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All About Fire Pits

From lightweight metal bowls that set up anywhere to fixed masonry wells that are a gather-round feature on a patio or a patch of grass, fire pits extend the outdoor-living season in style. Here’s how to choose one for your own space.

Roger Cook prunes a fruit tree
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How to Prune a Fruit Tree

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to trim a tree for optimum growth and fruit production

S21 E3, Mark McCullough installs cobblestone driveway edging
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How to Install Cobblestone Driveway Edging

Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner keep her driveway from washing away by replacing an old, ineffective brick edging with big, bulky cobblestone.

Pro Tips for Planting a Privacy Hedge 

Are you wanting to plant a privacy hedge of arborvitaes, but are unsure of the best kind to plant or how far apart to plant them? This Old House landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada shares her expert tips for planting privacy hedges.

Managing heat gain and loss seasonally at home
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How to Manage Heat Gain and Loss Year Round

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for saving energy throughout the year.

DIY Pool, Pond, and Fountain Ideas for Your Yard

Everything you need to know about installing and maintaining water features in your yard.

A Green and Serene Water-Thrifty Landscape

Sculptural shrubs, verdant groundcovers, and dappled sunlight create the magic in this canyon-hugging property in Los Angeles.

12 Late Summer Yard and Garden Upgrades

Summer months may be coming to an end, but you can still have a nicely groomed yard and enjoy the outdoors well into fall. Keep reading to see a few yard and garden upgrades you can do today.

S20 E38, Jenn Nawada helps clean and rejuvenate a backyard koi pond
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How to Maintain a Backyard Pond

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner restore their backyard pond to its former glistening glory.

A Suburban Lot Turns into Magical Garden Rooms

Here's how an ordinary suburban lot became a nature playground for kid and adults alike—with ideas anyone can use

Roger Cook installs drip-irrigation
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How to Install a Water-Saving Drip-Irrigation System

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a drip-irrigation system

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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.

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.

Chainsaw cutting through tree log
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How to Use a Chainsaw

Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.

Creative Groundcover Combinations

Why settle for a one-note planting when there’s so much variety to try? Here’s how to weave a tapestry of low-growing perennials that will beautify your yard.

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Build It | Fire Pit Cover

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with host Kevin O’Connor to build a cover that can turn a store bought fire pit into a table when not in use.

Mark McCullough holding a pipe to build a dry well
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How to Build a Simple Dry Well

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a dry well for a homeowner with drainage issues in his backyard.

Spring Checklist: Prep Your Home for Warm Weather

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

Ultimate Guide to Tree Pruning (2022)

Looking for the best methods and tips for tree pruning? Our guide outlines best pruning practices and how this maintenance affects the health of your trees.

S17 E1, Jenn Nawada installs a plunge pool
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How to Install a Plunge Pool

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a plunge pool for a homeowner with a small back yard

Perennials That Bloom Every Year

With their ornamental beauty and adaptable natures, many perennial garden favorites are worth a second look for their resiliency in an era of weather extremes.

How To Kill a Tree Stump (2022 Guide)

From home remedies to professional solutions, here’s everything you need to know about getting rid of a tree stump in your yard.

A Complete Guide to Autumn Cherry Trees

Autumn cherry trees reveal their stunning pink-white blossoms in early spring—and do an encore in fall.

Pierre Landscape Review (2022)

Pierre Landscape provides eco-friendly landscaping services to Los Angeles residents. Read our review to learn about services and how Pierre stacks up against the competition.

Mariani Landscape Review (2022)

If you’re a Chicago resident looking for landscaping services, consider Mariani Landscape. Read our review to learn more about services, pricing, and customer reviews.

Cagwin & Dorward Review (2022)

If you’re looking for lawn care and landscaping services, Cagwin & Dorward may be right for you. Keep reading to learn about Cagwin & Dorward services, pricing, and customer reviews.

R.P. Marzilli & Company Review (2022)

R.P. Marzilli & Company is a leading landscape firm based in the New England area. Keep reading to learn more about their services.

Christy Webber Landscapes Review (2022)

Christy Webber Landscapes is a full-service landscape design company based in Chicago. Read on for information about services and pricing in your area.

Heartland Turf & Landscape Review (2022)

Heartland Turf & Landscape is a Kansas-based landscaping and lawn care company that provides services like overseeding, leaf removal, and pest control. Keep reading our review to learn more.

Denison Landscaping Review (2022)

If you’re looking for a traditional landscaping business that offers full-service design and installation services, consider Denison Landscaping. Read this review to learn more about services and availability.

Roger Cook transplants a shrub
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How to Transplant a Shrub

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook moves a shrub to a new home

S20 E17, Jenn Nawada and Mark McCullough build a stone water fountain
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How to Build a Stone Water Fountain

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and mason Mark McCullough team up to build a simple stone water feature that makes a big impact.