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9 Must-Have Tools and Home Products for Fall

Here are 9 great tools and home-improvement products to help you tackle your to-do list for the fall.

Creating a Backyard Built for Playing Games

Turn a ho-hum lawn into a hub of activity with a sport court for horseshoes, croquet, or bocce. This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows you how

A Seabee Designs a Long-Distance Backyard Remodel

While deployed 7,500 miles from home, this reader designed his dream backyard on paper, then spent months building it.

Self watering planter

How to Build a Self-Watering Planter

Create a raised garden bed that you won’t have to babysit. With this simple DIY, you’ll use naturally rot-resistant cedar, fitted with some clever planter inserts, to make a low-maintenance container that automatically distributes water on its own.

Backyard Remodel: Living Large in a Small Yard

Check out these seven strategies for turning a not-so-big yard into a series of beautiful, useful outdoor rooms.


How to Build a Fire Pit Patio

On their own, handsome stone pavers expand a home’s entertaining space, but add a fire pit and your yard becomes a destination

Everything You Need to Know to Build the Perfect Backyard Pond

Want to introduce an attractive new dimension to your landscape? Just add water. The experts at This Old House explain what it takes to create a handsome, thriving aquatic centerpiece for your backyard.

Backyard Renovation: From Dirt Patch to Perennial Paradise

Twelve years after taking on a barren backyard, this passionate gardener is still weaving it into a rich tapestry of color and texture.

How to Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden From Scratch

A handy, productive home vegetable patch is more popular than ever. Planned and built right, it can even enhance the look of your home. Here’s how one pro delivers on all counts—and you can, too.

­The Best Tools Seen at the National Hardware Show 2022

The National Hardware Show is where dozens of manufacturers worldwide showcase new tools and products, many carrying the promise of making DIY jobs easier and faster. Weaved in with the goofy gizmos are some new tools and products that sound promising. From hammers to hammocks, there’s a lot to see and test. Here’s a roundup of the most exciting products from this year’s show.