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Reel Mower Buying Guide

When you're walking behind the right model, giving the lawn a haircut can be one of life's little pleasures. Here’s what you need to know before you buy a reel mower.

How to Make DIY Fossils

Engage your kids with this easy DIY fossil project.

5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard

Recapture the childhood excitement of seeing fireflies in the night sky.

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How to Install a Dry Well for a Sump Pump

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water

ASK S8 E24, Roger Cook discusses birdfeeders
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How to Choose and Use Birdfeeders

Feeding our feathered friends with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and Massachusetts Audubon Naturalist Tia Pinney

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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.

Family Project: Lemonade stand
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How to Build a Lemonade Stand

How to make a sturdy display table, with instructions for parents and kids

S20 E4, Nathan Gilbert and Jenn Nawada build a backyard ice rink
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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.

S9 E6, Roger Cook discusses ground covers
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How to Choose and Plant Ground Cover

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for selecting, planting and growing low-maintenance ground cover.

S20 E3, Jenn Nawada discusses ground covers
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18 Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Any Type of Yard

Landscaping expert Jenn Nawada explains how ground cover plants are a creative alternative to rocks and mulch, and then tells us about some of her favorite varieties.

How to Prep Your Lawn for Winter

The end of summer signals the best time to lay the groundwork for a lush field of grass come spring.

The 5 Best Trampolines (2022 Review)

Trampolines can be a fun addition to your yard. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best trampolines 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 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 (2022 Review)

Gas grills are easy-to-use cooking appliances that sit in your yard. Read our review on the best gas grills to learn more about our top picks from 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 (2022 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 2022

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.