Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Grass turning brown from drought.

How to Cope with Drought in Your Yard

Drought can be devastating to your lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden. Here are some tips for dealing with drought in your lawn and garden. Watch this video to find out more.

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.
Homemade rain barrel

How to Make a Rain Barrel for Your Yard

This homemade rain barrel for recycling rainwater for use in your lawn and garden is an easy do-it-yourself project that costs less than $50. Watch this video to find out how.

6 Steps to Getting the Perfect Lawn

The warm weather is here, and you're itching to get outside. Here are six steps to ensure you start the season with a kick-off-your-shoes lawn. 1. De-WeedIt's not unusual to have weeds in your...

How to Use Seaweed in Your Garden

Organic landscaper Rachel DeToro tells us one of her favorite tricks for container planting is using seaweed as mulch. The seaweed can be rinsed (to remove salt and the pungent smell) and dried for use in potted plants.
Yard landscaped using drought tolerant plants.

Xeriscape for Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

In our changing climate, water is becoming a precious resource. For many communities, municipal water restrictions are now commonplace, requiring innovative approaches to landscaping and gardening. One solution is xeriscaping, derived from the Greek word for “dry,” which employs drought resistant plants and water conservation measures to limit the use of irrigation in landscaping.

How to Save Water and Money by Adjusting Your Irrigation System

How this 30-minute project can end up saving you money and help your lawn flourish.
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.

Water-Wise Containers

With all the activities that today's homeowners have, its really pretty hard sometimes to cultivate an entire garden. But you can bring beautiful plants closer to your house on your deck or patio through container gardening. Although this still requires a little maintenance, here are some tricks of the trade to cut down on all of the required watering.