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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

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

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

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

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

Fiesta Inspired Above Ground Pond

Fiesta Inspired Above Ground Pond

Installing a fiesta-inspired above-ground pond in your yard.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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

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

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

Digging Footings

Digging Footings

Digging footing holes with a clamshell digger is quick and inexpensive, but makes sense only if you need only a few shallow holes in loamy soil. For most every other installation, rent a machine to make the work easier. You have two choices-either a one-person or two -person ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

 
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