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How to Build a Retaining Wall

A beginner’s guide to retaining wall design—from common problems and the different types of materials to choose from, such as concrete, timber and stone.

S17 E23, Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner replace and improve foundation plantings

How to Plant Hardier Foundation Plantings

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner replace and improve foundation plantings that have been crushed by snow piles

Butterfly bush in front yard

How to Plant Edible Foundation Plants

A homeowner selects foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife.

Cook Up a Great Outdoor Kitchen

Been hankering for an open-air cooking area? Here, our guide to the ingredients it takes to make a five-star space

The 5 Best Chicken Coops (2023 Review)

Chicken coops provide a safe, comfortable place for your chickens to live. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best chicken coops on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Bamboo privacy screen in backyard

How to Plant a Bamboo Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners select and plant a privacy screen using bamboo plants.

Outdoor Speaker Systems: Planning Guide

Here’s how to plan the perfect outdoor audio systems.

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.

How to Install Drip Irrigation

Create an automatic watering system that makes sure lawn plants get their fill.

Joining Tongue-and-Groove Plywood

Coax those tongue-and-groove edges together for a tight, no-bounce fit

Outdoor Kitchens

Why run back and forth to the house when you can move everything you need outside?