Irrigation controllers direct the timing of your sprinklers. When you program them correctly and attach weather sensors, you can improve your landscape health and lower the water bills too.
What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's our project which shows the steps.
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...
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
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
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.
The three Ameraucana hens needed a new, larger coop and I wanted a greenhouse with a sink, so my neighbor, Shawn Thompson, who is an excellent carpenter and all around handyman, designed and built my chicken chateau and greenhouse duplex. Now the...
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.
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!
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.
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.
DIY step-by-step instructions with photos on how to sharpen your lawn mower blade. Save money by sharpening your mower blade yourself.
Step-by-step instructions on how I built an outdoor, wood-fired sauna by taking advantage of an existing small outbuilding and an old fireplace insert.
Outdoor pergolas are structures that can be used to cover a patio, garden or deck area in your backyard. A pergola is used to cover an area but still leaving the area exposed to the elements and nature. Many homeowners fall in love with the...
Here are five great tree options you can use to create a natural screen between you and the neighbors.
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.
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.
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...
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!
Landscaping can be very simple when you choose low maintenance plants. These beautiful plants will beautify your yard with very little effort.
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!
Do you think your maple tree's health may be suffering? I've provided an overview of six common pests and diseases that frequently affect maple trees.
Learn to build and maintain a reflecting pond by following these 12 easy steps. Includes picture-by-picture examples, tips, and helpful links.
When wind or other forces blow panels out of your wooden fence, you may be able to place the same wood panel back into place. Look for loose nails first and then follow these steps to slot it back in.
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.
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.
How I renovated a second hand garden street lamp bought from a reclamation yard, and securely fitted it to our decking in our back garden.
Building your own shed is a great DIY project, and you can make the plans as simple or as creative as you wish. This page offers photos and examples of the best shed designs to give you inspiration.
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.
I don't know if you are like me, but I remember seeing all the television and magazine ads that talked about this powerful little garden tiller they called the Mantis. It was always pictured tearing into rough looking soil and turning it into...
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.
Winterizing a lawn mower isn't difficult or time-consuming and only requires a few basic tools. Follow these simple DIY tips for winterizing a lawn mower, and your mower will start easier next spring.
Prior to any leaves unfurling onto the branches of our redbud tree each Spring, suddenly it is ablaze with the color pink. Learn how to care for this beauty of a gardener's delight.
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.
Here below are the steps on how to build a greenhouse with PVC. The choice of PVC piping material as used in electrical conduits and water pipes is specifically targeted to low income people in developing countries since the PVC materials are...
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..
Are you looking for a commercial zero-turn mower? Compare reviews of the best ones. These reviews will help you decide which is best based on power, comfort, speed, and price.
Ealing's urban tree stocked has been estimated to be more than a quarter of a million trees with about 160,000 of those trees thought to be on private land, largely in residential areas and owned by..
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.
Check out the Mediterranean landscaping elements—from water fountains to wall art to stucco and stone walls—plus a plethora of covered patios and pergolas.
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.
I needed to find a way to keep my dogs from digging into my newly planted apple trees. I decided a metal fence I bought from Lowes was perfect for the job. This is how I installed it.
A quick 10 tip checklist to follow if you can't get your stubborn lawn mower, snow blower or tiller to start. Learn how to start an engine properly and check the oil level.
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.
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.
If you're planning to build your own greenhouse or to purchase a premanufactured greenhouse kit, you will need to decide what transparent material will be best suited for the walls and roof or your greenhouse. Depending on your application, you may...
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.
Find the best tree saw for any job around your backyard or garden. Pruning, tree cutting, clearing fallen branches or just keeping...
If you have flower beds or borders in a lawn, you know how the grass at the edges can become ragged and unsightly over time. This guide shows you step by step how to edge beds in a way which allows easy maintenance in the future.
Here's how we did a new deck with steps on one side: 1) Measure the area, and draw out what you want to build. Tools: Graph paper, pencil, tape measure, laser level if available. Details: - Read all the steps first, then plan things out. -...
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...........
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.
If you've been to a cemetery to visit a loved one, you probably noticed many stones, especially older ones, in desperate need of repair or at least a good cleaning. There are specific to dos and not to dos, when cleaning a headstone. The steps provided here will take you through cleaning a stone without harming it further.
Hedge trimming improves the aesthetic value of a property. Learn how to trim and shape your hedge correctly. See the best equipment to use and know the right time to carry out the process.
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.
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.
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).
You see a fish swim past and it has a leech attached. What can you do to rid your pond of leeches without destroying other wildlife? Learn one trick that works to safely destroy leeches.
An electric pole saw will save you hours of ladder work. They start without any problems and are the best choice for...
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.
How-to guide (from my own experience) of making and maintaining wildlife ponds, inclusive of water features and waterproof RGB (coloured) LED strip lighting.
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.
Backyard projects like terracing can be intimidating but if you take it step by step, you can save money by doing it yourself.
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.
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.
Planting native is a great way to support a healthy earth, but it can look messy and ugly if you don't use basic design principles. Here we discuss color, texture, scale, and line.
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.
Most new bonsai tree owners don't know how to care for their bonsai. It's not difficult to grow a bonsai, but it requires knowing these fundamentals about how to evaluate and take care of them.
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.
Wheelbarrows get old, but that doesn't necessarily mean they must be replaced. Here's how one common model was rejuvenated instead.
Learn how to make a decorative metal and wood fence using simple half-inch metal rebar that you can purchase cheaply at any hardware supply store. Some welding skills are required, but if you can spot weld, you can build this fence for less than seven dollars per linear foot. Check out additional links for a wealth of information and links for the beginning metals artist and craftsman.
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?
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.
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.
Don't buy an expensive outdoor kitchen and BBQ island set from the store. It is easy, cheap, and fun to build your own.
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.
Think your postage stamp-sized balcony is a waste of space? Think again! Instead of using it as a receptacle for dead plants and your old bike, turn it into your personal outdoor retreat!
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?
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.
Installing sod isn't a one-man job, but exactly what does it take to get a great looking lawn? Here are tips for what you'll need to do before, during, and after the installation process.
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.
A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and have it live well.
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!
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.
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!
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.
The chronicles of our Shed-Raising adventure. Fun, humor, danger, and storage room all combine in the up and down tale. Building a 2-floor shed was a major undertaking, but with a plan in hand and family to help, we got it done.
Carolina Sapphires are great, fast-growing trees that can create an impermeable privacy screen within a matter of a few years.
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.
Information about outdoor shower enclosures; where to get your water, how to heat your water, what plumbing to use, How to drain your outdoor shower and what kind of pipe to use for plumbing of your shower.
Few tools can make as big of an impact when cleaning a yard as a good backpack blower. Find out how the best backpack blowers on the market stack up against each other.
What decisions and steps are involved in designing and building a steel building? This article reviews plans for a 40 x 60 shop, a very common building on ranches and dairies. Robert A. Avila, PE has designed hundreds of steel buildings in the U.S. and abroad.
When you inherit a lawn after it has been left unattended for some time, it is often necessary to deal with an overgrown mess. You’ll need a bit more patience than someone cutting a well-maintained lawn. Getting it into perfect shape is a little...
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just getting started with bonsai? Looking for an easy-to-care-for, but visually appealing houseplant? Read more about the dwarf umbrella plant in this article!
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.
Rhododendrons are plants with large and beautiful flowers that have a variety of colors. Both cultivated and wild species of rhododendron exist.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
To build a natural dry-stone retaining wall, prepare the site: plan for good drainage, proper width-height ratio, and distance between tiers; lay the stones to last; and use geotextile backing.
Looking for the best weed puller removal tool? I highly encourage organic gardening practices, including hand weeding. Learn which tools make the job easier.
A How-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions on making wise choices for your landscape design.
Growing and maintaining a hedge is not as complicated as most people think. Learn how to plant a hedge and see the best management practices to implement on your living fence.
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.
Most gardeners will be aware of the benefits of using a compost bin for disposing of garden and kitchen waste. Branches can also be recycled into useful material using a small electric chipper.
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.
All about mesquite trees, sometimes called the Devil Tree. Lots of photos and a video of what those mesquite thorns can do.
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.
How to Paint your garden shed. Step by step instructions with photos to help you enhance your garden.
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...
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a raised herb garden sanctuary, including photos of the project that I did myself.
Help save endangered species by making a beautiful frog pond! This easy-to-follow guide will show you how.
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.
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.
This is an easy project that will benefit your baby birds by keeping them hidden from predators. In just 5 easy steps you can make this beautiful hanging bird nesting basket. You might even want to make more than one!
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.
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.