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Grow your gardening, lawn care & landscaping know-how.

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Design a Zen Corner

Design a Zen Corner

Basic garden ingredients can be used to great effect even if space is tight. Harness the power of simplicity and repetition in this project, which incorporates a raised-garden kit, soil, simple gravel and drought-hardy plants.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Potted Herbs

Potted Herbs

Create a herb or vegetable planter box. Customize your container to suit your culinary passions. Start your garden from scratch using eco-certified seeds and you'll be rewarded with super-healthy and great tasting results.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

Create a Vine-Covered Privacy Screen With Ready-Made Materials

Create a Vine-Covered Privacy Screen With Ready-Made Materials

It's easy to make your backyard a lush, private retreat. Start with ready-made trellises, add quick-growing annual vines and before long you'll be relaxing in a cozy garden nook.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Laying Out Fences and Gates

Laying Out Fences and Gates

The best way to lay out a fence is with batterboards, which are a bit fancier than stakes and string but allow you to reposition the string without moving the stake. For string, use mason's line-it won't sag like regular string does. If the fence has two or more sides,...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Installing Railings

Installing Railings

Building codes vary, but most require a railing on decks more than 30 inches above the ground. A railing height requirement of 36 inches is common. Railing posts can be attached to the outer face of the perimeter joists, or can be through posts supported by the footings. You ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Building an arbor

Building an arbor

Building an arbor is a big job, but it can add an elegant and formal touch to any landscape. It's a big job made of several smaller ones, however, including setting posts, trimming them, attaching beams, and attaching rafters. Double-check your work as you go. A small error...

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Skill: Expert

Time: 5 hours

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an alternate-board fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Installing Fence Posts

Installing Fence Posts

If you want your fence to outlast its first summer, you need to set the posts deep enough in the ground to withstand wind, rain, and frost. With that in mind, there is only one hard-and-fast rule when you're digging a fence posthole: Dig a hole for the post that is half as...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Making Stringers

Making Stringers

There are two types of stringers: Open stringers, also called cut stringers, have notches for steps cut into them. The treads are attached to the notches. Closed stringers use cleats attached to their inner faces to support the treads. Open stringers take a little more time than...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Louvre Fencing

Louver Fencing

Louver fencing is a fancy version of standard board fencing. The boards are mounted at an angle to the face of the fence, and because of the angle, they provide nearly as much privacy as a board fence, along with ventilation. The trick to getting a uniform angle from board to...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Laying Out Footings

Laying Out Footings

Once the ledger is in place, you can use it to locate the footing, laying out the site and footing locations with batterboards and mason's lines. Mason's line can be stretched tightly without breaking and won't sag. Don't use a substitute. Batterboards must be...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

 
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