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End-of-Summer Yard and Garden Cleanup Tips

Give your lawn and garden the care they need by removing debris, dividing crowded perennials, and adding mulch—so plants can come back stronger.

How to Grow Hebe Shrubs

These vibrant, versatile bushes can bring color and beauty to your garden all year long. Here’s what you need to know about planting, pruning, and propagating hebe shrubs.

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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.

Low-Maintenance Fruit Trees to Grow in Your Yard

If you’ve ever fantasized about growing a fruit tree, it’s entirely possible, even if you don’t have acres of land. A small backyard or even a pot on a balcony will do.

Outdoor Rooms Roundup

Looking to eke a little more living out of your backyard patch of green? As the past year has made clear, outdoor spaces are vital to our well-being­—and they can double our dining, entertaining, and hangout space. Here’s how three couples created a bit of paradise in their own backyards.

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All About Arborvitaes

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains some of the basics of selecting and caring for a couple different species of arborvitae.

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.

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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 Plant a Cherry Tree

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada travels to Washington D.C. to help a homeowner select and plant a cherry tree for his house.

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How to Build a Pondless Waterfall

Jenn Nawada, landscape designer for Ask This Old House, helps install a pondless waterfall in a backyard.

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How to Install a Solar-Powered Fountain

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to harness the sun's energy to power a backyard water feature.

How to Prune in Early Spring

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

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How to Reface a Concrete Wall

Mark McCullough and Jenn Nawada work together to reface an ugly concrete wall with a thin stone veneer to better match the rest of the patio that surrounds it.

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.

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Future House | Automated Landscaping Technology

Home technology expert, Ross Trethewey explores a variety of ways that landscaping could be done automatically via robots and smart home products.

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How to Transplant Mature Trees

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook uses muscles and machines to safely move trees to new locations

How to Plant a Privacy Hedge

Learn how to a low-maintenance evergreen screen from tall arborvitae shrubs.

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All About Japanese Maples

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains how to identify Japanese maple trees and how to incorporate them in a landscape design.

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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).

How to Build a DIY Trellis

Add dimension, color, and decoration to a blank space with a sturdy lattice trellis for climbing plants.

Learn the Best Ways to Deal with Storm Water

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

How to Plant a Live Christmas Tree

Here’s how to prepare, select, and plan to plant a Christmas tree in your backyard to keep it alive after the holiday season.

How to Prevent Weeds From Growing

Tips on how to keep weeds out of the garden, add the right amount of mulch over weeds, and 6 mistakes to avoid to keep your garden weed-free.

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How to Get Rid of Tree Stumps

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner dig out a stubborn tree stump.

The 5 Best Lawn Mowers (2022)

A quality lawn mower helps keep your grass groomed and healthy. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team takes a look at some of the best lawn mowers available to help you select the right one for your landscaping needs. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

8 Most Common Types of Weeds in Grass

How do you remove lawn weeds? Read on to identify the most common types and the worst ones.

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How to Plant a Shrub

A step-by-step guide to help you plant shrubs and bushes from preparing the ground to daily watering tips.

How to Trim Hedges

Five important tips to ensure your hedges are properly maintained and looking their best.

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.

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How to Cut Down a Tree Safely

Dropping and bucking a dead tree with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw safety expert Tim Ard.

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How to Build a Wood Retaining Wall

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to construct a wood-timber retaining wall to create a play area.