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  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Bags are the New Dumpsters

    When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled…

  • What is Xeriscaping Anyway?

    A new buzz word in the green movement, XERISCAPING may be a mouthful but is easier to do than you think. Xeriscaping is all about water conservation, which was one of…

  • Save Water – Build a Rain Barrel

    In honor of a little holiday called le jour de la monde, also known as “earth day”, let’s talk rain barrels. Here’s how to make your own: 1. Purchase a plastic…

  • Backyard Bamboo Fences for the Non-Tropics

    It’s backyard season and we’re all getting out there, roaming the grass and cleaning up the gardens. Maybe your pooch is being too friendly with the neighbors or you need a…

  • Enjoy a Pest Free Summer with a Screened Porch

    MINI Track recently contacted us regarding their do-it-yourself porch screen solutions. We love spending time outdoors in the summer but sometimes the little buggies can get too much and its nice…

  • Sustainable Dog Houses for Your Green Pet

    If you’re gonna go green when designing your home, you might as well do it for your pets too. Sustainable Pet creates unique pet homes that have vegetated roofs. These eco-roofs…

  • Shed Storage With Shelves and Stuff

    We keep all sorts of different things in our backyard sheds, from dangerous chemicals like gasoline and weed killer to sharp implements like pitch forks and harmless toys like basketballs. Any…

  • Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

    They are exceptionally easy to grow and even easier to eat. Raspberries are a favorite garden plant for many homeowners, both suburban and rural. Even city slickers can get into the…

  • 3 Simple Steps to Patio Appeal

    I asked my dear friend Bryan Tomczuk, owner of Bryant Landscape Design in New York City, how the heck he can make tiny Manhattan balconies look like such lush outdoor spaces.…

  • Building a Swing Set for Backyard Play

    There’s just something about it – your hair whipping with the wind and your feet reaching for the clouds. Almost every kid loves to rise a swing, wild and free, and…

  • Flower Beds: Out with the Old, In with the New

    Our friends Tom and Tera recently moved from Hoboken, NJ to Raleigh, NC. They’re enjoying new home ownership and have been tackling do-it-yourself projects every weekend. They recently shared a flower…

  • Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

    Time to dust off your patio set and revel in spring weather. Here’s a few tips from the Washington Post to get iron, teak and plastic in shape. Wrought iron: If…

  • Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

    Wood and composite decks have a distinct advantage over stone patios. With a wooden frame, it’s a simple thing to install more than one level, creating an attractive and usable space.…

  • Build Your Own Backyard Putting Green

    The Masters begins play this week and besides all of the Tiger talk, it’s nice to think of the golf season starting again. If we had a bit more room and…

  • Spend or Save on Home Upgrades

    Our favorite This Old House host Kevin O’Connor joins three other home design experts as they share their Spend or Splurge tips when it comes to outdoor furniture, flooring, appliances and…

  • 4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

    If you’re looking for shade in the yard, there are a few options to consider. Roofing structures, patio umbrellas and pergolas are all possibilities. But roll up awnings will provide extensive…

  • Fix A Screen Window Tear

    In all my excitement that a) our President was actually in my part of the country and b) that the weather is finally warm again, I accidentally tore a tiny hole…