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20 Home Renovations Increase Home Value Instantly

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over the weekend.

How to Build a DIY Tree Swing

Looking for an easy kids' swing to add to a tree in your yard? All you need is some rope,...


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Sprinkler Repair: How to Unclog Sprinklers

Remove mineral deposits from lawn sprinklers quickly and easily.


Restore a Weedy & Patchy Lawn

Work a little, water a lot — then enjoy!


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...

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Turn Your Fall Leaves into Free Mulch and Compost

Use fall leaves to improve soil, make free mulch and expand your garden beds.


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How to Install Concrete Flower Bed Edging

Edging lends a crisp, clean, finished look to a flower bed. It also keeps the lawn from migrating into the...

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How to Pour a Concrete Slab Successfully: 31 Tips

Building a shed this spring? Before you can even think about raising the walls, it’s imperative to have a solid...


How to Hide an Air Conditioner: 9 Clever Ways

As long as you don't block the air flow and you make sure the AC unit is accessible, covering that...


The Best Garden and Lawn Edging Ideas & Tips

Three simple, attractive, low-maintenance garden and lawn edging ideas to inspire.


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If My Lawn Turns Brown this Summer, What are the Best Ways to Make it Look Green Again Soon?

Why does grass turn brown in the summer? We'll show you some common causes of brown spots and dying grass,...


How to Turn an Empty Milk Jug Into a Watering Can

Can't find your watering can? Don't make your plants wait until you can buy a new one at the gardening...


Replacing Broken Lawn Sprinkler Heads

It's pretty easy to damage a sprinkler head with your mower if the head sits too high.


How to Build a Low-Maintenance Water Feature

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


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How To Grow and Care for Hostas

Shade-loving hostas add lushness, color and volume to your garden. Follow these tips for getting the most out of landscaping...

Ten Handy Lawn Mowing Tips

There are 'right' and 'wrong' ways to mow grass.


How To Buy Quality Lawn Seed

Reseeding is a job you can do in a weekend if you have an average-size lawn.


How to Make a Wood Log Planter for Succulents

Find a new use for that fallen tree by creating a natural wood log planter


How to Install an Irrigation System in 11 Easy Steps

Expert advice about irrigation installation from the job site.


Finding the Best Garden Hose

Perform an easy test right in the store!


How to Fix a Sprinkler System

Do-it-yourself solutions to irritating irrigation problems.


A Paver Path that Grows

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


Build a Long-Lasting Block Retaining Wall

Anyone with a strong back can stack up a bunch of blocks and build a pretty retaining wall. But it...

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Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

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


17 Lawn Mysteries Explained (And How to Fix Them)

Get rid of your lawn eyesores with these tips.


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Build a Beautiful Stone and Brick Backyard Patio

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


How to Prep for Sod Installation

Get your new lawn off to a fresh start in eight simple steps.


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Saturday Morning Workshop: Outdoor Trestle Bench

Beautify your patio, deck or porch this summer with this attractive, easy-to-construct outdoor trestle bench.


How to Make a Simple Guide for Edging Your Lawn

To edge your lawn, garden, or flowerbed, lay down a 2x6. While holding the board with your foot, drive a...