Landscape and Lawn

  • How to Keep Water Clear in Fountains and Ponds
    All gardeners want to be green — except when it comes to water. Whether you have a fountain, pond or a small reflecting pool, chances are good that at some point you'll have to deal with nuisance algae.
  • All About Yellow Jackets, Bees and Their Kin
    How to identify yellow jackets, honeybees, bumblebees and other stinging insects. Techniques for preventing problems.
  • Watch: From Grass to Garden
    Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec, ripped out their lawn to install a stylish raised-bed garden in their front yard in 2012. Little did they know it would trigger an international controversy. In a slideshow, see the transformation of their front yard from grass to garden.
  • Building Healthy Soil
    How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • Growing Lilacs
    How to plant and grow lilacs.
  • Growing Berries and Asparagus in Raised Beds
    Dreaming of a backyard berry patch? An asparagus bed? Start with a raised bed. A raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. All have shallow roots that don't compete well with weeds and that can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools.
  • The Top 3 Rules for Tree Care
    When dry weather continues for an extended period, landscape trees depend on homeowners for water. Learn when to water and how to do it.
  • Less Lawn
    Lawn has long enjoyed its unique status as our country's default groundcover — rolled out like wall-to-wall carpeting around every house. But the reign of grass is being challenged. Garden Designer Pam Penick shows how to design spaces with less lawn.
  • Beyond Hostas: 10 Great Plants for Shady Gardens
    It's hard to beat hostas for shade. But, there are plenty of rugged, carefree, shade-tolerant perennials.
  • Create a Monarch Waystation
    Monarchs are in trouble because of the elimination of milkweed that used to grow in farm fields. Grow a patch of milkweed in your backyard, which will provide food for monarch caterpillars.
  • Growing Blue Hydrangeas
    You may have heard that you can change the color of a hydrangea's flowers by adjusting soil pH. But there's a little more to it than that.
  • Create a Garden Path
    Where there's a will, make a path. Our step-by-step guide to making your own garden path.
  • Natural Lawn Care Techniques
    How to build a healthy, thriving lawn without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
  • How To: Fruits
    How to grow fruits and berries in your own backyard.
  • Success with Roses
    How to grow, select and care for roses.
  • Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants
    How to incorporate wildflowers and native plants into your landscape.
  • Water Gardening
    Finding the site, choosing plants and fish.
  • Controlling Mosquitoes
    This guide will help you enjoy being outdoors, even during mosquito season.
  • Taming the Unruly Perennial Garden
    Techniques for creating a garden that looks great all summer -- without a lot of maintenance.
  • Be a Grower, Not a Mower
    With some thoughtful plant selection and placement, you can reduce the amount of lawn that you maintain by at least 25 percent, and enjoy a lower maintenance yard that still looks neat and well cared for.
  • How To: Garden Design
    How to design your dream garden.
  • 20 Terrific Plants for Winter Landscapes
    Well-chosen plants change the garden scene from bleak to beautiful.
  • Creating Privacy
    Tips for making your backyard a little more private.
  • Fertilize Your Lawn With Grass Clippings
    Fertilize every time you mow the lawn.
  • Keeping Animal Pests Out of Your Garden
    What is a nature-loving, generally peaceful soul to do when voles, woodchucks, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, moles, and other furry little mammals wreak havoc on our gardens?
  • When Lilacs Won't Bloom
    How to get your lilac to bloom profusely.
  • Animal Fencing Techniques
    Fencing is the only sure-fire way to keep wild and domestic animals out of a prized garden.
  • Rain Barrel How-To
    Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • Drought-Tolerant Perennials
    Here are some of our favorite perennials that tolerate dry conditions. Drought-tolerance varies from one region to the other, so be sure to get advice from good gardeners in your area. For more ideas, check with your local Cooperative Extension office.
  • Slideshow: Decorating With Light
    Winter can be a dark time because the days are so much shorter. To change things, add a little light.
  • Tip: Plants for Wet Sites
    Perennials, trees and shrubs that thrive in wet or poorly drained soil.
  • Tip: Landscaping That's for the Birds
    Choosing the trees, shrubs and perennials that birds like.
  • How Solar Lights Work
    It's easy to see why outdoor solar lighting is all the rage: no electricity required, no wiring. You can install it yourself.
  • How to Choose a Solar Garden Light
    Solar-powered lights are an increasingly popular choice for garden and landscape lighting. They are affordable, easy to install and can be relocated easily.
  • How to Build a Rain Garden
    Learn how to build a "rain garden," a special type of planting that's designed to capture storm runoff in a creative, beautiful way.
  • Fall Soil Improvements
    It's the most important season of the year for improving your soil. What should you be adding to your soil this fall? Three things: finished compost, raw organic matter, and organic nutrients.
  • How to Prune Wisteria
    Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms.
  • Invasive Plants: Buy Now, Pay Later
    Learn how gardeners can help keep invasive plants from spreading and damaging our wetlands and forests.
  • The Top 5 Watering Myths
    During the hottest part of the summer, it’s especially important to make the most of every drop of water. With so much information available it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Learn the five common myths about watering.
  • Protect Yourself from Summer Insect Pests
    For most of us, mosquitoes and other insect pests are mere annoyances, but sometimes they pose real threats.
  • About Our Snip-n-Drip Garden Watering Systems
    Water is the key to a healthy, productive garden. With our Snip-n-Drip automatic watering system, you can get water directly to the plants, without wasting a single drop. It makes irrigation easy, whether you have a large garden with rows or a few raised beds.
  • Good Question!
    Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • What Weeds Tell Us
    People often say weeds are good indicators of soil conditions. But what does that really mean, and what should gardeners do with the clues weeds provide?
  • Enliven the Garden in Winter
    With a some well-placed decor and a few nature-themed ideas, you can brighten a winter landscape.
  • Edible Landscaping
    Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen.
  • Watch: Bottle Trees are joie de vivre on a stick
    Photos from Felder Rushing, author of "Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass."
  • Fill Garden Gaps with Outdoor Decor
    Flowers are the stars of the garden, but what do you do when the inevitable garden gaps appear? Experienced gardeners know that it helps to have a few well-chosen ornaments on hand.
  • Growing Older, Growing Smarter
    Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • Digging for Truth
    Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • Making Leaf Mold
    Learn how to turn fall leaves into a soil-enriching mulch.
  • Upgrade Your Lawn with Grass that Grows Slow
    Tired of spending time every weekend with a noisy lawn mower? Here’s an alternative: slow-growing turf. These fescue turf grasses are green and lush, but naturally slow-growing, so you mow only four to five times a year.
  • Preventing Winter Damage to Trees, Shrubs and Roses
    Extreme cold isn't the only challenge faced by woody plants; in fact, plants hardy to your region should endure normal winter temperatures just fine. However, winter can wreak havoc on landscape plants in other ways.
  • How to Plant a Tree or Shrub
    Planting trees and shrubs too deep is the No. 1 reason that they die in landscapes. Follow these simple steps to ensure the correct planting depth.
  • A Front Yard that Handles Drought With Ease
    With tight water restrictions, traditional lawns are going from green to brown. What’s a homeowner to do? Get creative. Learn how one Los Angeles family created a front lawn that looks great, tolerates drought and welcomes pollinators – and neighbors.
  • Shred Your Leaves
    Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.