Articles in: gardening

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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Succulent Garden Inspiration with Hoosier Homemade

Posted by: on May 31st, 2013 | 6 Comments

We were ecstatic when Liz and Doug of Hoosier Homemade agreed to share this succulent garden how-to guide with us. In their blog, they share everything from fun and practical DIY projects to cupcakes. And by cupcakes, we mean amazing, out-of-this-world cupcakes. This succulent garden is the kind of project we cover in our monthly free Do-It-Herself Workshops at The Home Depot. 


Creating a succulent garden is one of the easiest do-it-herself projects for the home. Succulents are some of the most beautiful plants that you can use to create an indoor or outdoor planter. Spend a relaxing afternoon creating your own succulent garden.

Let us show you how easy they are to put together.

Succulent Garden Collage

  Succulents are a diverse category of plants. There are over 20,000 varieties throughout the world. Cacti, aloes and Agave make up the most of them.

Succulent Garden Container On Bamboo Mat

  Planting your garden takes just a few minutes, but the enjoyment lasts a long time. 

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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.

Lawn Mower Maintenance Made Easy

Posted by: on April 30th, 2013 | Make A Comment


Even if you think of yourself as somewhat mechanically disinclined, basic lawn mower maintenance is something anyone can do and it will add years to the life of your mower.

To show you just how easy it is to keep your lawn mower operating at peak performance, Rick from The Home Depot has pulled together a lot of useful tips into one short video. He covers everything from routine lawn mower maintenance such as changing the oil and filter and replacing spark plugs to swapping out mower blades, cleaning your mower and prepping it for end-of-year storage.

A new lawn mower can be a significant investment. But whether yours is a recent purchase or it’s been in the family for a while, you’ll enjoy greater returns if it is properly maintained.

For even more tips on caring for your lawn mower, check out our online project guide on maintaining your lawn mower.


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

Succulent Garden Ideas – Mason Jar Terrarium from OPC’s The Better Half

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | 35 Comments

We’re thrilled to have Jocie Hagan of  The Better Half, share her succulent garden ideas with us. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to this clever miniature succulent garden project– it’s a garden inside a mason jar. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial. 


Succulent Garden Ideas: A miniature succulent garden in a Mason jar


Confession time: I don’t garden. Ever. In fact, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Do-It-Herself Workshop series by sharing my succulent garden ideas, I had to look up what a succulent was. *shame* But once I figured out what a succulent was, I was super excited to make a garden with my own special twist.

Succulents are right up my gardening alley – they require little water or attention, are bright and hearty, and are easy to plant. They are hard to kill, and for this black thumb gardener, that is all that matters!

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Places: The Potting Shed

Posted by: on April 25th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of a Potting Shed With Botanical Decor

Image via House To Home


We like to think of the potting shed as the gardener’s studio, an inner sanctum from which to try and propagate never-seen-before works of natural beauty for the garden. And if that fails, you can always use it as a place to just putter about working on craft projects, or to simply get away from the din of daily life.

Whether you’re reading this at the beginning of the growing season, at the end of it, or somewhere in between, we’d like to plant a small seed in your mind about the wonders of the potting shed. If you’re an avid gardener, then we’re probably preaching to the choir. But pros and novices alike sometimes need some inspiration to help them create a space that allows them to do their best work. We hope there are a few ideas here that will inspire you all to great things.

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How To Plant a Mailbox Garden

Posted by: on April 18th, 2013 | One Comment


The beauty of a mailbox garden is not just that it boosts the curb appeal of your home. The sight of a charming little garden surrounding the mailbox may actually make the daily walk to retrieve the mail more enjoyable, even if there’s nothing waiting for you inside the mailbox but bills.

Best of all, mailbox gardens take no time to plant and require little more than a shovel, garden soil, mulch and a few of your favorite plants and flowers. In this short video, Ron from The Home Depot Community Forums will show you how to create your own mailbox garden.

When you’re done, that stroll to the mailbox may not seem like such a long walk after all.

If you’d like to see what your mailbox garden makeover could look like, check out ours here on the Apron.


For more project ideas and everything you’ll need for your mailbox garden, visit our huge Garden Center.

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

Places: The Fairy Garden

Posted by: on April 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments
Image of what looks like a gnome in an old tree stump

Image by Barbara Stanley via Flea Market Gardening


We know what you’re thinking: fairy gardens? Seriously? Yes! Not only do they really do exist, fairy gardening has become an immensely popular home gardening trend.

It’s not hard to see why. Much like the fairy tales we grew up with as children, fairy gardens bring back the innocence of make-believe worlds we imagined for ourselves.

Fairies are known for bringing good luck as well as their fair share of mischief. Legend has it that planting a fairy garden will not only create an inviting space for these wee-folk to inhabit but also add a touch of magic to your home, too.

Don’t feel mystified if you have yet to stumble upon one of these enchanting gardens. Until quite recently, neither had we. What we’ve discovered, though, is like all the best tales, fairy gardens are a source of endless curiosity for both the young and young at heart.

If you are in search of a little fairy dust to spark your imagination, take some time to explore the rest of this post.

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