Outdoors

DIY Pallet Shed

DIY Pallet Shed

Build a quick and dirty shed using pallets

Honda Unleashes a 109HP Lawn Tractor

Honda Unleashes a 109HP Lawn Tractor

Honda is pushing the boundaries of what lawn tractors are capable of with this Mean Mower

Fly Your Flag the Right Way this 4th of July

Fly Your Flag the Right Way this 4th of July

If you choose to display your American spirit by flying the U.S. flag this 4th of July, please make sure you do it properly. Yes, there is more to it than just unfurling the flag and running it up a pole. As you prepare to bring out the stars and […]

Go Vintage for Quality Outdoor Furniture

Go Vintage for Quality Outdoor Furniture

Finding decent, well-priced outdoor furniture is no easy task but go vintage for some cool and funky options

Hands On with Husqvarna Chainsaws, Blowers, Trimmers and Mowers

Hands On with Husqvarna Chainsaws, Blowers, Trimmers and Mowers

I spent the day with Husqvarna testing all of their outdoor power equipment. It was blazing hot but well worth the sweat.

John Deere Riding Mower Test and Review

John Deere Riding Mower Test and Review

We tested John Deere riding mowers against leading competitors such as Craftsman, Cub Cadet and Simplicity. See who came out ahead.

John Deere Horicon Works Factory Tour

John Deere Horicon Works Factory Tour

Photos from our visit to the John Deere Horicon Works factory in Wisconsin.

Clopay Garage Door: Easy to Design and Quick to Install

Clopay Garage Door: Easy to Design and Quick to Install

With help from Clopay, we got exactly what we wanted with this garage door makeover

Build or Buy: Picnic Table

Build or Buy: Picnic Table

Picnic tables are cheap to buy but is it more fun to build and is the quality better?

Drivable Grass Concrete Paving System

Drivable Grass Concrete Paving System

Bring a touch of nature to your driveway with this drivable grass concrete paving system.

How To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

How To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We’ve been cutting our own Christmas tree for years and always enjoy the family time.

Convert Your Riding Lawnmower Into a Snow Clearing Machine

Convert Your Riding Lawnmower Into a Snow Clearing Machine

Your riding mower worked hard all summer but that doesn’t mean it gets a break when winter arrives. It’s a great time to give your riding mower a full-checkup but then put it back to work clearing snow. John Deere offers a variety of snow clearing attachments to fit any […]

Build It Yourself: Surfboard Storage Rack

Build It Yourself: Surfboard Storage Rack

Since moving to LA from NYC last year I thought I’d be doing a lot more surfing. It hasn’t worked out like that. As soon as the water got warm the waves went flat. I guess that’s par for the course in Southern California. Even if I don’t hit the […]

How to Build Halloween Silhouettes For a Spooky Yard

How to Build Halloween Silhouettes For a Spooky Yard

Scare your neighbors with these easy to make Halloween silhouettes.

How To Keep Bugs From Ruining Your Outdoor Party

How To Keep Bugs From Ruining Your Outdoor Party

Due to the drought, many wasps, yellow jackets and flies have begun to forge in people’s green yards and gardens. Besides being a nuisance these bugs can be aggressive and dangerous. We’ve noticed a huge uptick in flies and wasps around our home and my wife has already been stung […]

Outdoor Living Made Easy with a Lowe’s Backyard Makeover

Outdoor Living Made Easy with a Lowe’s Backyard Makeover

This summer we traveled to New York to check out the Lowe’s Designer Charity Challenge. We were inspired by what all three designers were able to accomplish using Lowe’s 2012 outdoor collection as well as other items from the Lowe’s home store. Our home is small so we take advantage […]

Five Steps to Your Own Backyard Meadow

Five Steps to Your Own Backyard Meadow

Let the weeds go wild and enjoy a colorful meadow in your own backyard

Raise the Height of Your Backyard Wall by Adding a Fence

Raise the Height of Your Backyard Wall by Adding a Fence

Our backyard is great but has one drawback. The side wall facing the street is only 4’10″ in height so the average person walking can see into our yard and jumping the wall is quite easy. There have been quite a few break-ins in our neighborhood and many of them […]

Smoked Pork Shoulder and Brisket Recipe for Your Back Yard Cookout

Smoked Pork Shoulder and Brisket Recipe for Your Back Yard Cookout

We don’t cover recipes but a friend sent over this amazing recipe for smoked pork shoulder (pork butt) and brisket. It seems appropriate to share this as the 4th of July is next week and many of you will be preparing food for your back yard party. This recipe is […]

Build a Fire Ring Pit With Stone and Sweat

Build a Fire Ring Pit With Stone and Sweat

If you are looking for inspiration in home design, Houzz is a great place to start. They have more than 500,000 photos from designers that you can clip and save in your “ideabook” for easy reference. Houzz also has some great editorial pieces that cover remodeling and do-it-yourself projects. One […]

How to Explore Tide Pools (Responsibly)

How to Explore Tide Pools (Responsibly)

Everyday the ocean reveals a bit of itself as the tide recedes and in areas of shallow shoreline the trapped water becomes a tide pool that can contain an amazing variety of marine life including seaweeds, coral, mussels, crabs, sea slugs, sea stars and many more. Exploring these tide pools […]