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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

Grow a Salsa Garden

Grow a Salsa Garden

Put some sizzle in your veggie patch with the ingredients for a summer salsa - plant tomatoes, hot peppers, green onions and cilantro for a zesty harvest. Just follow these easy steps.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 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

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

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

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

Gardening Without Weeds: Let  Mulch Do Your Work

Gardening Without Weeds: Let Mulch Do Your Work

Mulch is the time-stressed gardener's best friend. Applied at the beginning of the season when the soil has warmed up, it helps control weeds by smothering weed seedlings and creating a barrier between the soil and weed seeds. It also looks attractive, giving your garden a professional...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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

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

Installing Solid-Board Fencing

Installing Solid-Board Fencing

A solid-board fence is made of posts and rails like any other fence. A few changes, however, make it both more durable and more attractive. Most important is the cap rail that runs across the top. The cap rail protects the tops of the posts, which absorb water more readily and...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

 
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