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.

How to Conduct a Soil Test

If your lawn or garden isn't developing like you want it to, the problem may be as elemental as the soil itself. A soil test is the answer. Some do-it-yourself tests are available at nurseries and home centers but for a really thorough test you may want to take a sample to your county extension agent.

Why You Should Shred Your Leaves

Turn leaves into fuel for next year's garden by shredding them before you compost them. Shredding one leaf into five or ten smaller pieces does several good things. First, it increases the surface area, giving microbes many more places to work.