Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Home Brew Changes pH of Plants

Dissolve an aspirin in a cup of tea for a perfect "perk" for your plants. All soil has a Ph rating ranging from 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral, and this cup of tea is great for plants such as camellias, azaleas and orchids because it will raise the level of acidity in the soil giving the plants exactly what they need.

How to Use a Wheelbarrow Tarp

There's nothing worse than spending a lot of time getting leaves raked and loaded into the wheelbarrow only to have a bump on the path or a gust of wind empty them out for you. Here's a solution that will make collecting leaves easier and keep them in the wheelbarrow.

Plastic Jug Irrigation

Plants need gentle and thorough watering, but watering slowly by hand takes time. Instead, poke a small hole into the bottom of a plastic jug, and set it beside the newly planted plant. Watch this video for more.

Grapefruit Slug Control

You don't usually see them during the day because they feed at night, but the holes in your plant leaves (such as Hostas) are most likely from slugs. Although chemical methods of eliminating slugs may prove effective here's a natural method that even the kids can help with.

Juice Jug Tree Cuff

Protect vulnerable shrubs and trees from potential weed whacker or lawn mower accidents. Keep a plastic juice bottle, slit down the side (with the top and bottom removed) tied to your machine. Stop before working too close to plants and slip the bottle around the trunk while you weed or mow in that area. Remove the bottle when you move on.

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.

How to Get Control of Your Lawn: Weed Control

Controlling weeds is high on every homeowner's to-do list and Dr. Trey Rogers, Yard Doctor for Briggs and Stratton, explains that it may be easier than you think. Practicing proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing will actually prevent a lot of weed problems because healthy lawns leave little room for weeds.

How to Use Flour to Keep Pests Off Plants

Stop grasshoppers and other chewing insects from eating your plants by making them eat flour. Place three cups of all-purpose flour in a garden duster or saltshaker and then jiggle the plants to get the insects moving. Dust the insects and the leaves of the plant with the flour.

Soil Sifter

Few of us are blessed with the perfect soil for our lawns and gardens. If yours is the rocky variety, here's a great solution. Take a section of metal hardware cloth (available at home centers with ½ inch or ¼ inch holes) and cut a section slightly larger than your wheelbarrow.