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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

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

Installing Outdoor Drainage Systems

Installing Outdoor Drainage Systems

Many yards have low spots that fill with water. Sometimes a new patio or walk will actually create the problem: Water doesn't soak through the new surface, running into the yard and puddling instead. Seepage trenches will solve the problem. Dig a trench at the low point of...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

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

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

Starting Seed with Peat Pellets

Starting Seed with Peat Pellets

Starting seeds indoors is not difficult; rather it is easy and fun to do if you follow six easy steps.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Excavating for a Walk or Patio

Excavating for a Walk or Patio

Excavation simply means digging. Use the right tools to make the job as efficient as possible. A garden edger quickly cuts a straight line through sod. A shovel with a curved blade is for digging; don't confuse it with a spade, which has a flat back and is designed to cut...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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

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

Installing Mortared Stone Edging

Installing Mortared Stone Edging

For some water features, you'll want the permanence and stability of mortared edging. Mortared stone is an ideal edging for water features where children are likely to walk on the edging. Mortar holds the stone in place, preventing children from tripping on loose stone and...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Create a Hanging Basket

Create a Hanging Basket

Baskets full of colourful flowers and vibrant foliage can dress up any front porch, veranda or balcony. By combining trailing, cascading and frothy filler plants in a harmonious colour scheme, you can create a no-fail hanging basket that'll be the envy of the neighbourhood....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

Add the enchantment of lights to your yard with softly glowing solar landscape lighting. Easy to install, solar-powered lights need no external source of energy and come in a wide range of types, from floodlights to post toppers, and in designs to suit any garden style, from ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

 
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