How to get rid of Crazy Ants

Photo courtesy of hanmei at Crazy Rasberry ants are an invasive insect that’s spreading across the United States. They are largely confined to the Gulf Coast, with extensive colonies in Florida, but have also been found in Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. The University of Nebraska has an excellent guide for … Read more

Plants Poisonous to Cats, Dogs and other Pets

Does your dog get strange rashes after playing in the yard? Does your cat get sick after chewing on certain ferns or flowers? If so, the plants in your yard may be poisonous. Many homeowners are surprised to discover that common landscaping plants can make their pets sick. This is because plants incorporate natural defenses … Read more

How to grow Onions

Onions grow very well in many different climate zones and soil conditions. They are more than just a tasty food crop – onions also help gardens by repelling insects and deterring herbivores. Gardeners grow onions for their bulbs or for tender greens. Some species of onion don’t even form bulbs – those are perfect for … Read more

Explanation of NPK Fertilizers

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Understanding NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash (Potassium)) ratings on lawn and plant fertilizers is an important part of deciding whether or not fertilizers are appropriate or even necessary for your garden and landscaping. This article is a basic guide to understanding what NPK numbers mean with fertilizers, and what levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash … Read more

How to compost egg shells, meat and sour milk

There’s a reason that many compost guides discourage composting animal products. These kitchen scraps are organic, but they harbor some unhealthy bacteria and can attract unwanted animal attention. It’s still possible to compost animal products, and here’s a quick guide on how to compost meat, bones, fat, egg shells, and other unsavory kitchen scraps.  First … Read more

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Lawn

By taking a few easy steps, you can end up with the greenest, healthiest lawn on your block. Here’s what to do! 1. Aerate your lawn. If you’re like most people, your lawn is the highest use area of your landscaping, especially if you have kids or pets. This means that over time the soil … Read more

National Home Gardening Club Spin Bin Composter Test Results

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Gardening is Good Exercise

If you garden for pleasure, you may not be aware of how beneficial this hobby is for your health. While you’re preparing your garden plot to grow fresh veggies, or while you’re busy turning the compost pile, you’re actually doing a decent amount of exercise as well! Basic yard care tasks such as mowing the … Read more

Top Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Who doesn’t want better air quality? In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help … Read more

This Organic Fire Ant Control Method Really Works

Are you searching for a less toxic way to deal with an infestation of the red imported fire ant? You might be interested in these products featured in the article below: granular natural fire ant killer, 1 gallon Orange Guard jug, and 32 oz bottles of Orange Guard. The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta … Read more