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How To Install A Soaker Hose In Your Garden

Posted by: on July 2nd, 2013 | 4 Comments


Watering your plants and vegetables with a soaker hose is better for your garden, your wallet and the environment. Unlike sprinklers that may waste water on overspray, runoff and evaporation, soaker hoses emit water exactly where thirsty plants need it most – at their roots. It’s far more efficient than watering with an ordinary garden hose.

You can use a soaker hose in tandem with an inexpensive hose timer affixed to your faucet. And aided by the cover of 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help retain moisture, a soaker hose will ensure your garden receives a proper watering at regular intervals without you having to worry about it.

Here’s a short video put together by Chris from The Home Depot Community Forums that will show you how easy it is to install a soaker hose watering system in your garden. He covers everything from the maximum length for an effective soaker hose (50 to 100 feet) to using the proper spacing to ensure all the plants in your garden receive adequate watering.


If you have any more questions after watching the video, you can get help for this and all your gardening projects from the friendly, knowledgeable associates and members of the Community Forums. And check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


Places: Water Gardens

Posted by: on June 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Water gardens are a wonderful way to bring a sense of nature’s beauty and mystery to a patio, deck or any other outdoor space. And, much like other types of gardens grown in pots and planters or various and sundry repurposed vessels, a mix of plants in different colors, shapes and textures will make your aquatic gardens more striking. They’re also relatively easy to create and maintain.

If you would like to take some time to reflect on the many ways you could arrange a water garden for your home, we invite you to take in the rest of this post.


Water Gardens In Containers


Combine different aquatic varietals to create a veritable garden of delights in whatever container your choose. True aquatics prefer to remain completely submerged in water (like parrot’s feather), while semiaquatics are varietals whose roots are wholly or partly underwater (like umbrella palm). Floaters such as water lilies or hyacinth rest delicately on the water’s surface.

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Ideas for Creating a Shade Garden

Posted by: on May 28th, 2013 | One Comment


Chances are there’s a shady spot or two somewhere outside your home begging to be filled in with a little color and texture. If so, why not consider planting a shade garden? Shade gardens are the perfect solution for areas that receive little to no sunlight — beneath trees, alongside a building or fence, or in any sun-starved patch of your landscape.

A surprising number of flowers, shrubs and trees grow well in the shade. Maureen from The Home Depot Community Forums has prepared this short video to show you a few of the many varieties you can plant in your shade garden for season-round color and ground cover.

From perennial favorites like the endless varieties of hostas, and the airy, delicate maidenhair fern, to the remarkably colorful foliage of the heuchera, you’ll discover new ways to add shape and texture to your shaded garden. Maureen will also introduce you to evergreen, shade-loving shrubs like the broadleaf andromeda with its diminutive bell-shaped flowers, and the brightly colored azalea.


If you have more questions about shade gardens or anything else garden-related, take some time to browse our Garden Club, where you’ll find the right answers to all your gardening needs. And for everything else outdoors, from patio furniture and grills to outdoor power equipment and more, you can find it online or in-store at your local Home Depot.

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

Soil Testing for Healthier Plants

Posted by: on May 2nd, 2013 | Make A Comment


Healthy, fertile soil and lots of TLC are the keys to productive gardens and lush lawns. That’s why it’s important to test your soil every two to three years. Soil testing provides essential information about your soil’s pH (its acidity or alkalinity) as well as a measure of other nutrients essential for plant growth.

The soil tests will also indicate the type and amount of feeding or fertilization your soil may require. With this knowledge in hand, you’ll be able to add the proper soil amendment, in the right amount, to keep your plants and the environment healthy and thriving.

Many local extension services offer free or low-cost soil testing. But if you’re like many of us and don’t want to wait on the test results, you can do your own lab work with an inexpensive soil testing kit.

To show you how easy soil testing is, we asked Coach Dave from The Home Depot Community Forums to demonstrate how it’s done. All you need is the soil test, a little distilled water and some dirt from your lawn or garden. In probably less time than it will take you to watch this video, you will have your results.

Here’s a piece of advice Coach Dave left out: Take your soil sample from a depth of at least 4 inches for the best results.

So, before you go adding fertilizer and other amendments willy-nilly in preparation for the planting season, get to know your soil. Giving your soil the right kind and amount of nutrition will yield healthier plants – too much can lead to problems in your garden and for the environment.


We have a lot more DIY, home improvement and gardening videos for you. Check out the videos here on The Home Depot Blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Flower Power (Episode 6): From Runway To Garden

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2011 | Make A Comment


Watch episode 6 of The Home Depot’s web series to see how global fashion trends influence the breeding of plants and flowers we bring to your garden.