Outdoors

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

If you’ve got a big enough lawn that requires a riding mower then the time is now to shop for some great new offerings. Manufacturers are now realizing the strength of the market and have developed some lawn mowers that have features once reserved only for autos. You can pay […]

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh wait, no it wasn’t. It was darkish. And overcast. And really stormy. But it was the middle of the day. And it was the last day to enjoy my mature honeysuckle vine standing strong on a faithful fan trellis. After almost a […]

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

A great weekend project is making sure your home is clear of overgrown tree limbs. It may not be a pressing issue but cutting back these limbs can prevent issues down the road such as the branches and limbs breaking through a window during a storm or even crashing down […]

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

You know you want it. That top spot on the block, to be the object of your neighbor’s envy, to have cars drive slowly by and admire your pad. OK, maybe that drive by thing would be a little freaky, but you can’t deny it’s nice to get admiring glances. […]

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

The grandest garden and flower show in the world happens each year in London and has been since 1862. The Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is held for five days in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK. It’s not […]

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

On a recent trip down the California coast, we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant, a Big Sur family-run institution since 1949. In addition to the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the tasty Ambrosia Burger, I love the architecture. Rowan Maiden, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the unique […]

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Warm weather has this funny habit of creating a lot of clutter in the backyard. Gardening supplies get piled beside baseball bats and grass trimmers. You wonder if your garage is actually going to split at the seams. Looks like it’s about time you started that backyard shed project. Building […]

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

While flipping through the pages of Real Simple magazine, I noticed an ingenious solution for wrangling unruly garden hoses, thereby eliminating a major source of outdoor clutter. Instead of a hose reel or cart, consider a hose pot, which discreetly hides a coiled garden hose in a decorative container. Not […]

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Make your cookie cutter suburban house stand out from the crowd with a unique patio surface. Don’t worry if the neighbor goes with paving stone or even flagstone. You can one up the guy with one of these fancy finishes. 1) Exposed Aggregate What’s better than concrete and completely one […]

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

The American front yard is often regarded as useless space. It serves as a formal entry for guests and, when perfectly manicured, it presents an idyllic image of family life to the public at large. Aside from visual impressions, the front yard tends to remain static, undisturbed by the activities […]

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

So your patio or driveway needs a face lift and you have no patience (or cash) for some of the more extensive patio surfaces. Concrete is pricey, flagstone and slate are fussy and interlock is not your style. What can you do that’s fast and easy, not to mention won’t […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

I’ve been hearing a lot about chickens lately. This post over at Design*Sponge got me thinking about the rising popularity in tending to our own gardens, growing our own food and now raising our own flock. I don’t have a yard but I would love to be able to raise […]

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

No matter how strong your wooden gate is, its inevitable that gravity will win out and it will start to sag and drag along the ground. We met the inventor of the E-Z Brace, Mark Dwaileebe, at the National Hardware Show and he shared with us how he decided to […]

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Garden Boxes create a nice area to grow vegetables in your own backyard. But building the boxes can be troublesome if you’re not inclined to shop for the right materials and don’t have the proper tools. One of the few products that stood out in the lawn and garden area […]

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

We enjoy providing helpful tips and this video demonstrates simple lawnmower etiquette, just follow the opposite of what this guy does. + Don’t drive a sit-down lawnmower on the street + Don’t drink alcohol while operating a lawnmower + Don’t resist arrest Follow those tips and you’ll probably avoid getting […]

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

It is the age of calm, clutter-free spaces inside and outside our homes. Contemporary decor is full of simple, clean lines and a roomy feel. Think IKEA furniture and the tidy up job you do when your mom is coming over. This trend totally translates into the backyard as well, […]

Build an Incredibly Unique Patio With Reclaimed Materials

Build an Incredibly Unique Patio With Reclaimed Materials

You need a patio in the yard, a place to lounge, pull out the BBQ and generally enjoy the summertime. Want to have a one of a kind patio that is impressive and sustainable at the same time? Look to your neighbors, skulk around building and demolition sites and generally […]

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Shoveling snow is not only extremely difficult, it can also be hazardous to your deck, patio or walkway surface. Shovels can easily gouge wood and chip stone. The Manplow as seen at the National Hardware Show is a hand held snow plow that works to push snow away in manageable […]

More Than a Rake

More Than a Rake

Every gardener uses a rake, hoe and grader. But only one product offers all three. The Rake-O as seen at this years National Hardware Show is a 3-garden-tools-in-1 product. The inventor Ron Herrle was tired of constantly putting down one tool for another and welded a metal blade to the […]

Learn How to Fake It On the Patio

Learn How to Fake It On the Patio

When is a fake better than the real thing? It’s debatable, but if the impostor looks and feels like the genuine article, does it really matter? We’re talking about patios here, so focus. Stamped concrete is a sought after finish in the backyard. Extremely durable and low maintenance, it also […]