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How To: Remove Poison Ivy from Your Yard
Homeowners know too well that not all greenery contributes to the beauty of a garden. Weeds, for instance, are a chie...
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What Would Bob Do? Solving a Yard Drainage Crisis
Please help. My yard stays wet when it rains. I live in a subdivision with flat terrain. Is there a solution that doe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are There Plants That Repel Mosquitos?
Modern mosquito repellents generally do a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away, but toxic chemicals often top the...
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Bob Vila Radio: Planting Ground Cover
If you've grown a bit weary of spending your weekends wedded to your lawn mower, perhaps it's time to replace some of...
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10 Rooftop Gardens That Bring Gardening to New Heights
Gardening is a way to connect with the earth, and this connection becomes even more striking in a rooftop garden, where the earth sits closer to the sky. Rooftop ...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Rain Gardens
In a heavy downpour, all of that water pouring through your downspouts can overwhelm your local sewer system, leading...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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How To: Prune a Tree
Sometimes a homeowner prunes a tree for aesthetic reasons, trying to keep the landscaping neat and tidy. Other times,...
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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 fen...
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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 be...
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Living Fences: 11 Boundary-Setting Solutions
Natural fences constructed of shrubbery, trees, or flowering bushes are attractive and environmentally friendly havens for songbirds, butterflies, and other desir...
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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...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radical Hedge Pruning
Hedges make great privacy screens, and they’re certainly friendlier than stockade fences. At some point, though, you ...
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55 Visually Striking Backyard Pond Ideas
Summer is rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning your backyard oasis with not just plants and flow...
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How To: Grow Moss
There are two main types of mosses—acrocarpous and pleurocarpous. The former grows vertically and resembles strands o...
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Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups
"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 offer...
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Make a Splash! 10 Stunning Backyard Ponds to Enhance Any Landscape
Looking to add some personality to an underwhelming backyard? Maybe it’s time to add a water feature. Installing an outdoor pond or water hole can be a simple wee...
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Planning Guide: Backyard Ponds
[bobsays_inset]Just to be clear, the kind of pond we’re referring to doesn’t involve swimming, fishing, or boating. W...
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House Envy: Valley of the Moon Ranch and Art Gallery
The Valley of the Moon Ranch is surrounded by forest lands at the end of a highly discreet road. With extensive frontage...
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Easy DIY: Choosing the Right Outdoor Paver for Your DIY Patio Project
Are you toiling with the idea of building your patio floor all by yourself? Here is a guide to help you choose the right...
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Quick Tip: Felling a Small Tree
Here's a helpful tip you can use when you need to cut down a small tree. Make sure you wear proper safety gear and ma...
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10 Landscaping Mistakes Not to Make This Fall
Autumn is the perfect time to sit back and let nature put on a display in your outdoor home. From the leaves changing...
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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...
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French Drains 101
Things with "French" in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing...
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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...
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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 ...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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Laying Sod: Shortcut to a Beautiful Lawn
Laying sod is a great way to have a lawn without the wait, but don’t kid yourself—it’s a big job. If your lawn is siz...
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How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging
Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds,...
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So, You Want to... Plant an Herb Spiral
Sustainable agriculture is all the rage, even at home. Looking for an easy way to participate? Try building a DIY her...
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The Benefits of Working with a Landscape Designer
Almost three years ago, we moved from a 700-square-foot New York City apartment with a couple of ailing houseplants t...
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Fences 101
Through the ages, fences have been made from a variety of materials. Around my neighborhood, I see vinyl, cedar, meta...
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Landscape Lighting 101
Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from Nightmare...
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Landscaping Made Easy
If you think landscaping design requires heavy machinery and an even heftier checkbook, think again. Enlivening shade...
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Xeriscaping
New AttitudeThe typical U. S. household can use 40 to 60 gallons a day on average just to water lawns and gardens. Ab...
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Landscaping Ideas
Your yard can do more than just look pretty. Consider the following landscaping ideas, which are not only aesthetical...
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Creating Privacy Through Landscaping
Many homeowners use their porches, decks, and yards as extensions of their living space. To feel at ease, however, th...
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Landscaping: A Good Investment
A professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal, a sense of place ...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
If your backyard feels a little ho-hum, get ready to give it a makeover. Whether you have a small yard, or a property where acreage is no object, you can enhance ...
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5 Easy Steps to a DIY Garden Gate
I am not sure when or where I learned to make gates but … they are so very easy! This gate literally took me a ha...
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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.
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Top Tips for Growing a Vertical Garden
Want to test your green thumb but lack the space for a traditional garden? It may be time for you to try vertical gar...
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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.
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Keep Ticks at Bay with 9 Smart Landscaping Tips
Strategic landscaping choices can help you get rid of ticks, protecting your family and pets from the danger posed by these insects, even in the seeming safety of...
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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.
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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 ...
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Fresh Flowers: 10 New Annuals for 2013
Mix and match these new-to-market annuals to ensure an unforgettable garden this year.
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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...
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On the Edge: 16 Garden Borders You Can Make
No newly cut garden bed is complete without some edging to distinguish it from the rest of your yard. Installing landscape edging is an easy DIY project that make...
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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.
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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!
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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...
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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...
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Good to Know: Espaliered Fruit Trees
I went on an outing to Descanso Gardens​ with the family a few days ago. The Camellias were in bloom; thousands o...
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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. ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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Dreaming of Daffodils
I’m a beginning gardener. I have lots of ideas but little experience. The basic landscaping package that came with ou...
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Mums: Hardy, Colorful, and Fall-tastic!
Boldly colored mums on porches or planted in garden beds are wonderful harbingers of fall, going hand in hand with th...
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What I’ve Learned About Flower Beds
I'd been hoping to come home from work and snap some quality photos of our mums and the finished front door paint. Howeve...
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How To: Plant an Apple Tree
Since moving to the 'burbs, I’ve been slowly trying to convert on this fantasy I have of backyard sustainability. I p...
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Landscape Edging: 10 Easy Ways to Set Your Garden Beds Apart
Set your garden beds apart from walkways, paths, and lawn areas with easy-to-install decorative landscape edging products.
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Creating Privacy and Beauty with Hedgerows
Whether you’re looking to create a privacy enclosure, windbreak, or wildlife deterrent, or simply bring some traditio...
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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 ...
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Vaux & Olmsted’s “Other” Central Park
Incredible garden inspiration can be just around the corner, especially if you live in a city that is graced with a p...
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Summer Stars: Hydrangeas
Native to Japan where hydrangeas are beloved not just for their full, lush blooms, but also for the tea made from the...
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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...
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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...
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Top Tips for Creating Lovely Outdoor Environments
The perception people have of your home begins well before visitors reach your front door. Whether it’s a simple wild...
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5 Natural Outdoor Lighting Bargains
Natural outdoor lighting is the rage in backyard renovation, offering an easy and environmentally friendly way to she...
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Water, Water Everywhere: Installing a Small Backyard Pond
Nothing quite soothes the soul like the sound of burbling water. Even though we have a long and narrow backyard, we a...
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How To: Build Vertical Supports for Your Garden
I've gotten a late start on getting some of my veggies into the garden. I've already planted potatoes, lettuce, sugar sna...
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Top Tips for Adding a Garden Fountain
I don’t meditate and I don’t go for weekly massages to unwind. Years ago, I discovered something much more cost-effec...
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Advice for Creating a Sustainable Garden
Many love the idea of planting a garden. However, there are many of us who need specific information and help before begi...
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Smart New Choices for Outdoor Lighting
What most urban dwellers forget is that we can see a great deal entirely by moonlight. Our ability to see in low ligh...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Growing Peas in the Backyard
We had really good luck with peas last year so, when we planted them in Veggie Garden 2.0 a while back, we thought they'd...
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Gardening: From Dread to Bed, and Some Drip Line in Between
Our backyard is about the size of a dollar bill... but somehow that doesn't make it exempt from a winter thrashing. It do...
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Four Top Garden Trends for Small Yards
4 Top Garden Trends The Design Confidential When I go to that happy place inside my head, I often ...
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Quick Tip: Tree Care
Contrary to what we used to believe, we now know that the vast majority of tree roots are in the top foot of soil. Al...
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It's Bulb-Planting Time!
For gardeners in areas where the weather has cooled, it’s time to plant bulbs for spring tulips and daffodils. Bulbs ...
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Martha Stewart and Bob
You may remember Bob's blog post a couple weeks ago in which he shared a photo of himself with Charlie Sheen on the s...
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Quick Tip: Design a "Green" Garden
A Green, Healthy Garden The old adage, what goes around comes around is especially true in your garden. Because plant...
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Quick Tip: Your Plants Can Cool Your House
Watch Where You Plant Your Trees Most people know that planting a tree to shade your house is a great way to keep it ...
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Touring the Home Exterior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the exterior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Laying Out and Framing the Deck
Bob checks in with carpenter Bob Ryley as he lays out and begins to frame the deck.
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
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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.
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Touring Fairsted, Frederick Law Olmsted's Home
Bob visits Fairsted, home of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect responsible for most of this country's great public parks, pointing out its color sche...
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Touring the Burpee Trial Gardens
Bob visits the Burpee trial gardens in Ambler, PA, to review the current and future catalog of plants and flowers.
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Beginning the Landscaping
Bob meets with landscape architects Rick and Nancy Lamb to assess the back yard. Arborist Charley Cummings trims some Hemlock trees.
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Touring the Naumkeag Historic House Gardens
Bob takes a break from putting his own landscape in order to tour the elaborate gardens at the Naumkeag historic house in Stockbridge, MA.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Creating a Lattice-Top Gate and Converting a Mudroom to a Pantry
The backyard is enhanced with a lattice-top gate, and a mudroom is converted into a kitchen pantry to provide storage space.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Removing a Hazardous Tree
A large rotted tree is removed for safety reasons.
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Planning Exterior and Interior Lighting, Storage Solutions, and Interior Decorating
A high-tech lighting control system is reviewed, as well as furniture, storage, and decorating choices in various rooms.
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Installing Exterior Lighting
Landscape lighting is installed in the front and back yards.
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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 w...
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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 p...
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Custom Bamboo Garden
Kalo joins Bob to create a Zen bamboo garden.
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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 s...
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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...
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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.
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Recreating a Colonial Garden
Bob and landscape designer Ruth Foster tour Mahoney's Garden Center to discuss landscape elements for the project house.
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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.
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Shrub Planting Techniques
Landscape designer Ruth Foster offers a brief lesson about planting techniques
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Garden Irrigation System Installation
Jack Walters from Just Irrigation is on-site putting in a RainBird sprinkler system.
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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 Te...
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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.
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Installing Cedar Trim and Clapboard Siding
Work has begun on the exterior finish. Contractors are installing the cedar trim, casing, and grounds, and continue on to begin installing the clapboard siding.
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Discussing the Home's Landscaping and Hardscaping
Bob discusses the home's landscaping and hardscaping with general contractor Kevin Kalman and landscaper Josh Gavin.
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Tour of Middleton Place
Bob visits Middleton Place, a plantation located outside Charleston, SC, renowned for its exquisite landscaped gardens.
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Lamp Making and Landscaping
Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
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Reviewing the Landscape Design
Bob and general contractor Sam Daniel discuss the landscaping of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Tour of the Mansion's Exterior and Landscaping
Bob tours the exterior with general contractor Sam Daniel. Then, he joins architect John Paul Hanbury and interior designer Barbara Page, and, together, they roll...
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Converting an Industrial Building to Housing and Office Space
Bob tours the home and office of world-renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
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Planting Trees and Shrubs in the Front Yard
Landscape contractor Janet Cox explains her approach to the plantings for Roxbury development homes.
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Landscaping, Front Column Installation, and Home Security System
Landscaping work continues, as the new security system is installed and the reproduction railing is going into place on the front porch.
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The Font Porch, Façade, and Yard
Bob visits the completed house and talks to the homeowners about their new home's new façade, with its completed porch and newly landscaped yard.
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Landscaping Plan
Bob reviews the existing landscape with landscape architect Juan Capote, and the two discuss Juan's plans to improve it.
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Project Update on the Patio and Kitchen
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller for a project update. The patio is well underway and the landscaping is beginning. A stone grill has been started and, inside,...
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Creating a Tropical Sinkhole Garden
Bob meets with landscape architect Juan Capote to discuss planting a feature garden.
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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.
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Building a Pergola and Gate
Bob confers with contractor and carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he builds a pergola at the Studio City bungalow, which will serve as a gate to the backyard.
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Touring a Japanese Garden
Bob tours the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to get some ideas for the Zen garden the homeowners will be installing in the side y...
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Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the land...
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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 tile...
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Budget Landscaping
Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains her choices for the foundation plantings and her cost-saving measures.
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William Gibbes House Garden Tour
Bob returns to the William Gibbes House in Charleston, SC for a tour of the one-acre garden of this grand Georgian mansion, one of the nation's best examples of G...
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Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tour
Bob takes a trip to New York City to tour the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a spectacular, world-class museum greenhouse.
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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...
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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 settin...
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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.
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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.
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Touring the Courtyard and Meeting Pamela Anderson
Bob tours the tiled courtyard, with its Queen Palms and fountain. And there is a surprise visit from Pamela Anderson, a cast member of "Home Improvement".
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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 h...
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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.
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Victorian House Landscaping
Landscape designer Ruth Foster visits the project site to explain her choice of plantings for the formal courtyard garden.
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Tour of Olana
Bob takes a tour of Olana, a Victorian artist's mansion in Upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson River. Named after a Persian fortress/treasure house, Olana ha...
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Touring the Courtyard
Bob and landscape designer Ruth Foster tour the new formal courtyard and discuss how the plants will grow over time, granting privacy to guests and the homeowners.
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Touring Vizcaya
Bob visits Vizcaya, a remarkable Italian Renaissance-style palazzo. Head curator Doris Littlefield shows Bob around the 70-room mansion and 12-acre estate gardens.
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Landscape Design
Bob talks with landscape architect Clara Bachelor about the condition of the yard and the final landscape design.
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Garden Nursery Visit
Bob visits Weston Wholesale Nursery with landscape architect Clara Bachelor.
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Planting a Shrub
Bob, landscape architect Clara Bachelor, and contractor Bob Marzilli review how to plant a balled and burlapped shrub.
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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 raili...
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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, ...
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Building a Trellis
A trellis-- the frame and lattice of which have been built in the workshop-- is installed in the front yard.
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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.
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Reviewing the Home Exterior
Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look ...
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Landscaping the Property
Bob meets with landscape contractor John Wall to talk over removing existing plant material.
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Discussing Swimming Pool Design
Bob discusses the addition of a swimming pool with the project architect.
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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.
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Plans for the Swimming Pool
Bob and Pete, the foreman of the swimming pool construction crew, survey the property and review the installation plans.
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Landscape Design With a New Fence
Bob has a discussion the landscape architect, Joanne Smallwood, and new wooden fence is installed.
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Landscape Tour of the Cracker Cottage
Remodeling of the cracker cottage is complete. Bob tours the home, starting with the exterior and the landscape.
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Further Site Preparation
Bob watches as the crew clears more trees and brush to make room for building structures.
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Discussing the Landscaping
Bob discusses landscaping with specialist Susan Hofer. Topics include sod, a gravel driveway, brickwork, fences, and perennials.
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Landscaping the Front Garden
Gardener John Rasthenis landscapes the front garden.
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Landscaping the Coach House
Bob goes outside to observe a tree being planted and to see the little garden beyond the entryway landscaped.
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Final Exterior Touches
The finishing touches are put on the garden while the exterior painting is completed.
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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 junip...
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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 ne...
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