Category Archives: DIY

DIY – How to Install Sod for a New Lawn

Instantly renew your lawn by laying sod. We'll show you how. TOOLS hand trowel tape measure rototiller spading fork soil rake garden hose lawn edger stiff push broom lawn roller lawn sprinkler(s) MATERIALS soil test kit (from your local extension office) organic matter sod grass fertilizer INTRODUCTION Whether a sparse, weedy lawn needs renewing or…
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DIY Garden Tower – Container Garden and Composter

How to make your own garden tower The Garden Tower allows you to grow up to 50 food-producing plants in 4 square feet. Here’s an innovative, space-saving, DIY gardening solution. A self-sustaining planter that’s perfect for a small yard, patio or urban rooftop. The tower is a variation on the vertical gardening concept. Kitchen scraps…
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What You Need to Know About Retaining Wall Material

Learn about and compare natural stone, wood timber and stacked concrete block retaining wall systems. The article shows installation methods and discusses advantages of each retaining wall material. Concrete blocks Modern concrete block walls are fairly sophisticated systems designed for strength as well as for fast, easy assembly. You simply stack the blocks on top…
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DIY – Concrete Garden Edging

Looking for an inexpensive, lasting way to set apart your planting beds? Use these steps to make concrete garden edging in any length you wish. Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds, tree surrounds, and driveway curbs, their versatility enabling you to match any landscape contour.…
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DIY – How to Build a Pergola

Here's a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It's a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and…
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How to Build a Vertical Garden or Living Wall

DIY Tutorial -  How to Build a Vertical Garden or Living Wall If you're short on space in your backyard, patio or balcony, but yearn to have more greenery and colorful foliage, build a vertical garden. Not only are they space-saving, but they are versatile in that you can move them wherever you want to…
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How to Paint Your Outdoor Woodworking Project

Outdoor woodworking projects such as patio or furniture present a problem that isn't encountered when building projects that will be kept indoors: how to finish the project so that it is protected from the weather. If you're building a project destined for the great outdoors, you may want to consider using weather resistant woods such…
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How To Get Rid of Moths With Natural Repellents

How To Get Rid of Moths With Natural Repellents Mothballs are made from paradichlorobenzene and can cause all kinds of health problems including damage to liver and kidneys. They’re especially hazardous to children if swallowed–and they don’t smell all that good either. Here are a few items you can use to help protect items naturally:…
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Organic Composting & Manure

Organic Composting & Manure Bulky Manures Garden compost, well-rotted animal manure and bulky organic materials such as spent mushroom compost usually only add small amounts of fertiliser to your garden. They are, however, invaluable in improving the structure of the soil, its water-holding capacity and the ability of the soil to retain nutrients applied from…
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DIY – Outdoor Garden Box

A trip to the hardware store is all it takes for a weekend DIYer to build a outdoor garden box. Whether you are looking to plant a small herb garden or want to start to growing your own vegetables, the steps are basically the same for any size box, big or small. The following tutorial…
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The HemLoft – Hidden Treehouse

Former Canadian software developer and current carpenter Joel Allen built a unique egg-shaped tree house, The HemLoft. It is located in the woods near Whistler, British Columbia. The exact location of the house is a secret though, because Allen built it on Crown lands – government property – without permission. Allen had to hand-carry all…
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How to Install Pavers

How to Install Pavers This process demonstrates how to lay a basic precast paving stone walkway or patio. For large projects, it's important to consult a soils engineer to evaluate whether your soil is prone to abnormal expansion and contraction due to water holding capacity. The most problematic is clay, and to compensate for its…
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DIY – Easy Cedar Wall Planter

This simple cedar wall planter is great for herbs or spring flowers. TOOLS Pocket Hole Jig Drill Miter Saw Tape Measure Pencil Safety Glasses Hearing Protection MATERIALS 3x 1 x 8 x 8′ Cedar Boards 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 1-1/4″ Brad Nails DIMENSIONS INSTRUCTIONS Cut List: Cut the boards as shown in the cut list using…
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Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and shaping it for warmer seasons ahead. But there are many others who do not have the joy of a lovely green garden due to obvious lack of space or being trapped in…
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Wood Joinery – Mortise and Tenon Joint

Types of the mortise and tenon joint have been used for centuries by woodworkers because of their combination of superior strength and simplicity. They are typically used when one piece of stock is joining to the other at 90-degrees, but may be used at a slightly lesser angle in certain circumstances. Bear in mind that…
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DIY – Fountain in a Pot

With just a little work, a beautiful pot and a few other materials, you can create an inviting space in your garden that will soothe jangled nerves and give the birds a pretty drinking spot. A water feature does all that. It can be as simple as a flat-bottomed bowl for a birdbath or as…
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