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The 5 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers (2021 Review)

When the fall season rolls around and your lawn is covered with leaves, a powerful leaf blower is a must-have tool. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best cordless leaf blowers 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.

The 5 Best Gas Grills (2021 Review)

Gas grills can make delicious meals in minutes. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best gas grills 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.

3 Simple Tools to Pick Up Fall Leaves

From leaf blowers to vacuums, we’ve used all kinds of products and technology to tackle this annual chore. Sometimes the best approach is well-designed, simple tools.

How to Build a Pergola

Building a classic shade arbor for the backyard

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How to Get a Great-Looking Lawn

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Kentucky to help a homeowner revive his lawn

Fall Lawn Treatment: 7 Musts for Your Yard

Take note of these helpful tips that your lawn needs before the onset of winter.

6 Creative Backyard Shade Ideas

Stay out of the sun while enjoying your outdoor rooms with these great ways to add shade to these spaces.

9 Steps to a Lush Lawn

Want to create a lusher lawn? Read these tips from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

The 5 Best Grills (2021 Review)

Grills can elevate your burgers, hot dogs, pineapple rings, and other foods. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best grills 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.

End-of-Summer Yard and Garden Cleanup Tips

Give your lawn and garden the care they need by removing debris, dividing crowded perennials, and adding mulch—so plants can come back stronger.

Summer Checklist: Small Projects that Pay Off

Warm weather has finally arrived! It’s time to head outside and give your house and landscape some TLC.

Smart Home: A Brainier Backyard

As smart tech aimed at outdoor living evolves, the range of tasks it can handle—from lighting the patio to freeing you from the grill to robo-mowing the grass—is more impressive than ever.

Ingenious Hot Tub Deck Ideas

Give your hot tub the extra special touch it needs with these great deck ideas for your hot tub.

6 Fun Outdoor Bar Ideas

Entertain and impress your guests at your next backyard party with these great outdoor bar ideas.

Outdoor Rooms Roundup

Looking to eke a little more living out of your backyard patch of green? As the past year has made clear, outdoor spaces are vital to our well-being­—and they can double our dining, entertaining, and hangout space. Here’s how three couples created a bit of paradise in their own backyards.

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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 Choose and Use Lawn Sprinklers

Watering smartly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

Use pressure-treated lumber and PVC trim to create a shelter designed by Tom Silva to keep predators at bay—and provide a source of fresh eggs right out your back door. You'll find the full, written step-by-step instructions (with diagrams and photos) under the video below

10 Grilling Gifts for Your Favorite Grillmaster

If you’re searching the internet for something to get your grill-savvy loved one, read our gift guide for 10 outdoor cooking necessities you can give to your favorite grillmaster. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Put Your Snow Blower to Bed

Here’s what to do now to ensure that your snow blower is ready for action next winter.

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How to Install a Solar-Powered Fountain

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to harness the sun's energy to power a backyard water feature.

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How to Build a DIY Treehouse

Use specialty hardware designed to preserve the tree and a mix of lumber and branches to create a platform sturdy enough to support your kids’ wildest imaginations.

Smart Spring Yard Cleanup

Tackle a little early spring maintenance now to get your yard ready for the growth spurt to come.

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How to Fix a Patchy, Weedy Lawn

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook resuscitates a dying lawn

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How to Shovel and Salt Snow and Ice

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for clearing a concrete walkway after a snowstorm

How to Plant a Privacy Hedge

Learn how to a low-maintenance evergreen screen from tall arborvitae shrubs.

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How to Run Electricity to a Shed

Electrician Scott Caron shows us how he powers an outbuilding—which takes wiring knowledge as well as lots of digging.

Cordless Lawn Mowers That Won’t Quit

We’re living in the golden age of cordless lawn mowers. Not long ago, these quiet, smokeless cutters had anemic batteries that made you wish you were mowing with gas.

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How to Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

Offer guests cocktails and brews by wheeling out this dedicated serving station.

How to Plant a Live Christmas Tree

Here’s how to prepare, select, and plan to plant a Christmas tree in your backyard to keep it alive after the holiday season.

All About Burning Leaves

Leaf burning can be an effective way to tackle your fall cleanup. Here are a few tips for burning leaves safely.

How to Build a Picnic Table with Attached Benches

Squeeze the whole family in at the summer barbecue by creating a classic American picnic table with integrated benches or picking up a ready-made one.