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Can Epsom Salt Help in the Garden?

Get to the root of this hotly contested compound to learn how it might yield more beautiful, bountiful plants.

How to Keep Window Box Arrangements Fresh Throughout Winter

Help keep your outdoor winter arrangements in great shape with these pointers from This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada.


How to Clean Up and Expand a Garden

Want to learn how to take an overgrown flower bed and transform it into a beautiful garden? Watch as Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada cleans up the garden by pruning, dividing, and defining the edges.

How to Get Squirrel-Proof Bulb Plantings 

Few sights can make your heart sink like watching the spring-flowering bulbs you just planted become food for four-legged foragers. Read these tips to keep squirrels from eating your freshly planted bulbs.

How to Prune in Early Spring

Prune these specimens in the late winter or early spring for thicker foliage later on.

End-of-Summer Yard and Garden Cleanup Tips

Give your lawn and garden the care they need by removing debris, dividing crowded perennials, and adding mulch—so plants can come back stronger.

A Guide to Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Growing a Honeycrisp apple tree is the perfect challenge for a seasoned gardener located in colder states. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the tree, from growing conditions to ongoing maintenance.

Pro Tips to Get Your House Ready for Warmer Weather

Spring is here, so it’s time to prime the house and garden for the warm-weather months ahead. Read on for tips on how to get everything ready for the summer.

Learn the Best Ways to Deal with Storm Water

These landscape drainage solutions prevent puddling and flooding and look good too.

Fall Fertilizing: Essential Tips to Make Your Yard Grow

Read this guide to learn why autumn is the best time of year to fertilize your yard.

Should I Mulch with Pine Needles?

Read to learn the pros and cons of using pine needles as mulch.


How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house

Care of Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Bulbs are pretty easygoing, but with these tips you can help maximize blooms and increase the odds that they'll naturalize into more plants

Ask Roger: How to Prune Shrubs

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows the right way to prune shrubs

How to Save Seeds

You can't return "borrowed" seeds without harvesting and drying them first. All it takes is a few simple steps

A Guide to Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens holly is an adaptable shrub that can survive under a wide range of conditions, from sun to shade, acidic soil to alkaline soil, and water to no water. Read this guide to learn how you can grow and maintain this evergreen, low-maintenance shrub.

All About Garden Hand Tools

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for using his four favorite gardening tools—five if you count his hands


How to Plant a Low-Maintenance Urban Garden

Planting a no-fuss city garden with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

Save Seeds for Repeat Success With Healthy Plants

Take the guesswork out of rekindling this season's stunning garden by hanging onto seeds now