Lawn and Garden

Yard and lawn care is an important part of maintaining a home. Learn about landscaping and get yard tips and advice from the experts at HowStuffWorks.


The sun is warm, the breeze is cool and the steady hum of lawnmowers fills the air. It's time to make your grass look picture perfect.

Long a tool of professional landscaping companies, lawn and garden vacuums are slowly encroaching on leaf blowers as the yard cleanup tool of choice. How do these machines suck up your lawn's dead leaves?

You've mowed, weeded and raked your yard for hours -- but you're not done with your lawn just yet. If you don't pay attention to your lawn's edges, your yard will look a little sloppy. If you're still clueless, we'll show your how to edge your lawn -- or hire someone to do it for you.

It may be time to dethatch your lawn, but you'd never know it unless you know what to look for. You'd better find out, though -- it could make the difference between a healthy and decaying lawn.

You need to prune grape vines, but you’re not sure how to do it. Learn about how to prune grape vines in this article.

Do you love artichokes and would like to grow some in your garden? Learn how to grow artichokes in this article.

Your roses are covered in black spots, which you don't know how to control. Learn how to control black spots on roses in this article.

Your garden is a place for you to zone out from the harsh reality of life and spend a little time with nature. There are just a few things your garden wishes you knew so that you both can live happily ever after together.

You'd like to make a scarecrow to keep birds away from your garden, but you're not sure how to do it. Read this article to learn how to make a scarecrow.

Your kangaroo paw plant will grow best in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny, warm area.

The desert rose plant requires moist, well-drained soil, full sunlight and warm temperatures in order to grow.

Peace lilies are the perfect plant to add color to a room or office.

With proper care, you can grow caladiums indoors or outdoors.

You've found some dandelions in your garden, and would like to kill them before they overtake the whole area.

Chiggers can turn a fun day in the country into an itchy disaster.

Your unruly lilac bush needs pruning, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to prune lilac bushes in this article.

When you want to get rid of the water bugs in your home, don't call a pest-control service.

If box elder bugs have taken up residence in your home, there's no need to call an exterminator.

You have some fruit trees that are in desperate need of pruning, and you're not sure how to prune fruit trees.

You'd like to go to the market and buy some fruit, but don't know how to pick ripe fruit.

Wouldn't it be fun if you could plant your own watermelons? Learn about how to plant watermelon in this article.

You'd like to learn how to grow mock orange shrubs because of their beauty and their fragrance. Learn about how to grow a mock orange shrub in this article.

You'd like to plant some petunias, but don't know how to care for them. Learn about how to care for petunias in this article.

You'd like to plant some hibiscus, but don't know how to care for them. Here's a guide of how to plant and care for hibiscus.

Keep rabbits out of your garden with fencing, tree guards, aromatic repellents or human hair. Learn how to keep rabbits out of your garden in this article.