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Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

If you want to move the earth, build a retaining wall-by the time you're done, you'll feel as though you've moved half the planet. Because a retaining wall is going to be in contact with the ground, make sure you use lumber that's rated for ground contact. Your...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 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

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

How to Fertilize

How to Fertilize

Discover how easy it is to feed your turf and enjoy the satisfaction and savings that come from doing it yourself. Learn how much fertilizer your grass requires for the size of your lawn, fill the hopper, and set the dial and go. For best results start with a soil test, this ...

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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

Raised Flower Bed

Raised Flower Bed

Building a raised flower bed – on a patio, deck or a rooftop – makes it possible to garden above ground.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Create a Thriving In-Ground Garden

Create a Thriving In-Ground Garden

Creating and caring for a beautiful in-ground garden can be easy with a bit of advance planning and the right products.

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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

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

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

Building a Footing for a Stone or Brick Wall

Building a Footing for a Stone or Brick Wall

Whether you're building a brick wall, a stone wall, or any other wall that requires mortar, the job starts underground with a footing. A mortared wall is rigid and won't flex as the ground moves with seasonal changes. Without the footing, the wall would crack, and weather...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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

 
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