20 Beautiful Flowering Succulents [With Pictures]

flowering succulents

Succulents are beloved as houseplants not only because of their interesting foliage but also for their flowers – although it is usually small or less interesting than the leaves. You’ll also need patience as many succulents do not flower until they reach maturity.   Some may even need to be coaxed to flower under the … Read more

GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX Battery Lawn Mower Review

With the rapid improvement in battery and electric motor technology, the cordless lawn mower category is quickly filling up with top quality products, and our testing of the GreenWorks G-Max mower has really awoken us as to just how good a cordless mower can be. Not all that long a ago battery powered lawn mowers were … Read more

How To Make Succulent Soil Mix – DIY Recipe and Guide

succulent soil mix, container, and succulents on a table

While many other houseplants are content with commercially available potting soil, succulents want excellent drainage, better than you’ll find in any pre-mixed product from the store. Making your own potting mix is easy, saves you money, and grows robust succulents quickly, free from pests and disease. Beyond providing the basics (sun and water), there is … Read more

9 Handy Uses For Diatomaceous Earth In The Garden

a gardener sprinkling diatomaceous earth in the garden

Growing your own produce is one of the most fulfilling things you can do with your yard. But when pests start getting involved, they can quickly turn a useful hobby into a frustrating disaster. To battle these garden pests, many homeowners turn to toxic pesticides and other chemicals. What they don’t know is that diatomaceous … Read more

How to Grow the String of Dolphins Plant

string of dolphins plant in a white ceramic pot

Visual illusions, anything from shadow puppets to the art of M.C. Escher, have an entrancing quality. Many plant lovers enjoy the visual pun-play involved in raising plants that mimic other plants or animals, such as string of pearls (a.k.a. string of peas), Psychotria elata (a.k.a. hooker’s lips), or Orchis italica (the naked man orchid). If … Read more

Sod Calculator – Calculate How Much Sod You Need

a man measuring sod grass roll

Laying sod is a great way to quickly transform a bare yard into a beautiful, lush lawn. But figuring out how much sod you need can be tricky, especially when you consider that every vendor sells sod in different quantities. To help you figure out exactly how much sod you need to transform your yard, … Read more

LawnBright Lawn Care Subscription Review – Hands-On Test

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The Perfect All-Natural Subscription Service for Weedy Lawns Finding an all-natural subscription lawn care service for a weedy lawn isn’t easy. At least, it wasn’t before LawnBright came around. This newer subscription service uses many of the same principles as Sunday and other more popular options. LawnBright delivers natural, organic, and chemical-free fertilizers and soil … Read more

When Is The Best Time to Plant Grass Seed?

a gardener sowing grass seed

Whether you’re filling in bare spots or reseeding an entire yard, timing is everything when it comes to planting grass seed. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve waited too long or are trying to start your project too early. Yes, cool season grasses are best seeded in late summer and early … Read more

Lithops Succulent: How To Grow Living Stone Plants

Close up picture of lithops in different colors

In the 1970s, a man named Gary Dahl became a millionaire selling Pet Rocks. This “toy” was literally a smooth gray stone that came nestled into a straw bed inside a cardboard box perforated with “breathing holes,” along with a 32-page tongue-in-cheek instruction manual for its proper care and feeding. While the original Pet Rock … Read more

What’s Best Time to Fertilize Lawn? Before or After Rain?

a woman fertilizing the lawn after the rain

You just got back home and noticed that your beautiful lawn needs another round of fertilizer. However, you know that poor application could damage your grass and cause other problems. You also know that the effect of the fertilizer depends on the timing of the application. Some people do it before the rain, but as … Read more

Winterizer Fertilizer – What Is It and When To Apply

winterizer fertilizer

Winter is one of the toughest times for our lawns, and ensuring that the grass gets through the colder months and has enough food to flourish in spring is important. Luckily, winterizer is designed to do just that. Knowing when to apply a winter fertilizer and what brands to choose are critical in ensuring the success … Read more

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth For Ticks and Fleas

does diatomaceous earth kill ticks

Ticks and fleas are more than just a nuisance for dogs and cats. These blood-sucking pests can cause diseases, including Lyme disease, bubonic plague, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But it’s not just your pets who are at risk of getting sick. If your dog or cat has fleas or ticks and comes into … Read more

How To Fertilize Succulents – When, How Much and How

a gardener fertilizing succulents

It can be just as difficult to figure out how to feed your succulents as it is to decide how to feed yourself. If you’ve researched succulents, you’ve probably come across opinions ranging from “succulents never need to be fertilized” to “fertilize with Miracle Grow monthly” and everything in between.  In this article, we’ll explain … Read more

What Is A Pre-Emergent Weed Killer?

a homeowner applying a pre-emergent weed killer

Let’s face it, pulling weeds is not a fun way to spend your weekend. Luckily, there is a less labor-intensive alternative — a pre-emergent weed killer. It’s a herbicide that you apply two to three times per year to prevent those unsightly weeds from ruining your lawn or flower bed in the first place. But … Read more

Hens and Chicks Plant: How to Grow and Care For

a picture of hens and chicks plant

Since the 1980s, a hens and chicks plant has been growing on an old tree stump in my grandmother’s flower bed in Indiana, USDA zone 6. It has survived forty years or more despite annual snowstorms, without any maintenance, fertilizer, or even soil to grow in.  Sempervivum is just as attractive as it is resilient, … Read more

How to Grow & Care for String of Pearls Plant (Curio rowleyanus)

a pot of curio rowleyanus or string of pearls

Don’t eat these peas! The succulent known as string of pearls—otherwise known as string of beads or string of peas, for obvious reasons once you’ve seen it—is poisonous. However, in a pet and toddler-free household string of pearls makes an ideal houseplant.  The long trailing stems festooned with round green leaves that look just like … Read more

What To Do With Succulents Growing Tall – Leggy Succulents

succulents growing tall

Does your succulent look like an adolescent—tall, gangly, and awkward, with limbs that look thin as toothpicks? Does it resemble a Charlie Brown Christmas tree more than it does than the bushy succulent you brought home from the store? What did you do wrong? The simple answer is that your succulent is leggy (or, in … Read more

Is Wood Ash Good For Grass?

wood ash being spread on soil

Yes, wood ash is good for your grass. Wood ash has many benefits for your lawn, including being a great source of potassium and having high alkalinity levels. Of course, it is important that you are using clean wood ash when you add it to your lawn grass for maximum effect. The benefits that come … Read more