Home & Garden Spring

Tips for purchasing the best topsoil

A common misconception when buying topsoil is that the soil will be a dark, friable, fertile loam able to cure any or all garden ills...

Spring is the time for mending fences

If you’re looking down your fence line and not seeing the posts line up one behind the other, walk the line and push on each one...

Pruning plants for the best results

No gardening activity seems to instill as much trepidation in a novice gardener as pruning...

Wall preparation for paint and paper

You’ve decided to change the look of a room, including a fresh coat of paint on the walls...

Some plants are made for the shade

Shaded areas evoke mixed feelings among homeowners. While cool and comfortable during summer’s heat, getting plants to grow in the shade can be a bit challenging...

Stay safe while you ‘Do It Yourself’

Many of us do-it-yourself-ers make it our business to learn how to do almost anything...

Gutter maintenance and repair

It’s spring: Time to put a ladder against the side of the house or the roof, and check your gutters...

Make your container garden grow

Plants can be grown in almost any type of container. Plastic and clay pots are the most common, but there are wonderful decorative cement pots, urns and troughs...

Take a day to complete the spring checklist

As we get used to enjoying the warmer weather, everyone is thinking of all the great fun they can have in the bright sun and longer days...

Controlling insect pests with horticultural oils

In use for more than 100 years, horticultural oils are one of the safest and most effective insecticides gardeners have...

Lightning protection

A single lightning strike can cause a catastrophic failure of electronic equipment; damage security systems; and ruin electrical and telecommunications...

Build your own trellis

A few years ago, when I was first experimenting with growing vegetables in containers on a deck, I needed to find a series of trellises for my cucumbers and zucchini plants to climb...

Buying a lawnmower

Is it time for a new lawnmower? Here are some things to consider before you buy a new one:...

Learn to conserve energy

With the warmer weather bringing higher rates of power consumption, it’s a good time to take these tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to heart:...

Entertain without pain

Spring is here, the grill is out, and there is nothing better than sharing a few cold ones and a burger in the back yard with friends or family...

Cleaning your tools

If you take the time to care for your hand-held tools like hammers, screw drivers and wrenches, they will work better and last longer...

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