view of reader's new tractor purchased to help to build the pond
Photo: Hailee Rensi
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The Right Tool for the Job

Though I'd never done anything like this before, I knew I could, with the help of a few books and plenty of pages torn from This Old House. The experience of renovating our first home, an 1880 farmhouse, then landscaping the yard of our second place built up my DIY confidence. And I was happy to justify the $18,000 tractor I bought to clear the yard and help excavate the site. I figured it'd be handy in clearing pasture for our horses.
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