How To: Soften the look of a stone walkway with creeping thyme

Stone walks can look a bit intimidating. But by planting small plants you can make a stone walk both welcoming and beautiful. You want to plant something that is hardy and still attractive. You shouldn't plant on a heavily traveled area, but this technique is perfect for a lightly traveled path. When planting in between stones, dig a small hole for the plant and place it gently between the stones. As with all plantings, you will want to immediately water after you put the plant into the soil....

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: Care for and prune red twig dogwood shrubs

Red twig dogwoods are often used in a landscape because of the outstanding color of their stems but are commonly grossly mishandled and pruned incorrectly. Incorrect pruning, in turn, can cause the stems of the dogwoods to lose their vibrant red color. To learn more about how to caring about red twig dogwood shrubs, watch this video tutorial. Care for and prune red twig dogwood shrubs.

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...

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: Grow Cold, Hardy Running Bamboo

Bamboo is easy to grow, but there are a few things you should know before starting. There are hundreds of species of bamboo and they can be roughly divided into either running or clumping bamboos. Almost all cold hardy bamboos are runners and almost all tropical bamboos are clumpers. Running bamboos send out root like rhizomes underground and can spread many feet each year. Clumping bamboos slowly expand and stay in a tight clump with canes close together. We grow dozens of cold hardy bamboo ...

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: Turn an Old Washing Machine Drum into an Awesome Outdoor Fire Pit

If you want to put a fire pit in your backyard, but don't want to spend a lot of time or money on it, this $10 DIY Upcycled Fire Pit designed by Sarah and Joe over on House & Fig is the perfect weekend project. It's simple, looks great, and shouldn't take much more than an hour to put together. You can pick up a washing machine drum from a used appliance store, and you'll also need a few pieces of steel for the legs and a can of high-heat paint.

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: Use drip irrigation systems to water lawns with Lowe's

Another good video by Lowe's on How to water your Lawn and install a drip irrigation system. Lowe's home improvement expert Mike Kraft shows you how you can make use of Lowe's products to water your lawns with their drip irrigation system. This video shows you which tools you need to fit and use Lowe's drip irrigation system in your Lawn. It's an extremely useful video for people who have lawns on their backyard and want to make the watering process simple and easy.

How To: Close an inground pool

This four-part video tutorial gives a step-by-step procedure on how to close an in-ground pool over the winter. This video explains all the necessary chemicals needed to keep the pool clean over the winter as well as all the tools and covers needed to close the pool.

How To: Use shells as a deterrent for mice and voles

We're not the only ones that like spring flowering bulbs. Mice and voles will dig down into the soil in the fall and eat the bulbs just planted. If planting spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocus, hyacinths or any of the minor bulbs these are the ones they love. If planting daffodils don't worry they're poisonous and the mice won't bother them. When planting place the bulbs at the proper depth, then take some crushed oyster shells, even crushed egg shells, this material can be purchase...

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: Build a backyard pond

If you're trying to find something to add to you backyard, why not try building a backyard pond? Ponds are great additions to add to your backyard and can keep a variety of different fish and plants. This tutorial will show you how to build a backyard pond from some items that are easy to get and use. Good luck and enjoy!

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: Use downspout extenders to protect your foundation

Ron Hazelton explains how to protect your foundation or basement wall from being affected by water that is discharged from your downspout. He explains how downspout extenders can be used to carry the water away from the foundation. Ron will show you three variations of downspouts that you can use. You'll learn how to install each kind of downspout so you can decide which is right for you. If you follow the advice given in this video, you're sure to further protect a very important part of you...

How To: Install a mailbox post and mailbox

A mailbox can be the first thing people see on your property, so it's important to get a nice one and install it correctly. But installing a mailbox post and mailbox can be a surprisingly tricky project, involving making holes in the ground and trying to get the post to stand at just the right height. In this video, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows us how to install a mailbox the right way.

How To: Install a natural bluestone landing

Bluestone landings are athletically appropriate in just about any back yard. This how to video is a quick excerpt from a DIY show that demonstrates how to install a garden landing with bluestone. Learn tips for installing a stylish bluestone landing with various sizes of pavers.

How To: Clean a green swimming pool

Spring is here and you are excited to use your in-ground swimming pool again. Problem is, you find your pool filled with green water after opening it. What do you do? Watch this two-part video tutorial to learn how to backwash your pool filter and clear up that swampy green pool in your backyard.

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