Outdoor Living Ideas - Project Guides

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A privacy wall in a backyard
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Wall


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Build a beautiful wall on your patio or deck for privacy and decor

A white porch swing on a porch.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Hang a Porch Swing


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Before you can relax on your porch, learn the basics of hanging a porch swing

grey landscape fabric surrounding plants in a garden
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use Landscape Fabric


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Find landscape fabric pros and cons for your next landscape fabric installation

Man using a push mower to mow a lawn.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Mow a Lawn


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Keep your lawn lush and healthy with tips for using the kind of lawn mower you own

A person in a wheelchair using a ramp.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Ramp


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

An efficient and safe wheelchair ramp eases home accessibility for those unable to use stairs

A raised garden bed filled with a variety of lettuces.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Harvest Lettuce


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Lettuce is Easy to Grow

A rope hammock on a porch overlooking houses near an ocean.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Hang a Hammock


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Easy Ways to Hang a Hammock Anywhere

A wood pergola in a backyard.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Pergola


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Create a shady retreat in your backyard

Instant Garden Antique: Aging a Concrete Bird Bath
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Paint a Concrete Birdbath


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Many gardeners want their gardens to look as if they’ve been around for a long time.

A large, potted Monstera plant beside a sofa in a living room decorated with botanical wall art.
PROJECT GUIDE

Monstera Plant Care


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Add tropical beauty to your home with a Monstera, an easy-to-grow houseplant

House with landscaped yard and beautiful striped lawn.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Stripe Your Lawn


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

A striped lawn will give your yard a big-league look.
Edge Like A Pro
PROJECT GUIDE

Tips and Ideas to Edge Your Lawn


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Adding edging is an inexpensive way to give your landscape a manicured look and increase your property’s value.
Making Basket Weave Fence
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Make a Basket Weave Fence


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

A basket-weave fence delivers a fancier look than standard wood picket fences
Install Runoff Trenches Around Your Driveway
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Runoff Trenches Around Your Driveway


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Infiltration trenches can slow the flow of storm water off of your land, giving your soil more time to absorb it while simultaneously reducing the risk of polluting local water supplies.
Building a Wire Fence
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Wire Fence


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

For a functional fence that goes up quickly, build a wire fence with wood or metal posts
Trim Your Yard and Get Free Fall Decor
PROJECT GUIDE

DIY Fall Decor


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

While gardens are still lush and full, it’s a great time to gather branches, pinecones and greenery for fall indoor decorations.
Secure Your Landscape Sculptures
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Secure Landscape Sculptures


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

While the resin used to make today’s commercially available outdoor statues is much more practical in many regards, the lightness of the resulting statue makes it prone to accidents and strong wind—not to mention theft.
Build a Paver Path
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Paver Path


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

The instructions here are for laying a path 20 feet long and 3 feet wide, but can be easily scaled up or down depending on your space.
Eat Your Greens! Start a Fall Salad Garden Now.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Start a Fall Salad Garden


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Slightly cooler temperatures are perfect for growing salad greens
Installing Mortised Posts and Rails
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Posts and Rails


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Increase your home security and add a beautiful mortised fence to your landscape
Woman planting a tree.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Plant a Tree


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Add curb appeal and beautify your landscape when you plant a tree
a retaining wall in a yard with healthy grass and shrubs
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Retaining Wall


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Enhance your yard’s appearance and take control of its landscape with this DIY retaining wall project
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How to Build a S'mores Station


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Build a caddy to keep all your s'mores ingredients handy and portable
Maintain Your Weed Trimmer
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Maintain Your Weed Trimmer


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Weed trimmers are a key tool in keeping up your homes curb appeal
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