Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Grass turning brown from drought.

How to Cope with Drought in Your Yard

Drought can be devastating to your lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden. Here are some tips for dealing with drought in your lawn and garden. Watch this video to find out more.
meat thermometer in soil

How to Test Soil Temperature in Your Garden

When planting seeds or seedlings in your garden, the temperature of the soil must be within the recommended range for the plant to grow. To measure the temperature of the soil in your yard, use an instant-read cooking thermometer. Watch this video to find out how.

Organic Mosquito Control

These days we hear a lot about mosquitoes and there are some great organic methods to control these pests. An aquarium filled with water and Gamboozia (a type of fish) will help eliminate mosquitoes.
Using panty hose filled with soil to anchor plants on a hill

Planting Groundcover

Shady, hilly areas are great for groundcover plants because they hold and protect the soil without the benefit of lots of sun. Plants like adjuga and jasmine are ideal, but the important thing is to space them properly. Watch this video to find out more.

Planting Bulbs

Tulips and Daffodils are great for early spring color, but to see them you'll have to plant your bulbs in the fall. A great way to plant these is to dig a trench the depth your bulbs need (about 6 inches for Daffodils) and as long as you want.
Shredded paper under tree

How to Use Shredded Paper as Mulch Around Trees and Shrubs

Shredded paper from a paper shredder can be recycled and used as mulch around trees and shrubs as well as in your garden. Shredded paper also provides warmth, protection, and nutrients for the plant's roots. Watch this video to find out more.

Proper Mowing Techniques

Turf expert Dr. Trey Rogers tells us the best way to insure good lawn health is to mow properly. That begins with a sharp mower blade and mowing more often.
Stacking Firewood

This Is the Proper Way to Stack Firewood

Here’s a way to stack firewood to ensure it dries out quickly.

How to Harvest Seeds for Your Garden

The best way to collect seeds is to leave them on the plants to dry out or cut off the stems with the seeds still on the flower or pod. Tie a brown paper bag around the stem and hang them upside down. Be sure not to use a plastic bag as it can retain moisture and cause the seeds to rot.