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Spring Checklist: Prep Your Home for Warm Weather

Get your home, lawn, and garden ready for the milder, wetter days on the way

How to Winterize Shrubs

Heavy snow and other cold-weather hazards can wreak havoc on yard plantings. Here's how to protect your shrubs in winter so that they make it to spring damage-free


How to Choose Grass Seed

Picking the appropriate grass seed with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and turf expert Mary Owen

Landscaping Tips to Deter Ticks

Read these simple ways to keep the ticks off of people and pets by taking care of your lawn and landscaping.

How to Prune in Early Spring

Prune these specimens in the late winter or early spring for thicker foliage later on.

Learn the Best Ways to Deal with Storm Water

These landscape drainage solutions prevent puddling and flooding and look good too.

The 5 Best Lawn Mowers (2022 Review)

A quality lawn mower keeps your grass groomed and healthy. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best lawn mowers on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Should I Mulch with Pine Needles?

Read to learn the pros and cons of using pine needles as mulch.


How to Repair a Cracked Stucco Retaining Wall

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough travels to San Diego to repair a crack in a concrete retaining wall with a stucco finish

How to Maintain Fruit Trees

Pay attention to these four key areas and your trees will remain at a manageable height while producing abundant fruit. Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery, one of the largest growers of fruit trees in the country, helps gardeners get the most out of their trees by focusing on this checklist

How to Winterize Yard Tools

Your lawn mower, string trimmer, and other outdoor power tools will benefit from some upkeep before they hibernate for the long winter ahead

How to Install an In-Ground Sprinkler System

In-ground lawn sprinklers deliver a precise amount of water, then automatically shut off and drop out of sight. Learn how much one costs and how to install it yourself.