Tender bulb

How to Store Tender Bulbs Over the Winter

In all but the warmest planting zones, many summer and fall flowering bulbs will not survive a cold winter. These “tender bulbs” can’t handle the cold and need to be dug up, stored, and protected in colder climates. With a little practice, this can be done fairly easily and allows you to grow all sorts of plants that otherwise might not be winter hardy in your area.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I think it’s very timely that the cold weather is accompanied by a holiday of warmth, coziness and giving thanks. I’m very thankful this year for the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with you through Around the Yard. I have appreciated your comments and insights so much, and I look forward to hearing more from you! Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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On the Road Again: GreenBuild 2008

Danny and I have just recently returned from the 2008 GreenBuild show that was in Boston. It’s always encouraging to see more builders and remodelers grasping the green concept in their business, and there are certainly more offerings to choose from, too. Everything from drywall to ceiling fans to solar-tracking skylights.

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Scotch broom shrub

When to Plant Scotch Broom

Sharon asks, “Is November too late to plant a Scotch Broom shrub in Zone 7? Where can I find more about this shrub’s growing conditions?”

Fall can be a great time to plant shrubs, because they are able to get established without the stress of summer heat. Read more to find out how.

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Caulking gun and tools.

Home Improvement is Contagious

One of the many things on my plate this fall is a renovation of an investment property in a quaint mountain town a couple of hours away. Houses have a life and energy of their own, and this one had been bringing down the cul-de-sac for years. What’s been really incredible, though, is to see the renewal of energy in the neighborhood as result of our work on this house.

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Camellia bloom with snow on it.

Hardiness and Heat Tolerance: Understanding Planting Zones

There’s nothing more disappointing to a gardener than planting the perfect plant in the perfect spot, only to watch it wither and die during a cold snap or heat wave. Thankfully, there are some great resources out there to help, such as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the American Horticultural Society Heat Tolerance Map.

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Replacing a Bathtub with a Shower

Joy asks, “If I removed the bathtub to expand the shower but the tub remained in the other bathroom, will the value of my home be affected?”

As long as there is a tub in the house, I don’t see it as a disadvantage. Many people would consider having a spacious shower a plus.

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Danny Lipford installing fiberglass insulation under floor.

Which Way to Face Insulation?

Kim asks, “On your show you said that when insulating under a floor, the paper facing should face up against the flooring. Why can’t I install it the other way?

Regardless of whether insulation is installed in a wall, attic, or crawlspace; the paper facing should always face toward the inside of the home.

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