Outdoors

Make Your Own Gutter Garden

Make Your Own Gutter Garden

For a multitude of reasons, not everyone can plant a traditional garden. Maybe you live in an apartment or condo where green space is sparse and not really yours to dig up. Perhaps your soil is inhospitable to anything except crabgrass. Or maybe you have impeccable landscaping that even raised […]

Natural Born Weed Killers

Natural Born Weed Killers

It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If you’re not high on chemicals and toxic weed killers there are a few natural weed killer remedies that you […]

Fence Installation Tips

Fence Installation Tips

Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your yard. If you have pets, adding a fence is a great way to keep your furry friends from running […]

Planning For An Outdoor Space

Planning For An Outdoor Space

We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is in need of a makeover. Regardless of what you want to […]

Expert Tips On Starting A Lawn

Expert Tips On Starting A Lawn

Here in the Ohio contingent of Charles & Hudson, we’re looking at rehabbing both our front and back yards — because in a former life they were actually small urban farms instead of lush green space. While we’re all for urban farming, we’re hoping to create lawns so that our […]

Spring Giveaway: Black & Decker Rechargeable Mower

Spring Giveaway: Black & Decker Rechargeable Mower

Spring has officially arrived and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll care for your lawn. Should you stick with your loud and dirty gas-powered mower or would you considered a cleaner alternative? This weeks Giveaway is a Black & Decker Cordless Rechargeable Mower that is a smart, no-mess, […]

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can be great tools, especially if you have exterior maintenance tasks. If […]

How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

How To Get Rid Of Ground Moles

Warmer temperatures mean that critters are on the move, both inside your home and outside. Yesterday, one of our Facebook friends posted a plea for mole removal techniques, so after a little research, we have a few options for you. To help decide how to get rid of the burrowing […]

John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

Last month we visited one of the John Deere plants near Augusta, Georgia and were the first to check out their new lineup of utility tractors, zero-turn mowers and riding mowers. These tractors and riding mowers are targeted to the residential consumer or hobby farmer and since we have almost […]

Help Wanted: Design Ideas for a Driveway Gate

Help Wanted: Design Ideas for a Driveway Gate

A reader recently contacted us regarding a driveway gate he is planning on installing. His home is of a French Normandy/Storybook style, almost like what you’d find in the Swiss Alps, and he’d like to stay true to this look by designing gates that reflect this unique aesthetic. The issue […]

Use Coffee Grounds For Gardening

Use Coffee Grounds For Gardening

Searching for a way to garden a little greener while creating less waste in the kitchen? Look no further than your trusty coffee maker for one of the best fertilizers, composters, bug repellants and worm cuisine! Here’s a list of ways to use coffee grounds in your yard and garden: […]

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list of tasks you can tackle to get your home–both inside and out–ready for warmer months. Spring Maintenance Tasks: *Inspect […]

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

Painting building roofs white is a movement that’s slowly catching on in big cities. A light-colored roof reflects light, rather than absorbing it, a function that can significantly reduce energy costs. And when air conditioning use is decreased, the amount of carbon emissions released by the units falls, too. White […]

How To Navigate A Home Show

How To Navigate A Home Show

Spring will soon be here, and that means it’s prime home show time for much of the country. Whether your city hosts a home show or a combined home and garden event, these expos can be valuable resources of information, products and tips. Yet they can also be overwhelming, thanks […]

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

Our tour of the John Deere manufacturing facility in Augusta, GA was amazing and testing the latest tractors and riding mowers was definitely the highlight. Our photos and videos from the event have been getting a lot of attention so we wanted to share a bit more detail regarding some […]

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

We’ve had a ton of interest in our John Deere tractor articles so we thought we should provide even more detail on their newest utility tractors. We’ll start with the base model from their new 1-series the 1023E sub-compact tractor. Features The 1023E is built for the homeowner but that […]

Best Home Improvement Apps

Best Home Improvement Apps

We’ve been sharing our favorite home improvement apps for a few years so we decided to compile them into a helpful guide that is categorized according to your home improvement needs. Many of these apps are available for your iPhone, Blackberry or Droid device and some are even tablet ready […]

How To Protect Yourself From A Fraudulent Contractor

How To Protect Yourself From A Fraudulent Contractor

Now that a much-needed warm-up has been forecasted across a large portion of the U.S., many homeowners will turn their attention to snow and ice removal, especially those who have been hit hard by recent storms. If the task ahead is large enough, you may want to call in the […]

New John Deere Utility Tractors

New John Deere Utility Tractors

The highlight of our John Deere factory tour was the introduction of a new lineup of sub-compact utility tractors that will replace their current 2305 model. The new series 1 tractors include the 1023E and 1026R. Functionality and versatility are the same on both tractors but the 1026R has more […]

How the Liteblok Can Help You Build Green

How the Liteblok Can Help You Build Green

We’re always on the lookout for new products. Or old products done better. Or anything, really, that gets the mind spinning with DIY possibilities. The Liteblok from Cresco Concrete is one of those products that offers environmentally friendly building that’s fast, easy and affordable. We know what you’re thinking… so […]

Snow Removal: Don’t Just Focus On Your Driveway, Sidewalks

Snow Removal: Don’t Just Focus On Your Driveway, Sidewalks

A large portion of the U.S. is currently digging out from a snowstorm. Although it seems the high priority is to shovel your driveway, porch and sidewalk, you should also turn your attention to other parts of your home during the snow removal process. Mike Holmes of HGTV’s “Holmes on […]