Yard How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our yard step-by-step tips & ideas.
The legal boundaries of a plot of land are one of the most important things for a homeowner to know, but they’re often overlooked—until those property lines come into question, that is. Read this guide to figure out how to easily find your property lines.
Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard
Cooking over open flames may be a chef’s delight, but now it’s time to clean your grill. Read on to learn how to properly clean and maintain your gas or charcoal grill.
Need a place to store firewood in your yard? A pallet wood shed is an easy way to keep wood dry and accessible. Here are the steps you need to follow to build one yourself.
Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Kentucky to help a homeowner revive his lawn
Take note of these helpful tips that your lawn needs before the onset of winter.
When summer days start to fade away, it’s time to start prepping your pool for the cooler months. Read this guide to learn the steps for winterizing in-ground and above-ground pools.
Want to create a lusher lawn? Read these tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.
Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new gate to fence in her pet dog
Watering smartly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.
Use pressure-treated lumber and PVC trim to create a shelter designed by Tom Silva to keep predators at bay—and provide a source of fresh eggs right out your back door. You'll find the full, written step-by-step instructions (with diagrams and photos) under the video below
Here’s what to do now to ensure that your snow blower is ready for action next winter.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to harness the sun's energy to power a backyard water feature.
Use specialty hardware designed to preserve the tree and a mix of lumber and branches to create a platform sturdy enough to support your kids’ wildest imaginations.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for clearing a concrete walkway after a snowstorm
Learn how to a low-maintenance evergreen screen from tall arborvitae shrubs.
Electrician Scott Caron shows us how he powers an outbuilding—which takes wiring knowledge as well as lots of digging.
Offer guests cocktails and brews by wheeling out this dedicated serving station.
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.
Here’s our best noise reduction tips to help you block out the sounds of busy street traffic and your neighbor’s lawn mower.
How do you remove lawn weeds? Read on to identify the most common types and the worst ones.
Use sturdy, all-weather cedar to build a DIY arbor with bench for a cozy seating spot in your yard.
We asked TOH fans about picnic tables, and they asked us for an update to the park-variety A-frame. Here's our answer.
Five important tips to ensure your hedges are properly maintained and looking their best.
For a fun family project, make a DIY bird feeder out of cedar wood and materials you can find at a home center and grocery store.
Want to hide your scrap heap? Shelter it in a structure made from weather-resistant cedar wood.
In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to replace a worn-out valve diaphragm on an automatic lawn sprinkler system.
From power vacuums to leaf blowers, we share different tools you can use to get rid of fallen leaves in your yard.