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 more easily next spring.
Is your grass getting out of hand, causing your flower beds or lawn borders to look unkept and messy? This guide will help you edge your lawn with a knife for a clean, sharp finish.
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 society and culture.
Make a charming, rustic, forever bench of stone pavers and wood. It can be a DIY project you can complete in one afternoon (alone if need be). Give your yard an area where you can "just breathe."
This is a 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 and more inclined to turn in the wind.
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 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.
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!
Backyard projects like terracing can be intimidating, but if you take it step by step, you can save money by doing it yourself.
What possesses otherwise sane and balanced people to fill their gardens with gnomes, black jockeys, and plastic flamingos? Take a look at this collection of wonderfully tacky lawn ornaments.
Many robotic lawnmowers (cheaper models) are limited to single zoning a lawn (boundary wire). I briefly explain what single zoning is and its limitation and finally give a step-by-step guide to a simple and inexpensive method for multi-zoning your lawn by using a 2-way switch to create 2 circuits.
Few things are as cozy on an autumn night than gathering around a fire pit. Even when the weather isn't chilly, I can’t wait to get the kids outside to just relax around a fire.
When you inherit a lawn after it has been left unattended for some time, it is often necessary to deal with an overgrown mess. This article will detail how you can restore your grass to its rightful glory.
Though it can in some ways be considered a landscaper's dream, the fast growth, dense foliage, and aggressive roots of the silver maple can easily turn into a nuisance for owners of homes and businesses. This article will break down the pros and cons of this wondrous tree.
Learn what to consider when designing a plant bed near your swimming pool. This can create a lush, luxurious environment for lounging and enjoying your poolside retreat for seasons to come!
This article demonstrates how to build wooden steps, a landing, or a deck, with personal experience and expertise.
The best brushcutters can clear a lot of ground, including thick-stemmed scrub, but how do you choose and which models are best suited for which kind of work?
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 require a lot of maintenance.
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.
This article describes the various different kinds of outdoor pergola roof materials used to cover a garden, patio, or deck area in your backyard.
This page presents an easy way to remove tree stumps that won't break your back or your budget. This method takes a long time, but it's quite simple.
A general beginner's guide to the most cold-hardy palms for planting in USDA zone 5, 6, and 7 gardens. Read on to find out how one can expect the plant to perform after a complete winter.
Despite its compact size, the Mantis Tiller really packs a wallop. Read on for my assessment of this wonder product.
How to paint your garden shed into a piece of art and enhance your garden. With some paint color ideas and a few accessories for the finishing touches you can make your timber shed look amazing. I show you that painting your shed can be fun.
Rhododendrons are plants with large and beautiful flowers that have a wide variety of colors. Both cultivated and wild species of the genus Rhododendron exist. The genus includes azaleas.
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.
There are some excellent reasons to avoid using too much fertilizer on your lawn. Here, you'll find a discussion of optimum lawn care and practical environmental stewardship.
Rust is beautiful, old objects that have been discarded in bygone days can be re-purposed as yard art. One man's junk is truly another man's treasure.
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! Read my review to learn more.
In this article, I teach you how to make your own latex mold for garden ornaments. It is fairly simple to do and does not require any fancy equipment.
Find out how three of the best commercial zero-turn mowers fare when compared to each other. These zero-radius mowers offer some of the best that the commercial zero-turn market has to offer.
Dethatching or removing thatch buildup from your lawn is a simple process. An improved appearance and healthier lawn is the result!
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.
Here are five great tree options you can use to create a natural screen between you and the neighbors.
Clean birdbaths are essential to the health and well-being of visiting birds. This article describes the best way to keep your bird bath clean and healthy.
Learn about starting a mower properly, solving fuel, oil and ignition system problems, carburetor fault finding and lots more troubleshooting tips.
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.
Whether you choose to install a scarecrow to protect your plants from pesky critters, or just want to decorate your yard (or porch) for autumn, building a scarecrow is easy! All you need are a few simple supplies.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a raised herb garden sanctuary, including photos of the project that I did myself.
We needed help on our farm, and the Husqvarna tiller was the answer. It is more manageable than a tractor and works well in tight spaces, whilst still rotavating the soil to clear weeds.
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.
Here are some tips on where to locate the pond, how to keep it clean, and information about pond liners, plants, and aeration—all important factors to consider when planning a pond.
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.
A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscaping these areas, with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.
This article guides you through the steps of building a greenhouse with PVC. The material is inexpensive and easy to work with, making for a cost-efficient way to store your plants.
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.
Before you pay for an expensive repair on your hard-to-start Briggs & Stratton lawn mower, check out this helpful guide on diagnosing and fixing engine problems. It might just be a problem with compression release that you should be able to fix yourself.
Fire is elemental. We are drawn to it in many forms. This article explores various ways to bring it into your home landscape. It also goes over some general practices and guidelines to consider to make it safe and enjoyable.
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
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!
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 to a repair center.
Growing easy care grasses for small lawns is rating high on homeowner's DIY lists. Use this handy-dandy guide to help determine which grass suits your needs.
This article shares a bit about scythes; why I like mowing with one, and why you might like it, too.
Find the best tree saw for any job around your backyard or garden. Pruning, tree cutting, clearing fallen branches or just keeping...
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.
Keeping your lawn mower and its blades well-maintained is the key to having a great looking lawn. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do that.
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.
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.
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.
An electric pole saw will save you hours of ladder work. They start without any problems and are the best choice for...
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.
Laying sod is a fun experience when done correctly. When done incorrectly, it's a huge waste of time and money. This is a simple guide, with videos to help guide you.
Make your own engraved stone monument house sign with these easy-to-follow directions. It's an easy job that will require only a few hours and look great in front of your home.
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.
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.
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.
Mowing, weeding, and fertilizing ushers in lush, green grass to yards and landscapes. In Ohio, lawn grass needs constant care to keep turf healthy.
I wanted to replace my elderly Yardworks grass trimmer. Black & Decker’s LST540, which comes equipped with a 40V Max battery, appeared to be the best candidate.
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...
A common outdoor shed can be turned into your very own sanctuary for gardening, relaxing, crafting, and entertaining.
A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and want it to thrive.
These are 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.
Removing broken glass from a yard or lawn can can cause nasty cuts. Here are some safe ways to clear up glass splinters and shards.
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.
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.
Many people think a backyard pond is just too much work, or they don't have enough space. Neither of these things are true. With just a little digging, you can have your own backyard water feature!
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?
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?
Water loss in your pond or waterfall may cause you to waste water. Find and fix the problem before your water bill goes up.
Landscaping can be very simple when you choose low-maintenance plants. These beautiful plants will beautify your yard with very little effort.
This article contains information about outdoor shower enclosures; where to get your water, how to heat your water, what plumbing to use, and how to drain your shower.
All about mesquite trees, sometimes called the Devil Tree. Lots of photos and a video of what those mesquite thorns can do.
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.
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.
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.
Follow my journey to furnishing our decking, a garden room adjoining our conservatory to our back garden. It is now complete with seating, planters, lighting, and décor; balancing aesthetics, comfort, and functionality.
If you are looking to add spectacular color in your garden landscape, consider adding the flaming red “burning bush” that changes from dark green to bright red almost overnight.
This piece of equipment is worth the price; both the professional and serious lawn care person will find it to be a great tool for just about every job, and one that will last a long time. And considering how much of lawn care is about trimming, the innovative twist-head line-feed is very helpful.
Help save endangered species by making a beautiful frog pond! This easy-to-follow guide will show you how.
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 are featured here!
Learn how and where to locate used grain bins. You can use them for grain storage or even for housing. I'll let you know how to tell a good quality bin from one of poor quality.
This is a how-to (from my own experience) for making and maintaining wildlife ponds. It includes water features and waterproof RGB (coloured) LED strip lighting.
Lawn mower repair doesn't have to be difficult. This article provides simple steps to repair the starter and pull cord.
Preparing your pond for fall and winter: Tips for getting your pond, fish, and plants ready to survive the cold weather.
Don't buy an expensive outdoor kitchen and BBQ island set from the store—it is easy, cheap, and fun to build your own.
In Ohio, our ever-changing spring weather determines when the most popular species of magnolia trees will start to bloom.
Philodendron Congo is a stunning plant, and it has many color varieties. It is fairly easy to care for as long as you follow some simple guidelines. Learn how to make this plant thrive in your home.
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.
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!
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.
When it comes to greenhouse construction, regardless of whether you are purchasing a kit are building your own, there are several things you need to consider first.
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.
The striped maple grows throughout Southeastern Canada, the Northeastern United States, and Appalachia. Here, you'll find tips for planting, caring for, and growing these lovely trees.
Minimize water damage or avert it all together using this method! Read on for simple step-by-step instructions complete with video and photographic tutorials. You'll be surprised how easily this technique could save you thousands of dollars in water damage. You got this!
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.
Splitting firewood by hand can be really fun, and it's a great source of exercise. Read on to learn about five different types of hardwood trees and how they stack up to one another in terms of heating, "split-ability," and more.
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.
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 offer visual appeal even in the coldest months.
DIY step-by-step instructions with photos for how to sharpen your lawn mower blade. Save money by sharpening it yourself.
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.
A complete guide for the homeowner with a bahiagrass lawn. When properly cared for, this low-maintenance grass creates a lush ground covering that will look good for many years.
Learn how to build a greenhouse with plastic bottles. Reuse recycled soda bottles to build a structure to house seedlings and overwinter plants in your garden.
When you apply the three pillars of sustainability in your landscape design––ecological, economic, and social––you prepare your landscape to survive hard times and thrive in your natural locale. How is your garden doing?
Rocks, trees and a slope didn't stop us from building an unconventional garden pond. And the results were worth the effort!
This is a basic sprinkler system troubleshooting and repair guide for the homeowner. Follow these easy step-by-step diagnostic instructions to simplify most common irrigation system problems.
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.
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.
Here is how I removed a tough layer of grass and weed from my yard and converted the muddy clay soil underneath into a nice, fluffy garden plot for planting. I did this without power any power tools; just my own labor, and sturdy equipment.
I accidentally locked my poultry in their house with a hawk for a night, yet my chickens survived. Here's how they all survived.
Fruit trees do not need to be pruned to produce fruit. That said, there are many reasons to do so. Read on to learn how to prune your fruit trees!
I've included my step-by-step process of creating a backyard labyrinth near my garden beds for use as a walking meditation.
Growing a living den or playhouse for your child is easier than you might think. This article will guide you through the process and even show you how you can make it an exciting project to get your children involved in.
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...
Growing a hedge and making it bushier, fuller, and thicker is not as complicated as most people think. Learn how to plant a hedge quickly and see the best practices to implement on your living fence.
A guide to help central Florida homeowners with lawn pest infestations. Insect damage can quickly give a green lawn unsightly brown spots. Luckily a healthy lawn normally recovers quickly after detection and treatment of the pests.
What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's how we did our project, with instructions, tips, and photos to show the steps.
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.
Wheelbarrows get old, but that doesn't necessarily mean they must be replaced. Here's how one common model was rejuvenated instead.
Looking for upcycling projects or ideas for what to do with old ladders? This article will show you how to make a garden trellis from an old ladder.
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.
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.
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!
Learn to build and maintain a reflecting pond by following these 12 easy steps. Includes picture-by-picture examples, tips, and helpful links.
What decisions and steps are involved in designing and building a steel building? This article reviews plans for a 40x60 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.
In this article, I cover the work I did to rainscape; working the landscape to direct rainwater, at Grace Community Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Keeping a yard neat and tidy means keeping the bushes and shrubs under control. In my experience, these selected hedge trimmers offer excellent value for money.
An electric start feature makes mowing so much easier and convenient. Here is my top 3 list regarding the best electric start lawn mowers currently available.
Sooner or later, power failures hit every pond. For koi, a fish species dependent on electricity, the situation could turn deadly. The best solution is preparedness, before this kind of emergency destroys years of hard work.
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.
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.
A how-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions have been included to assist you in making wise choices for your landscape design.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Plants which grow on walls include stonecrop, valerian, campanula and Maidenhair spleenwort. Find out how to get plants to grow on walls and what makes a suitable plant for growing on a wall.
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!
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.
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.
Hedge trimming improves the aesthetics of the plants. Learn how to trim your hedge to grow bushier, fuller, and thicker. See the best equipment to use and know the right time to prune the plants.
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? Here's our trick for safely destroying leeches with a chemical-free trap.
Searching for the best electric lawn mower for the money is a chore. You can make your search a lot easier by reading this review on push mowers for the home.
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
A brief overview of the John Deere 318 lawn tractor - a review, attachments for it, where to find one for sale and what kind of price tag you'd be looking at.
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 6 steps to slot it back in.
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.
Homeowners frequently take pride in a good-looking lawn and for good reason. A healthy lawn doesn’t occur without effort, but it doesn’t need to be as labor intensive as some people make it out to be.
Water leaks can cost you thousands of dollars on a large landscape, so they need to be discovered and fixed as soon as possible. This article will teach you how to find irrigation leaks.
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.
Planting native plants 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.
My neighbor, who is an excellent carpenter and all around handyman, designed and built this chicken chateau and greenhouse duplex. Here are instructions to help you build one, too, with photos to guide you.
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 Lowe's was perfect for the job. This is how I installed it.
Shrubs offer privacy and can screen unattractive house foundations. Shrubs add color and texture to your view. This article, complete with photos and helpful links, will teach you how to choose the right shrub for your area.
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.
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...........
With its wide, showy leaves, philodendron selloum can bring a bit of the tropical rainforest into your interior space. Find out how to best incorporate philodendron hope into your indoor lifestyle.
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.
All tree owners in Eling must be extremely diligent to nurture and care for their property. This article highlights what pests and diseases to look out for, as well as how to deal with preservation orders or conservative areas.