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    Create a Backyard Oasis

    With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never want to leave. Read on for 13 ways to achieve your very own backyard oasis.

    How to Make Solar-Powered House Numbers

    Your dinner guests will never miss your house again once you install these solar-powered house numbers.


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    How to Plant and Care for a Weeping Cherry Tree

    These beautiful trees put on a spectacular show in the spring, offer lovely summer shade and are not particularly hard...


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    How to Prune Lavender

    Fragrant, flowering lavender is a garden favorite. Keep your plants robust and long-lasting with our guide on how to prune...


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    8 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Hummingbird Nectar

    To attract Mother Nature's version of the hovercraft and keep them coming back, avoid these common mistakes with nectar and...

    How to Choose Between Cedar, Pressure Treated Wood & Composite Decking

    Which is the best decking material: cedar, pressure-treated, or composite lumber? Here is a comparison of their durability, appearance, and...


    Jobsite Etiquette Tips for Subcontractors

    Here are some great tips that will keep you and your subcontractors in your customer’s good graces.

    Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

    Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.


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    Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Curtains

    Create an intimate open-air space with outdoor curtains, a stylish solution for adding privacy and shade to your patio, pergola...


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    What to Know About Tree Swings

    A symbol of carefree play, tree swings can be dangerous if not installed properly. Add a fun, safe tree swing...


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    Innovative and Safe Sidewalk Salt Alternatives

    Clearing ice from your sidewalk is important for your safety and that of others. Salt is one way, but there...

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    Where to Store Your RV for the Winter

    If you want to store your camper for the winter, you've got a few options, from simple and cheap to...


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    What to Know About RV Water Filters

    If you own an RV with a water system, understanding RV water filters and how they work is vital. Learn...


    How to Winterize and Store Garden Hoses

    With old man winter knocking on the door, time to reel in that garden hose. Here are a few tips...


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    9 Tool Hacks You’ll Use Time and Time Again

    Tools are usually designed with one task in mind, but many can be used for all sorts of jobs.


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    Best Zero Turn Lawn Mowers for 2020

    Here are our picks for the top zero turn lawn mowers in six categories.

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    How to Use a Charcoal Grill for the First Time

    Want to take advantage of the summer weather and do some outdoor cooking? Learn how to use a charcoal grill...


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    10 Best Outdoor Lounge Chairs

    Summer 2020: The summer of staying at home. Kick back on the patio or deck with one of these inviting...


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    Zero Turn Mower Buying Guide

    A zero turn mower allows you to move faster and navigate impossibly tight turns. If you've got a demanding yard,...


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    7 Gardening Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Perennial Plants

    Your flower beds aren't living up to that gardening magazine ideal? You may be making one of these common perennial...


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    Best Outdoor TVs for 2020

    Upgrade your outdoor living space this summer with a weatherproof outdoor TV — perfect for watching sporting events or hosting...


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    Why Are There Mushrooms In My Lawn?

    Find out why there are mushrooms in your grass and how to treat them.


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    Annuals vs. Perennials — What’s the Difference?

    Planning to grow a flower garden? Learn definitions to the common gardening terms you need to know before you visit...


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    How Do I Repair Dry Grass?

    Dry grass can test the patience of any homeowner. Identifying the cause and following these simple steps can make dead...

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    What Are Fairy Rings and Why Are They in My Grass?

    Learn how to recognize and eliminate those pesky fairy rings.


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    Don’t Grow These Vegetables Next to Each Other

    Some plants compete for nutrients or space, or they attract damaging insects or fungus. Here are some incompatible plant combinations.


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    11 Most Common Mistakes People Make with Hostas

    Hostas are an easy landscaping plant, so hosta care is often taken for granted. Here are 11 of the most...


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    This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

    You want your lawn to look good, but you don't want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it...


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    How to Build Stronger Retaining Walls

    Get strong, long-lasting retaining walls by learning how to properly build a wall.


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    Stuff We Love: Garden Hand Tools

    Make your gardening chores a breeze with these three tools that get the green thumbs-up.