9 Inspiring Gardens Gain Privacy and Screening With Plants

Boost your privacy outdoors and screen adjacent buildings with planting ideas from these diverse gardens. Whether you’re living with neighbors close by, have less-than-ideal views or are looking for more privacy anywhere in your yard, hedges and screening plants can be major problem solvers. When it comes to choosing the right hedge plant for the…

7 Tips for Healthy Lawns in Hot Summers

Summer heat is here, and that might mean less water in your area. Does that mean you need to let your living landscapes suffer? Is watering your yard or lawn frowned upon by neighbors? Having a healthy yard and respecting Mother Nature is still possible, even in drought or high heat conditions! Keep your lawn looking good in…

8 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Yard

It is extremely important to make sure that your yard is pet-friendly and safe. Before they venture out to roll around in the grass, consider these tips to keep your pets safe and spaces green. Tune up your turfgrass. A sturdy grass lawn can take the pounding and activity of an active pooch. After a winter of…

8 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Yard

After a long, cold winter, you aren’t the only one who is ready for Spring. As we start to spend more time outside, it is extremely important to make sure that your yard is pet-friendly and safe after the Winter season. As a pet owner, it’s your job to do so. Before they venture out…

Summer Safety for Kids Home on Vacation

Now that the kids are home for summer, keep vacation fun and safe by taking precautions indoors and out. This season is especially active and challenging, so make sure everyone understands the importance of safety, and do all you can to protect kids from summer dangers in the following zones. Around the pool:  While it…

Cut Home Cooling Costs with These Tips

Air conditioning efficiency is the result of year-round efforts, from pre-season maintenance of your system to smart improvements inside and outside of your home. Take time now to consider the following air conditioning efficiency checklist so that your family is comfortable and your utility bills are manageable through the warmest days of the year. Schedule an annual…

5 Ways to Avoid Botching Your Backyard Barbecue

A backyard barbecue skips the formalities and fills a patio with friends who answer the call of “come and get it” when steaks and corn on the cob are hot off the grill. But even with the relaxed mood of an outdoor barbecue, problems can flare up. Here are five gas grill goofs from Consumer…

DIY Projects You’ll Regret Tackling

Home improvement DIY projects come in many shapes and forms. Maybe someone is an experienced carpenter who can tackle a big kitchen or bathroom renovation without a professional crew, or maybe someone has seen a few too many HGTV episodes and feels inspired to spruce up their abode. Regardless of the motivation for the renovation, do-it-yourself…

Deep Spring Cleaning: 20 Little and Big Things You Might Be Forgetting

Over, under, inside and behind: Clean these often-neglected areas, and your house will look and feel better With the sun finally peeking out after a long, cold winter, freshening your house with a deep spring cleaning can feel really good. If you’re ready to go beyond the basic vacuum-and-mop weekly clean, pick and choose from…