Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Retaining Wall

How to Build a Block Retaining Wall

Retaining walls can be a great way not only to help with erosion and water drainage, but also to create beautiful, usable garden space. And thanks to interlocking, stackable blocks, this project can be completed in a weekend.
Condensation drain on air conditioner unit

Yard Drainage Solutions for AC Condensation Drain Runoff

Clayton asks, “My AC unit drains into the side yard. What can I do to keep the soil from becoming wet and boggy?”

There are several options available to solve your drainage problem, including rerouting the water and improving the soil. Read on to find out more.
Landscape fabric installed around shrubs in house foundation bed.

How to Install Landscape Fabric and Plastic

Landscape fabric and plastic can help prevent weeds and control erosion by holding the soil in place and keeping weeds from sprouting. It's easy to install, and we'll tell you how, step-by-step, including some important information you need to know about the products that are available. Read on to find out more.

Can Ivy Damage Brick or Wood on Your Home?

"I like the look of ivy growing up the side of my house, but I've heard that it can damage brick and other materials. Is that true?"

That depends on the type and condition of the material the ivy is growing on. Read on for more information about planting ivy on your house.
Raking scattered pine bark mulch back into flower beds.

How to Keep Mulch From Floating Out of Flower Beds

During heavy storms and strong winds, mulch can wash out of planting beds and into your yard, sidewalk, or driveway. Read on for tips on how to keep mulch in place and which types of mulch tend to stay put better than others.
locating buried utility lines

How to Locate Buried Utility Lines in Your Yard

Before digging in your yard, call 811 to have utility companies come out and mark any underground utility lines, and do not dig within 2’ of marked lines. Lines are marked with the following color coded paint. Watch this video to find out more.
Shrubs planted on a hillside

How to Plant Trees and Shrubs on a Slope

Planting on a slope? Take these 6 steps to ensure your landscaping grows strong.
Fence built on sloping ground with planters.

How to Build a Fence on a Slope

Building a fence on a slope can be challenging since the posts and pickets remain plumb regardless of the slope of the ground below it. Read on for tips on how to build a fence on unlevel ground.

How to Landscape Your Yard with Deer-Resistant Plants

If you live in an area with deer, you've likely seen some of your plants gone overnight. Read on to find out how to prevent damage and protect your garden.