Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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.
fish emulsion fertilizer

Something’s Fishy in the Garden!

Fish and fish parts have been composted and used as fertilizer since ancient times, providing much needed nutrients and minerals to soil, soil microbes, and plants. Modern commercial fish fertilizers make this practice easy. Read on for some tips to get you started.

Tips for Using Mulch in Your Yard

As a gardener, mulch can be one of your greatest allies. This often-neglected stuff maintains soil moisture and temperature while blocking the growth of weeds around plants you do not want.

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.
Clay soil.

Does Sand Improve Clay Soil?

Gary asks, “Can I use sand to break up clay soil and improve my lawn?"

You shouldn't use sand by itself since that will only make your problem worse. It needs to be balanced with organic matter in order to be of any benefit. Read on to find out why.
Conducting a soil test.

Testing Your Soil for Acidity

It’s important to test the soil in your lawn and garden and correct it if it’s too acidic by adding lime. This will provide the optimum growing conditions for grass and other plants. Soiling testing kits are available at home centers, garden supply stores, as well as through your local extension service.

DIY Soil Drainage Perk Test for Your Yard

If water drains (percolates) away from plant roots too quickly, the plants will parch even if they're getting regular water. And if water doesn't drain, many plants will drown and rot from the roots up. A perk test is a great way to measure drainage in your lawn or garden soil. Read on to find out how to do an easy, DIY soil drainage perk test in your yard.
Hand holding dirt

What Is Dirt, Anyway?

Joshua asks, “What is dirt?”

Here's an old gardner's joke: Dirt is what you get under your fingernails. Soil is what plants grow in. That may be true, but no matter what you call it, there's more to dirt than meets the eye.
Compost bin

How to Build a Compost Bin (2 DIY Alternatives)

Composting lawn and garden waste is a great way to obtain organic material for your garden while reducing the environmentally negative aspects of trucking yard waste to the landfill. This DIY compost bin is easy to build and made from pressure treated wood so it will last for many years to come.