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    Outdoor Living Trends for 2022

    Everyone is looking for their place in the sun. Whether it's a tiny balcony or a grand three-level deck, it's outside and that's where we want to be.

    9 Summer Gardening Tips from the Pros

    Learn how to grow a flourishing garden that lasts through the summer with these nine helpful tips from seasoned gardening...


    How to Build Custom Composite Benches

    Here's how to build maintenance-free seating out of framing lumber and composite decking.


    What Is a No-Till Garden?

    Less work, less money and healthier ecosystems. Here's why no-till gardening might be your next move.


    How To Grow and Care for Lilac Bushes

    What sweet-smelling harbinger of spring was introduced into American gardens in the 18th century, and is still popular in them...

    How to Build a Propane Fire Pit Using Gabion Baskets

    A fire pit is the perfect backyard complement. Here's a propane fire pit you can build in a weekend.


    Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn Grass

    Here are some attractive alternatives to a traditional grass lawn.

    Homeowner’s Guide To No Mow Grass

    Hate mowing your lawn? Plant a no mow lawn and reduce that chore to once or twice a year while...


    Key Differences Between Lilac Bushes and Lilac Trees

    Lilacs are a beautiful, sweet-smelling sign of spring, whether in shrub or tree form. What differences between the two do...


    How to Plan and Build an Outdoor Kitchen

    Design and construct the outdoor cooking center of your dreams.


    How to Build a Composite Boardwalk and Accent Walls

    Lead friends and family into your backyard with a beautiful, maintenance free boardwalk and accent walls that you can build...

    Upgrade Your Backyard with Gabion and Stucco Walls

    Give your backyard a new look with these two DIY projects.


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    This Family Handman Approved Lawn Aerator Will Keep Your Yard Looking Great

    To stimulate root growth, and keep your lawn healthy and looking great, check out the Family Handyman Approved Corona Yardbreather...


    10 Inspiring Garden Fences

    These garden fence ideas will add style to your yard, define the gardening space and keep animals away.


    How To Build and Plant a Raised Vegetable Garden in 3 Hours

    Everyone's excited to get outside and plant. Build this raised garden bed kit with a greenhouse cover and you can...


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    The Family Handyman Approved Ryobi Cordless Tire Inflator Is a Worthy Addition to Your Garage

    Air compressors require a lot of work if you only need them for a minute or two to top off...

    12 Best Rake Tips and Tricks

    Rakes don't just clean up leaves. They can do lawn care and so much more.


    Buyer’s Guide To Fire Pit Grills

    Evolve your fire pit from simply toasting marshmallows to preparing fine meals. We'll review what to look for in a...


    What To Know About Leveling a Yard

    Leveling your yard in the spring pays dividends all year round. It solves standing water issues and gives you a...


    5 Ways to Turn Your Patio into a Living Room

    The best outdoor spaces feel like an extension of the house. If you’re looking for extra living space, or just...


    13 Best Shade Perennials That Won’t Take Over Your Garden

    Finding plants that don't just survive, but thrive in shade can be challenging. These shade perennials are a sure win...


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    9 Perennials You Should Divide in Spring

    Want free perennials? Divide perennials in spring so you'll have more to transplant in your garden and share with family...


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    Top 10 Best Flowers for Growing in Pots

    Even if you have a small garden, deck or patio, you can still grow beautiful flowers! We found the best...


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    If You Plant This, Hummingbirds Will Flock to Your Home

    Want an easy way to attract hummingbirds to your garden? Grow a hummingbird mint plant! Pollinators can't resist these colorful...

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    Homeowner’s Guide To Composite Decking

    Composite decking has had more than 20 years to evolve. If you're considering it for your deck project, here's an...


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    Garden Cultivator vs Tiller: What’s the Difference?

    Don't confuse a cultivator with a tiller; they're different tools for different jobs. Here's how to decide which is right...


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    The Best Outdoor Gas Fire Pits for Your Backyard

    An outdoor gas fire pit makes it possible to gather friends and family outdoors, even on chilly nights, all without...


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    Mulch vs. Rock: Which Is Best?

    Can't decide between organic mulch and rock? We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you find the...


    The 6 Best Wipe-On Wood Finishes

    The ease of application and breathtaking results make wipe-on wood finishes beloved by pro and beginner woodworkers alike. These are...


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    10 Walkway Design Ideas for Your Backyard

    Check out these backyard walkway ideas including stepping stones, stairways and paths that beautify your yard.