Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Using Mulch in Your Garden

Applying mulch to your garden or foundation planting beds is a great way to prevent weeds, retain moisture, enrich the soil, and add visual appeal.
daylily (JamesDeMers, Pixabay)

How to Grow Daylilies

Nearly carefree, pest and disease resistant, tough and adaptable, drought tolerant, and gorgeous, daylilies are the perfect choice. Here are some tips for selecting, planting, and caring for daylilies.

Labor Day List

Labor Day is a holiday meant to celebrate the working-folk by giving us a day off. But for those of us who love the outdoors, Labor Day marks the beginning of a glorious time of year where work and play ramp up to a level worthy of the wonderfully cool weather. Read on to see how I like to spend my day.

How to Grow Tomatoes in the Deep South

Once temperatures get above 90° F, tomato plants are very susceptible to blossom drop, resulting in a poor crop. Give these ideas a try to improve them.
Digging trenches for landscape lighting wiring

Installing Landscape Lighting for the Kuppersmith Project House

The exterior lighting for the Kuppersmith Project house included architectural lighting to illuminate the house itself, landscape lighting, and fixtures installed in the trees to provide the soft glow of simulated moonlight. Watch this video 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.
environmentally friendly lawn mower

Environmentally Friendly Way to Mow Your Lawn

Changing the way you mow your grass can save water by reducing the need for lawn irrigation. Using a mulching mower and blade and leaving the grass clippings on the lawn will provide natural, organic nitrogen and help retain moisture. Watch this video to find out more.

Budget Curb Appeal

We’re sprucing up the outside of a modest home to give it more curb appeal. Projects include cleaning the exterior, sanding and painting the entry door and wrought iron handrails, landscaping the yard, and putting in a stepping stone walkway.

How to Grow Japanese Kousa Dogwoods in Your Yard

Also called Japanese or Chinese dogwood, these Asian cousins of the familiar native flowering dogwood are resistant to many of the diseases that plague flowering dogwoods. Read on to find out what you need to know to grow Kousa dogwoods in your yard.