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All About Ornamental Grasses

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada discusses a variety of ornamental grasses, how to care for them, and how to incorporate them into a landscape design.

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All About Mulch

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains the purposes of different types of mulch and demonstrates a few application techniques.

How to build a self-watering vegetable garden
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How to Build a Self-Watering Vegetable Garden

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to help a couple build and plant a self-watering vegetable garden.

Jenn Nawada helps to replace and improve foundation plantings
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How to Plant Hardier Foundation Plantings

In this DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner replace and improve foundation plantings that have been crushed by snow piles.

Tom and Kevin building a cedar planter.
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How To Make a Cedar Planter Box

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor work together to build a freestanding DIY cedar planter box that will dress up any patio or deck.

S9 E6, Roger Cook discusses ground covers
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How to Choose and Plant Ground Cover

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for selecting, planting and growing low-maintenance ground cover.

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How to Plant Organic Vegetables | This Old House: Live!

Need a family-friendly weekend project idea? Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada demonstrates various ways to plant vegetables in a raised garden bed—and how to get kids involved!

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How to Test Soil Using a Kit

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses the benefits of testing soil.

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How to Mulch a Garden Bed

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch garden beds

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How to Maintain Bypass Pruners

Ask This Old House Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada explains what should be done to maintain a set of bypass pruners and why it matters.

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How to Choose and Use Pruners

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some tips about pruners.

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All About Brick Garden Edging

Install clay pavers to form a tidy garden border to separate your lawn from plantings.

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How to Clean Up and Expand a Garden

Want to learn how to take an overgrown flower bed and transform it into a beautiful garden? Watch as Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada cleans up the garden by pruning, dividing, and defining the edges.

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How to Build a Cold Frame

Use rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window to build a protective box that extends the growing season. (Scroll past video players for written steps).

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How to Maintain Overgrown Perennials

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner maintain an overgrown perennial garden.

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Everything You Need to Know About Christmas Trees

Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada discusses the various types of Christmas trees.

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How to Build a Planter Bench

Assemble a stationary planter box bench made from stacked cedar boards.

Meyer lemon tree
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How to Choose Plants for Hot Climates

Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a large nursery in Fayetteville, NC, to see which plants will work well for landscaping in warmer, southern climates.

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DIY Privacy Planter Box With Privacy Screen

Use cedar and stock lumber to build a tall privacy planter box to spruce up and screen your backyard.

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How to Build a Copper Trellis

Transform plumbing tubing and fittings into an elegant garden accent

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How to Create a Secret Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada cleans up an overgrown garden and redesigns it as a secret garden

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How to Build a Garden Gate

Get two stout posts and some stock cedar, and you've got the makings of a quaint entrance to any path

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How to Build a Weather-Resistant Planter

Using cellular PVC trim stock for an outdoor planter gives you a flower display box that can hold up to the elements

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How to Plant a Victorian Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner add some curb appeal using Victorian plants to match the design of his house

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How to Plant Hardier Foundation Plantings

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner replace and improve foundation plantings that have been crushed by snow piles

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How to Plan for Spring Bulbs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and landscape designer Jenn Nawada share some tips for planting spring bulbs

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How to Create Bonsai from Regular Trees

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook learns about the ancient art of bonsai

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How to Plant Authentic Dutch Flower Bulbs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner originally from Holland plant authentic Dutch bulbs

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How to Choose the Right Fertilizer

Learn which fertilizer works best for what plants

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How to Plant Edible Foundation Plantings

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner select foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife

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How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house

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How to Replace a Lawn with Shade Perennials

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook offers some alternatives to grass in a shady spot.