Yard and Garden Structures

Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.

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    How to Build Raised Garden Beds

    If you've always liked the look of raised garden boxes, now is your chance to finally get out and build them. They provide a rich aesthetic to your yard and ease and convenience when gardening.

    12 DIY Planter Boxes You Can Make in a Day

    If you're short on space or don't want to dig up your yard to put in plants, planter boxes are...


    Build a Garden Archway

    Make this charming metal garden arch climber from $25 of steel-no welding required!


    How to Build a Retaining Wall That Will Last

    Retaining wall blocks are really heavy. You don't want to lift them twice. Learn how to build a rock solid...


    10 Awesome Garden Arbor and Trellis Projects

    Build these awesome garden structures to spice up your yard!

    How to Build a Low-Maintenance Water Feature

    Construct a simple (one-weekend!) stone and gravel fountain that needs almost no maintenance.


    How to Build Custom Composite Benches

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

    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.


    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.

    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...


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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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    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...


    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.


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    What To Know About Gabion Walls

    Most often used as retaining walls, gabion walls are effective and inexpensive, as well as labor-intensive to build.


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    10 Deck Railing Design Ideas

    Give your home's exterior a facelift with these distinctive deck railing ideas from Instagram.


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    Homeowner’s Guide To Outdoor Fountains

    How to buy and install the type of outdoor fountain you really want.


    4 Tips To Help You Build a Better Chicken Coop

    A coop-building pro relays the most important things to know before you build a chicken coop, including ventilation tips, roost...


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    Family Handyman Approved: Snow Joe Cordless Snow Blower

    Clearing the driveway is a chore, but it’s one you'll actually look forward to with...


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    How To Make Your Fence Wildlife Friendly

    To you, that fence feels like a cozy enclosure. To animals, it's a barrier to survival. Here's how to make...


    Everything You Need to Build an Igloo

    Take advantage of winter weather by building an igloo right in your own yard.

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    Homemade Suet Recipes and Suet Feeding Tips for Birds

    We've got the best suet recipes and tips for feeding suet to backyard birds. Save money and attract more birds...


    9 Gardening Subscription Boxes You’ll Love to Unbox

    Looking for a perfect gift for plant lovers? Gardening subscription boxes deliver seeds, indoor plants, flowers, tools and more to...


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    Tips for Adding Drainage To Your Retaining Wall

    Proper retaining wall drainage can be the difference between a sturdy wall and one that leans. Learn how to prevent...


    Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

    Our favorite seasoned adventurers recommend gift ideas big and small, including camp stoves, a jeweler's loupe and THE best travel...


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    What To Do With Outdoor Patio Furniture During Winter

    Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on outdoor furniture. We asked an expert for tips on what to do with...


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    How To Prepare a Boat Dock for Winter

    Have a boat dock you need to prepare for winter? Winterizing your dock varies depending on climate and dock type....