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 4 solar-powered path lights

    bollard posts are short, stout posts used around buildings or as roadway dividers. they resemble tree trunks, which are also...

    7 best solar fence lights

    add solar fence lights to brighten up your yard, enhance your landscape and make your outdoor space remind you of...


    8 best window planter boxes

    nothing says "home sweet home" better than window planter boxes. they add a touch of green, splashes of color and...


    how to grow radishes

    radishes are easy to grow in the spring but did you know there are varieties of radishes you can grow...


    10 tips for making your deck more functional

    if you spend a lot of time out on your deck or patio, these tips are for you!

    what is bindweed and how do i get rid of it?

    don't let its dainty-looking flowers fool you — bindweed is noxious, and you don't want it taking over your landscape.


    10 best shade-tolerant ground cover plants

    struggling with what to grow in your yard's shady spots? these 10 ground covers are problem-solvers, and many are natives...


    8 top composite decking brands you should know

    trex may be the original composite decking, but it has lots of competition. choose the best composite decking for you...


    father’s day gift ideas for the outdoor cook

    this year, give your grilling-obsessed dad something you know he'll love with one of these outdoor cooking inspired father's day...


    buyer’s guide to outdoor benches for your backyard

    a properly placed outdoor bench evokes thoughts of pleasant days taking in the sights and sounds — even if you...

    here’s what to do if your lilacs aren’t flowering

    it's disappointing when a lilac bush doesn't bloom. here's how to evaluate your non-blooming lilac and take steps to ensure...


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    how to clean your charcoal grill

    the secret to a successful cookout is a clean grill. here's how to get your charcoal grill in tip top...


    8 creative floating deck designs

    if you want a deck without the hassle of digging and pouring deep footings, check out these great-looking floating deck...


    how to make a hedge maze in your backyard

    a hedge maze is a living puzzle you can grow in your own yard! intrigued? we'll help you determine if...


    3 types of patio doors

    a great patio door is simple to use, enhances the overall style of your home and allows easy access to...


    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.

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    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...