How To: Build and install a retaining wall with Lowe's

In this installment of home improvement do-it-yourself videos, brought to you by Lowe's, host Mike Kraft, one of Lowe's home improvement experts, demonstrates a landscaping technique that shows you how to create a retaining wall with interlocking wall blocks, that features a raised planter bed. Mike gives you a list of all the tools and materials you will need to create the retaining wall, and offers some tips on creating curved lines when laying out the wall.

How To: Create a home water fountain with Lowe's

Host Brenda Lo, from Lowe's Creative Ideas demonstrates, in this informational video, how to create an outdoor water fountain. Brenda details the entire process, listing the tools and supplies you will need to complete this great do-it-yourself project in just one afternoon with easily obtainable materials. This video is great for the DIY beginner or experienced professional looking for a new project idea for your outdoor garden. do-it-yourself, and save time and money with these great tips.

How To: Add colorful plants around a mailbox with Lowe's

Mailboxes don't have to look all lonesome, with only the curb to cheer them up. If you have one of those street boxes on a post instead of a house box, the best thing to do to make a happy mailbox is to give it some company. To improve your home's curbside appeal, take your landscaping efforts to the curb and enhance the area around the mailbox. It's a great way to accentuate your landscape.

How To: Control Running Bamboo

Most bamboo in the United States is running bamboo, because nearly all cold hardy bamboo is the running or invasive type. The tropical bamboos are mostly "clumpers" and stay in a nice, tight clump. Running bamboos spread far and wide and can be very invasive. I grow many kinds of running bamboos and over the past 20 years I've had to learn how to control it's spread.

How To: Build a gravity retaining wall

This video shows us how to build a gravity wall with Allen Blocks. In order to do this, place blocks on top of the base course. You want to make sure that the bottom notch is tight against the front lip of the blocks underneath. Sliding them into place removes any present debris. Running bond is ideal; however, if that is not possible, offset them by a quarter of a block. After making sure the blocks are straight, fill the hollow blocks (and 12 inches behind them) with wall rock. Then smooth ...

How To: Excavate a pond and use hand tools

This video shows you how to excavate a pond using hand tools and a jackhammer.First of all, you must organize your digging in shelves. A pond should have some parts deeper than others. You start by leveling the pond at the part where it will be more shallow (thus creating the first shelf). Then go to a deeper part and level that out. In this way you create shelves with different elevations.Your tools for excavating are the spade, the flat shovel, the pick, the wheelbarrow and the jackhammer. ...

How To: Build a pulley system for hanging baskets

We look at hanging baskets that are on a rope and pulley. If you have a hard time reaching up this address that problem. These can be lowered for tending then raised out of harms way. This can be accomplished with a variety of mechanisms available from a hardware store. In this area Gene has utilized a simple rope and pulley. This one is geared so that it is easy to turn and doesn't require a lot of force. Simply bring it down to your level, do some gardening , you never need to stretch, then...

How To: Repair and seal an asphalt driveway with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to repair and seal an asphalt driveway with Lowe's. First, make sure you wear appropriate clothing and have taken all the safety precautions before starting. Now, brush off all the dirt from the driveway, then clean it and scrub off any oil spots from the asphalt. After this, patch any cracks that are in the asphalt with crack filler. Allow this to cure according to the directions, now get ready to seal the driveway. Grab your asphalt sealer and brush it over th...

How To: Landscape with small leaf Rhododendrons for the winter

David Epstein shows a simple and yet creative way to add contrast to any garden with bare or no interest areas. To add a little extra winter color, David introduces three varieties of the "Small leaf Rhododendron" including; "Midnight Ruby", "Westons Mayflower" and "Dora Ainateis". Although these smaller leafed varieties require a little more sunlight, they do however produce flowers in Spring and hold their leaves all winter long. So, for a continuation of color throughout winter, be sure to...

How To: Install sturdy gates in your yard

A common mistake when installing a gate in a yard, is that they're usually not sturdy. And when talking about sturdy it involved the the hinges used for the gate. This is an easy task that anybody can do and there is really no excuse for not installing a sturdy gate. So in this tutorial, you'll find out what you need to do in order to have a sturdy gate in your yard. Enjoy!

How To: Build an outdoor fireplace in your yard

There's nothing like spending time outdoors with loved ones. Whether it's a hot summer evening or a coo, brisk spring morning, the outdoors can be a great place. You can enhance your experience with the outdoors, by building yourself something that everybody is sure to love: a fireplace. In this helpful tutorial, you'll be finding out how to build an outdoor fireplace in your yard for those cold winter nights. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Turn your brown grass green again without chemicals

Is your lawn looking a little grim lately? Well, no need to reach for toxic chemicals, check out this clip instead! In this tutorial, gardening specialist, Carl Grimm, shows you how to fix your lawn naturally and avoid all that yucky stuff that harms kids and pets. Follow along and go green (literally!) with your front yard for summer! Turn your brown grass green again without chemicals.

How To: Prepare a flower bed

Preparing ground for a garden bed entails some hard labor, but it truly is a labor of love. This video shows you how to take a piece of lawn and convert it into a garden bed. But before we do that, we have to decide on a location. If the area receives more than six hours of sunlight a day, it's going to be a sun-loving garden. If the area receives less than six hours of sunlight a day, it's a shade garden. In our case, we're going to be building a shade garden.

How To: Install a pond skimmer

Install a pond skimmerThe most critical steps to installing a skimmer are the water level and attaching the liner to the face plate with a water tight seal. The pond should be rocked in. The skimmer needs to be level from front to back and side to side. That's critical. Optimum water level is approximately 3/4 inch down from the top of the steel face. Use the level (tool) to determine the water level on the face plate. It's important to have the weir door work effectively. Prepare the area fo...

How To: Easily replace a sprinkler head

Something that can ruin your day, and maybe some of your land, is a busted sprinkler head. Usually, calling someone in to replace it can cost you a pretty penny, but doing it yourself is easy to do and only takes a small amount of time. It's something that anybody can do and will result in a fully operational sprinkler.

How To: Clean a concrete driveway with tips from Lowe's

Mike Kraft tells us how to clean a concrete driveway in this video. The driveway can collect a lot of different stains, which can lead to deterioration. Pressure washing is the best way to clean a brick or concrete driveway. You will first need to place detergent onto the driveway, then use the pressure washer to clean off the ground. You will also need grease remover if you have grease stains that are on your driveway. If you have a low pressure washer, hold the stream closer to the ground, ...

How To: Stain your concrete driveway

Need to match your driveway to your new exterior home paint job? In this video, learn step-by-step how to stain and seal a concrete driveway. Listen up because this method can be used for any exterior concrete surface and can come in handy in the future!

How To: Install a retaining wall

Looking to do some work on your front or backyard? Installing a retaining wall is the easiest way to get a different look and make your landscaping look pro! In this video, learn everything you need to know about how to install a retaining wall.

How To: Fertilize roses with coffee grounds

The Sun Sprite Rose has a nice fragrance but you want to keep it healthy by fertilizing it. Roses are heavy feeders so Charlie suggests adding compost in the Spring, really building up the soil, maybe put in some time release fertilizer pellets, then use regular Rose food to keep the Roses really looking good. Another home remedy involves fertilizing with coffee grounds. Coffee grounds sprinkled around Roses about a quarter of an inch to half an inch thick will help Roses grow and bloom bette...

How To: DIY prune a tree

In this how-to video, you will learn how to prune a tree yourself. You start by using the four D's. The four d's include removing things that are dead, damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional. If the branch is brown and crispy, you can remove it. Remove any stubs as this will affect the tree over time. Get close to the branch collar when cutting. Do not cut it near the base if the branch is bigger than an inch in diameter, as this may damage the tree. Do this instead by cutting an under cut and ...

How To: Clean pools and spas with a pressure washer

Everybody loves a pool or spa, at least until it's time to clean them. But it doesn't have to be a tough, dirty job, if you have a pressure washer. This how to video will show an easy way to use a pressure washer to clean almost any pool or spa. Clean pools and spas with a pressure washer.

How To: Recognize poison ivy

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are a problem throughout the United States. The resin on the leaves is what bothers us, causing acute dermatitis (a bad rash). If you happen to come in contact with it, quickly wash with hot soapy water, that should at least reduce the amount of irritation. Poison Ivy has three leaves and a little bit of red where the leaf merges with the stem. There is a new product made especially for eradicating Poison Ivy and tough brush. To use this product, spray the leaves tho...

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