Read through step-by-step tutorials to help you prepare for any installation pertaining to your yard.
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.
How Do Dry Wells Work?
Dry wells are subsurface, engineered water displacement systems that collect and disperse unwanted water from rainstorms and runoff.
How to Build a Prefab Stone Wall
Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a stone yard that makes prefabricated stone walls at their facility before installing them on-site.
Building a Fire Pit from a Kit
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.
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 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
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 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
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.