Weeds can be problematic for any homeowner, especially since there are thousands of weed species in existence and about 25-30 of them can be found even in well-maintained turf. As you survey your lawn and garden, look for dandelions, milkweed, chickweed,
Now that winter has come and gone, it’s time to stop hibernating and start enjoying the outdoors again. Kick off the warm season by tackling some spring cleanup outside your house. Be sure to click on the Project Shopping List to stock up on everything y
Homeowners spend quite a bit of time and money in the quest for a beautiful, lush green lawn. While chemical fertilizers and pesticides are often the go-to products for greener pastures, using them too much can be detrimental to your soil and the surrounding
With the turn of a knob, an underground sprinkler system can efficiently and evenly water your lawn. It's not a project for inexperienced DIYers, but installing a sprinkler system is something a handy homeowner can do to keep the lawn looking its best.
Crabgrass is the bane of many lawn-loving homeowners. Not only does it muss the appearance of a perfect parcel of grass, it can also take it over, competing with grass for the water and nutrients it needs. Don’t give up your turf to this common invader.
Your lawn takes a beating, season to season, from winter-weather salt damage, insects, rodents and birds, family pets, weeds and thatch. While there's not much you can do to prevent damage once it's been done, you can make repairs to get your lawn looking
If you don’t regularly fertilize your lawn, you should. Fertilizer keeps grass healthy and green, and helps prevent weed growth. And, a vibrant lawn makes the rest of your home’s exterior look more appealing.
As fall fades into winter, it's time to combat two common lawn enemies: thatch and soil compaction. Thatch is the buildup of dead organic matter and, along with compacted soil, it can prevent your lawn's roots from getting enough water and air. Dethatching
Cutting back tree and hedge growth keeps plants healthy, fosters growth and makes for a more attractive landscape. To get the best results, you should first understand the whys, whens and hows of trimming foliage for best results. Keep reading to learn
String trimmers, also known as “weed wackers,” “weed eaters,” “weed whips” and a host of other names, are essential lawn tools and should be as big a part of a lawn care arsenal as a lawnmower. While the lawnmower usually does most of the heavy lifti
Raised-bed gardens are a great way to grow vegetables and maximize gardening space almost anywhere in your yard. They are ideal for planting a garden in areas where soil is of poor quality, experiences poor drainage or is compacted. They are easy to weed,
Hedges add year-round beauty to your landscaping and they can provide natural privacy fencing, wind buffering, and a safe haven for wildlife. Planting and maintaining hedges properly takes some preparation and know-how, but with the following instructions,
Whether your yard is bald and bare, or the grass looks thin, one thing is certain — patchy lawns look terrible. Until automatic, self-repairing lawns are invented, the next best thing is quick and easy bare spot repair. Keep reading to find out how t
You keep your lawn healthy and well-manicured but you can take it to the next level by mowing stripes into your yard. If you want your grass to have the professionally trimmed look of a baseball field or golf course, follow the steps below and make your
Installing a paver patio for outdoor entertaining and family R&R is a great addition to any backyard. Paver stones are available in a number of colors, shapes and sizes to complement your home's exterior. Also, adding solar lights around your paver
Tree stumps are often left in the ground for a reason — they can be very difficult to remove. Removing a tree stump is not as impossible as it seems though. In fact, with the right advice and tools, you can do the job yourself. Here are a few ways to g
If you're seeking an alternative to mulching your garden beds while simultaneously growing herbs for fragrance or cooking, then look no further than planting herb ground cover. Ground cover works much the same way as mulch: It is a low-maintenance way
You’ve made your backyard the place to be for local birds by installing a bird feeder or two. If you don’t keep the feeders clean though, you risk causing the spread of disease and illness amongst the bird population your family enjoys watching. Keep bir
A retaining wall is a functional and fashionable way to create a level area on a slope for a flower garden or to prevent erosion on a sloped landscape. Building and installing one is a great do-it-yourself project that can turn a previously unused hill
While it may be cold outside, you can still enjoy your love of gardening by starting seeds inside your home in preparation for the warm weather ahead. Keep reading to find out how to grow seeds indoors, when to start and what you’ll need.