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  • 1 Dozen Ways to Make the Most of a Small Yard
    Outdoor spaces can increase our enjoyment of our homes. When the weather is nice, it’s like having an extra room—or wing—of the house. Make the most of yours, no matter its size. Even a small backyard can be great for gardening, entertaining, and play. The trick is to use every inch of your property and find ways for spaces to do double duty. Choose furniture that is multifunctional and small in scale. Keep your gardening flexible by growing flowers, veggies, and trees in containers. And remember that no backyard is too small to play in. Portable pieces, such as fold-up tents, let you bring the fun wherever you want it, whenever you want it. Check out these tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your small backyard all year long.
  • 10 "Best in Class" Patio Pavers
    Today's patio paving stones offer the look of natural, traditional stone products, but with the added benefit of variable sizes, colors and ease of installation.
  • 10 "Dream Worthy" Swimming Pools
    These modern pools are more architectural masterpieces than swimming holes.
  • 10 "Style Setting" Garden Sheds
    Whether you are looking to house garden tools or create a workshop or studio, here are ten stylish sheds worthy of consideration.
  • 10 Common Garden Problems—and How to Fix Them
    Summer is what gardeners dream of all winter—warm weather, flourishing flowers, and a bountiful harvest that's carried straight from the veggie patch to the dinner table. But along with the sun and fun of summer comes a host of problems that can frustrate even the most steadfast gardeners. Your plants suffer from too much water . . . or too little. Even if the rabbits leave your garden alone, the Japanese beetles will surely come after it. Don’t slug it out with the garden slugs all by yourself! We've got your back. Read on to learn how to combat some of the most common summer gardening problems.
  • 10 Compost Bins for Backyard Gardeners
    From cedar and willow to polyethylene, today's compost bins come in a variety of designs, shapes and sizes; each one designed to help you manage the process more efficiently. Here are ten compost bins that offer smart options for backyard composting.
  • 10 DIY Lawn Games to Bring the Amusement Park Home
    Ring toss, tetherball, lawn bowling—these outdoor games are not only fun to play, they're super easy to make.
  • 10 DIY Step Stones to Brighten Any Garden Walk
    Give your garden path or walkway some flair with these easy-to-make, one-of-a-kind stepping-stones.
  • 10 Easy Curb Appeal Updates
    Looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of your house? We've got ten easy, do-it-yourself curb appeal updates.
  • 10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
    Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year!
  • 10 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners
    If you’ve always wanted to grow a vegetable garden, but have been too afraid to try, start by planting veggies that are almost guaranteed to succeed. Maintaining a large vegetable garden can be overwhelming for a new gardener, so start small, picking three or four crops you’d like to grow. Once you’re comfortable, add in a few more. Don’t have much space? Many vegetables, such as beans, tomatoes, basil, spinach, and salad greens, grow well in containers. Get a large planter or two, and start a garden in any spot that receives at least eight hours of sunlight a day. In fact, setting up a container garden is a wonderful way to experiment before you commit to digging up a portion of your yard. For veggies that germinate quickly, such as beans, peas, and zucchini, don’t bother with starter plants. Plant from seed directly in the soil. Save your money for tomato and pepper plants, which require much more time to reach transplant size. Whatever you grow and however you choose to do it, enjoy cultivating your first vegetable garden. By the time your harvest reaches your dinner table, you may find yourself hooked.
  • 10 Evergreens to Beautify Your Garden Year-Round
    Perk up a drab yard with some leafy, four-season greenery. Here are ten varieties certain to do just that.
  • 10 Faux Planters with Genuine Style
    Lightweight and low-maintenance, these budget-friendly planters match the look and style of much more expensive options.
  • 10 Gadgets to Make Yours the Best BBQ on the Block
    With summer barbecue season almost upon us, don't miss these great gadgets to make your backyard cookouts the envy of every grilling gourmand in your neighborhood.
  • 10 Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
    Improve your home’s indoor air quality—and your overall mood—with an easy-to-grow houseplant.
  • 10 Hydrangea Show-Stoppers
    Hydrangeas come in over a hundred varieties, varying in color, size, and shape of bloom as well as growth and seasonal habits. Here are ten of our top editor picks--starting with this new Everlasting Amethyst from White Flower Farm.
  • 10 Inspired DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Garden
    Why put your plants in a boring pot, when you can make your own unique planter with materials you may already have on hand?
  • 10 Inventive Ideas for a Perfect Porch
    If your porch is feeling a little down, pump it up with these fantastic additions to turn the everyday porch into the one-of-a-kind.
  • 10 LED Holiday Lights to Brighten Your Holiday Nights
    It's the most wonderful — and darkest — time of the year, so check out all the ways you can use LEDs to light up your life and keep the holidays bright.
  • 10 Low-Maintenance Mums
    These hardy and low-maintenance chrysanthemums will survive even the most forgetful gardener's care.
  • 10 Luxurious Doghouses for Your Pampered Pet
    If Snoopy's standard doghouse won't cut it for your pooch, browse ten puppy palaces that can even put some human-size houses to shame.
  • 10 Morsels of Grilling Wisdom from the Pros
    To help you grill like a pro this summer, here are ten helpings of wisdom from some of your favorite chefs.
  • 10 Natural Ways to Combat Summer Mosquitoes
    There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congregate, bite, and drive you indoors, consider some natural ways to keep them at bay. Start by eliminating standing water wherever you discover it—from gutter spouts to birdbaths—and consider herbs like rosemary and thyme that are known for their insect-repellant scents. What about installing a bat house? We've included that and more in our 10 natural ways to keep you bug-free this summer.
  • 10 New Perennials to Perk Up Your Garden
    Add excitement to your flower beds this spring by planting standout varieties from 2013's crop of new perennials.
  • 10 Not-to-Be-Missed Sunflower Blooms
    Nothing better symbolizes summer than a robust sunflower's bright yellow face, often so high you could easily mistake it for the sun itself.
  • 10 Plants Sure to Stop Deer in Their Tracks
    If your backyard and garden have become a buffet for deer, these 10 Bambi-resistant plants will encourage them to forage elsewhere.
  • 10 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine
    Hardy, shade-loving flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little sun.
  • 10 Popular Driveway Options to Welcome You Home
    From asphalt to brick, basalt to concrete, this is the stuff dream driveways are made of.
  • 10 Pretty Plants You Didn't Know Were Poisonous
    Not every beautiful plant has a pleasant disposition — here are 10 of the most common venomous blooms to keep out of your garden!
  • 10 Reasons to Reconsider the Aboveground Pool
    Aboveground pools have never been known for high style. Still, they remain a popular and budget-friendly option for those unable—or unwilling—to shell out a fortune for a cool-off spot. These day, however, with pool manufacturers and installers offering new shapes and surround designs, aboveground pools deserve another look. With thoughtful planning and a dose of inspiration, an aboveground pool can be every bit as lovely to the eye and welcoming to swimmers as the in-ground variety. Don't believe it? Click to see proof.
  • 10 Simple "Under $60" Curb Appeal Updates for Any Home
    Sometimes little changes can make a big difference. Here are ten ways to liven up a drab entry without breaking the bank.
  • 10 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space
    Outdoor areas don't have to be all about soaking in the sun. Sometimes it's nice to relax in a shady spot, shielded from the harsh rays. There are many ways to bring shade to an outdoor space. You can build a new freestanding structure or enhance an existing patio or pergola through the addition of a shade screen. Many such screens are made from fabric or canvas, but even materials like lattice and bamboo are popular options that cast delicately dappled light onto the outdoor living space beneath or behind. Best of all, there's no need to call in a contractor; most of these projects are simple enough for the average homeowner to complete easily and quickly, often within the space of a single weekend. So click through our gallery to see a selection of yard improvements that will have you made in the shade.
  • 10 Snow Shovels to Clear the Path (and Save Your Back)
    Keep the snow—and backache—at bay this winter with one of these ten smart, ergonomically-friendly snow shovels.
  • 10 Sun-Loving Plants That Thrive in Summer
    We've gathered a bountiful bouquet of flowering plants that can survive a full day in the sun and still serve up a slew of show-stopping blooms.
  • 10 Top-Rated Grills to Fire Up This Summer
    If you're shopping for a new grill, here are ten top-rated models (from deluxe to portable) worthy of your consideration—and your backyard.
  • 10 Water Features to Make Any Backyard Landscape Complete
    From koi ponds to waterfalls, birdbaths to garden streams, we've gathered together our favorite backyard bubblers, gurglers, and soothers.
  • 10 Ways to Create Your Own Paradise in the Backyard
    Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes so much more invi...
  • 10 Ways to Wake Up Your Yard for Spring
    Outdoors and in, take care of a few simple tasks now to bring your house out of winter hibernation!
  • 11 Creatively Stylish Ways to Display Succulents
    If you don’t have a green thumb, then succulents might just be the plant for you. Succulents are a family of fleshy plants, including aloe vera and cacti, known for retaining water and standing up to harsh climates. Available in a variety of colors and textures, these hardy plants are known for their ability to thrive in unusual settings that can accommodate only small root systems, such as vertical gardens. Some species of succulents are considered “air plants,” which means they can live with little or no contact with the ground. Click through this gallery for fun ways to display succulents in your home.
  • 11 Fire Bowls to Heat Up Your Outdoor Living Area
    Stop running—and bring warmth and ambience to the night with one of these artisan-crafted fire bowls.
  • 11 House Numbers to Count On for Curb Appeal
    Giving your home's exterior an update with new house numbers is as easy as 1-2-3.
  • 11 Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant (and How You Can Help)
    Who knew so much could go wrong with a houseplant? Here are 11 of the most common afflictions and their treatments so you can revive your friendly foliage in no time.
  • 12 "Different" Ways to Store Firewood
    Don't settle for an ordinary pile of logs--showing-off your wood in a creative space will help add another dimension of warmth to your home.
  • 12 Birdhouses We Love
    Bird houses come in all shapes and sizes and, in addition to adding interest to your yard or garden, they provide accommodations for fine feathered friends. Here is a selection of some ready-made and DIY kits.
  • 12 Expert Tips for Eye-Catching Front Yard Landscaping
    Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home’s overall curb appeal. Attractive landscaping, however, requires more than just a beautiful lawn. A well-landscaped front yard should take into account the style and size of your house, how it’s sited on the property, the amount of sunlight the yard receives, and how it can best be enhanced by plantings, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Your front yard should also include hardscaping features, from walkways and driveways to raised beds, planters, and decorative containers. What are the best practices for front yard landscaping? To learn more, we reached out to Dorian Winslow, certified landscape designer and owner and president of Womanswork, an online retailer of gardening apparel and supplies. Here are her 12 tips for successful front yard landscaping.
  • 12 Garden Sheds You Could Actually Live (or Work) In
    Whether you’re upgrading to a bigger building or find you no longer need your backyard shed to store lawn and garden tools, consider giving your old shed new life as a hobby room, guesthouse, or backyard retreat. With an ample budget, you can transform the space into a supplemental living area that rivals your own house, complete with electricity and luxe amenities. Yet even with a more modest budget, as some of these sheds show, you can cleverly transform an outbuilding into something beautiful and useful. If you crave more space in your house but an addition isn’t an option, a backyard shed with a few bells and whistles may provide what you need. Whether you’ll be upgrading, renovating, or starting from scratch, here are 12 outbuildings that prove that a backyard shed can be just as sweet as home.
  • 12 Outdoor Rugs to Fit Every Budget and Style
    Bring a resilient splash of color outside with these durable all-weather rugs that resist open-air perils like mildew and fading.
  • 12 Ways to Wake Up Your Tired Outdoor Furniture
    When spring is in the air and the weather starts to heat up, so does your outdoor entertaining. But after a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking shabby, particularly under the bright, unforgiving glare of the sun. Before you hop on the Internet to order new furniture, see if there’s something you can do to revive that patio set, picnic table, garden glider, or favorite pair of lawn chairs. If your furniture is actually falling apart, it may be time to retire it. If it's structurally sound, however, no matter what it's made of, there's probably a way to freshen it up. For example, spray paint is a panacea for wood, wicker, and metal. Most pieces can also be revived with a thorough washing, scrubbing, and sanding. If the finish is beyond saving, or if you're just sick and tired of it, you can recover it—by slipcovering or reupholstering. Or maybe all you need are the right accessories—a few throws and pillows—to bring your furniture back to life. Take a look at these smart ways to bring your old garden furniture to new glory.
  • 13 DIY Lanterns to Illuminate Your Porch, Patio, or Garden
    When the weather gets warm, outdoor living heats up, and porches and patios become the place to be. As your sunny days shift to balmy nights, add some atmosphere to your garden and yard with lanterns. Whether you want to make one lantern for a dining table, or a whole string of lanterns for the deck railing, there is a DIY lantern design to suit your needs and style. Fanciful and frivolous, or simply elegant, lanterns don't require much time or money to make, and they delightfully elevate the ambience of your outdoor spaces. Take a cue from one of these great DIY lantern ideas, and bask in the glow of gleaming light this evening.
  • 13 Fire Pits We Love
    Fire pits continue to heat up consumer demand. Here are ten reasons why.
  • 14 "Bright" Ideas for Lighting Your Backyard
    Make the most of long summer nights with the right kind of lighting for your outdoor space.
  • 15 Plants Perfect for Hanging Baskets
    No matter how small your garden, there's always room for a hanging basket. Here are 10 plants that add color and interest to any porch, deck, balcony, or sunroom.
  • 18 Ways to Color Your Garden This Fall
    Step away from the traditional cabbage-and-Mum routine this fall by introducing some new bloomers into your fall planting repertoire. Although the old stand-bys are hardy and give good, consistent color, these alternates choices will certainly set your pots apart from the Jones's.
  • 2011 Trends in Outdoor Entertaining
    When home entertaining moves outdoors with the warmer weather, the gourmet cooking experience doesn’t have to be conf...
  • 3 Essential Fall Lawn Maintenance Tasks
    As you start putting your lawn to bed, you must take care of three fall lawn maintenance tasks now to secure healthy ...
  • 3 Keys to Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden
    As summer wanes, gardeners turn their attention to such "cleanup" activities as removing failed plantings. But while ...
  • 3 Special Geraniums to Seek Out for Your Garden
    With a reputation for hardiness, geraniums can be found in literally hundreds of varieties, many that boast impressiv...
  • 5 (Nearly) Kill-Proof Houseplants
    Bringing a plant into your home doesn’t just enhance your décor but it will actually help purify the air in your dwel...
  • 5 (Nearly) Kill-Proof Houseplants
    These easy houseplants will enhance your decor and purify the air in your dwelling.
  • 5 Common Lawn Care Problems—And How to Fix Them
    Overcome common lawn blights and return your grass to its former green glory.
  • 5 Fall Plants to Plant Right Now
    Now that the temperature has dropped, it’s the time to replace those fading summer blooms with plants that thrive in ...
  • 5 Fiery Fall Bushes
    Finding your garden lacking when it comes to fall color? Our favorite fall bushes will not only add a bright spot of ...
  • 5 Great Ways to Garden in Comfort
    Growing a beautiful garden is no small feat. Not only does it take regular attention, watering, and cooperative weath...
  • 5 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring
    Nothing renews that feeling of pride of ownership more than attending to annual home maintenance tasks (especially on...
  • 5 Natural Outdoor Lighting Bargains
    Natural outdoor lighting is the rage in backyard renovation, offering an easy and environmentally friendly way to she...
  • 5 No-Kink Garden Hoses That Test True
    Loads of hoses claim to be kink-free, but is there really such a thing as a no-kink garden hose? As it turns out, there is.
  • 5 Outdoor Shed Storage Bargains
    Sometimes the garage doesn't cut it for storing garden tools and lawn supplies. That's when outdoor storage enters th...
  • 5 Plants to Divide in Fall
    October is a great month to look over your property and determine which perennials are in need of dividing. Splitting...
  • 5 Rakes Every Homeowner Should Know
    Like more sophisticated indoor tools, landscaping rakes are designed to meet specific challenges.
  • 5 Reasons to Celebrate Spring
    I don't know why this date seems like a late one to be celebrating the arrival of spring—perhaps it is because of the...
  • 5 Simple Ingredients for Successful Rainwater Harvesting
    People have been harvesting rainwater for thousands of years. In the last decade, the practice has emerged as a popul...
  • 5 Spring Garden Favorites to Plant Right Now
    The time to dream about your spring planting has passed. Now is the time to get going in the garden. So here are five...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Artificial Turf
    When artificial turf came onto the scene in the mid-1960s, it offered several advantages over natural grass lawns, ea...
  • 5 Ways to Create a Perfect Garden Room
    Unlike the glass-enclosed garden rooms or conservatories in the UK—glazed interior spaces that provide visual access ...
  • 5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Garden for Spring
    Ready for spring to arrive? So is your garden. The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to co...
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Lawn Care GREEN
    Everyone wants a green lawn. Not only does it look good, it reflects a pride of home ownership that is undeniable. Bu...
  • 5 Ways to Use Bamboo in Your Landscape
    Bamboo is one of the most exotic and eco-friendly materials used in construction. Long associated with Asian cultures...
  • 5 Ways to a Greener Lawn
    To achieve a greener lawn, you don’t have to layer on the artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides. Using natural ...
  • 6 Common Houseplant Pests—and How to Get Rid of Them
    You may have a certified green thumb, but that won't keep bugs away from your plants. Follow these guidelines to identify and eliminate the most common houseplant pests.
  • 6 Fast-Growing Shade Trees
    A house surrounded by mature trees is simply beautiful. If your landscape is light on trees, choose one of these six varieties to deliver shade—FAST.
  • 6 Pro Tips for Successful Container Gardening
    When she's not sharing her knowledge of container gardening as a guide on About. com or photographing New England gar...
  • 7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
    Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network's Yard Crashers, offers some easy, inexpensive ideas for upgrading your backyard and outdoor living areas.
  • 7 Eye-Catching New Annuals
    While there’s no need to dismiss those hardworking favorites with which you fill your garden year in and year out, he...
  • 7 New "Must Have" Annuals
    Here are seven of the most eye-catching new annuals on the market to fill in your summer garden.
  • 7 Popular Ground Covers to Enhance Any Yard
    A great solution to those patchy parts of your landscape, groundcover is a general term for perennials that are known for their ability to spread.
  • 7 Things to Do in Spring for a Healthy, Gorgeous Lawn Year-Round
    At the tail end of the winter season, homeowners face the sometimes daunting but always exciting prospect of readying...
  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Lawn Mower in Perfect Working Order
    You know how to care for your lawn, but how about your mower? Mowers need some TLC after sitting in a cold shed or garage all winter long. Before grass-growing season gets into full swing, show your mower some love by giving it a tune-up and blade sharpening. The results are well worth the effort—treat your mower right, and it will reward you with greater efficiency, better handling, and a fresher-looking lawn. We've compiled an essential guide for keeping your mower—and your grass—going strong all season.
  • 8 Disease-Resistant Apple Tree Varieties
    To cut down on yard maintenance and reduce the need for dangerous pesticides, opt for one of these eight hardy apple tree species.
  • 8 Reasons to Love Azaleas
    From Southern roots, azaleas have grown into a countrywide favorite, prized for their beautiful blooms in so many colors.
  • 9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revive Your Porch for Summer
    Sunny days and warmer weather signal that summer is right around the corner. What better time to freshen up your front porch? Rest assured that you can create an inviting front veranda without breaking the bank. Start with one favorite item, theme, or color, and work out from there. For example, if you love the idea of a bold front door, paint it in your favorite dramatic color and let that shade guide your choices for lighting, draperies, planters, and accessories. Or, do you have an heirloom piece of furniture or decorative accent that you love, such as a planter, rug, or lantern? Take inspiration from its shape, color, or style, and search out flea market finds or attic treasures that may be polished, painted, or upcycled into frugal, complementary front porch accessories. Complete your scheme with decorative touches like welcome signs, hanging baskets of greenery or ferns, or unusual plants in distinctive planters. Need some examples? Here are 10 inspiring front porches that prove that it’s possible to design a welcoming front veranda on a budget.
  • 9 Daffodils to Cheer Up Your Garden
    Plant any of these jolly perennials for a bright and cheery bloom come springtime!
  • 9 Easy-to-Make Garden Luminaries
    Garden luminaries are a creative way to add light and sparkle to nighttime backyard scenes. We found some of the best DIY projects to inspire you.
  • 9 Essential Tools for Every Gardener
    Getting your yard ready for spring? The right equipment can mean the difference between a beautiful garden and a barren wasteland.
  • 9 Incredibly Cool Pool Houses
    Waterfront property sells at a hefty premium. But don't be discouraged if you're landlocked. You can create your own home-by-the-sea environment with a pool house. Come along and dream with us.
  • 9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
    There are a number of children, pet, and environmentally friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds— they're much safer and less costly than using harmful chemicals.
  • 9 Wheelbarrows to Lighten Your Load
    Just as shovels and rakes come in every size and shape, wheelbarrows are now available in varying designs to suit your gardening needs.
  • A Kitchen Garden
    If you have a summer home, you know that referring to it as a "retreat" or "get-away" doesn't relinquish you of the r...
  • Add Flavor to Your Kitchen with a Winter Herb Garden
    During the dull days of winter, I long to get out into the garden to harvest something for my dinner table. Having ha...
  • Add a Little Spice to Your Life with a Culinary Herb Garden
    If you love to cook, then you know the value of fresh herbs. Modern transportation and preservation methods make all ...
  • Adding Ornamental Grasses to Your Garden
    Ornamental grasses bring more than just bulk to your garden—they add various textures, movement, and color, and they ...
  • Adirondack Chairs: 10 New Classics for Today
    A New England creation turned countrywide outdoor favorite, this American standard is as popular as ever.
  • Adirondack Chairs: Modern Takes at Reduced Prices
    The Adirondack chair dates back to 1903, when Thomas Lee couldn't get comfortable. While vacationing with his family ...
  • Air Plants: Growing Tillandsia
    Air plants—or tillandsias—are one of my favorite indoor plants. I bought my first little pup about a year ago and sin...
  • All Garden Hoses Are Not Created Equal
    Let's talk garden hoses. Every home needs at least one, whether to water the lawn, wash the car, or run the Slip 'n S...
  • Amaryllis, Year After Year
    The amaryllis is usually thought of as a one-off winter bulb that makes for a great holiday accent. But with very lit...
  • An Instant, Low-Maintenance Lawn
    Having a lawn doesn’t always mean you can grow grass. Some places are simply too shady or too wet for any variety of ...
  • Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair
    Warm summer nights make me want to lounge back with a cool beverage and watch the sunset from our back deck after the...
  • Arbors: A Garden's Best Friend
    Few things can lend instant character quite as dramatically as the addition of an arbor. Vinyl, wood, and aluminum options abound, but the most striking arbors are altered to reflect the garden’s personality.
  • Area Rugs Set Fashion Free in the Great Outdoors
    Thanks to modern advances in fabrication, outdoor rugs have never featured more extensive design options. A favorite ...
  • Artificial Turf: 7 Reasons to Consider the New "Grass" Alternative
    There's more to today's artificial turf products than just good looks. Made of polypropylene and featuring colorations and blade compositions that mimic real grass, they eliminate the need for mowing, watering and fertilizers and manufactured for lasting durability and beauty.
  • Axes and Hatchets
    Axes goes back into prehistory almost as far as the hammer. The axe, too, started out as a stone, but some clever Sto...
  • Backyard Decks Go Green with Redwood Construction
    Contrary to popular belief, redwood can be a very environmentally-friendly building material especially when compared...
  • Be Dark Sky-Compliant When Lighting Up the Night
    Warmer weather encourages us to spend more time on the deck, porch, or patio. Of course, lighting can extend outdoor ...
  • Beat the Heat with These 10 Cool Outdoor Umbrellas
    No need to rush off to Kokomo—you'll get there fast and then you'll take it slow with these stylish umbrellas that can create a paradise right in your own backyard.
  • Beat the Heat: 10 DIY Outdoor Showers to Cool You Down
    Just because you can't afford a luxurious outdoor pool and spa doesn't mean you can't enjoy a cooldown with one of these easy-to-make outdoor showers.
  • Blend Your Deck into the Landscape
    Outdoor decks connect the interior of a home to the natural world. “Decks are the first transition from the inside of...
  • Blown Away: 12 Upcycled Wind Chimes You Can Make
    Do you want a unique set of wind chimes to add some personality to your garden, patio, balcony, or deck? You’re in luck—no need to go to an expensive home boutique to find what you’re looking for. Instead, take a look around your kitchen, garage, tool shed, or even your backyard. You'll find all sorts of items you can upcycle into a pretty and sweet-sounding set of chimes. When looking for the perfect pieces, choose items that make a pleasing sound when they hit each other. Note that heavy items will be slow to make contact unless you place the chimes in an area with high winds; delicate items made of glass or china could shatter in the same windy location. If the spot where you want to place your chimes doesn't get enough wind, hang one wide, flat piece lower than the other items—it will catch the wind and start the music! Here are 12 unique DIY wind chimes to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Bubbles
    The sound of running water can be very soothing—that is, as long as it’s not coming from a broken pipe in the middle ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Chickens
    If you’re in the market for fresh, locally raised eggs, you can’t get more local than your own backyard. Here are a f...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Ponds
    The sense of serenity you get relaxing in your yard can be enhanced by the sound of a babbling brook or waterfall, bu...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Bird Feeders
    Winter’s a great time to feed the birds, but if that means feeding the squirrels too, they can quickly wear out their...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Building a Raised Garden Bed
    There are lots of reasons why you might want to plant in a raised garden bed rather than directly in the soil. Raised...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Butterfly Gardens
    Watching a butterfly flit low above a garden is one of summer’s great delights. You can attract these delicate creatu...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Buying a Grill
    If you’re shopping for a new gas grill this season, you can pay anywhere from $100 to more than $10,000. You usually ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Chain Saws
    Chain saws aren't just for lumberjacks anymore. These powerful tools now come in a range of sizes, with lightweight o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Outdoor Furniture
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Clean Garden Tools
    After a hot day’s work in your garden, you may be tempted to just toss the shovels and tools back into the garage, ev...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Plant Containers
    If you’re like a lot of people, you have a stack of old pots in your garage or shed just waiting for the next time yo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Clover
    If you want to spark a raging debate among gardeners, ask them how they feel about clover. Some homeowners will give ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Composters
    I get alot of questions from folks who want to improve their garden soil with compost, but aren’t sure which kind of ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Composting
    No fertilizer can do your garden as much good as compost can. It’s impossible to overfertilize with it. Even in colde...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Container Gardens
    There’s nothing quite as fresh as food that you grow in your own backyard. You may think your soil is too poor for a ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cooling Plants
    Most people know that planting a tree to shade your house is a great way to keep it cool. But actually, the south-fac...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Crabgrass
    Crabgrass is a pesky interloper that can really ruin the look of your lawn. Left unchecked, it can spread quickly acr...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Curb Appeal
    mp3 linkListen to BOB VILA ON CURB APPEAL, or read text below:I got a question from Julie in Tacoma: “I want to sell ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: DIY Concrete
    Even though the words are often used interchangeably, concrete and cement are not the same thing. Portland cement is ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dandelions
    Kids love them, but landscapers hate them. I’m talking about dandelions, whose cheerful yellow flowers can make you w...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Day Lily Care
    There are few flowering plants as satisfying as day lilies—they bloom in late spring and early summer, just as the sp...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Decking Options
    If you’re building a deck this summer, you’ve got a lot of decking choices. Pressure-treated southern yellow pine has...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dog Fences
    We all know they don’t like to be fenced in, but after thousands of years of domestication, dogs need boundaries to b...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dog Home Safety
    A dog is happy when he knows where home base is. a pet crate, a designated corner, a closet with a pet door or even a...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Drainage
    There are lots of options available in driveway materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and pavers. In addition t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Options
    Like it or not, working on the car, washing the dog, rinsing the lawnmower and all the other work we do on our drivew...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fall Bulbs
    Always looking ahead, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. All they require is a bright, sunny location and a li...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fall Composting
    All those piles of raked leaves and mown grass don’t do much good in your local landfill. If you garden, you can cut ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fall Equipment Prep
    As the weather gets colder, it’s a good idea to do some fall maintenance on your outdoor equipment and put it to bed ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fall Lawn Care
    Summer is a tough time for lawns, and this summer was especially tough on some. But every year we get a do-over in th...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fencing Options
    If you’re looking for a way to give your home some character, to frame your garden, or to get a little privacy from t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Ferns
    Leafy, green, and graceful, ferns bring drama and texture to the garden. They are attractive in rock gardens and make...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Storage
    There's nothing better than a crackling fire on a chilly night, except maybe not having to go back outside for more f...
  • Bob Vila Radio: First Day of Spring
    Today is March 20, the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring. For most of us around the country, th...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Flag Poles
    Today is Flag Day, the day we honor the Stars and Stripes. Whatever your politics, this is a good day to fly the flag...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fly the Flag
    So independence day is upon us, and what better way to show your spirit than to fly the flag…but did you know there a...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Front Yard Landscaping
    Every garden needs a focal point; for the front yard, that's usually the home’s entryway. When the front door is the ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garden Hoses
    A hose is a hose is a hose, right? Not so fast—not all garden hoses are created equal, so before you spring for a new...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garden Journals
    You can read all you want about gardening, but a garden journal is the best tool for making sure you remember what wo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garden Planning
    A little garden design and planning before you spend any money or pull on the gloves can give you a better garden eve...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Greener
    That old adage, “what goes around comes around” is especially true in your garden. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON GARDEN...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Gardening Online
    Nothing's more heartening in the depths of winter than leafing through a bulb catalog or shopping for next season’s g...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Grill Maintenance
    Keep your grill running smoothly this season by doing a few key maintenance checks. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON GRILL...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Hiding Trash Cans
    Nothing kills a home’s curb appeal faster than a couple of trash cans and recycling bins parked in the driveway, or l...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Hose Repair
    If your garden hose has seen better days, don’t just send it to the landfill. There are some simple, inexpensive ways...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Hot Weather Tree Care
    Hot weather can really take a lot out of a person. . . and out of a tree as well. That’s why it’s important to take s...
  • Bob Vila Radio: In the Doghouse
    Giving your pet a place of his own to take shelter from wind, rain and sun is a noble pursuit. Doghouses now come in ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Herb Gardens
    Fresh herbs add flavor, fragrance, and sophistication to your cooking—and they can’t get much fresher than those you ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Integrated Pest Management
    To control garden pests without using toxic chemicals, work with nature, not against it. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Irrigating Sustainably
    Irrigating your yard can really be wasteful and expensive; clean water is a precious commodity, and not just in deser...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Composting
    Composting’s a great idea: it helps your garden thrive and keeps valuable organic waste out of landfills. But once yo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Care Hell
    It’s the great American obsession, and we spend about twenty-five billion dollars a year on it, but if lawn care is e...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Mower Blade Height
    Whatever type of turf you have in your yard, if you want to keep it looking its best, make sure your mower is set to ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Prep
    Fall lawn care is as important as what you do in the spring, because encouraging deep roots will help your lawn resis...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lawn Tractors
    If you’ve got a half-acre or more of lawn to mow, a riding lawnmower or a garden tractor is a great tool to have. LIS...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lilac Pruning
    If you didn’t prune your lilacs right after they bloomed, you still have a little time left, but don’t delay: Pruning...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Moss Lawns
    If you think of moss just as a nuisance in your lawn, or as something that doesn’t gather on a rolling stone, it’s ti...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Mulch
    Autumn leaves are a gift to your garden that literally just falls out of the trees. Instead of getting rid of them al...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Natural Pesticides
    Encouraging birds and bats to visit your yard is a great way to keep BUGS down without spraying. LISTENListen to BOB ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Furniture
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
    Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Planning Birdhouses
    It’s one of life’s true pleasures to watch birds as they nest in the spring. If you’d like to encourage birds to buil...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Planting Bulbs in Spring
    When we think about flowering bulbs, we often picture beautiful spring bloomers like daffodils and tulips, whose bulb...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Planting Fruit Trees
    Do you dream of picking a crisp apple or juicy peach from a tree right in your own backyard? Planting a fruit tree ca...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Potting Benches
    A potting bench can be a handy addition to any yard or patio—even if you’re not much of a gardener! Here’s why. Liste...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pruning Azaleas
    Late spring is the time to sit back and admire those azaleas as they bloom; azaleas add a veritable explosion of colo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pruning Young Trees
    A good way to help your young tree stay healthy is to prune it wisely. The best time to prune a tree is late winter, ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Radical Hedge Pruning
    Hedges make great privacy screens, and they’re certainly friendlier than stockade fences. At some point, though, you ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Rain Gardens
    In a heavy downpour, all of that water pouring through your downspouts can overwhelm your local sewer system, leading...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Rakes
    The first job any gardener has this time of year is that all-important spring cleanup that starts with raking out any...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Raking Tips
    This time of year, those of us who are lucky enough to have trees that provide summer shade have to pay for that priv...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Removing Tree Stumps
    At some point, you may need to remove a tree, whether because it’s too close to the house or because it’s dead or dyi...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Retaining Walls
    A sloped yard is hard to use, and if it’s got erosion problems or it’s channeling water toward the foundation of your...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Safe Decks
    More than a third of new homes are built with backyard decks, and they’re a really a popular do-it-yourself project. ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Shovels
    Picking the right shovel for the job saves time—and can save your back as well. Here are a few shovels you’ll want in...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Shrub Success
    Fall is a great time to upgrade your landscaping. Plants, trees, and shrubs are slowing down from the hot summer and ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Sites for Compost
    Composting puts your yard and kitchen waste to work creating nutrient-rich soil for your garden. It’s a true win-win,...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Small Yards
    A well-designed outdoor space is like having an extra room in the house. Even a small yard is a great treasure, but i...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Solar Garden Lights
    Outdoor lighting looks great along a walkway or in the garden, but it can be a pain to install the wiring for it. Sol...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Spring Fence Routine
    A wooden fence is a beautiful accent on any home, but it takes some maintenance to keep it looking neat and trim. Spr...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Spring Lawn Preparation
    There’s nothing like a beautiful green lawn to make your house look great. Now that spring is here, it’s time to get ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Starting Seeds
    If you get a thrill out of watching your garden grow, you might want to get a jump on the season by starting from see...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Starting Vegetables from Seeds Indoors
    Now that spring is here, many people’s thoughts turn to gardening, and to the joys of leafy salads and delicate sprin...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Stone Walls
    Nothing beats the natural look of a dry-laid stone wall, but building one requires a strong back, deep pockets, and a...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Tickscaping
    The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance reports that as many as three-quarters of all Lyme Disease cases are caused by tick b...
  • Bob Vila Radio: USDA Zone Maps
    Farmers and gardeners alike are familiar with the USDA plant hardiness zone map, which divides the country into growi...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Watering the Lawn
    A beautiful green lawn requires regular watering to keep it looking great. The trick is to use enough water to keep y...
  • Bob Vila Radio: What Is the Cooperative Extension Service?
    I’m sure you’ve read articles that suggested contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office for services like soi...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Wheelbarrows
    This is a busy time of year in the garden, what with planting and mulching, weeding and feeding. All that heavy lifti...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Why Have a Raised Garden Bed?
    Growing plants in raised beds is a tradition that goes back at least hundreds of years. Here are five reasons why a r...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Window Boxes
    Window boxes can really amp up a home’s curb appeal by adding color and a sense of welcome. Here are some tips for cr...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Winterize Your Lawn
    If you haven’t done it already, this is the time to winterize your yard!  Make a list of the things you need to do to...
  • Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gardener
    We've rounded up time-tested standbys and the coolest new products destined to delight the gardener in your family.
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Front Yard Landscaping
    Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home's overall curb appeal. Your landscaping...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Lawn Care
    Americans are not bashful when it comes to expressing their love of lawns—it has been estimated that there are more t...
  • Bold and Beautiful: 10 Fall-Blooming Flowers
    Bright colors and big blooms don't end in summer. In fact, nothing says fall quite like these 10 ubiquitous autumn blossoms.
  • Bonsai for Beginners
    Bonsai—caring for and nourishing miniature shrubs and trees in pots—has long been a way for hobbyists to reduce stres...
  • Botanical Tulips: Jewels of the Garden
    With their dainty proportions and showy blooms, botanical tulips are sure to bring surprising beauty and interest to your spring garden.
  • Boxwoods: Maintaining Structure in Your Garden
    Boxwood hedges might look formal, but they are a workhorse in the garden. The evergreens can define areas and be the ...
  • Breathe Easier at Home with Indoor Plants
    As winter draws to a close, things are getting a bit stuffy in our house. Like many energy-conscious consumers, we’ve...
  • Build Your Own Greenhouse: 11 Easy-to-Assemble Kits
    If you're looking to extend your gardening beyond the summer, perhaps one of these easy-to-assemble DIY greenhouse kits will find its way to your backyard.
  • Building a Basic Deck
    Decks and other outdoor spaces are different from ordinary rooms. They serve as an intermezzo between home and nature...
  • Building a Concrete Pool Deck
    Textures and coatings can give you a lasting concrete pool deck to match your needs and weather challenges.  Creating...
  • Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
    When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer qualit...
  • Chain Saws 101
    Chain saws—the forest primeval has seen few tools with such devastating utility, not to mention sheer volume. If a st...
  • Checklist: A Safe and Insurable Yard
    To be sure that the outside of your home is safe and insurable, review the exterior for overall safety. Aside from al...
  • Chick Magnets: 15 Irresistible DIY Chicken Coops
    As the popularity of raising poultry in the backyard burgeons, so too does the variety and quality of designs in DIY chicken coops.
  • Composite Decking 101
    For what is meant to be a relaxing outdoor refuge, a deck can sure be a lot of work. Sanding, power-washing, refinish...
  • Composite Decking: 10 Great Reasons to Rethink Wood
    Durable, colorfast, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, composite decking is taking center stage in backyards across the country.
  • Composting 101: What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost
    The best gardeners know that compost is better than fertilizer, when it comes to providing a nutrient-rich growing en...
  • Considering a Wood Deck? It's Not Just About Good Looks
    There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance r...
  • Cool Your House with Smart Landscaping
    Smart landscaping is more than a pretty yard—it’s a smart and efficient way to cool your home in summer. Trees shade ...
  • Craft a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
    Nothing quite beats the enjoyment of cooking and dining outdoors. Fortunately, creating a lovely open-air kitchen is ...
  • Creating Privacy Through Landscaping
    Many homeowners use their porches, decks, and yards as extensions of their living space. To feel at ease, however, th...
  • Creating Privacy and Beauty with Hedgerows
    Whether you’re looking to create a privacy enclosure, windbreak, or wildlife deterrent, or simply bring some traditio...
  • Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Room
    No matter what climate you live in, chances are outdoor rooms are hot in your area — and with good reason. Outdoor ro...
  • DIY Deals: Bird Baths
    If you're looking to bring charm and variety to your outdoor space, a bird bath is the perfect choice. Not only will ...
  • DIY Deals: Container Gardening
    Whether you’re a city dweller, rural resident, or citizen of suburbia, container gardening is a convenient way to get...
  • DIY Deals: Lawn & Garden
    If you haven’t already started mowing the lawn, replanting the beds and cleaning your deck and patio in anticipation ...
  • DIY Deals: Lawn & Garden Tools
    It takes time and effort to maintain a beautiful lawn and the right tools definitely help. Here's a sampling of retai...
  • DIY Deals: Outdoor Kids Play
    It's mid-summer and the sales on outdoor play sets for children are in full swing.  Online and in stores you'll have ...
  • DIY Deals: Outdoor Lighting
    Even though summer just started, many retailers have already put their outdoor and landscaping products on sale. With...
  • DIY Deals: Outdoor Rugs
    Outdoor rugs are a great way to add interest, warmth, and character to your patio, porch, or deck. And with the varie...
  • Deck the Halls: Holly Bushes
    As your home decor becomes festive inside, it’s nice to see a little of that color scheme reflected outside as well. ...
  • Decked Out: 5 Approaches to Designing Your Dream Deck
    Personal style plays a major role in so many of our expenditures, but in the backyard, we often settle for a plain wo...
  • Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal
    When we were building our new construction home, the driveway almost seemed like an afterthought. With everything els...
  • Ditch the Hose with a Drip Irrigation System
    Tired of standing next to your planting beds, garden hose in hand? Concerned about getting too much water where you d...
  • Dividing Perennials in the Spring
    One of the pleasures of spring is taking stock in your garden: Which perennials are ready to be doubled (or even trip...
  • Don’t Forget to Plant These Bulbs!
    It’s the season to be planting bulbs. Many gardeners get fixated on the old standards—tulips and daffodils. Yes, ther...
  • Double Digging Boosts Soil Health in Your Garden
    Quality, nutrient-rich aerated soil is the foundation of a good garden. Sure, the "no dig" gardening method has its a...
  • Dreaming of Daffodils
    I’m a beginning gardener. I have lots of ideas but little experience. The basic landscaping package that came with ou...
  • Early Bloomers: 7 Spring Flowers Bringing Color NOW to a Yard Near You!
    Nothing heralds the coming of spring like perennial flowers. Their reliable return each season is one of the reasons gardeners love to plant bulbs; put in the ground in the fall, they will reward you with beautiful blooms during the earliest growing months. Every year, the dormant bulbs awake to send green shoots through the cold ground—even snow! Although a late frost can harm them, these early bloomers are generally of hardy stock and can grow in colder zones. If you don't already grow bulbs in your garden, a stroll through this gallery of lovely flowers might just be enough to make even the gardening-averse consider taking up a trowel.
  • Easy Ground Covers: 7 Varieties to Enhance Any Landscape
    A great solution to those patchy parts of your landscape, 'ground cover' is a general term for perennials that are kn...
  • Eating Out: 10 Essentials for Alfresco Dining
    With summer upon us, now is a great time to get yourself set up for celebrating a season of food and fun in your outdoor spaces. Once you've covered the basics, adding some no-fuss dinnerware, comfortable seat cushions, or special decorative accents can make your outdoor gatherings truly special. Ready to get started? Here are 10 alfresco ideas that will make you and your guests want to eat every meal outside.
  • Ergonomic Snow Shoveling Tips from the Experts
    As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Old Man Winter gears up to blow squalling snow all over our decks ...
  • Everywhere Ferns: Choosing the Right Variety for Your Garden
    With a history dating back 300 million years, ferns have proven their staying power. Today, their frilled fronds and ...
  • Fab Doghouses
    We dog owners are a strange breed. We obsess about the day-to-day comfort, happiness, and health of our pets. We own ...
  • Fast Fixes for Your Facade! 15 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal
    "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offers visitors and passersby their first hint at the people who live inside, so why not make it truly reflect your personality? A tidy, well-decorated facade and well-landscaped front yard speak volumes about your design style and maintenance habits. A few quick updates like those gathered here will get your home's facade looking its very best and ensure a great first impression!
  • Fence Styles: 10 Popular Designs to Consider
    With so many fence styles available today, it can be hard for homeowners to choose the one that best fits their property and needs. Fences generally fall into three categories: privacy, functional, and decorative. Whether used to define property boundaries, keep pets and children safe, or keep out unwelcome visitors (two- and four-legged), a fence can dramatically enhance your home’s curb appeal. Made of myriad materials, including wood, metal, vinyl, stone, and brick—you can be sure there is a fence style that’s right for you. And, since installing a fence is one of the most common do-it-yourself projects, you’ll find a wide variety of kits and premade panels to make assembly a snap. Here is a look at some of the most common styles of fences used today.
  • Fences 101
    Through the ages, fences have been made from a variety of materials. Around my neighborhood, I see vinyl, cedar, meta...
  • Flag Etiquette
    On this Fourth of July weekend, we thought we would share some information on the proper etiquette for displaying the...
  • Flowering Climbers: 8 Cures for the Common Garden
    Grow your garden from ordinary to extraordinary with flowering vines that add a beautiful new level of interest to your landscape.
  • French Drains 101
    Things with "French" in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing...
  • Fresh Flowers: 10 New Annuals for 2013
    Mix and match these new-to-market annuals to ensure an unforgettable garden this year.
  • Garden Fountains: 10 Water Features to Beautify Any Yard
    An outdoor fountain presents a win-win feature for your yard. In addition to creating an attractive focal point on your patio or lawn, a fountain also adds a soothing dimension and the mesmerizing movement of water.
  • Garden Hose Storage: 10 Stylish Solutions
    Looking for a way to remedy kinks and knots in your garden hose? Consider one of these ten decorative hose management solutions.
  • Garden Paths: 16 Easy-to-Imitate Stone Walkways
    Garden paths come in all shapes and sizes, many of them easy enough to accomplish in a weekend. Here are sixteen easy-to-imitate designs that are certain to add beauty to your garden.
  • Garden in Comfort with These 10 Ergonomic Tools
    Gardening can sometimes leave you feeling achy and sore. But don’t despair, because there are many ergonomic gardening tools available to help take the pain out of planting.
  • Get Inspired! 12 Sensational Deck Designs
    If you're planning to build a wood deck—or just dreaming of one—here are twelve extraordinary deck designs to inspire you.
  • Give Your Facade a Facelift: Simple, Affordable Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
    Just like windows are the eyes to the soul, the outside of a home gives viewers a first impression of what’s inside. ...
  • Great Entrances: 10 Welcoming Garden Gates
    A thoughtfully designed gate can make an already welcoming garden even more so, and give a much-needed decorative boost come winter. Whether integrated into a fence's design, overrun by wildflowers, or a standalone element, a gate is an extension of your home's (and garden’s) personality—but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a statement all its own. We found 10 examples of gates that serve as a barrier to the outside world while still saying "come on in." Even if your gardening prowess hasn't yet produced the landscape of your dreams, these fences will still make for a scenic and inviting welcome to your home.
  • Great Grill Gear from the International Gift Fair
    Charcoal or gas? Beef or chicken? Veggies or fruit? There are so many decisions to make about grilling—and best of al...
  • Grill Options: A Buyer's Guide
    Nearly 8 out of 10 (or 77 percent) households own an outdoor barbecue grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio...
  • Growing Up: 10 Inventive DIY Vertical Gardens
    Spring is in the air and it’s time to get growing! Whether you’re working within the confines of an apartment balcony, a modest backyard, or an expansive ranch, a vertical garden provides new opportunities for growth. Vertical gardens use a variety of methods to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers in a structured environment. While there are numerous commercial vertical planters on the market, it is easy to make your own by upcycling items from your garage or attic—or hunting for affordable finds at your local flea market. The key ingredient is good-quality potting soil and a planting vessel that allows for consistent drainage. If you’re wondering whether you have any household items that could be used to build a DIY vertical garden, here are 10 creative ideas to get you started.
  • Growing a Bamboo Garden
    Clumping and Running BambooBamboo is a member of the grass family, with more than 200 species available in the U. S. ...
  • Heirloom Apples: Growing a Slice of History
    Shopping at the grocery store, one can usually find only eight or ten varieties of apples. That selection represents ...
  • Homemade Fertilizer Makes the Grass Always Greener
    Spring is near, and for many that means coaxing the lawn back into shape. Growing grass can be frustrating and reward...
  • How To: Aerate Your Lawn
    It's not easy maintaining a lush carpet of green grass. We only see the blades on the lawn surface, but the health of...
  • How To: Bevel a Fence Post
    Here's how to dress up a fence post with a beveled cap. It's easy to do with a radial arm saw. Set the blade at a 45-...
  • How To: Build a Basic Backyard Fire Pit
    Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the sta...
  • How To: Build a Brick Patio
    Of the materials suitable for use in patio construction, brick stands out for its beauty and ease of installation. De...
  • How To: Build a Deck
    The beauty of a deck is that—unlike bare ground or lawn—it’s level, stable, supports furniture, sheds rain, and provi...
  • How To: Build a Dry Stone Retaining Wall
    Depending on the size and weight of the stones used to construct the retaining wall, the tools and materials for the ...
  • How To: Build a Horseshoe Pit
    When summer is on, it’s time to get outside and play. If you're looking for ways to make your backyard more fun, why ...
  • How To: Build a Porch
    A porch is simply a deck with a roof on it, right? Not quite. While some porches may be as simple as that, many are m...
  • How To: Build a Quick and Easy Trellis
    Low-cost additions to any landscape, easy-to-make garden trellises can be used to introduce shade or privacy, or to s...
  • How To: Care for Garden Tools
    A quality garden starts with quality care—and that doesn’t just mean keeping up with your weeding. Maintaining your g...
  • How To: Care for Roses
    Like most stars, roses are divas. When left to their own devices, they get tangled and produce only when they feel li...
  • How To: Care for Winter Birds
    Sure, the majority of birds head south for the winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop buying birdseed. Accor...
  • How To: Care for Your Grill
    Summertime! The living is easy and—more often than not—the food is grilled. From burgers, dogs, and steaks to chicken...
  • How To: Choose a Lawn Mower
    If your current lawn mower was built to last, it's probably been a while since you've shopped for a new one! When you...
  • How To: Choose a Wheelbarrow
    With planting season around the corner, it’s time to hit the garage and take inventory: what have you got, and what d...
  • How To: Choose the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Project
    Thinking of building a fence? Looking to add a deck? Both projects will be subjected to the whims of Mother Nature, s...
  • How To: Clean a Grill
    For some of us, summer doesn't mean sunbathing on the beach or hiking along a mountain trail—it means grilling burger...
  • How To: Close Your Pool for the Winter
    Of all homeowner responsibilities, few so clearly indicate the end of summer as closing the swimming pool. Properly d...
  • How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 1)
    It’s the time of year when garden pests become especially irritating. Your ripening harvest might be snacked on by ap...
  • How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 2)
    Most people react to deer, groundhogs, and rabbits with a smile acknowledging their adorableness. But gardeners know ...
  • How To: Create a Gravel Driveway
    A gravel driveway can be very attractive in a characteristically unpretentious way, introducing casual curb appeal to...
  • How To: Dry Hydrangeas
    The end of the summer is just days away but instead of celebrating the season, the last bright blooms are starting to...
  • How To: Dry Your Garden Herbs
    If you want to keep a little bit of your summer garden with you all year long, you can do so by drying herbs and stor...
  • How To: Get Rid of Crabgrass
    If you are one of the many homeowners who labor in pursuit of the perfect lawn, then you know what a menace crabgrass...
  • How To: Grill Like the Pros
    The most satisfying summer meals usually involve a backyard and a grill. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue...
  • How To: Grow Moss
    There are two main types of mosses—acrocarpous and pleurocarpous. The former grows vertically and resembles strands o...
  • How To: Grow Potatoes
    If you've never tasted homegrown potatoes, prepare to be amazed. A hundred days or so after planting—more or less, de...
  • How To: Hang a Hammock
    Laying in a hammock is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Getting the hammock set up, on the other hand, can be a ...
  • How To: Install Landscape Edging
    A tired planting bed can be refreshed with new landscape edging, available in a range of prices and a wide variety of...
  • How To: Install an Underground Sprinkler System
    Lawn care can be especially demanding these days, with wacky weather throwing homeowners around the country for a loo...
  • How To: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
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  • Light Up the Night: 10 Enchanting Landscape Lighting Solutions
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  • Mail-Order Seeds: Variety, Viability, Value
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  • Make a Splash! 10 Stunning Backyard Ponds to Enhance Any Landscape
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  • Mower Maintenance: 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Up and Running
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  • Mower Safety Tips from John Deere
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  • Mums: Hardy, Colorful, and Fall-tastic!
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  • Natural Swimming Pools: 10 Green and Gorgeous Designs
    It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the pool—but those harsh chemicals can be a real turnoff. These days, eco-conscious and design-savvy homeowners are increasingly adopting an unorthodox means of pool filtration: plant life. Aquatic plants and naturally occurring bacteria not only filter the water, they also contribute to the landscaping. Yes, natural pools require more planning than the standard-issue variety, but you can—with a little know-how and not an overwhelming amount of trouble—build a fairly self-sufficient swimming pool (or give an earth-friendly upgrade to your existing pool). Besides being less costly to maintain, natural pools come with an additional bonus: They don't have to be shut down come winter. In fact, if temperatures drop low enough, your pool can double as an ice rink. So come take a tour of some of our favorite natural swimming pools, each more inviting than the next.
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  • New & Notable: 12 Gadgets to Tech Out Your Garden
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  • New & Notable: 15 Lighting Solutions to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Decor
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  • Quick Tip: Snow Blower Safety
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  • So, What Is Your Local Extension Office, Anyway?
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  • The Good Guys: 8 Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden
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  • The Great Deck Build: Part 1
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  • The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)
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  • The Hardscaping Trend: Upgrade Your Outdoor Areas
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  • The Plight of the Impatiens
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Lawn & Garden Videos

  • Laying Out and Framing the Deck
    Bob checks in with carpenter Bob Ryley as he lays out and begins to frame the deck.
  • Building a Redwood Deck and a Redwood-and-Cedar Fence
    Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley build a redwood deck. Carpenter Danny Ruffini installs a custom-made redwood-and-cedar fence on the perimeter.
  • Beginning the Landscaping
    Bob meets with landscape architects Rick and Nancy Lamb to assess the back yard. Arborist Charley Cummings trims some Hemlock trees.
  • Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
    Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century plumbing installations for the powder room under the staircase.
  • Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
    Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
  • Installing a Retaining Wall
    Bob reviews the Allen Block retaining wall that is being installed in the backyard. This secondary terrace will serve to transition from the wood deck to the big terrace.
  • Installing Bluestone Pavers on the Terrace
    Bob meets with Mark Marini of Schumacher Landscaping to discuss the installation of the bluestone pavers on the lower terrace.
  • Planting a Tree in the Patio
    Bob meets with Mark Marini to discuss implementation of the landscaping plans and plant a thundercloud plum tree in the bluestone terrace.
  • Revising the Landscaping Plan
    Bob talks with landscape architect Rick Lamb about revisions to the plan. Bob points out the redesigned parking area and the plan for magically melting the snow.
  • Fixing a Rotted Deck and Columns on the Porch
    Carpenters replace a rotted deck, and a rotted porch column is reconstructed with concrete.
  • Building a Retaining Wall, Front Steps, and Backyard Patio With Stone
    Stone workers install a granite retaining wall, replace a front walkway, and build a backyard patio.
  • Removing a Hazardous Tree
    A large rotted tree is removed for safety reasons.
  • Installing a Fence on a Sloped Site
    Bob talks with a fencing expert about installing a white-cedar fence in sloped areas at the Melrose house.
  • Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
    Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
  • Hardscaping, Selecting Plants, Installing Artificial Grass in the Backyard, and Preventing Weed Growth
    Backyard landscaping has progressed with the completion of stone work, new plantings, weed control, and the installation of artificial grass.
  • Installing a Porch Floor and Light and Constructing a Porch Trellis
    The front of the Melrose house gets finishing touches, including a new, insect-resistant porch deck, new trellises, and a porch light.
  • Installing Exterior Lighting
    Landscape lighting is installed in the front and back yards.
  • Creating Decorative Styrofoam Columns
    Bob works with Jesse Gonzalez to create Styrofoam columns for the decorative columns on the front of the house.
  • Building a Gunite Cement Swimming Pool
    Bob joins Tom McNealy to excavate and pour a gunite cement swimming pool.
  • Sustainable Landscaping in Florida
    Angela Polo and Ken Micklow shows Bob how to work with native plants, discuses fertilizers and pest control. They also discuss how to plant to protect from high winds.
  • Sustainable Planting for Florida Landscape
    Ken Micklow and Trent Culleny talk with Bob about native, storm-resistant gardening. Then Carm DiBella shows Bob an environmentally friendly termite protection system.
  • Natural Fertilizers and Non-Toxic Pesticides
    Angela Polo and Ken Micklow shows Bob dwarf planting ideas and install a raised vegetable garden which requires soil enhancement, Craig Harmer shows Bob natural pesticides.
  • Swimming Pool Filtration, Sanitation, and Lighting
    Bob watches as a pool cage is constructed. It is rated to withstand a wind load of 130 miles per hour
  • Removable Swimming Pool Safety Fencing
    Bill Jasper joins Bob for the installation of a removable Baby Barrier pool fence.
  • Custom Bamboo Garden
    Kalo joins Bob to create a Zen bamboo garden.
  • A Sustainable Yard and Landscape
    Bob does a walkthrough of the finished Punta Gorda home. He discusses sustainable gardening, water conservation and low-maintenance plants. Then he joins Leslie Chapman-Henderson from FLASH -- Federal Alliance for Safe Housing -- to review all the storm-resistant features of the house.
  • Roof Deck Construction
    Bob and Chris Vila meet with David and Jed Walentas of Two Trees Development on the top of a nearby building to get some ideas for the project building's roof deck.
  • Safety Railing Installation
    An ironworker secures the rooftop deck's safety railing to its footings. Then, Bob meets with the window installer who is putting frosted thermal glass walls on the head house (the structure surrounding the stairs that lead up from the penthouse). Bob points out that three separate building trades have worked to secure the fence: the roofers, ironworkers, and masons.
  • Composite Deck Installation
    Jim Precht from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technology (AERT) shows off a recycled deck material that uses no "first use" materials.
  • Composite Deck Railing Installation
    Bob watches the crew installing the deck railing. The composite railing product comes pre-milled to accept all the railing components.
  • Tour of the Gardens at The Mount
    Bob visits the Sunken Gardens at The Mount, where Stephanie Copeland, president of the Edith Wharton Restoration Foundation, serves as guide.
  • Laying Down a Cobblestone Driveway Apron
    Bob joins Jay Seminara (of Seminara Construction), who is in the process of laying down a new cobblestone apron at the edge of the driveway.
  • Recreating a Colonial Garden
    Bob and landscape designer Ruth Foster tour Mahoney's Garden Center to discuss landscape elements for the project house.
  • Designing an Elizabethan Garden and Naturalistic Landscaping
    Bob rejoins Ruth Foster to look over the landscape work in progress and to see how Foster's design has come to life.
  • Shrub Planting Techniques
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster offers a brief lesson about planting techniques
  • Garden Irrigation System Installation
    Jack Walters from Just Irrigation is on-site putting in a RainBird sprinkler system.
  • Picket Fence Installation
    Jay Triandafilou and a crew from Architectural Fence are on location to install the exterior fence.
  • Retaining Wall Construction
    Bob meets up with landscape mason Hector Santos, who is building a dried-laid stone retaining wall.
  • Splitting Granite for the Retaining Wall
    The mason on-site installing a retaining wall, Hector, shows Bob how to split a piece of granite that is too large and heavy to use as is.
  • Discussing the Landscape Design and Living Amenities
    Bob talks with landscape architect David Raphael of Landworks about his approach to designing the grounds surrounding the Vermont farmhouse. General contractor Ted Riley tells Bob about some of the amenities that come along with the house.
  • Trellis and Lattice Fencing & Workshop Tour
    Fred Goode (from Brattle Works) joins Bob to view the trellis and lattice fencing, and Bob visits the Brattle Works workshop to see how the fencing is manufactured.
  • Building the Backyard Deck
    Bob observes as general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski finishes up the picture framing for the mahogany deck.
  • Working With Unilock Tumbled Concrete Pavers
    Bob joins Brian Kallmeyer (from Unilock) to talk about concrete pavers. Unlike natural stone, these pavers are made in a mold, so they are easy to work with. In tight areas, there's handwork with mallets. In larger areas, it's done by machine.
  • Discussing the Plantings on the Property
    Bob, alongside architect Kristian Fenderson and Tom Strangfeld (from Weston Nurseries), walks the property, focusing on the planting selected for this home.
  • Building the Back Porch
    With the help of Herman Jaensch and his students from Saunders Technical High School in Yonkers, NY, Habitat constructs the back porch of the Blitz Build house.
  • Discussing the Home's Landscaping and Hardscaping
    Bob discusses the home's landscaping and hardscaping with general contractor Kevin Kalman and landscaper Josh Gavin.
  • Lamp Making and Landscaping
    Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
  • Reviewing the Landscape Design
    Bob and general contractor Sam Daniel discuss the landscaping of the Virginia governor's mansion.
  • Building a Porch Railing
    Carpenter Bob Ryley and George (from Crosswinds Enterprises) collaborate to build a porch railing for the accessible home. Looking on, Bob discusses the building codes that pertain to the rail and the materials used.
  • Planting Trees and Shrubs in the Front Yard
    Landscape contractor Janet Cox explains her approach to the plantings for Roxbury development homes.
  • Discussing the Northern White Cedar Picket Fence
    A Northern White Cedar picket fence is discussed and installed.
  • Hot Tub Installation
    Bob drops by the third Elmwood project house to watch as the deck is covered with rubber and the hot tub is installed.
  • Laying Down the Mahogany Deck and Final Tour of Third House
    The mahogany roof deck is complete, with the hot tub sturdily supported. Bob takes a final tour of the residence, the third Elmwood project house.
  • Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
    Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are installed, and lighting is added to the porch.
  • Landscaping Plan
    Bob reviews the existing landscape with landscape architect Juan Capote, and the two discuss Juan's plans to improve it.
  • Patio Plan and Demolition
    Bob meets with the contractor to take down the old patio slab and lay out the new one.
  • Installing the Hot Tub
    Bob joins contractors Ed Weller and Laez Wilent to observe the installion of a custom-made hot tub.
  • Tiling the Patio
    Bob joins contractor Ed Weller on the patio, where the crew from Agreda Brothers Tile and Marble is setting cement-based tile over sanded white thin-set mortar. Where the tile bends around the spa, the squares must be custom-cut.
  • Creating a Tropical Sinkhole Garden
    Bob meets with landscape architect Juan Capote to discuss planting a feature garden.
  • Installing an Electric Outdoor Grill
    Bob and contractor Ed Weller look at the outside electric grill.
  • Installing a Sod Lawn
    Bob meets with landscape architect Juan Capote to discuss the installation of a sod lawn. Juan talks about the types and grading of sod used in this project.
  • Constructing a Patio Lanai
    Bob meets with Ana Bolanos to watch the lanai built. Ana reviews the construction process and Bob joins in to help raise the walls.
  • Framing the Back Porch
    Bob reviews progress on the joist system being constructed for the new back porch. The concrete has been poured and framing has begun.
  • Swimming Pool Construction
    Larry Long (from Anthony & Sylvan Pools) explains the excavation and preliminary work of building a new pool. Reinforcing rods are used to help the concrete hold its shape, and to form the outer steps. And Larry shows off the filtering system.
  • Installing Indian Slate Tiles on Back Porch and Pool Deck
    Bob and contractor Cortney Lofton discuss the Indian slate tile being installed on the pool deck and back porch.
  • Laying Redwood Decking
    Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he lays the redwood decking for the back porch.
  • Plastering the Swimming Pool
    In the final step of the pool's contruction, the basin is washed and vacuumed before plastering begins. Bob discusses the materials and the mixing ratio used in the plaster, and watches as the plaster is applied.
  • Discussing the Zen Garden Design
    Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tiles are also added to create a rock garden.
  • Deck Demolition
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley begin demolition work on the deck. The supporting beams are cut and the deck parts are carried away, and Bob notes the flaws found in the existing footings, a result of frost heaves.
  • Budget Landscaping
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her choices for the foundation plantings and her cost-saving measures.
  • Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her selection of plant material and flowering shrubs for the backyard and directs the planting of a Sephora Japonica shade tree.
  • Plant Shopping With Martha Stewart
    When shopping for plants at Haskell's Nursery, the homeowner gets some professional help from Martha Stewart, who transforms the greenhouse into an elegant setting for "tea for three".
  • Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
    Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
  • Installing the Outdoor Speakers
    Bob talks over the installation of the outdoor speakers with Daryl Foster. The Bose speakers in question are made specifically for outdoor use-- they can stand up to the elements and still sound good.
  • Planting Palm Trees in the Courtyard
    Bob and the landscaper discuss planting five fully grown Queen Palm trees in the courtyard, partly in order to hide unsightly features of a neighbor's home.
  • Landscaping Plans
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains a few techniques for promoting drainage and keeping weeds under control, respectively. She also discusses the plants she has chosen for the garage property, all of which are expected to thrive in Cape Cod.
  • Removing Trees from the Project Site
    Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley and the tree removal specialist to discuss clearing the site. Special tips on chainsaw use and safety are provided.
  • Victorian House Landscaping
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster visits the project site to explain her choice of plantings for the formal courtyard garden.
  • Constructing the Concrete Walkway
    Bob and the contractor discuss the concrete walkway, with the contractor giving Bob tips on how to make concrete cure harder and have less cracks. Also discussed is the crushed, aggregate granite that will be added to the standard concrete.
  • Landscape Design
    Bob talks with landscape architect Clara Bachelor about the condition of the yard and the final landscape design.
  • Garden Nursery Visit
    Bob visits Weston Wholesale Nursery with landscape architect Clara Bachelor.
  • Planting a Shrub
    Bob, landscape architect Clara Bachelor, and contractor Bob Marzilli review how to plant a balled and burlapped shrub.
  • Touring the Exterior and Entry
    Bob tours the exterior of the project home, focusing on the architectural detail and final landscape design. He then moves inside to review the custom stair railing in the entry area.
  • Reviewing the Landscape
    Bob meets with a landscaper to discuss the existing plantings, some of which will be removed or cut back to maximize the amount of interior light. Trees, shrubs, and a trellis are recommended to create a barrier between the yard and the road.
  • Building a Trellis
    A trellis-- the frame and lattice of which have been built in the workshop-- is installed in the front yard.
  • Altering Landscape Plans
    With Bob having decided to alter the landscape design, shrubs are transplanted and perennials are planted. Plus, sodding goes down to create a grass lawn.
  • Landscaping the Property
    Bob meets with landscape contractor John Wall to talk over removing existing plant material.
  • Discussing Swimming Pool Design
    Bob discusses the addition of a swimming pool with the project architect.
  • Plans and Preparations for Landscaping
    Bob visits Joanne, a landscape designer, at a local nursery to find plants for the project house's outdoor space.
  • Building a Free-Floating Deck
    Due to flood plain regulations, the deck cannot be attached to the house-- it has to be free-floating. Bob helps the contractors set up the posts and joists, and assists in laying down the tongue-and-groove pine floor material.
  • Plans for the Swimming Pool
    Bob and Pete, the foreman of the swimming pool construction crew, survey the property and review the installation plans.
  • Gunite Cement in Swimming Pool Construction
    Bob observes as gunite is poured over rebar to form the bottom and sides of the swimming pool cavity.
  • Tiling the Swimming Pool
    Bob discusses tile and its process of application with the foreman of the pool installation contracting crew.
  • Landscape Design With a New Fence
    Bob has a discussion the landscape architect, Joanne Smallwood, and new wooden fence is installed.
  • Landscape Tour of the Cracker Cottage
    Remodeling of the cracker cottage is complete. Bob tours the home, starting with the exterior and the landscape.
  • Clearing Trees and Stumping
    Bob surveys the lot and oversees the preliminary work for building a new Cape Cod-style house.
  • Discussing the Landscaping
    Bob discusses landscaping with specialist Susan Hofer. Topics include sod, a gravel driveway, brickwork, fences, and perennials.
  • Installing an Authentic Iron Fence
    Bob finds an authentic iron fence for the front yard and watches as the welder installs it using the arc welding process. Next, Bob heads inside to join general contractor Ron Gan, who demonstrates how to install kitchen cabinets correctly.
  • Landscaping the Front Garden
    Gardener John Rasthenis landscapes the front garden.
  • Landscaping the Coach House
    Bob goes outside to observe a tree being planted and to see the little garden beyond the entryway landscaped.
  • Expanded Outdoor Living
    The expansive new outdoor deck brings indoor living outside. Meg Tarvin (from FrontGate) joins to describe the furnishings that create this outdoor living room, and Bob looks over the new barbecue station.
  • Landscape Design on a Sloping Bank
    A sloping bank descends from deck level to the yard. Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her choice of plantings for this garden: It will be green, with junipers and yews for low maintenance, varying height, and good coverage. Also, Foster shows Bob the batch composter, used for making rich mulch.
  • Planting Bulbs and Seeding the Lawn
    Bob meets with landscape designer Ruth Foster, who explains the correct method of planting bulbs. For turf, Foster suggests a relaxed approach, with perennial rye and fescue planted, mown high, and over-seeded, both in the fall and at the tail end of winter.
  • Landscaping with Hedges, Trees, and Perennials
    Landscape designer Ruth Foster joins Bob to review the landscaping plan. Foster has selected a hedge and evergreens to screen the yard from street traffic and neighbors. Closer to the deck, she has created a flowering border.
  • Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone
    Retaining walls, foundation work, and curving stairways are faced with Cultured Stone from Owens Corning. These cast cement, pumice, and iron oxide products are made in molds taken from real field stones to look like regional stones, in both shape and color.
  • Building a Western Red Cedar Deck
    Bob reviews the structure for the new deck. Paul Mackie (of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association) joins to discuss the benefits of building with western red cedar, a sustainable product. The wood is naturally stable-- it will not warp, crack, check, or chip-- and it's insect-resistant. General contractor Tim Berky is busy nailing down the decking planks.
 
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