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  • 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.

    How Irrigation Controllers and Sensors Work

    How Irrigation Controllers and Sensors Work

    by watergeek2

  • What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's our project which shows the steps.

    Replacing Pavers With Concrete

    Replacing Pavers With Concrete

    by Virginia Allain4

  • 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...

    What You Need to Know About DIY Shed Building and Design

    What You Need to Know About DIY Shed Building and Design

    by Jim Brown186

  • 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

    Renovating an Ornamental Garden Windmill

    Renovating an Ornamental Garden Windmill

    by Arthur Russ1

  • 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...

    Chicken Coop and Greenhouse Construction

    Chicken Coop and Greenhouse Construction

    by Yvonne L. B.33

  • 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!

    Building a Wood Fired Earth (Cob) Oven

    Building a Wood Fired Earth (Cob) Oven

    by Ed Murphy29

  • 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.

    Small Area Grasses We Want to Run Across

    Small Area Grasses We Want to Run Across

    by RTalloni14

  • 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.

    8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders

    8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders

    by Connie Smith39

  • DIY step-by-step instructions with photos on how to sharpen your lawn mower blade. Save money by sharpening your mower blade yourself.

    How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

    How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

    by Anthony Altorenna22

  • 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...

    Different Types of Outdoor Pergola Roof Materials

    Different Types of Outdoor Pergola Roof Materials

    by Madison Boswell11

  • Lawn mower repair made easy. Simple steps to repair the starter and the pull cord.

    Lawn Mower Cord Stuck?

    Lawn Mower Cord Stuck?

    by Joanna4

  • 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.

    How to Plan and Build the Perfect Garden Deck

    How to Plan and Build the Perfect Garden Deck

    by Arthur Russ1

  • 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...

    How to prune fruit trees: Pruning made easy!

    How to prune fruit trees: Pruning made easy!

    by Zsuzsy Bee58

  • 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!

    Milk Thistle and Hemlock: The Prickly and the Poisonous

    Milk Thistle and Hemlock: The Prickly and the Poisonous

    by Barbara Radisavljevic63

  • 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!

    How to Make a Beautiful Goldfish Pond

    How to Make a Beautiful Goldfish Pond

    by Jackie Lynnley103

  • 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.

    6 Common Maple Tree Problems

    6 Common Maple Tree Problems

    by Charlotte Gerber183

  • Learn to build and maintain a reflecting pond by following these 12 easy steps. Includes picture-by-picture examples, tips, and helpful links.

    How to Build a Reflecting Pond

    How to Build a Reflecting Pond

    by Faceless3927

  • 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.

    How to Replace Fence Panels Between Concrete Posts

    How to Replace Fence Panels Between Concrete Posts

    by phuefi5

  • 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.

    How to Build a Rain Garden for Catching Rainwater

    How to Build a Rain Garden for Catching Rainwater

    by Anthony Altorenna14

  • 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...

    Mantis Tiller Review: An Honest Assement From a Real Owner

    Mantis Tiller Review: An Honest Assement From a Real Owner

    by mackykyle lm18

  • 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.

    How to Disassemble a Grain Bin: Picture Tutorial

    How to Disassemble a Grain Bin: Picture Tutorial

    by Joy At Home59

  • 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.

    How to Winterize a Lawn Mower

    How to Winterize a Lawn Mower

    by Anthony Altorenna1

  • 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.

    Landscape Design Ideas, Styles, and Themes

    Landscape Design Ideas, Styles, and Themes

    by Sustainable Sue9

  • 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...

    How to Build a Low-Cost Greenhouse With PVC Pipes

    How to Build a Low-Cost Greenhouse With PVC Pipes

    by ngureco19

  • 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.

    How to Install Empire Fencing from Lowes

    How to Install Empire Fencing from Lowes

    by Robert T Gasperson11

  • 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.

    Plants That Grow on Walls

    Plants That Grow on Walls

    by Nettlemere33

  • 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.

    Can Plants Grow in Sand?

    Can Plants Grow in Sand?

    by Randy McLaughlin29

  • Find the best tree saw for any job around your backyard or garden. Pruning, tree cutting, clearing fallen branches or just keeping...

    Which Tree Saw Is Best?

    Which Tree Saw Is Best?

    by Will Apse9

  • 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.

    How to Edge  Lawns and Flower Beds With a Dinner Knife

    How to Edge Lawns and Flower Beds With a Dinner Knife

    by Eugene Brennan14

  • 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. -...

    How to Build Wooden Steps, Landing, or Deck

    How to Build Wooden Steps, Landing, or Deck

    by Erica K Wisner8

  • 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.

    Kaede: The Japanese Maple Tree

    Kaede: The Japanese Maple Tree

    by truefaith76

  • 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.

    How to Clean an Old Headstone

    How to Clean an Old Headstone

    by Keely Deuschle42

  • 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.

    How to Trim and Shape a Hedge

    How to Trim and Shape a Hedge

    by Januaris Saint Fores0

  • 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.

    Husqvarna Tiller Review

    Husqvarna Tiller Review

    by Mary Wickison6

  • 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.

    French Garden Design

    French Garden Design

    by Kaili Bisson14

  • A bit about scythes- why I like mowing with one, and why you might like it, too.

    Mowing with a Scythe

    Mowing with a Scythe

    by Rachel Koski30

  • An electric pole saw will save you hours of ladder work. They start without any problems and are the best choice for...

    The Best Electric Pole Saws

    The Best Electric Pole Saws

    by Will Apse1

  • 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.

    Comparison of Echo and Stihl String Trimmers

    Comparison of Echo and Stihl String Trimmers

    by jdavis880

  • 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.

    Landscaping on a Small Budget

    Landscaping on a Small Budget

    by lindacee20

  • 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.

    How to Change Oil in a Lawn Mower

    How to Change Oil in a Lawn Mower

    by Eugene Brennan2

  • 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.

    Build a Decorative Metal Rebar Fence for Your Home for Less Than Seven Dollars Per Linear Foot

    Build a Decorative Metal Rebar Fence for Your Home for Less Than Seven Dollars Per Linear Foot

    by Rodney C Lawley2

  • 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?

    How to Grow Green Grass Successfully

    How to Grow Green Grass Successfully

    by Sustainable Sue2

  • 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!

    Making the Most of Your Small Balcony

    Making the Most of Your Small Balcony

    by lindacee36

  • 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?

    The Best Brush Trimmers and Cutters

    The Best Brush Trimmers and Cutters

    by Will Apse3

  • 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.

    How to Maintain and Care for a Pond

    How to Maintain and Care for a Pond

    by Januaris Saint Fores3

  • 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.

    The Best Hedging Plants for Formal Hedges

    The Best Hedging Plants for Formal Hedges

    by Will Apse2

  • A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and have it live well.

    Microclimates Are in Your Yard

    Microclimates Are in Your Yard

    by Juli Seyfried0

  • 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!

    My DR Lawn and Leaf Vacuum Review

    My DR Lawn and Leaf Vacuum Review

    by Sheila Brown7

  • 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.

    How to Remove Broken Glass From Grass

    How to Remove Broken Glass From Grass

    by Beth Eaglescliffe0

  • 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!

    How to Split Fence Rails Out of Logs

    How to Split Fence Rails Out of Logs

    by Rachel Koski9

  • 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.

    How to Build a Two Story Shed, With a Lot of Help!

    How to Build a Two Story Shed, With a Lot of Help!

    by Crewman610

  • 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.

    Why Not to Limb Up Evergreen Trees

    Why Not to Limb Up Evergreen Trees

    by landocheese6

  • 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.

    How to Build a Shop

    How to Build a Shop

    by Steel Engineer12

  • 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...

    Lawn Too High? How to Cut an Overgrown Lawn

    Lawn Too High? How to Cut an Overgrown Lawn

    by ThomasE0

  • 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!

    How to Make Your Own Backyard Pond

    How to Make Your Own Backyard Pond

    by Mary Craig91

  • 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

    GreenWorks G-Max Mower: Pros and Cons From an Owner

    GreenWorks G-Max Mower: Pros and Cons From an Owner

    by Jerry Fisher2

  • 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.

    Lawn Care Maintenance: 7 Tasks for Fall

    Lawn Care Maintenance: 7 Tasks for Fall

    by Sustainable Sue1

  • 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.

    How I Turned a Grass Lawn Into a Garden Plot

    How I Turned a Grass Lawn Into a Garden Plot

    by Chris Telden21

  • 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.

    How to Plan for a Small Backyard Pond

    How to Plan for a Small Backyard Pond

    by Dolores Monet1

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  • 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.

    5 Worst, Messy Trees For The Lazy Landscaper

    5 Worst, Messy Trees For The Lazy Landscaper

    by Jayme Kinsey26

  • 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!

    Umbrella Plant: Care & Pruning Tips

    Umbrella Plant: Care & Pruning Tips

    by Shanna57

  • 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.

    Top 3 Best Electric Start Lawn Mowers 2018

    Top 3 Best Electric Start Lawn Mowers 2018

    by Paul Goodman2

  • 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.

    Review of Our MTD Riding Lawn Mower

    Review of Our MTD Riding Lawn Mower

    by Mary Wickison19

  • 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?

    Alternatives to Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

    Alternatives to Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

    by Sustainable Sue23

  • 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.

    How to Build an Artificial Fishing Lake

    How to Build an Artificial Fishing Lake

    by Cindy Lawson180

  • 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.

    The 5 Best Pole Hedge Trimmers

    The 5 Best Pole Hedge Trimmers

    by Will Apse3

  • 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.

    How to Kill Crabgrass You Don't Want

    How to Kill Crabgrass You Don't Want

    by Sustainable Sue2

  • Looking for the best weed puller removal tool? I highly encourage organic gardening practices, including hand weeding. Learn which tools make the job easier.

    Best Weed Pulling and Removal Garden Tools

    Best Weed Pulling and Removal Garden Tools

    by Garden Boy6

  • 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.

    How to Grow and Manage a Hedge

    How to Grow and Manage a Hedge

    by Januaris Saint Fores0

  • 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.

    What Is Winterberry?

    What Is Winterberry?

    by Caren White6

  • 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.

    Using a Chipper Shredder to Recycle Garden Waste

    Using a Chipper Shredder to Recycle Garden Waste

    by Eugene Brennan2

  • All about mesquite trees, sometimes called the Devil Tree. Lots of photos and a video of what those mesquite thorns can do.

    All About Mesquite or Devil Trees

    All About Mesquite or Devil Trees

    by C E Clark123

  • 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...

    The 5 Best Manual Pole Pruners

    The 5 Best Manual Pole Pruners

    by Will Apse3

  • Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a raised herb garden sanctuary, including photos of the project that I did myself.

    Build a Raised Herb Garden Sanctuary

    Build a Raised Herb Garden Sanctuary

    by Cristina Vanthul4

  • Help save endangered species by making a beautiful frog pond! This easy-to-follow guide will show you how.

    How To Make a Frog Pond

    How To Make a Frog Pond

    by Adele Cosgrove-Bray26

  • 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.

    Stihl Brush Cutter Review

    Stihl Brush Cutter Review

    by Mary Wickison12

  • 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.

    Water Leak Detection in an Irrigation System

    Water Leak Detection in an Irrigation System

    by watergeek10

  • 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!

    How to Make a Bird Nesting Basket in 5 Easy Steps

    How to Make a Bird Nesting Basket in 5 Easy Steps

    by Connie Smith67

  • 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.

    How to Convert a Shed Into a Sauna

    How to Convert a Shed Into a Sauna

    by Chris Mills37

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