Advice From The Ritchie's Experts

Panel talk: Making the most of your outdoor space

Our outdoor space has become more important than ever, particularly since the pandemic. We’re cocooning, we’re staycationing, we’re interested more than ever in making indoor/outdoor connections and extending our living space to the outsid

Homeowner Helpers: 6 early summer home maintenance tasks

It’s time for early summer home maintenance tasks to keep the place you love operating smoothly.

The good news is, we’ve come up with 6 that are easy to do, so you can spend the rest of your time on more important things like relaxing.

Homeowner Helpers: 3 early fall home maintenance tasks

Summer is officially over (sorry, but it’s true!), so it’s time to start thinking about those early fall home maintenance tasks.

We’ve lined up three that will make you happy that you took care of these things this fall. Better yet, none of these jobs require special expertise.

11 ways to reduce household expenses

With consumer prices in May up almost eight per cent over a year ago, most of us are feeling the pain of surging grocery, energy and other bills.

That’s why we’ve come up with the All Things Home guide to saving a little bit here, a little bit there, which can add up to lot over the course of a year.

Environmentally friendly gardening takes on new importance

Environmentally friendly gardening — which boils down to working with Mother Nature rather than against her — has never felt more important.

7 Top Gardening Trends for 2024

The top gardening trends for 2024 have something for everyone, including a special place for pollinators, drenching rainstorms and lovers of minimalism. Here are seven trends to help you plan your outdoor space!

Tropical Plant Health: Pests!
Here is a list of common houseplant pests and some easy treatments to make your tropical plants a no-fly-zone!
How to Plant a Clover Lawn
Say hello to a sustainable, natural grass alternative: CLOVER!
Neem Oil and Alternative Products for Pest Control
Here we explain the neem oil ban in Canada and alternative products for pest control.
Grow Your Own Garlic
If you’re interested in growing garlic, rather than buying it at the grocery store, you should know that your goal is definitely easy to achieve. You may grow garlic at home without needing to put in much time and effort,...
Right Tree, Right Space
Choosing the right tree to plant in your yard can take some planning, but it will save you the headache of replanting down the line.
Decoding Plant Labels
Are you overwhelmed when visiting a garden centre? Unsure what plants will grow in your conditions? WE decode the plant tags and labels for you so that you can enjoy your plants without the worry!
Botanical name: Euphorbia pulcherrima Tis the season for Poinsettia! These colourful, leafy plants appear in our stores and in our homes at this time of year; they mark the coming of winter and the many holidays we celebrate this season....
Protect Trees & Shrubs for Winter
As the nights become longer and we put our gardens to bed for the winter, we should turn our attention to our larger garden investments; our trees and shrubs. The winter elements can be tough on some trees especially those...
Leave the Leaves?
  The days are getting shorter and the trees are sporting their bright autumn colours! These show-stopping hues bring on fallen leaves, as well as the question: Should you leave the leaves or should you bag them up? Each fall...
Winterizing your Vegetable Garden
How you winterize your garden beds can dramatically increase your yields in the next season! Follow these three simple guidelines to keep your kitchen garden healthy.
Planting Fall Bulbs
The What, When, How and Where to planting bulbs this fall to get the best spring blooms! What Bulbs should I plant? When choosing bulbs, be sure to pick those that will thrive in your growing zone. Next you may...
Creating a Shade Garden
Shade gardens are a great opportunity to grow perennials that do not like being exposed to the scorching heat of summer! There are many plants that thrive in the shade and once you match your garden conditions with the right...
Planting Perennials
There is a perennial to suit every style, garden size, condition and climate: sun or shade, sand or clay, dry or moist, rock garden or cottage garden.
Seed Propagation

Starting seeds indoors is an inexpensive way to raise an assortment of bedding plants and vegetables. It is also an activity that children enjoy as well.


Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Most garden enthusiasts have spent a considerable amount of time preparing their garden oasis. Many hours can be spent pruning, planting, weeding, and watering a masterpiece of a garden. To a true gardener, this is pleasureful not tasking. By planting...