Yard Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our yard projects, how-tos, and designs.

S22 E14: Nathan Gilbert builds a kids' mud kitchen
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How to Build a Mud Kitchen for Kids

When a homeowner realized that her home daycare’s outdoor play space could be upgraded, she knew a mud kitchen project was on the horizon. She called the Ask This Old House team for help building this feature. Carpenter Nathan Gilbert is fresh off building his own daughter’s daycare, a mud kitchen, so he knew just what to do.
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How to Landscape a Sloping Yard

Lee Gilliam, the newest member of the Ask This Old House family, teams up with landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada to help a homeowner whose yard has been going downhill.
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How to Install a Little Free Library

Host Kevin O’Connor and general contractor Tom Silva install Brookside Elementary School’s new library, with the help of several of the school children.
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How to Repair an Outdoor Pizza Oven

This Old House Mason Mark McCullough shows a homeowner how to breathe new life into their outdoor brick and stone pizza oven.
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How to Build a Pergola

Bring shade and style to any backyard with a pergola kit. Here’s how to assemble it.
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How to Build a Stone Bird Bath

This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how to turn two pieces of stone into a beautiful rustic birdbath.
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How to Install a Shipping Container Pool

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse takes her backyard project to new heights with a container pool installation.
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How to Build a Cedar Garden Hose Holder

Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a convenient hose hideaway with a built-in reel.
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How Shrubs are Harvested

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada visits a fourth-generation nursery to learn how shrubs are planted, how they grow, and how they end up at a garden center near you.
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Build It | Birdhouse

General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of woodworking siblings build a DIY birdhouse in their new workshop.
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How to Build a Backyard Ice Rink

In this video, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and carpenter Nathan Gilbert help a homeowner build a backyard ice rink for her kids that they can use year after year.
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How Do Dry Wells Work?

Dry wells are subsurface, engineered water displacement systems that collect and disperse unwanted water from rainstorms and runoff.
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Building a Fire Pit from a Kit

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.
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How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada discusses the common elements she includes in outdoor kitchen designs.
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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
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How to Upgrade to a Smart Irrigation System

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada shares DIY Smarts tips when she travels to Orlando to upgrade an irrigation system.
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How to Grow Grasses on the Prairie

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada partners with an ecologist in Cheyenne, Wyoming to learn about different types of prairie grasses and how to care for them
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How to Repair a Cracked Stucco Retaining Wall

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough travels to San Diego to repair a crack in a concrete retaining wall with a stucco finish
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How to Build a Swing Set

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva travels to Colorado to help a couple build a DIY swing set for their young son.
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How to Design a Yard in Phases

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical landscape for his backyard.
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How to Plant Edible Foundation Plants

A homeowner selects foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife.
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How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house
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Build It | Fire Pit Cover

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with host Kevin O’Connor to build a cover that can turn a store bought fire pit into a table when not in use.
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How to Bring Hot Water Outside

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner add an outdoor faucet with both hot and cold water
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How to Install a Natural Gas Grill

Ask This Old House heating and plumbing expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a natural gas line to fire up his backyard barbecue grill
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Testing Battery-Powered Yard Tools

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and landscape designer Jenn Nawada test out a variety of battery-operated yard tools
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How to Create a Desert Landscape

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada heads to Phoenix to recreate the desert in a homeowner’s front yard
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How to Rebuild a Hose Spigot

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey repairs a leaky hose spigot
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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
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How to Revitalize a Lawn

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares some DIY Smarts as he tends to a lawn that was seeded in the summer and is not doing well.
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How to Build a Fire Pit with Roger Cook

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook creates a cozy cold-weather oasis.
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How to Help Prevent Melanoma While Working Outside

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates the importance of sunscreen on the job site
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How to Install a Water Feature that Reuses Rainwater

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.