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How To Find Property Lines

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.


How to Make a Lily Pond

Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard

How to Clean a Grill

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.

How to Build a Pallet Wood Shed

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.

How to Build a Pergola

Building a classic shade arbor for the backyard


How to Get a Great-Looking Lawn

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Kentucky to help a homeowner revive his lawn

Fall Lawn Treatment: 7 Musts for Your Yard

Take note of these helpful tips that your lawn needs before the onset of winter.

How to Winterize a Pool

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.

9 Steps to a Lush Lawn

Want to create a lusher lawn? Read these tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.


How to Install a Fence Gate

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new gate to fence in her pet dog


How to Choose and Use Lawn Sprinklers

Watering smartly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.


Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

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

How to Put Your Snow Blower to Bed

Here’s what to do now to ensure that your snow blower is ready for action next winter.


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 Build a DIY Treehouse

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.


How to Fix a Patchy, Weedy Lawn

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook resuscitates a dying lawn


How to Shovel and Salt Snow and Ice

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for clearing a concrete walkway after a snowstorm

How to Plant a Privacy Hedge

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


How to Run Electricity to a Shed

Electrician Scott Caron shows us how he powers an outbuilding—which takes wiring knowledge as well as lots of digging.


How to Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

Offer guests cocktails and brews by wheeling out this dedicated serving station.

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.

3 Ways to Reduce Road Noise in Your Backyard

Here’s our best noise reduction tips to help you block out the sounds of busy street traffic and your neighbor’s lawn mower.

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.

Cedar cooler

How to Build a Cedar Ice Chest

Make a handsome cedar ice chest cooler to update a backyard essential.


How to Build a Garden Arbor Bench

Use sturdy, all-weather cedar to build a DIY arbor with bench for a cozy seating spot in your yard.

Cedar picnic table and grill.

How to Build a Picnic Table and Benches

We asked TOH fans about picnic tables, and they asked us for an update to the park-variety A-frame. Here's our answer.

How to Trim Hedges

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

Kid handing up a DIY bird feeder.

How to Build a Bird Feeder

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.

How to Build a Compost Bin

Want to hide your scrap heap? Shelter it in a structure made from weather-resistant cedar wood.


Sprinkler Valve Leaking? Here’s How to Repair It

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.

Power vacuum used to get rid of leaves on a yard.

Best Tools to Pick Up Leaves

From power vacuums to leaf blowers, we share different tools you can use to get rid of fallen leaves in your yard.


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.