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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.


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


How to Plant Edible Foundation Plantings

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner select 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


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 Showers

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.

Outdoor Speakers

Everything you need to know to plan the perfect outdoor audio systems

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?