DIY Projects & Ideas

  1. Alternative Mulch Landscaping Ideas

    Seedling sprouting from rubber mulch on tarp

    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. Grow Up: How to Start a Vertical Vegetable Garden

    Vertical vegetable garden on bamboo wall

    You don’t have to own a large plot of land or even a yard to grow a vegetable garden. You only need a little bit of space to grow your plants upward instead of outward—in a vertical garden. Vertical gardens maximize space and can turn a corner of you

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  3. How to Water Your Lawn & Plants Effectively

    Watering rose garden with hose spray

    You don’t have to be an expert gardener to know that plants require water to thrive and survive. But how do you know if you’re giving them too much or too little water, or even watering your plants properly? Different types of plants, whether grass, tre

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  4. How to Build & Plant a Raised Garden Bed

    Vegetables planted in raised garden beds

    Raised-bed gardens are a great way to grow vegetables and maximize gardening space almost anywhere in your yard. They are ideal for planting a garden in areas where soil is of poor quality, experiences poor drainage or is compacted. They are easy to weed,

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  5. 4 Types of Lawn Damage (And How to Fix Them)

    Damaged lawn with dead spots

    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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  6. How to Kill Crabgrass (And Keep It from Coming Back)

    Crabgrass growing in lawn

    Crabgrass is the bane of many lawn-loving homeowners. Not only does it muss the appearance of a perfect parcel of grass, it can also take it over, competing with grass for the water and nutrients it needs. Don’t give up your turf to this common invader.

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  7. How to Prevent & Kill Weeds

    Woman 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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  8. 5 Tips to Clean & Prep Your Deck for Summer

    Power washer cleaning deck

    Enjoy summer to the fullest with a spruced-up outdoor space. Get your deck, patio and outdoor furniture ready for outdoor living.

    Step 1: Check the C

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  9. How to Clean & Prep Your BBQ Grill for Summer

    Gas grill on patio in leafy yard

    It's time to fire up the grill for a new season of family fun and fabulous food. Of course, you'll need to clean and prepare it before you start cooking. Whether you have a gas

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  10. How to Install Outdoor Floodlights

    House with outdoor flood lights

    Installing exterior flood lights is a great way to add security, safety and nighttime curb appeal to your home. Whether you need extra light in dark corners of your yard, or around walkways

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  11. How to Refinish Your Outdoor Furniture

    Refinished porch swing with blue pillows

    Your outdoor furniture receives the worst of Mother Nature's extremes. Over time, wood, metal and plastic furniture pieces can begin to look worn from the weather. But (shhh, don't tell our furniture buyer this), there's no need to replace what isn't

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  12. How to Paint Your Garage Door

    Three-car garage painted purple

    Like the rest of your home's exterior, your garage door is exposed to the elements all year. A fresh coat of paint can extend the life expectancy of your garage door, as well as enhance your home's overall appearance.

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  13. Enlarge Any Room with Color

    Living room enlarged with gray and white color scheme

    We've all dreamed of a bigger bedroom or perhaps a larger living room or den. Adding extra space isn't always an option. However, creating the illusion of a larger room is. A clever application of the right paint and the right colors can easily and inexpensively

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  14. How to Waterproof Your Wood Deck

    Water droplets beading on waterproof wood deck

    Water, when combined with UV radiation and changes in weather and temperature, can cause your deck to look dull and weathered by washing away your deck's finish, natural resins, and color. While you can't completely prevent your deck's exposure to the

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  15. Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

    Mulching landscaping bed
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