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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

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

Traditional Pond

Traditional Pond

Creating your own traditional pond using a pre-formed liner.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Plumbing

Installing Plumbing

The work you'll be doing on your water feature with pipes, fittings, and tubings is so simple. It's nothing more than selecting the right materials and then installing them in a process that often takes just minutes. The key to the kind of plumbing you install is the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Starting Sunflowers from Seed

Easy to grow sunflowers, with their bright, nodding heads, are versatile annuals. In country gardens, plant them in a field to form a maze children will love. In city and suburban gardens, grow dwarf varieties in containers, and larger ones at the back of a sunny border.

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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

 
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