The Basics of Companion Planting

February 23rd, 2012

If you've been thinking about starting your own garden, you might be wondering what you can do to prevent pests from invading and spoiling all your hard work. As it turns out, there's plenty you can do without having to resort to potentially harmful pesticides. According to Cornell University's Department of Horticulture, plants are far more active than they may appear on the...


How to Divide Perennials

February 17th, 2012

One of the best things about perennials is that they often increase in size over the years. Most need to be divided at some point to increase flowering performance, get richer soil, remove weeds or simply make more! Some plants need frequent dividing for optimal development, but others can go long periods of time without being divided. You can usually tell that a plant needs...


How to Make Leaf Mold

February 15th, 2012

Leaf mold may sound like something you want out of your garden, but it can actually be quite beneficial for your plants. Essentially, it's nothing more than partially decomposed leaves that have fallen from trees. Since you probably have more than enough leaves to deal with every autumn, why not put them to work? Think of leaf mold as a pile of free compost that literally...


How to Attract Bees to Your Garden

February 6th, 2012

You may be asking yourself why on Earth you would want to do anything that attracts bees to your garden? After all, they sting and keep you away, right? Well, the simple fact of the matter is, bumblebees are relatively docile creatures that can be beneficial for your garden, especially if you have planted a lot of flowers. According to The Daily Green, many vegetables and...


How to Take Care of a Garden Pond

February 3rd, 2012

We're not all blessed with a beautiful body of water in our backyard, but for those of us who happen to have a garden pond - whether naturally or through our own hard work - can't simply expect it to maintain itself. You need to actively ensure that the water is clean and at adequate levels, not to mention maintaining all of the wildlife that may spring up in the area! If you...


How to Deal With Weeds

January 31st, 2012

Weeds can be a huge problem to have to contend with in your garden. Try as you might, sometimes they can be incredibly persistent, and before you know it, you're dealing with a veritable infestation. The BBC notes that you can never be completely free of weeds - they're a natural part of most ecosystems. However, there are steps you can take to reduce their impact on your...


How to Prepare a Plot of Land for a Flower Bed

January 18th, 2012

When you look out your window into your yard, what do you see? Is it teeming with beautiful, colorful plant life? Or is it a crop of unsightly weeds? If you're tired the view, it might be time to roll up your sleeves and plant a flower bed. Even if you don't have that much experience with gardening, doing so isn't terribly difficult - it just requires a bit of a time...


Delightful Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors

December 21st, 2011

Did you know that there are a number of tropical plants that can find a happy home indoors? Not only can they add a nice visual flair to your home, but according to the Smithsonian Gardens, indoor plants can do a lot to improve your quality of life. They naturally circulate air through themselves, which helps keep it clean. If you'd like to bring a bit of tropical flavor into...


Three Essential Blooms to Have in Your Garden

December 13th, 2011

Have you got the insatiable itch to get out into the yard and do some gardening? Even though the cold weather is here, it's never too soon to start planning next year's garden. In fact, with a bit of foresight, you can be ready to go from the first nice day, guaranteeing that your garden is the most beautiful on the block. If you've never had a flower garden, you may be...


How to Patch a Lawn

December 5th, 2011

Everyone enjoys a luscious lawn that is thick, soft and green. It's comfortable, appealing and can make your home look welcoming and well-maintained. The key to a fabulous lawn is plenty of care and upkeep, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, some parts of your lawn go bare. Whether you have a dog who goes to the bathroom in the same spot all the time or have simply...