Gardening Basics

New to gardening? In the market for easy gardening tips? We’re sharing all of the gardening basics you’ll need to turn your backyard into a stunner.

How Often Should Gardeners Water Plants in Winter?

Protect your perennials, trees and shrubs from winter damage and dehydration with these expert gardening tips.


5 Essential Steps for Tree Planting Success

Planting a tree may be easier than you think. Just follow these digging, watering and planting tips to ensure your...


How to Overwinter Non-Hardy Bulbs and Tropical Plants

Northern gardeners should follow these proven tips to spare tropical plants and bulbs, including dahlias, gladiolus and begonias, from the...


9 Fun Fall Outdoor Container Ideas

When summer fades and cooler temperatures prevail, it's time to jazz up your outdoor living space with fresh fall decor....


When Is the Best Time to Water Plants?

Water sustains not only us but our gardens. Make sure to water your garden efficiently and effectively, starting at the...


11 Things to Do in August to Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

Even in the coldest hardiness zones, August isn't yet the time to start putting your gardens to rest for the...


8 Ways to Use Dryer Lint in Your Backyard and Garden

Dryer lint should be collected after each load of laundry to prevent a fire hazard. Here are some good uses...


10 Backyard Garden Sheds Cute Enough to Live In

Love gardening, crafting and decorating? You'll be inspired by these simply charming, cute sheds and want to design your own...

10 Household Items You Should Repurpose in the Garden

Clean out your closets and repurpose your old or extra household items as helpful, thrifty materials in your flower and...


Garden Tool Basics: How to Choose and Use the Best Tools

An informative guide to your essential gardening tools, including what you need, how to use them and how to care...


Gardening with Kids: A Guide to Backyard Tasks for Every Age

Everybody can get in on the backyard fun with our seasonal guide to kids garden chores. From spring planting to...


6 Tips for Beating the Heat in Your Summer Garden

Follow these simple suggestions for keeping cool and avoiding the summer heat while working in your gardens this season.


10 Natural Ways to Eliminate Garden Insect Pests

Looking for ways to eliminate garden insect pests, without resorting to pesticides? Get our tips for controlling harmful garden bugs,...


7 Perennial Plant Mistakes You Should Never Make

Your flower beds aren't living up to that gardening magazine ideal? You may be making one of these common perennial...


Annuals vs. Perennials — What is the Difference?

Planning to grow a flower garden? Learn definitions to the common gardening terms, such as annuals vs perennials, before you...


10 Inexpensive Plants That Will Make Your Garden Pop

You get a lot of bang for the buck with these showy, inexpensive plants. A small investment can pay big...


Make Your Own Weed Killer With Vinegar and Dish Soap

Rather than spending money on chemical treatments to kill weeds, mix up a natural DIY weed killer with ingredients you...

How to Tell If Your Plants Need More Sun

It's more show than tell with indoor and outdoor plants. Learn the signs of too little light so you can...


Off Limits! 8 Houseplants That Aren’t Safe for Dogs

The last thing dog owners want to worry about is whether their houseplants are safe for their beloved Fido. Find...


How to Use Edible Flowers from Your Garden

Freshen up meals with edible flowers found in your own backyard.


9 Poisonous Plants Every Cat Owner Should Avoid

Many kitties love to nibble on plants, but there are some very toxic plants for cats. Avoid lilies, kalanchoe and...


Month-by-Month Gardening Resolutions

Your yard will have its best year yet when you set and keep these month-by-month gardening resolutions!


How to Grow Your Own Tea At Home

Put the kettle on and brew a one-of-a-kind blend by growing your own tea plants.

Ask the Garden Expert: Is It OK to Use Rubber Mulch?

Our garden expert talks using rubber mulch in the garden, identifies mystery plants, and more!


The Ultimate Guide to a Dog-Friendly Backyard

Design a garden or backyard with pets in mind. A dog-friendly space keeps your furry pals safe, happy and healthy.


12 Easy Ways to Take Your Garden to the Next Level

It's simple to make a huge impact in your garden with these easy ideas.


12 Tips and Tricks for a Weed-Free Backyard

Arm yourself with a favorite tool and use these fresh ideas to say goodbye to unwanted plants.


Spring Break Nature Activities for Kids

Take advantage of time off and warmer weather to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with these nature activities...


7 Surprising Facts About Dandelions

Unexpectedly nutritious and tasty, dandelions have plenty of benefits.