A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and have it live well.
Think twice before cutting the lower limbs from evergreens. Limbing up the trees may seem like a good idea at the time, but it may introduce problems.
What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's our project which shows the steps.
Having used a Stihl brush cutter for 8 years, we can wholeheartedly recommend the FS85 model. It has been an integral part of the maintenance on our organic coconut farm in Brazil.
A how-to with photos and discussion, showing how to take down your old grain bin for moving or complete removal. Be sure to check out the comments for further discussion and advice.
Backyard projects like terracing can be intimidating but if you take it step by step, you can save money by doing it yourself.
DIY step-by-step instructions with photos on how to sharpen your lawn mower blade. Save money by sharpening your mower blade yourself.
Can do-it-yourself builders really benefit from premium wood shed plans? Read this free tutorial to learn how I get professional results every time. I consider myself a wood shed plans expert, having built dozens of wood sheds. And, the two most...
Making a beautiful garden can be very costly, but read on to find a crafty way to make your own rustic field stone planters for just a few dollars or pennies and save a fortune.
To summarize my review of the DR Lawn and Leaf Vacuum, I would have to give it an A. I think it is built very well and will last a very long time. It is easy to use and is a huge time saver!
Well-planned landscapes have an overall "look" to them that can be classified as a style. This article introduces native styles from around the world that are considered exotic in other locales.
If you are looking to save money and help save the environment, think about mowing your grass with a reel mower like the Husqvarna Evolution.
If you love a beautiful garden, there's no reason not to extend its beauty all year long. Create interest in the winter landscape by planting these trees and shrubs that appeal in the coldest months.
My journey to furnishing our decking, a garden room adjoining our conservatory to our back garden, with seating, planters, lighting and décor; balancing aesthetics, comfort and functionality.
Managing a backyard pond is usually not an easy task. Learn how to maintain a garden pond and care for the aquatics. See what to do to keep your water feature looking beautiful throughout the year.
A How-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions on making wise choices for your landscape design.
Plants which grow in walls includes stonecrop, valerian, campanula and Maidenhair spleenwort. Find out how to get plants to grow in walls and what makes a suitable plant for growing in a wall.
Learn to build and maintain a reflecting pond by following these 12 easy steps. Includes picture-by-picture examples, tips, and helpful links.
Find out how three of the best commercial zero turn mowers fair when compared against each other. These zero radius mowers offer some of the best that the commercial zero turn market has to offer.
Rhododendrons are plants with large and beautiful flowers that have a variety of colors. Both cultivated and wild species of rhododendron exist.
Here is how I removed a tough layer of grass and weed lawn and converted our muddy clay soil to a nice, fluffy garden plot for planting. All without power tools, just my own labor and sturdy tools.
I built my own solar-battery-charged shed to hold my fishing gear so I don't have to carry it all down to the pond with me. Here's what I did (with photos and instructions).
How-to guide (from my own experience) of making and maintaining wildlife ponds, inclusive of water features and waterproof RGB (coloured) LED strip lighting.
The best formal hedge plants are twiggy and grow back quickly after pruning. Get an overview of the most popular and versatile hedging plants in the US.
Here's how I gave new life to an ancient apple tree destined to be chopped down. Apple tree care includes pruning, mulching and pest control.
Having a small yard does not mean that you can't plant trees. Many trees grow no larger than 30 feet, and many shrubs can stand in for trees. Here is a list of small trees and tall shrubs.
This guide provides some tips on what to look out for when buying walk behind push lawn mowers. It covers topics such as lawnmower type, horsepower, width of cut and deck type
How and when you prune your lilac bushes has a direct impact on the number and size of springtime blooms. This article tells you everything you need to know.
Manual pole pruners keep you safe on the ground, allow you to see clearly what you are doing and often have greater reach than gas or electric rivals...
Shrubs offer privacy and can screen unattractive house foundations. Shrubs add color and texture to your view. Learn how to chose the right shrub for your area, with photos and helpful links.
Here are some tips on where to locate the pond, how to keep it clean, pond liners, some plants, and aeration - all important factors to consider when planning a pond.
Before you plant, first think about why you want to plant and get involved with yearly sago palm care and maintenance. A total guide to the "Cycas revoluta" and its problems.
Are you looking to replace your fence, or install a new one? There are many types of fencing materials out there, and each has its pros and cons. Decide which type of fence is right for your home.
Growing your child a living den or playhouse is easier than you might think. This article tells you how you can do it, and even make it an exciting project to get your children involved in..
How to guide on restoring an old ornamental garden windmill back to its former glory, with modifications and improvements to make it more impervious to rot and sails more inclined to turn in the wind
String trimmers are necessary for dealing with the areas around gardens, trees, fences, and other obstacles, as well as areas of thick brush that can't be dealt with any other way. Here are the best.
Let me show you how to make a beautiful goldfish pond that will give your property such added beauty and be such a wonder for you, your family and friends to enjoy for years to come!
I've owned a GreenWorks 25302 G-Max Twin Force Mower for over a year now so I think I'm fairly qualified to write about its faults plus its good points too. I run a construction company and so when it
Changing the oil in your mower helps to reduce wear and prolongs the life of the engine. Anyone with a small amount of technical aptitude can learn to do this, and few tools are required.
Cities across the nation are passing ordinances that make gas-powered leaf blowers illegal to use. This is a boon for those of us who work from home, but what are the alternatives for gardeners?
Plant a rain garden to catch runoff from rainfall and melting snow. Our rain garden captures runoff from our house and landscape, and channels the excess water into our rain garden.
I accidentally locked my poultry in their house with a hawk for a night, yet my chickens survived. Photos of the Brown Goshawk in the chicken run.
The best brushcutters can clear a lot of ground, including thick-stemmed scrub, but how do you choose and which models are best suited to which kind of work?
Many people think a backyard pond is just too much work, or they don't have enough space. Neither of these things are true. You can get a pond to fit any size and its just a matter of digging to put it in....and have your own backyard water feature!
Most people hate crabgrass. Advertisers teach us to when they promote their many products for killing it. Although it has benefits and farmers love it, homeowners would much rather be rid of it.
A review of what needs to be considered when choosing plants and caring for them in sandy soils, including testing, amendments and plant varieties. Sandy soil is also used in hydroponics systems.
Find out how the top string trimmers match up in power, weight, and amenities. If you use or are buying a string trimmer, this comparison will help you know which string trimmer to buy.
A pole hedge trimmer is the perfect tool for taller and bigger hedges. Which is best: cordless, electric, or gas? Should you buy or rent? Find the best models here.
A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscape in these areas with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.
All about mesquite trees, sometimes called the Devil Tree. Lots of photos and a video of what those mesquite thorns can do.
If you want to build or create a fishing lake this article will tell you virtually everything you need to know to ensure your project is successful.
First of all a let me say this; fruit trees do not need to be pruned to produce fruit. The fruit production of a tree is a natural occurrence which ensures the survival of a tree. That means a gardener may choose not to prune and on that note why...
Create your own waterfall meditation pond. Relax to the soothing sound of water cascading over rocks. You can build your very own private zen garden, a place to escape.
Finding easy care grasses for small lawns so homeowners can enjoy life more is rating high on DIY lists. Use this handy-dandy guide to help determine which grass suits your needs.
Leaks can cost thousands of dollars on a large landscape if allowed to continue, so they need to be discovered and fixed as soon as possible. This article shows how to find irrigation leaks.
The Amur maples are tolerant and mostly free from pests, but they are still sometimes prone to pests and other diseases which if not looked after can even kill the tree.
A general beginner's guide to the most cold hardy palms for planting in USDA zone 5, 6, and 7 gardens, and how one can expect the plant to perform after a complete winter.
Help save endangered species by making a beautiful frog pond! This easy-to-follow guide will show you how.
String trimmers, also known as line trimmers, weed eaters, weed whackers, and strimmers, can be troublesome garden tools. Difficulty in starting is often due to an issue with the carburetor.
Winterberry is a native plant that will add a splash of color to your winter landscape as well as provide a welcome buffet for wildlife.
It's frustrating when you go to do your cutting and the brush cutter won't start. Here are things you can do that will get your string trimmer working again without taking it in for repair.
Our MTD riding lawn mower has transformed our farm. It has enabled us to get more work done in less time without killing ourselves through overwork. For us, it was one of our best investments.
An electric start feature makes mowing so much easier and more convenient. Here is my top 3 list regarding the best electric start lawn mowers currently available.
Recycling plastic bottles are all the rage, and what better way to make use of them, than by building yourself a greenhouse? Learn how to build a greenhouse made from plastic bottles.
These two plants are often found together in nature, but one is poisonous and the other is edible. This article helps you identify and differentiate these two, in every stage of growth. Many photos!
Find the best tree saw for any job around your backyard or garden. Pruning, tree cutting, clearing fallen branches or just keeping...
Learn about starting a mower properly, solving fuel, oil and ignition system problems, carburetor fault finding and lots more troubleshooting tips.
The worn wooden porch and deck on my 100-year old house were in need of refinishing and repainting. Here's how I accomplished this "do it yourself" project.
We needed help on our farm, and the Husqvarna tiller was the answer. More manageable than a tractor for tight spaces whilst still rotavating the soil for clearing weeds.
Does your trimmer line get tangled, snap off and wind you up? Read on for tips on how to wind the spool properly and use a trimmer like a pro...........
Most lawn grasses in the U.S. come from Europe, but weather in the U.S. is different. How do we grow grass lawns in our country to make them lush and attractive year round?
Unused outbuildings can be the perfect place to put a sauna. Here is how my family converted a small outbuilding into a sauna, with step by step descriptions.
Wheelbarrows get old, but that doesn't necessarily mean they must be replaced. Here's how one common model was rejuvenated instead.
Do you have an unsightly bare spot under your bird feeders? Most of us do, but there are options for making that area as pretty as the rest of your yard. Discover my 8 easy solutions for transforming the space under birdfeeders.
If you can make a mud pie, you can make an oven from clay, sand, and a bit of labor. Here's my account of building a low cost wood fired oven using easy-to-find material. Pizza, bread, and fun!
Splitting firewood by hand can be really fun, and is a great source of exercise. Read on to learn about five different types of hardwood trees & how they stack up to one another in terms of heating, cooking, and split-ability.
Removing shards of broken glass from a floor or lawn must be done carefully or you could end up with a nasty cut. Here are some ways to clear up safely.
Residential landscaping doesn’t require a ton of money. You just have to be creative and put some thought into your choices. Find out how your yard can be the envy of the neighborhood without draining your bank account.
Looking for a top notch cordless garden trimmer or weed whacker? This article gives some recommendations on power requirements, models and the best brands to check out.
Something may be hiding in your mulch. Something which may make you ask, "What is the orange fungus growing in my mulch?" The answer is not what you expect.
An electric pole saw will save you hours of ladder work. They start without any problems and are the best choice for...
Mimosa trees, including beautiful photos and information about these trees as well as the ground cover called mimosa strigillosa, also known as mimosa powderpuff, or mimosa sunshine.
You don’t need to have a backyard the size of the one at Versailles Palace to create a French garden. The same balance and eye appeal are easy to achieve, even on a limited budget.
Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape and yard. However not all trees are created equal. Many beautiful trees are prone to shedding not only leaves, but branches, nuts, cones, or other debris throughout the year. Here are five trees that are require a lot of maintenance.
A slope, rocks and trees didn't stop us from building an unconventional garden pond. And the results were worth the effort!
The Japanese maple tree is famous worldwide for its beauty and elegance. In Japan itself, the maple tree - or kaede - is one of the nation's most famous trees, especially during fall. This tree has a significance attached to it that goes a little bit beyond aesthetic beauty, and this significance is something not a lot of Westerners are aware of. This hub explores the meaning of the Japanese maple tree to the Japanese people and its place in Japanese society and culture.
Make your own engraved stone monument house sign with these easy to follow directions. An easy job that will require only a few hours and look great in front of your home.
Falling leaves and other debris are a big problem in garden ponds. Learn how to prevent leaves, pollen, and dust from entering your pond. Learn also how to remove the debris and dirt from the water.
In the past, it was necessary for people who lived out in the country to know how to split fence rails out of logs for the purpose of building fences to protect their crop fields, their property boundaries, or to contain their livestock. But what's the point in knowing how to do it today? Well, check out this article - maybe I can convince you to give it a try!
In maintaining a healthy lawn, there are certain tasks that are seasonal. You plant new grass in the spring, not the fall . . . or do you? Here are seven lawn maintenance tasks to carry out in fall.