Use these expert tips and techniques to keep your house plants looking their best.
America's love affair with the irreverent, tacky and politically incorrect is making millions for at least one business.
Gillian Aldrich started growing vegetables in her backyard three years ago, and she's now working on planting a bed of hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, rose campion, and -- her favorite -- pale-pink hardy geraniums along one side of her property.
Feel more energetic in summertime? So do common house pests. Some, like stinkbugs, are merely gross; others, such as wasps and roaches, pose health risks. And then there are carpenter ants and termites, which can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property.
Targeting social service agencies that serve low-income, minority and immigrant neighborhoods, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $550,000 in bed bug-control education and prevention grants, the agency announced Thursday.
It's often said that the way to a dog's heart is through its stomach.
Spring is in the air, and now, on the ground. CNN talked to garden experts to get the scoop on this year's best destinations to view beautiful, budding flowers.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at a some of the unconventional ways to detect and kill bedbugs.
Mention bedbugs and the natural reaction is to shudder and start scratching.
The average female bedbug can produce up to 400 offspring in her lifetime.
From August: Bedbugs spread in New York, keeping pest control companies busy. CNN's Mary Snow reports.
Lawmakers, government officials and industry leaders filled a room at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, not to talk about tax cuts or election results, but bedbugs, something many in the audience felt was just as important.
In the old days killing bedbugs was easy. If you saw one of the critters you'd waltz down to the local pharmacy, drop few bucks on a box of DDT, and zap, problem solved.
Love means never having to say you have bed bugs. CNN's Richard Roth found out the creepy crawlers add new dimensions to relationships.
You have heard of the seven-year itch in marriage. Now, the itch caused by bedbugs is causing relationships to come under even more pressure.
Vanessa Harden is like the "Q" of the gardening world. Since most cities don't look kindly on those seeking to alter the cityscape without permission, Vanessa has integrated a gardening kit into the everyday objects of the urban professional to disguise clandestine gardening activities. Inspired by her Cold War and James Bond obsession, her designs range from modified cameras that plant seeds to flower pot-dropping handbags. These objects give the guerrilla gardener a means to implement their attacks into their everyday routine.
"Guerilla gardeners" use planting tools disguised as everyday items to quietly beautify cities. Go to VBS.TV for more.
The USDA is trying to develop a pesticide to beat down an alarming resurgence in bed bugs. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.
A hotel may tout a great location, tasteful decor and soft Egyptian cotton sheets, but for many people looking for a room these days no amenity can shake the dread of what could be lurking just out of sight.
Facing a sharp increase in bedbug cases, New York became the latest state Monday to require landlords to disclose an apartment building's bedbug infestation history within the previous year to potential tenants, according to a release from New York State Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill.
A 25-screen movie theater in New York's bustling Times Square is the latest city business to shut down temporarily as it battles a bedbug infestation.
It's a wild, nasty world under the sheets.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a message for bed bugs: "Drop dead!"
"There are bites all over my legs! Room 603, king nonsmoking room. Cheap but costly in the end!"
A bedbug outbreak at two trendy New York retail shops has sounded the alarm among city residents and businesses, prompting calls for the city to examine how it deals with the prickly pests.
Digging up flowers instead of weeds. Drowning the tulips. Readers reveal their growing woes and garden design pros plot out the solutions.
If flippers were the poster children of the real estate boom, then nesters are becoming the icons of the new housing market.
Life might be good again on Wall Street these days, but financial firms are taking pains not to pop the champagne corks this holiday season.
The office holiday party will be a modest affair this year, if it happens at all, according to a survey of human resources executives released Tuesday.
Get all the details on the lavish outdoor ceremony with flowers, food, family - and cameras
In what proved to be an elegant finale to their month-long courtship, Khloe Kardashian wed Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom Sunday evening at a private residence in Beverly Hills, PEOPLE confirms. The two were married in front of triple arches of white roses created by celebrity florist Mark's Garden.
CNN photojournalist William Walker takes us the city that many hope will one day have zero waste.
Last year, downtown Atlanta lost a convention to another Southern city because the visiting group perceived the other city as "greener" than Atlanta. The loss propelled Holly Elmore into action.
As American families try to stretch their food budgets during the recession, some are turning to the backyard, rather than the grocery store, as the place to look for produce.
On any given day amidst a backdrop of buses, buildings, cars and construction sites, Richard Reynolds can be found bent over pulling weeds, planting flowers or maybe even trimming some shrubs.
Renegade urban gardeners hit an abandoned flowerbed by a busy roundabout in London.
If you're struggling to see a silver lining in the beaten-down real estate market, consider this one: It may be a rotten moment to sell your house, but if you've postponed a much needed renovation project on your home - replacing a rotting deck, repairing a leaky roof or updating an antiquated bathroom - now just might be the best time in years to tackle that task.
The economic crisis has put a hold on holiday parties, as companies from Wall Street to Main Street cancel or cut back their seasonal festivities.
If you can't buy or sell a home right now, why not renovate or re-decorate?
Flooding isn't just a problem in the Midwest. In fact, it's one of the most common hazards in the United States. Here are some tips on how you can protect your home from a flood.
Here are some tips for keeping your plants healthy, plus suggested flowers and plants for container gardens.
The deadly tornados in the South are a stark reminder of how important it is that we have enough insurance on our homes. Here are some top tips on making sure our homes are covered.
Dear FSB: We've been in the wholesale business for over a year now, distributing innovative home and garden decor products such as garden solar lights. After running into bumps and taking a few wrong turns, we haven't made the progress we would like. We're trying to build a brand while struggling in sales. Our expenses are building up quickly. What should be our next step to increase sales and keep up with competition? How do we minimize costs yet increase our brand awareness, customer base and sales efforts?
Foreclosures can affect the value of your property even if you've been paying your mortgage faithfully. Here are some ways you can protect your home's worth if your area is hit hard by foreclosures.
This is the time, this is the season. After years of attending everyone else's holiday soirees, New Year's brunches, 50th-birthday bashes and other celebrations, you've decided to throw a party of your own.
Some parts of the Northeast are still swimming in water from the weekend storm. We're going to tell you what you can do to protect your home from flooding.
Bitter cold and bone-chilling winds across the Northern Plains and the eastern United States have left many homeowners wondering how they can protect their homes - and their families - from the big freeze.
From frozen oranges in California to deadly winter storms across the country, extreme weather has taken a very expensive toll. We tell you how to protect your most important assets from the wrath of Mother Nature.
A new year has arrived. So it's time to get started on that January to-do list for your home. On top tips we'll give you the tools you can use to check these chores off your list.
Remodeling projects can look very easy on television - but can end up being very hard for many do-it-yourselfers. Often hapless homeowners need help to complete the jobs they take on.
Renovation costs are shooting higher and homeowners are getting a lot less bang for their remodeling bucks, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Remodeling Magazine.
Storm season means it's prime time to take steps toward protecting your home. High winds and heavy rain do the most damage to a house during a hurricane or major storm. But all it takes is a little bit of work to make sure your home doesn't fall apart during the wild weather.
Nothing says spring like a great party - the kind with warm breezes, free-flowing drinks and enough open-toed Manolos to keep Mr. Blahnik in business through the next winter.
Spring is in the air...and so are millions of pollen spores and other allergens. And you don't have to be outdoors to aggravate your allergies. Dust mites, dander and mold inside your home can trigger a reaction.
Sure signs of spring include balmy temperatures, busy birds and bees -- and passionate gardeners obsessing over how to make their blossoms brilliant and their veggies vibrant. Where there's passion, you'll find blogs, and gardening is no exception.
Real estate brokers have tried to hold to their six percent commission.
If you've spent any time at all reading about real estate here or elsewhere, you probably know that attractively landscaping your yard can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost your home'...
With red flags flying high for the 2006 hurricane season, consumers who are thinking about sprucing up their homes this year may be better off adding a lifesaving "storm room" instead of that fancy whirlpool.
All signs are pointing to a changing housing market. That means if you're selling your house by owner, you'll want to be even more market savvy.
It was announced Tuesday that existing home sales fell for the fifth time in a row.
Are you nervous about your upcoming company holiday party? Not sure if you should go? What to wear? Afraid of the boss?
As another hurricane comes our way, preparing our houses for the worst may be the best investment we can make.
After Hurricane Charley pounded the Florida coast 15 months ago, Kay Peebles and her husband Bill were left cleaning up the mess as a large oak tree plowed into the roof of their home and 40 other uprooted trees littered their lawn.
The Northeast is still swimming in floodwater. And it doesn't look like all this wet weather is going to dry up anytime soon.
Dear Armchair Millionaire: I'm contemplating a major home remodel, but I'm worried about everything that could go wrong and end up costing me money. How should I protect myself?
As the temperature rises and sweat trickles down your back, it's nice to think about escaping the blaring rays of sun by slipping into an air-conditioned room.
In the 1990s, Flippers were stock jockeys who finagled their way into initial public offerings, only to flip them days or hours later for big profits. These days the go-go market is homes, not stoc...
As the holiday season approaches and party planning begins, the season's new cookbooks provide a variety of delectable bites that will make your family gatherings unforgettable.
Have you ever wanted to build the house of your dreams but had no idea where to begin? Here are 5 Tips to help you through the process.
How can you boost your home's appeal inside & out if you haven't got a lot of dough? If you're selling your home, changing the way it looks can change how much you'll get for it -- or how fast it will sell.
The halcyon days of home selling are over. No longer can you simply stick a FOR SALE sign on your front lawn and wait to collect your check. Signs of a softening market began to appear in July, whe...
Pressed for time and can't do everything your home requires to keep it in tip-top shape? If so, you could be at risk for any number of disastrous situations -- from creepy, moldy crawl spaces to crawling critters.
The halcyon days of home selling are over. No longer can you simply stick a FOR SALE sign on your front lawn and wait to collect your check.
You no doubt have smoke detectors in your home, and you may have a wide assortment of non-skid mats, baby gates, grab bars, and handrails to help keep your family safe.
It's the unofficial end of summer. While you may be caught up with other things, like getting the kids ready for school, it's important not to neglect your home.
All evacuation orders have been lifted but firefighters are still battling a series of wildfires in California. Two out of three blazes burning north of Los Angeles are fully surrounded, and a 42-hundred acre fire in Yosemite National Park is mostly contained.
David Knauff is a pretty big landscape gardener in the posh northern suburbs of Chicago. His company, Yes, We Care Landscaping, does nearly $2 million a year in trimming, planting, and landscaping ...
Trying to sell your home? You may be kicking yourself for not putting it on the market sooner.
Excited about that new family room? Your kitchen makeover? So is your property tax assessor. For cash-strapped local governments, the $163 billion that Americans spent on remodeling last year offer...
Our homes are more than valuable assets. They're safe havens, and protecting them with insurance is a must. How well you do that depends on the details of your policy. Here's what to look for:
To say that I found the antique coin, or the creaky house that came with it, would be vastly overstating my control over the forces that compel mortals to buy and renovate old homes. What really ha...
The handle snapped with a sickening crack. I should have known better; it was December in Vermont, after all, and I had no business chopping at the half-frozen ground. Suddenly my prized old onion ...
Meet Dan Seoane. Dan is the Digital Gardener, a Renaissance man of the Internet Age. He is convergence in human form.
How do you put a price tag on a barefoot walk in lush green grass? Consider this: Every dollar you spend on landscaping can easily return 100% when you sell your home. But that's just one reason wh...
Our national anthem should be the Star Spackled Banner. This year Americans are expected to spend a record $119 billion on home improvements, and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) be...
It is a sunny, breezy, Thursday afternoon in Kirkland, Washington, and the denizens of this middle-class Seattle suburb are playing seek-and-hoard. In their Ford Explorers and Dodge Caravans and Ch...
If this spring your fancy is turning to tomato seeds and trowels, join the club. According to a recent Gallup survey, gardening now shares top billing with swimming and walking as one of the three ...
TAKE YOUR PICK: You can spend $10 a year for an attractive acre of prairie wildflowers or more than $10,000 annually for a 10,000-square-foot lot of clipped hedges and seasonal plantings. It all de...
ACTOR DON JOHNSON WAS the perfect expression of mid-'80s cool when he played detective Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice. But in real life, Johnson can get hot. Just ask him about building contractors. ...
Actor Don Johnson was the perfect expression of mid-'80s cool when he played detective Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice. But in real life, Johnson can get hot. Just ask him about building contractors. ...
''Sweat equity'' was one of the catchwords of the last bull market in real estate. Refurbish your home, promised gurus like William Nickerson, author of How I Turned $1,000 into Five Million in Rea...
To move or to improve? That is the question facing owners who have grown dissatisfied with the house they currently call home. Whether the problem is cramped living quarters, antiquated amenities o...
The fitness boom and America's longripening affair with gourmet food are combining to give new zest to gardening, the most popular outdoor leisure activity in the U.S. Vegetable gardening occupies ...