait to get my plants outside for a nice spring cleaning. Here's what you need to know to get your plants in tip-top shape for the growing season.

Climbing Plants

Vines make a great addition to a trellis or lattice but they do require some attention. Lawn and garden expert Tricia Craven-Worley explains that the trick is early attention. The saying about vines she says, is the first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, and the third year it leaps.

How to Use Gelatin as Plant Food

To keep seedlings healthy and growing feed them gelatin. Any flavor is okay as long as it's sweetened with sugar and not artificial sweeteners. The gelatin contains the nutrient nitrogen, which helps plants form green leaves. The sugar actually feeds beneficial microbes already in the soil that help young plants defend against disease causing organisms.

Recycling Pots

If you're about to recycle your old plant containers here's a tip to keep in mind. Diseases and fungus can be transmitted from one plant to another through contaminated pots, so before you reuse a pot sanitize it.

Feed Flowers Fruit

Roses love banana peels. They rot quickly, releasing minerals roses need such as calcium, sulfur, magnesium, and phosphates. Just cut them up and mix them in the soil at planting time or anytime you want to give your roses a boost. You can also make a banana peel tonic for use after the plants are established.