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Planting Your Spring Flower Bulb Garden This Fall

Planting Your Spring Flower Bulb Garden This Fall

Flower bulbs are a great value, winter hardy, and bloom for years and years.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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

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

Bundling Shrubs for Winter

Bundling Shrubs for Winter

Tender shrubs growing in your landscape need your help to survive winter temperatures and harsh winds. Here's how to bundle them snugly until spring. Late autumn, just before weather turns cold for the season, is the time to do this job.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

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

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 Board-and-Batten Fencing

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Board-and-batten fencing mimics the siding once applied to farm sheds, barns, and similar outbuildings. An important part of this fence is the cap rail. Without it the end grain of every board would be exposed to the weather, shortening the life of the fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Build a Privacy Fence

Build a Privacy Fence

Here's a fence that will have enormous impact in the garden. Lengths of lumber in two sizes are butt-jointed to fence posts. The grey stained planks are precisely placed in a linear pattern, creating a stunning contemporary wall that has just enough privacy without compromising...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Building an overhead structure

Building an overhead structure

Build a pergola with the same basic building methods used in deck building. Spacing of structural framing usually can be greater because of the lighter load. The number of cover pieces depends on how much shade you desire. Install beams at different heights to make a sloping ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

 
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