Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

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.

Organic Gardening 101

Instead of using synthetic or toxic chemicals, organic gardeners create a natural garden ecosystem that gives more to the earth than it takes away. More than anything else, organic gardening requires altering your mindset about gardening. Here are three basic concepts to get you started on your path to an organic garden.

How to Use Gelatin as Plant Food

To keep seedlings healthy and growing feed them gelatin. Any flavor is okay as long as it's sweetened with sugar and not artificial sweeteners. The gelatin contains the nutrient nitrogen, which helps plants form green leaves. The sugar actually feeds beneficial microbes already in the soil that help young plants defend against disease causing organisms.
Wood chip mulch

How To Make Wood Chip Mulch for Your Yard

Sunny asks, “How can I make my own bark mulch? What equipment do I need?”

Bark mulch is usually made at lumber mills, however, you can use a wood chipper/shredder to make wood mulch for recycling small trees and broken limbs in your yard. Read on to find out how.
Vegetable garden

Vegetable Garden: Crop Rotation Made Easy

Crop rotation is a simple process that is vitally important to the health and productivity of the garden. From disease prevention to nutrient balancing, the benefits of crop rotation make it worth the extra bit of planning required. Here's an easy-to-remember crop rotation plan for any size garden.
Clay soil

How to Break up Clay Soil

Barbara asks, "Many years ago I used gypsum pellets to break up clay soil. We can not find them anymore but the problem of the hard packed clay soil still exists. Is there a different product that will solve this problem?"
Nature's Care potting soil.

Gardening Organically With Nature’s Care

Nature's Care is Miracle-Gro's new line of organic gardening products, including potting soil, fertilizer and pest control.

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.
Fertilizing lawn with spreader.

When Is the Best Time of Year to Fertilize Lawn Grass

Whether to fertilize your lawn in the fall or spring depends on your climate and the type of grass in your yard. Watch this video to find out more.