Outdoor Living Ideas and Projects

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A front yard featuring a flag hanging from a flagpole
PROJECT GUIDE

Flagpole Installation


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Install a flagpole in your yard for a year-round display piece

 Brighten Winter with Colorful African Violets
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Grow African Violets


These colorful plants can brighten winter’s dark days

Children playing on a disc swing.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Backyard Ideas for Kids


Create a fun backyard of any size to promote kids’ physical, social and emotional development

A woman golfing on a putting green made of synthetic turf.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Make a Putting Green with Synthetic Turf


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Practice your swing on a golf green in your own backyard

Chicken and ribs sit alongside asparagus, corn and other items in a smoker.
PROJECT GUIDE

Meats to Smoke


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Select the most delicious and cost-effective meats to cook in your smoker

A red chicken coop next to a tree.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Chicken Coop


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Give your chickens a cozy, sheltered place to roost

Baby back ribs cook on a smoker.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Smoke Ribs


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Follow these steps to infuse ribs with delicious smoky flavors

A rain garden with assorted foliage plants and a brick border.
BUYING GUIDE

Best Plants for a Rain Garden


Grow beautiful wildflowers and native plants in a garden that collects stormwater runoff

Friends using a metal detector.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Metal Detector


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Get outdoors to explore areas you might not otherwise see – and maybe discover lost treasure along the way

Woman and children outside under a shade sail.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Deck Shade Ideas


Add some shade to your deck or patio so you can really enjoy The Great Outdoors

Recipe: Corned Beef on a Smoker
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Recipe: Corned Beef on a Smoker


If you didn’t get enough of all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a brisket recipe you can eat from the smoker any time of year
Design an Outdoor Room on a Budget
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Outdoor Living Spaces on a Budget


The outdoors beckon during the spring and summer months, but sometimes it can be difficult to leave the comfort and convenience of our houses
A couple plays a game of cornhole at a backyard tailgate.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

5 Ways to Bring Tailgate Style to Your Backyard


Be the host with the most style and team spirit
Time to Fertilize Citrus Trees When You See Flowers
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Fertilize Citrus Trees


Citrus trees produce the most fruit when fed properly
Make the Most of Your Fire Pit with Real Firewood
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Make the Most of Your Fire Pit with Real Firewood


Gathering around the glow of a fire pit in the evening fosters coziness and comfort
10-Minute Ideas for Spring Porch Decor
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Spring Porch Decor Ideas


Freshening up your porch for spring doesn’t require a team of helpers, a tax refund check or an entire weekend
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Be properly prepared to eliminate and protect against yellow jackets
Front yard with a sodded lawn.
PROJECT GUIDE

How To Lay Sod Guide


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Laying sod is classic way to refresh your landscape
Transform Steep Inclines Into No-Mow Beds
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Best Ground Cover for Slopes


If you are fortunate to have a grassy slope in your yard, view it as an opportunity to turn a plain spot into something extraordinary
Cook Your Holiday Dinner in a Smoker
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Cook Holiday Dinner in a Smoker


Start a new tradition this holiday season when you cook your holiday dinner in a smoker
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INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Smoke a Turkey


One of the biggest challenges of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is finding space for all that food in a conventional oven
6 Ways to Bring Color to Your Outdoor Decor
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Colorful Backyard Decor Ideas


When your outdoor decor bursts with color, it adds drama, personality and points of interest
A man stains deck boards with a brush.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Stain a Deck


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Bring out your deck's rich colors and textures with wood stain
Set Your Thanksgiving Table with a Feast Cooked in a Smoker
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Smoke a Thanksgiving Dinner


Celebrate the Thanksgiving feast this year by using a smoker, and expand your cooking options beyond your kitchen