• 10 Best Landscaping Ideas

    Need landscape ideas to add variety to your garden or add color year-round? We've got you covered. Try some or all of these landscaping ideas to spruce up your yard. 1. Greet Guests with Flowers Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals and perrenials to keep color year long. Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile, and 'Gertrude Jekyl' roses are great additions.If you have a small space beetween your house and the street, try putting a low fence in front. It gives the illusion that your house is farther from the street than it really is, Read More
  • What Are Good Vegetables to Plant in Late Summer?

    By Susan Patterson Master Gardener Winter gardening is only successful if you know the average date of the first killing frost in the region in which you live. Crops need to be planted early enough to let them reach full maturity before the killing frost arrives. Local Cooperative Extension offices can provide information pertaining to the average killing frost in your area. The crops listed in this article are particular to regions whose killing frost comes in late October. 90 Day Crops Plant these crops in mid July for a fall harvest or later if you want a spring harvest. Root Crops Globe Read More
  • 14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

    From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his top 14 tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze. Here, the latest tips and tricks from Paul James, host of Gardening by the Yard: 1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it. 2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the Read More
  • Exterior Lighting Tips

    Curb appeal. It’s the favorable first impression others have of your home as seen from the street. You need it whether you are a builder marketing a home for sale or a homeowner welcoming friends and family. Your exterior light fixtures are one of the first things others notice when forming their first impression. Appropriately sized and styled fixtures add to curb appeal, provide a warm welcome, and safely guide visitors to your door. The most important factors to consider when making your selection are size, color, and style. General Size: The biggest mistake made in selecting outdoor lighting is choosing Read More
  • How To Start Composting At Home, A Guide For Beginners

    By Jennifer Stell Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your garden is feed it with nutrient-rich compost. This mix of decaying vegetable matter, grass clippings, and leaves may not be glamorous, but it improves soil structure and provides the nutrients your plants need to thrive. And it’s easy to create your own compost in your backyard or patio, at little or no cost. But don’t delay: it takes about a year for compost to be ready to spread on your vegetable patch. Ready to start? Here are a few simple steps to composting at home: Choose Your Read More
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