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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

How to Water Your Lawn Wisely

How to Water Your Lawn Wisely

With summer droughts and municipal watering restrictions, maintaining a lush lawn can be a challenge. Here's how to make the most of irrigation practices to keep your lawn looking its best.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

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

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