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How to Winterize Your Grill and Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Whether you've got a charcoal kettle on wheels or a gas grill built into an outdoor kitchen, here's how to store your grill during the off-season.

Outdoor Showers 101

A place to rinse off outdoors is a no-brainer for beach dwellers. But it's also great for cleaning up grimy gardeners, sweaty Little Leaguers, and muddy mutts. Here's how to hook up one of your own.

3 Simple Ways to Attract Birds to a Birdhouse

To encourage nesters to turn your birdhouse into a home, site it right, place it high, and keep it clean

Grill Maintenance 101

The key to great barbecue isn't your secret sauce—it's a clean grill. Follow these tips for improved grill performance and better tasting barbecue.

How to Make DIY Fossils

Engage your kids with this easy DIY fossil project.

5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard

Recapture the childhood excitement of seeing fireflies in the night sky.


How to Install a Dry Well for a Sump Pump

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water

ASK S8 E24, Roger Cook discusses birdfeeders

How to Choose and Use Birdfeeders

Feeding our feathered friends with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and Massachusetts Audubon Naturalist Tia Pinney

S20 E8, Kevin O’Connor helps frame a shed

How to Frame a Shed

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor and mason Mark McCullough how to frame walls while rebuilding Mark’s chicken coop shed.


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.

S9 E6, Roger Cook discusses ground covers

How to Choose and Plant Ground Cover

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for selecting, planting and growing low-maintenance ground cover.

How to Prep Your Lawn for Winter

The end of summer signals the best time to lay the groundwork for a lush field of grass come spring.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.