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6 Budget-Friendly Landscaping Projects

When a house needs a lot of attention, the yard can get short shrift. Here are some budget-friendly ways to improve your great outdoors.

11 Ways to Save Water, Time, and Money on Your Landscape

If you're not irrigating your lawn, flower beds, and container plants using the most targeted, time-efficient methods possible, you're wasting water—and money

All About Garden Fountains

Adding the pleasing sights and sounds of flowing water to your backyard can transform it into a relaxing retreat

How to Create a Drainage Swale

The plant-populated channels can redirect storm water to specific locations

All About Shade Trees

Plant one to boost property values, lower energy costs—and leave a lasting legacy

Small Evergreens, Big Impact

Combine dwarf conifers in pots for a fresh look—and year-round color

All About Groundcover

Whether you’re looking for the best low maintenance or fastest growing groundcover for your lawn, these plants offer solutions to barren spots and spaces.

No-Grass Yard Ideas

Smart ways to give yourself—and the environment—a break from big, demanding lawns.

All About Landscape Lighting

From selecting the best outdoor lights to setting them up, our experts share how to brighten up the outside of your house.


How to Create a Vertical Garden for Small Spaces

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a vertical garden to maximize space for a homeowner


How to Create a Desert Landscape

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada heads to Phoenix to recreate the desert in a homeowner’s front yard


Ask Roger: Using Landscape Edging

Learning about landscape edging with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

CHECKLIST | Get Your House Ready for Spring

Put these items on your fix-it list to transition from winter to spring

Fast Fixes for July

Timely fast fixes, including trimming evergreens, storm-safety planning, and more


How to Choose and Use Shovels and Other Digging Tools

Hole-digging advice with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook


How to Hire a Landscape Contractor

TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook details what to consider when looking for a pro to work on your yard

Fall Landscaping Checklist

TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook's top tips for fall yard cleanup

Carts and Wheelbarrows

From trash to topsoil, everything travels more quickly when you stick a wheel underneath it

Which Grass is Best for Your Area?

Choose types adapted to your local climate and soil conditions. The newest varieties have greater resistance to drought and disease and need less maintenance

How to Start a New Lawn Like a Pro

Want a fresh lawn in your yard? We lined up the experts to help you choose the right turf and the best way get the greenest lawn in the neighborhood.

Working with a Tree Removal Pro

Dead and diseased trees are not only a hazard that could crash through your roof—they also steal water and light from the rest of your yard

Don't Just Jump into a Water Feature

Fountains, ponds, even faux streams are great additions. Just consider resource maintenance before you build.

Drought-Resistant Ornamental Grasses

These ornamental grasses aren't only easy on the eyes; they're easy on the water bill, too

Mulch Materials

This gardening essential not only neatens up your yard, it also helps conserve water and discourages weeds.

Made for the Shade

Plants that flourish where the sun doesn't much shine.

How to Choose and Use a Leaf Blower

It may come as a surprise to the sound-sensitive neighbors, but most people buy blowers too small for their needs

May Is for Mulching

Decorate and protect your beds now, before the heat of summer sets in