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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

Building a Mortared Stone Wall

Building a Mortared Stone Wall

Better fences make better neighbors, and if you'd like a better wall, build one that's mortared together. Like any other mortared wall, a mortared stone wall needs a foundation. Leave anything taller than 4 feet to the skills of a professional.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using Drought-Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

Using Drought-Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

Boldly dramatic, ornamental grasses know how to tough it out in the drought. Once established, they seldom need watering, making them perfect choices for a water-wise garden. Here's how to plant and care for these self-sustaining plants.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

 
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