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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.

Self watering planter
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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.

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.

Butterfly bush in front yard
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How to Plant Edible Foundation Plants

A homeowner selects foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife.

Planting an organic garden
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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!

S20 E36, Jenn Nawada explains how to test soil to Kevin O’Connor
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Testing Soil at Home

Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada shows host Kevin O’Connor how to use a home soil test kit to check the condition of his soil.

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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.

Bamboo privacy screen in backyard
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How to Plant a Bamboo Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners select and plant a privacy screen using bamboo plants.

Removing overgrown shrub from foundation of home
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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 Install a Raised Vegetable Garden with Arbors

This Old House landscaping contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada help an elementary school build and plant a raised-bed vegetable garden.

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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

S20 E29, Jenn Nawada among the hyndrangeas
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Everything to Know About Hydrangeas

This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains why she loves hydrangeas so much and where to plant and care for them.

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How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook discusses how to choose and plant hydrangeas

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How to Transplant a Rhododendron

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to successfully move a large rhododendron shrub to a new location

S20 E26, Jenn Nawada discusses houseplants
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Houseplants for Different Areas of the House

This Old House landscape expert Jenn Nawada takes us to a local greenhouse to discuss how to choose houseplants for any room.

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How to Select Houseplants for Your Home

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook learns how to select houseplants for different situations from expert Carrie Kelly

S20 E21, Jenn Nawada explains composting at home
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How to Compost at Home

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains why she loves composting and how to do it at home.

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How to Use a Compost Bin

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada gets a lesson on the best ways to compost organic materials at home.

S17 E21, Jenn Nawada shows how to prune
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How to Choose and Use Pruners

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

S20 E7, Jenn Nawada discusses protecting plants from cold weather
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How to Protect Your Garden From Cold Weather

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada shows host Kevin O’Connor how to preserve and protect a garden over the winter.

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How to Make DIY Plant Covers for Winter

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips and techniques for keeping plants and shrubs safe this winter with wooden plant protectors.

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.

S20 E3, Jenn Nawada discusses ground covers
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18 Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Any Type of Yard

Landscaping expert Jenn Nawada explains how ground cover plants are a creative alternative to rocks and mulch, and then tells us about some of her favorite varieties.

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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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All About Growing Echinacea

Ask This Old House Landscape Contractor Jenn Nawada explains how to identify and care for echinaceas. She also shares a variety of ways to incorporate them in a garden.

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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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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.