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Welcome to my video channel where you can watch full episodes of Today's Homeowner and regular segments from the show, "Ask Danny," "Simple Solutions" with Joe Truini, and "Best New Products" with Jodi Marks. Or, use the search bar in the upper right-hand corner to browse the library of more than 2,000 videos on every aspect of your home, including DIY home improvement projects and gardening tips.


Create a Bush from a Blunder

Accidentally rip a branch off your favorite bush? If it came off with a tiny bit of the main branch, you can use it to start a new shrub. Trim the bark “heel” down a bit and remove any leaves from the bottom half of the shoot. Dip the tip in rooting hormones, and pant it in a sterile mix of sand and peat moss.

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Erosion Control

If your home has a steep sloping lot, you know how difficult landscaping can be. Terraces and retaining walls offer help but they can be expensive. The best solution is to have plants growing in the ground to hold soil.

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Using panty hose filled with soil to anchor plants on a hill

Planting Groundcover

Shady, hilly areas are great for groundcover plants because they hold and protect the soil without the benefit of lots of sun. Plants like adjuga and jasmine are ideal, but the important thing is to space them properly. Watch this video to find out more.

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Under Bed Storage

The space under your bed doesn’t have to be just for hiding stuff you don’t want to put away. By adding casters to the underside of an old drawer you can recycle it to serve as under-bed storage. Watch this video to find out how.

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Deadheading Flowers

Deadheading flowers is the process of removing faded or dead flower blooms from plants. In many plants removing these blooms promotes new flower growth by preventing the plant from putting its energy into seed production. Watch this video to find out more.

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Home Brew Changes pH of Plants

Dissolve an aspirin in a cup of tea for a perfect “perk” for your plants. All soil has a Ph rating ranging from 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral, and this cup of tea is great for plants such as camellias, azaleas and orchids because it will raise the level of acidity in the soil giving the plants exactly what they need.

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Wheelbarrow Tarp

There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time getting leaves raked and loaded into the wheelbarrow only to have a bump on the path or a gust of wind empty them out for you. Here’s a solution that will make collecting leaves easier and keep them in the wheelbarrow.

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Plastic Jug Irrigation

Plants need gentle and thorough watering, but watering slowly by hand takes time. Instead, poke a small hole into the bottom of a plastic jug, and set it beside the newly planted plant. Watch this video for more.

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