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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

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

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

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

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

Add the enchantment of lights to your yard with softly glowing solar landscape lighting. Easy to install, solar-powered lights need no external source of energy and come in a wide range of types, from floodlights to post toppers, and in designs to suit any garden style, from ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

Easy Composting

Easy Composting

Composting turns kitchen scraps and garden clippings into a nutrient-rich, organic soil enhancer. Here are five simple steps to backyard composting.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

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

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

 
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