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Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

There's more to cutting a lawn than just turning on the mower. Maintenance and care can add years to the life of your mower and make the task easier. A fast, simple maintenance plan early in the mowing season can make the difference between care-free operation and costly and ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Digging Basics

Digging Basics

Digging is one of those chores that some people love and others loathe. If possible, dig your hole a day or two after a good rain. The soil will be softer and easier to work. If that's not possible, give the area a several-hour soak with a sprinkler. Wait several hours to...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Bundling Shrubs for Winter

Bundling Shrubs for Winter

Tender shrubs growing in your landscape need your help to survive winter temperatures and harsh winds. Here's how to bundle them snugly until spring. Late autumn, just before weather turns cold for the season, is the time to do this job.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Building a Landscape Block Retaining Wall

Building a Landscape Block Retaining Wall

Landscape blocks are some of the best things to happen to walls in a long time. Made of precast concrete, they have textured faces that make them look a lot more like stone than concrete. They require neither footing nor mortar, and stacking them automatically creates a wall ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

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

Create a Spectacular Container Garden

Create a Spectacular Container Garden

Nothing brightens a patio, deck or doorway more than a beautiful container brimming with colourful flowers and foliage. The key to successful container gardening is to start with an artful combination of plants and keep them healthy and vigorous throughout the season.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Rigid Liner

Installing Rigid Liner

The key to successfully installing rigid liner is to take your time. Be prepared to adjust and readjust the soil and sand to get the liner perfectly level to ensure attractive results. To that end, measure to make sure the hole can accommodate 1 to 2 inches of sand you'll...

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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

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

Easy Composting

Easy Composting

Composting turns kitchen scraps and garden clippings into a nutrient-rich, organic soil enhancer. Here are five simple steps to backyard composting.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Winterizing Roses

Winterizing Roses

Protect your roses from winter damage by using earth as an insulator.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

 
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