Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Create a Bush from a Blunder

Accidentally rip a branch off your favorite bush? If it came off with a tiny bit of the main branch, you can use it to start a new shrub. Trim the bark "heel" down a bit and remove any leaves from the bottom half of the shoot. Dip the tip in rooting hormones, and pant it in a sterile mix of sand and peat moss.

Erosion Control

If your home has a steep sloping lot, you know how difficult landscaping can be. Terraces and retaining walls offer help but they can be expensive. The best solution is to have plants growing in the ground to hold soil.
Using panty hose filled with soil to anchor plants on a hill

Planting Groundcover

Shady, hilly areas are great for groundcover plants because they hold and protect the soil without the benefit of lots of sun. Plants like adjuga and jasmine are ideal, but the important thing is to space them properly. Watch this video to find out more.

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.

Dry Climate Gardening

Gardening in a dry climate can be a challenge but Southern Californian Tricia Craven Worley explains that it is possible to create a beautiful landscape if you choose your plants carefully. The staples of such gardens are drought tolerant plants such as Pride of Madeira, Rosemary and Thyme.

Plant Drainage Prevention

Drainage is crucial to the health of container plants. That's why most pots are made with drain holes in the bottom. Unfortunately this also allows the potting soil to escape. Here's a simple tip to prevent that.