Why You Should Mulch Out, Not Up

Spreading mulch around trees doesn’t just serve an aesthetic purpose; it helps the tree to absorb water and nutrients as well. If you don’t mulch your trees correctly, however, it can actually do more harm than good. The most common mulching mistake is the practice of building mulch up around a tree trunk, rather than… Read more »

Water-Saving Strategies for Lawn Care

During the sweltering months of summer, it can take a lot of water to keep your lawn looking healthy and green. If you’re not careful about your watering habits, it can wind up costing you a bundle on your utility bills. The good news is there are a few simple things every homeowner can do… Read more »

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

This time of year, roving herds of deer are a common sight in neighborhoods in Maryland. In addition to being a dangerous nuisance to drivers, whitetail deer can also be a real headache for gardeners. Deer love to munch on plants like hostas, pansies and impatients. They’re also fond of many of the same fruits… Read more »

Tips to Help Control Erosion in Your Yard

After a long season of spring showers, you may notice that some of the soil in your yard has started to shift and come loose. Flowing water is a powerful thing, and over time it can have a detrimental effect on your landscaping. Sloping sections of land are typically most prone to erosion, but you… Read more »

5 Simple Gardening Tricks to Try This Season

Planting season is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to get back out in the garden. That’s why we’ve put together a few ideas to try this year to help you get the most out of your plantings. Some of these make for great weekend projects to tackle with the kids as well…. Read more »

Managing Chinch Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Chinch bugs are some of the most troublesome lawn pests in North America. Here in Maryland, the hairy chinch bug is the most common variety. These tiny insects are less than ¼” long, and are characterized by the black and white stripes that run across their bodies. Because they’re so small, however, you’re unlikely to… Read more »

The Case Against Landscaping Fabric

To use landscaping fabric or not to use landscaping fabric? That is the question. If you’re tired of constantly watering and pulling stubborn weeds from your garden, then by all means, use landscaping fabric to save yourself a headache. On the other hand, if you want a lush garden full of hydrated plants and healthy soil,… Read more »

Performing a Spring Lawn Mower Tuneup

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and before we know it the grass will be growing fast. Before you put your lawn mower to work however, it’s a good idea to treat it to a little TLC to make sure everything is in good working order. If your mower goes too long without… Read more »

Understanding the Advantages of a Saltwater Swimming Pool

You can find chlorinated freshwater pools in just about every suburban neighborhood in the country. They’re clean, they’re attractive and they’re fairly easy to maintain. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfect for everyone, though. The harsh chemicals used to cleanse the water in these pools can easily irritate sensitive skin. Over the years, the cost… Read more »

Stopping the Spread of Crabgrass

Did you know that crabgrass was originally brought to North America as a food source by Eurasian immigrants? It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, a few centuries later, this plant has become one of the most common invasive weed species on the continent. You can find the coarse,… Read more »