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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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