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Extend the Life of Your Lawn

Extend the Life of Your Lawn

Ensure that your lawn stays green and healthy right through fall and winter so it will still look great next spring. To extend the life of your turf and prepare it for the cool season ahead.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Easy to grow sunflowers, with their bright, nodding heads, are versatile annuals. In country gardens, plant them in a field to form a maze children will love. In city and suburban gardens, grow dwarf varieties in containers, and larger ones at the back of a sunny border.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Laying Out a Wall

Laying Out a Wall

Even the most complicated wall starts out as a few lengths of mason's line stretched between sets of stakes and crosspieces-what builders call batterboards. The ability to make adjustments is especially important when you're squaring up the layout using the 3-4-5 triangle....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Plumbing

Installing Plumbing

The work you'll be doing on your water feature with pipes, fittings, and tubings is so simple. It's nothing more than selecting the right materials and then installing them in a process that often takes just minutes. The key to the kind of plumbing you install is the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Building a Dry Stone Wall

Building a Dry Stone Wall

Dry stone walls are built without mortar, which has many advantages and saves a lot of work. Unlike mortared stone walls, a dry stone wall will flex as the ground beneath it shifts, eliminating the need for a foundation. Because no mortar is drying as you work, you can work at...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Contemporary Pond with Flexible Liner

Contemporary Pond with Flexible Liner

Ceate your own contemporary liner pond to add atmosphere to your yard.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

There are a few tips you should follow when preparing your lawn for winter. Mow grass to a height of 2-1/2 inches and leave clippings on the lawn. This simple step returns at least 25% of the turf's nitrogen back to the soil. Lawns should be put to bed over winter at the same...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Gardening Without Weeds: Let  Mulch Do Your Work

Gardening Without Weeds: Let Mulch Do Your Work

Mulch is the time-stressed gardener's best friend. Applied at the beginning of the season when the soil has warmed up, it helps control weeds by smothering weed seedlings and creating a barrier between the soil and weed seeds. It also looks attractive, giving your garden a professional...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

The least expensive way to start a lawn is by seed. Starting a lawn from seed is a snap, especially on an area that is relatively flat. The biggest task is preparing the site and making sure the soil is of good quality. Choosing the right seed is a matter of looking at your yard...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Flower Bulbs for All Seasons

Flower Bulbs for All Seasons

Easy to grow flower bulbs add splashes of bright colour to the garden in spring, summer and fall. By planting bulbs in layers, you can create a succession of colour, even in the smallest gardens, that will last all season long. Here's how.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

The life span of a retaining wall depends largely on its drainage. Dry soil places very little stress on a wall, but wet, heavy soil causes the wall to buckle or lean, and means extensive repairs can't be far behind. No drainage system can handle a flood, but a good drainage...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Create a Pond in a Pot

Create a Pond in a Pot

Few things soothe as effectively as the sound of trickling water. You can increase the relaxation factor of any outdoor space, big or small, with a simple potted pond. Just choose a pretty ceramic or resin pot and fit it with a fountain kit, following the package instructions....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

 
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