Getting Rid of Lawn Grubs — For Good

Lawn grubs are beetle larvae that eat their way through your grass’s roots. Learn how to identify them and the best methods for ridding your lawn of these pests. | Adobe Stock, © Benoit M.

Some insects are extremely beneficial to your lawn. Pollinators help plants reproduce, predators get rid of unwanted pests and saprophytes help break down dead plant matter into nutrients in the soil. Some insects, however, do nothing but damage to grass. White grubs, in particular, are a bane to many homeowners who want a lush, green lawn.

These grubs aren’t their own insect species, but are instead the larval stage of several different kinds of beetle. They live beneath the surface of the soil, feeding on roots until the grass above withers and dies. Because they live underground and return every year, they can be difficult to kill. However, by using the right method at the right time, you can kill the grubs before they do significant damage, or even prevent them from hatching in the first place.

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Black Snakes: What You Should Know

Black rat snake with tongue out
Black rat snakes, pictured, and black racers are nonvenomous and eat mostly rodents and other small animals. (DepositPhotos)

If you’ve got black snakes around your house, chances are they’re one of two types: North American rat snakes or black racers.

Both are nonvenomous, with white or grayish bellies, and eat mostly rodents and other small animals. Neither is out to hurt you — they’re only around because there’s food nearby, and that food isn’t you.

In a nutshell, here’s what you should know about each type:

Black Rat Snakes: These slow-moving reptiles often freeze when confronted. If they get really upset, they might rattle their tail in the leaves as a warning. Some rat snakes are laid back, but others strike if handled, so don’t mess with them.
Black Racers (pictured): Much faster-moving reptiles that prefer escape over conversation. They’re more likely to panic, flail around and bite if disturbed.
Black racer snake

Facts About Black Snakes

  • Diet: Mostly eat rodents, lizards, birds and bird eggs. The Eastern rat snake, like the Eastern black racer, is a constrictor. They can climb trees and, if you don’t protect your birdhouses with baffles, they will invade nests.
  • Smell: Rat snakes emit a musky smell when
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Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

We’ve all seen the typical “Man Cave” garage, but this one is for the ladies who love tools too. Read more to see how one of our Orange Tank winners, Cara Newhart of Never Skip Brunch, renovated her garage into a glamified workspace with the help of The Home Depot.

Cara from Never Skip Brunch here — I’m SO excited to show you the big reveal of my “Brunch Babe Space” aka my new Girl Garage.

This space functions as my studio and workshop space. As well as a place where I can create DIY tutorial content and host hands-on workshops in person.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

So many amazing products from The Home Depot went into making this space a reality. From materials that fueled unique DIY projects to bold furniture and chic accessories. All helped infuse character and bring gorgeous touches to an otherwise functional space.

Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

Unapologetically Feminine Feel

With pink accents almost everywhere you look and a playful chic style, this space is not your normal workshop. I’m on a mission to empower women to DIY big and design homes they’re truly in love with. I wanted the space to reflect that feeling.

DIY and home improvement isn’t just for the

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