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Whether you are planting flowers in the garden, adding a water feature to the yard or just need to mow the grass, Family Handyman covers all your outdoor needs.

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How to Build a Retaining Wall

The simplest, cheapest, back-friendliest retaining wall in history.

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10 Common Things a Homeowner Can Be Fined For

Here's a look at things that can lead to sometimes hefty fines, depending on local laws and covenants, along with...


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How to Install a Paver Patio Base

Let plastic paver patio base panels take the place of the gravel base to eliminate tons of labor.


Landscaping: Tips for Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a collection of pro building tricks...


Build a Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

Construct a poured concrete and stone patio with a curved stone wall.

How to Build Pathways: Brick and Stone Pathways

With a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can build this walk in a three-day weekend


How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.

Planning a Backyard Path: Gravel Paths

Attractive, inexpensive and easy to build


How to Build a Low-Maintenance Water Feature

Construct a simple (one-weekend!) stone and gravel fountain that needs almost no maintenance.


A Paver Path that Grows

This easy-to-build paver path will last a lifetime and looks great too!


Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

This cascading stream flows into a gravel bed, not a pond, so it stays clean with little maintenance.

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How To Build a Stone and Brick Patio for Your Backyard

We'll tell you how to build a beautiful, durable patio from stone and brick.


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How To Build a Raised Garden Bed

Make the gardener in your family happy by building this natural stone raised garden bed


How to Make a Stepping Stone

Learn how to make attractive stepping stones using this do-it-yourself approach


How to Build a Stone Path

Build this simple path with sand, stone and lots of muscle


How to Build a Stone Path and Steps

Modular blocks let you build like a master mason—even on slopes

How to Build a Wooden Boardwalk

Create a boardwalk in your back yard


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How to Build a Pergola

Get more shade with this low-maintenance retreat.


How to Sharpen Tools

A bench grinder, file and cone-shaped blade balancer are the key tools for creating a sharp edge and well-balanced blade.


How to Choose the Right Retaining Wall Material

Learn the pros and cons of stone, wood and concrete block retaining walls


How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


How to Make Cake-Frosting Stepping-Stones

Make just one of these fun, functional, inexpensive stepping-stones and you'll be hooked. Plus, they make great gifts!


How to Build a Stone Fountain

Bring the splash and sparkle of falling water to your yard in just one weekend.


Fountain: How to Build a Concrete Fountain

Carving stone requires years of training, extraordinary skill and endless patience—or you can cheat and use power tools.

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How to Build a Garden Path

This easy-to-build natural stone path will last a lifetime