Brenda Silva


Brenda Silva is a writer and editor living in Vero Beach, Florida, with over 20 years of experience in magazine and newspaper publishing. Her articles focus on a wide range of topics, and have been published both in the U.S. and internationally. When she’s not writing, Brenda can usually be found in her kitchen trying new recipes.

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How To: Get Rid of Clover

Stubborn weeds are the bane of a beautiful lawn. Yet, although it's pretty stubborn, clover (aka Trifolium repens) is actually beneficial. It brings nitrogen into the soil and encoura...

JUNE 28, 2016 | TUESDAY
How To: Remove Paint from Plastic

Nothing spoils the satisfaction of a paint job like drips and splatters on plastic surfaces, such as light switch covers, handles on uncovered appliances, step stools, and outdoor furnitu...

JUNE 17, 2016 | FRIDAY
How To: Get Rid of Caterpillars

A love of gardening often goes hand in hand with a hatred toward the pests that pervade the fruits of your labor, both figurative and literal. While backyard gardens attract some "pe...

JUNE 14, 2016 | TUESDAY
The Cheapest, Fastest Fixes for 10 Everyday Home Headaches

When it comes to basic home improvement projects, the key concerns for many homeowners are time and budget. Well, here are 10 simple repairs that keep both effort and expense to a minimum...

APRIL 22, 2016 | FRIDAY
Solved! What to Do About a Leaking Toilet Tank

Q: Help! My toilet is leaking all over the bathroom floor, and I haven’t yet located the source. How can I find and fix the cause of the leak before any real damage occurs?A. Some of the ...

3 Fixes for a Garage Door That Won't Close

Garage doors sometimes seem to have a mind of their own, often deciding when—and how far—they want to open or close. Sometimes the fix can be as simple as replacing the batteries in the o...

APRIL 12, 2016 | TUESDAY
How To: Get Rid of Mothball Smell

The pungent odor of mothballs is the very smell of storage. Made from either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, these little lumps of pesticide give off a toxic vapor that not only kills...

How To: Get Rid of Crickets

The chirping of crickets in the yard: It's a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it's a pleasant background noise that lends a sultry, evocative ambience to ...

How To: Kill Grass

Grass can be great—when it’s like lush, lovely lot-to-lot carpeting beneath your feet. Flawless grass can be a pain to maintain, though, especially if you’re affected by less-than-ideal c...

How To: Unclog a Garbage Disposal

When faced with the conundrum of how to unclog a garbage disposal, most people would agree the easiest solution is to simply call a plumber. However, the easiest choice may not always be ...