Landscaping

  1. Alternative Mulch Landscaping Ideas

    Rubber mulch on landscape fabric to prevent weeds

    Mulch is a vital tool in any home gardener’s shed. It retains moisture, insulates plant roots and reduces weed growth, all while enhancing the visual appeal of flowerbeds and other landscaping features. While many people rely on shredded wood or bark m

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  2. How to Dethatch and Aerate Your Lawn

    Dethatching lawn with thatching rake

    As fall fades into winter, it's time to combat two common lawn enemies: thatch and soil compaction. Thatch is the buildup of dead organic matter and, along with compacted soil, it can prevent your lawn's roots from getting enough water and air. Dethatching

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  3. How To Remove a Tree Stump

    Tree stump to be removed from yard

    Tree stumps are often left in the ground for a reason — they can be very difficult to remove. Removing a tree stump is not as impossible as it seems though. In fact, with the right advice and tools, you can do the job yourself. Here are a few ways to g

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  4. How to Remove Dog Spots from Your Lawn

    Dog inspecting yellow spot on lawn

    The unsightly yellow or brown spots on your otherwise lush, green lawn often are the work of man’s best friend, whether it’s your dog or a neighbor’s. While it’s true that once you see the dog lawn spots, it’s too late to prevent that damage, you can t

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  5. How to Prevent & Kill Weeds

    Digging up weeds from landscaping

    Weeds can be problematic for any homeowner, especially since there are thousands of weed species in existence and about 25-30 of them can be found even in well-maintained turf. As you survey your lawn and garden, look for dandelions, milkweed, chickweed,

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  6. How to Stripe Your Lawn Like a Pro

    Tidy lawn mower stripes

    You keep your lawn healthy and well-manicured but you can take it to the next level by mowing stripes into your yard. If you want your grass to have the professionally trimmed look of a baseball field or golf course, follow the steps below and make your

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  7. How to Make a Bird Feeder (Easy & Advanced Projects)

    Bird feeder made from plastic bottles

    A bird feeder is a great addition to your backyard that your entire family (and your feathered friends) can enjoy. There are many types of bird feeders and various ways to build one. This project covers how to build two styles of feeders: One is a wooden

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  8. How to Fertilize Your Lawn

    Spreading fertilizer on healthy lawn

    If you don’t regularly fertilize your lawn, you should. Fertilizer keeps grass healthy and green, and helps prevent weed growth. And, a vibrant lawn makes the rest of your home’s exterior look more appealing.

    Choose a Fertilizer

    Adding

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  9. 4 Tips for Organic Lawn Care

    Kids laying in healthy green grass

    Homeowners spend quite a bit of time and money in the quest for a beautiful, lush green lawn. While chemical fertilizers and pesticides are often the go-to products for greener pastures, using them too much can be detrimental to your soil and the surrounding

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  10. How to Build a Backyard Bird Habitat

    Cardinal splashing in bird bath in lush garden

    If you're a bird lover and want to draw a diverse range of bird life to your yard, you'll need more than just a birdbath or bird feeder. You need to attract birds the way a natural habitat would.

    Creating a habitat for birds in your yard is not

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  11. Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

    Low-maintenance landscaping for hot and dry environments
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  12. Fall Yard Cleanup & Lawn Maintenance

    Removing dead leaves from fall landscaping

    Summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your lawn and garden work ethic. If you want a vibrant and healthy lawn and garden in the spring, there is plenty of lawn maintenance left to do before winter arrives.

    Preparing you

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  13. 7 Tips to Prep Your House & Yard for Spring

    Spring flower bud sprouting from soil in early spring

    Now that winter has come and gone, it’s time to stop hibernating and start enjoying the outdoors again. Kick off the warm season by tackling some spring cleanup outside your house. Be sure to click on the Project Shopping List to stock up on everything y

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  14. Winter Tips For Feeding Backyard Birds

    Birds eating from bird feeder in winter

    Not all birds fly south for the winter. Many species stick around as long as fresh water and food are made available. Make your backyard the local bird dining destination during wintertime and your whole family can enjoy bird watching even during the

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  15. How to Protect Your Landscape from Road Salt

    Bushes by street covered in snow and salt

    It's the perennial winter tug-of-war: How do you make snow- and ice-covered walkways safe while protecting your landscape from harmful deicers and road salt? Salt and other ice-removal compounds can be very hard on the grass and shrubbery adjacent to

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  16. Lawn Mowing 101: Tips to Do It Right

    Mowing tidy lawn and landscaping

    Mowing your yard correctly is the first step to a great-looking lawn. Even if you feel you’re handy with a mower, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on your skills. Here are some basic lawn care tips on how to mow and manicure a lush lawn that looks spectacular.

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  17. 4 Types of Lawn Damage (And How to Fix Them)

    Dead spots in grass on damaged lawn

    Your lawn takes a beating, season to season, from winter-weather salt damage, insects, rodents and birds, family pets, weeds and thatch. While there's not much you can do to prevent damage once it's been done, you can make repairs to get your lawn looking

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  18. Backyard Privacy Ideas

    Backyard enclosed by fence and landscaping

    Our homes are our indoor sanctuaries, providing privacy and solace from the hectic day-to-day world. The backyard should be no different. Creating a private, tranquil outdoor space where you can relax with family and guests without intrusion isn’t

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  19. 5 Tips to Prep Your Lawn for Winter

    Trimming branches from trees in late fall

    Prep your lawn and outdoor areas for the coming cold months to ensure your grass is healthy, green and enjoyable come spring.

    Step 1: Keep Raking and Mowing

    Clean up fallen leaves before winter sets in. When left on your lawn, leaves

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  20. Control Weeds in Gravel and Paved Areas

    Weed sprouting from gravel landscaping

    Weeds are a common nuisance that can make your yard or flower beds look unkempt and uncared for. Unwanted plants also look bad growing out of cracks in sidewalks and driveways, and can bring down the entire appearance of your home.

    But, you don't

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  21. How to Clean a Bird Feeder

    Goldfinch on clean bird feeder filled with seeds

    You’ve made your backyard the place to be for local birds by installing a bird feeder or two. If you don’t keep the feeders clean though, you risk causing the spread of disease and illness amongst the bird population your family enjoys watching. Keep bir

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  22. Herb Ground Cover: Easy Mulch Alternative

    Front garden ground cover

    If you're seeking an alternative to mulching your garden beds while simultaneously growing herbs for fragrance or cooking, then look no further than planting herb ground cover. Ground cover works much the same way as mulch: It is a low-maintenance way

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  23. How to Protect Your Trees in Winter

    Pine tree branch covered in frost in winter

    If you thought you wouldn't have to think about your trees until spring — much less care for them — you wouldn't be alone. However, trees should be nurtured and protected year-round to make sure that they stay healthy.

    Step 1: Keep Trees Cle

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  24. How to Start a New Lawn

    Laying sod to start a new lawn

    A thriving, green lawn is a source of pride for homeowners. While we do what we can to keep our lawns lush and healthy, sometimes it's necessary to patch or re-do an existing lawn.

    You can do this in two different ways: plant sod or seed your

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