Improve Your Spring Garden With Mulch

Posted by: on March 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Image via Gregs Landscaping


Spring is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the upcoming growing season by applying mulch. Topping the soil surface off with this protective blanket will promote healthy plant and flower growth, as well as save you time and energy later on.

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Grill It: How Many BTUs Do I Need?

Posted by: on March 3rd, 2012 | 4 Comments

open grill with side grill cooking meat and vegetables

Q: How many BTUs do I really need?

A: A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, measures the amount of heat a grill can give off. A grill with the highest BTUs may seem like the best at first glance — it can get the hottest, right? — but that is not necessarily the case. Many grill aficionados say that BTUs are oversold.

When you are purchasing a grill, compare the BTUs to the size of the useable cooking surface. Look for 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking space. The more BTUs a model has, the faster it will burn up your fuel, so it is wise to only go for a grill with the amount of BTUs you need to get the job done.

Look, too, for a grill with a relatively heavy grate (to hold heat) and a tight fitting lid (to hold heat in). A light weight grate and thin materials for the unit might require more BTUs… and more fuel.


Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered.


Grill Advice From The Home Depot’s Forums

Posted by: on March 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment


Get your grill questions answered at our Community Forums


Get ready to fire up your grill for picnics, family reunions or family dinners. Here are a few recent grill questions our Home Depot associates fielded on our Community Forums. In this week’s From the Forum Friday we learn how to build a fire pit, how to replace a gas grill burner and more.

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Meet The Material: Wallpaper

Posted by: on February 29th, 2012 | 6 Comments

Wallpaper has an unduly bad rep — inviting images of your grandma’s ancient, wall-to-wall floral patterns from back in the day (with the matching wallpaper borders).

Modern wallpaper is all about rolling in the deep with style–having an infinite choice of vivid colors, bold patterns and unimaginable textures to create interior accents, focal points or to transform the look of an entire room. And, installing and removing wallpaper is now much easier than ever.

What is wallpaper? Wallpaper started out as a type of paper material used to decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other commercial buildings. Originally, each roll was painstakingly hand-painted to adorn the wall of some king or wealthy nobleman, and later it was printed by various methods until the advent of the printing press made wallpaper accessible to most households [Wallpaper Installer].

The wallpaper used today consists of a backing, ground coat, applied ink, and sometimes paste on the backing used to adhere the paper to the wall [Made How].

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How To Build A Shed

Posted by: on February 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment

If your garage is jam packed but you still need some space to store all of your garden tools and power equipment in preparation for your outdoor home improvement projects, then consider building a shed for additional storage.

ChrisFixIt, a Home Depot expert associate, and Bill from Handy Home give you a visual tutorial on how to build a shed from a pre-cut storage shed kit. Putting together shed kits are probably easier than you think! All of the screws and nails come with the kit and the only major tools you’ll need are nailers and a saw. Watch this video as these experts walk you through all the steps from laying the foundation to putting in the finishing touch windows.

You can find a variety of shed kits on as well as more advice on how to put them together by asking any one of our expert associates at the Home Depot How-To Community Forums.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Get All Your Gardening Advice from Our Certified Nursery Consultants

Posted by: on February 27th, 2012 | 141 Comments

The Home Depot is a terrific source for expert advice on any home improvement project you can think of. And since every Home Depot store has a team of our Certified Nursery Consultants on hand, we’re ready to give you the best gardening advice you can find.

Take a look at this video by Home Depot associate Travis (aka LawnRanger) to see how a visit to your local Home Depot’s Garden Center can make your garden greener than ever.



The Home Depot’s certification is the real deal. We asked the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help develop the training program. After the special training, our certified associates have expertise in plant types and how to care for them, landscaping, flowers and ground covers, lawn care, and a lot more.

And we make sure there are always Certified Nursery Consultants on duty in our Lawn and Garden Centers ready to talk with you about your gardening plans or answer your questions.

Our Certified Nursery Consultants are ready to help you online, too. You can ask your gardening questions on our online How-To Community Forums. Just pick a login name and password, and you’re ready to start posting questions on gardening, lawn care and just about any home improvement topic you can think of. 

Our associates (the guys and gals in the orange aprons) really know what they’re doing when it comes to just about any DIY project, and they are pleased to offer how-to instructions, buying recommendations, and even some friendly encouragement on all of your home improvement projects. When it comes to gardening and lawn care projects, we have everything you need, from potting soil and fertilizer to lawn mowers and composters… and expert gardening advice, too.



Create a Garden Walking Path: We Have Instructions and Inspiration

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 8 Comments

Spring is the time for DIY garden projects. Here’s a video that will take you through the steps to create a garden walking path. In this case, we’ll use mulch or pebbles to create the path, which makes it what you might call a soft path.

We’ve written the instructions for you, too. Be sure to check out the “inspirations” we’ve provided below to make your garden path even more beautiful. 


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Repurposed: PVC Pipe in the Kitchen

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Home Depot is a creative person’s dream — aisles and aisles of raw materials just waiting to be put to use in a DIY project or craft. In fact, many of our customers find interesting and unexpected ways to use these raw materials. Floor tiles as a pizza stone, pegboard as a vase for flowers, and even a copper pipe coupling as a napkin ring? The possibilities are endless for repurposed crafts when you have thousands of square feet of lumber, metal and paint to work with.

Here’s another way to repurpose a common item found at The Home Depot — PVC pipe.

Repurposing PVC pipe as a biscuit cutter

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Advice From the Forums On Installing A Pet Door

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Give Spot his own pet door

It seems some dogs always want to be on the other side of the door. When they’re out, they want in. When they are in, they want out. But it doesn’t have to be a problem. Just give Spot his own door, and he can come and go as he pleases, and you won’t have to serve as a doggie doorman. It’s a fairly easy project.

Installing a pet door was a recent topic on The Home Depot community forums, brought up by community member txdan07, who admits to be being a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY projects.

txdan07 wanted advice on installing a pet door in a garage door without cracking the garage door’s bottom metal guard.

Forum associate HDAnswerman offered up step-by-step instructions.

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How to Replace Or Install A Ceiling Fan

Posted by: on February 23rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

It’s always a good time to start thinking about efficient ways to keep your home cool in the summer. And ceiling fans are a great way to stay comfortable during the spring and summer months ahead.

Whether you want to replace an old fan or install a new one, this video offers great step-by-step instructions. All of the basics are covered, including ways to confirm that all of the power is off before you start to a detailed account of which wires to connect. There is also information on the extra steps involved with installing a lighted fan. This video offers a complete rundown of everything you need to know to complete this project, but if you have any other questions about the installation process be sure to ask one of our expert associates on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum. Also, take a look at for our huge selection of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, as well as our energy-efficient models.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.