Teresa Odle


Teresa Odle is an editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience working with web, journal, and national feature content. As a specialist in science and gardening, with Master Gardener certification received in Albuquerque, NM, Teresa has contributed to Brighter Blooms Nursery, Your Home Wizards, Home & Design and Out Here magazine. In addition, she is the force behind an award-winning blog on low-water gardening in the Southwest called Gardening in a Drought. Teresa Odle on LinkedIn.

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Ugly Yard 911: 9 Ways to Make Over (or Hide) the Worst Parts of Your Property

Curb appeal matters when you’re selling your house, but it can also be a point of pride. The same is true of the condition of the backyard area where you entertain. Sometimes, messes or u...

APRIL 18, 2022 | MONDAY
Side Yard Upgrade: 14 Ideas for Transforming This Forgotten Outdoor Space

Style on the SideSide yards often are narrow and more utilitarian in nature (think faucets and hoses, garbage or recycling containers, and storage). But with a little planning and creativ...

APRIL 8, 2022 | FRIDAY
17 Surprising Ways to Use Steel Wool Around the House

Steel Wool, Still Going StrongA tool that’s now commonplace in the modern home, steel wool came about somewhat by accident. It is believed that 19th-century mechanics used to gather up th...

This Organic Gardening Supply Is Stirring Up Controversy—Should You Stop Using It?

Peat moss has been a top growing medium, especially for starting seeds, since the 1960s. Compressed pellets of peat moss surrounded by a thin fiber bag, like those made by Jiffy, offer a ...

AUGUST 30, 2021 | MONDAY
When Is Hurricane Season? Now, Actually

Don’t let a slow start to the 2022 hurricane season—with little to no organized activity in the Atlantic Ocean in July and August—lull you into a false sense of security. Hurricane season...

JULY 27, 2020 | MONDAY
Solved! When Is the Best Time of Year for Spraying Fruit Trees?

Q: The fruit on several fruit trees in my garden grows poorly and the leaves look bad. I probably need to spray the trees, but don’t know how or when to go about it. Can you tell me when ...

JULY 7, 2020 | TUESDAY
5 Simple Steps to Overseeding a Lawn

A full, green lawn creates curb appeal and makes you feel like sipping an iced tea on the back patio. But if bare spots peek through and weeds overpower the grass, the lawn might be more ...

APRIL 14, 2020 | TUESDAY
Why Planting a Victory Garden This Year Is More Important Than Ever

Occasionally, an idea comes along that is so great it lives on from generation to generation. The victory garden is one such idea. The gardens first came to light in the 20th century, aga...

8 Things All Homeowners Should Know About Window Flashing

During construction, a builder will take many precautions to protect a house from water damage. One of the most important is installing window flashing, a thin material that's added to th...

MAY 7, 2019 | TUESDAY
How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie—Glechoma hederacea, also commonly known as ground ivy—is an insidious weed that is both resilient and adaptable, making it very difficult to control. A member of the mint...