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Best Tools to Pick Up Leaves

From power vacuums to leaf blowers, we share different tools you can use to get rid of fallen leaves in your yard.

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How to Cut Down a Tree Safely

Dropping and bucking a dead tree with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw safety expert Tim Ard.

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How to Build a Wood Retaining Wall

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to construct a wood-timber retaining wall to create a play area.

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How to Install a Sump Pump Dry Well

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to collect discharge water from a basement sump pump.

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How to Build a Garage Door Pergola

Use milled brackets and pressure-treated lumber to create an elegant canopy over your garage door.

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How to Make a Cornhole Game Set

TOH's Team Saturday shows you how to plan out the right dimensions, size and spacing for this popular bean bag toss game.

Building a fire pit from a kit
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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 Build a Simple Sandbox

Spend an afternoon assembling this simple backyard play area for kids of all ages.

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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 Make a Lily Pond

Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard

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How to Build a Classic Picnic Table

Use cedar boards to make a table and benches fit to host family and friends for years to come.

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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 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 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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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 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 Build a Tree House

Kevin O’Connor and Tom Silva build a great backyard treehouse using special hardware that will allow the tree to continue to grow for many years

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How to Build a High-Tunnel Greenhouse

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner build a simple, affordable backyard greenhouse

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How to Install a Frost-Proof Hose Spigot

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new sill cock

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How to Hand-Prune Trees

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows the proper way to prune a branch without damaging the tree

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Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a backyard chicken coop for a homeowner in Connecticut in "Build It."

S12 E7, Roger Cook plants a shade tree
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How to Plant a Large Shade Tree

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner select and plant a deciduous shade tree.

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Ask Roger: How to Calculate Cubic Yards

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook simplifies the tricky task to ordering mulch by the cubic yard

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How to Make a Rain Barrel for $40

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to make her own rain barrel on a budget

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How to Plant Palm Trees

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to plant several varieties of palm trees in a front yard

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How to Rejuvenate a Lawn

Breathing new life into an old lawn with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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How to Cable a Large Split Tree

Certified arborist Matt Foti installs hardware to save a troubled tree from certain failure