Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Sprinkler watering lawn

How to Calculate Lawn Irrigation Water Usage and Costs

With the price of water on the rise, it’s become increasingly important to know how much water you use to irrigate your yard as well as how much it costs. Check out our lawn irrigation calculator to find out how much it costs to water your lawn.
Aqua Globe being used on houseplant

Tips on Using Houseplant Watering Globes

"Do automatic houseplant watering globes, like Aqua Globes, really work?"

Those pretty glass houseplant watering globes can help prevent over watering, but they're no substitute for regular plant care. Read on to find out more about plant watering globes.
Branch with ice on it.

When to Water Plants Before a Freeze

Plant cells that are plump with water are stronger, so follow these tips when watering plants for freezing weather.
Repaired garden hose

How to Repair a Broken Garden Hose

A garden hose that leaks is both an annoyance and a waste of water. The good news is that repairing a garden hose is easy to do in about five minutes for less than $5. Read on to find out how.

How to Remove Standing Water in Your Yard with a French Drain

Standing water in your yard is an eyesore and can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Installing a French drain is a great way to remove standing water from your yard. Watch this video to find out how to construct a French drain.

DIY Soil Drainage Perk Test for Your Yard

If water drains (percolates) away from plant roots too quickly, the plants will parch even if they're getting regular water. And if water doesn't drain, many plants will drown and rot from the roots up. A perk test is a great way to measure drainage in your lawn or garden soil. Read on to find out how to do an easy, DIY soil drainage perk test in your yard.
Filling DIY plastic milk jug drip irrigation with water.

DIY Slow Drip Watering System for Your Garden

Watch this video to find out how to make your own slow drip watering system for plants in your garden using plastic milk jugs.
Bags of drought tolerant grass seed.

Best Drought-Tolerant Lawn Grass for Sandy Soil

Ken asks, “What is the best grass to plant in sandy soil that will withstand drought?”

Sandy soil increases the effects of drought by draining water rapidly. Here are some suggestions for grasses that are better suited to these conditions.
Pipe wrench.

How to Repair a Leaking Buried Pipe

Larry asks, “I have an outdoor leaking water pipe underground. How do I repair it?”

Once you’ve located the site of the leak, the DIY option would be to dig a trench around the leak, repair the pipe, refill the hole, and patch the damage to your landscape. Here's how.