Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Soda Bottle Seed Starter

Looking for a place to start your seeds? How about in 2-liter plastic bottles? To keep the roots from being exposed to direct sunlight use colored bottles. Measure up 6-inches from the bottom of a 2-liter bottle and make a mark.

How to Clean and Maintain a Birdbath in Your Yard

A birdbath makes a great addition to your landscape, but the debris and algae they collect are far less than attractive. Here's a tip for getting the bath clean and keeping it clean.

How to Make a Twist-Tie Trellis

Here's an economical and environmentally friendly way to train a vine along a wall or accommodate an odd-shaped spot for a trellis. Recycle the plastic rings that hold soda six-packs. Fasten them together with plastic coated twist-ties to form a trellis.

Fence Post Saver

Once you build a fence it is inevitable that the weather is going to take its toll on it. Fence posts that were originally cut square allow rainwater to soak right into the wood resulting in expansion and splitting of the wood. We've found that by cutting the fence posts at a slight angle the water drains right off rather than sitting and soaking into the wood.

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.

Patio Table Planter

Take an old angel food cake pan and cut it about an inch from the top of the center tube and rolled edges. Slip the umbrella pole of your patio table through the angel food cake pan. The container can then be filled with fresh plants.

How to Dig a Circle Around a Tree

For a professional finish around trees planted in the lawn, loop a rope around the tree trunk and the shaft of a spade. Adjust the length so that the spade reaches to the drip line of the tree. Scribe the outline of a circle, then remove the rope and retrace the circle, sinking the spade vertically to make a neat, clean edge.

Soil Evaluation

The fist step to getting the soil in your garden right is figuring out whether you have clay, sand, or loam. Watch this video to find out more.

Baster Watering for Hanging Potted Plants

Consistent watering is crucial to container plants and hanging plants in particular. However, reaching a hanging basket is often difficult without drenching yourself in the process. A simple kitchen baster may be the perfect solution. Watch this video to find out more.