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How To: Find a place to plant and grow an Autumn Blaze maple tree

The Autumn Blaze maple tree is one of the iconic American trees, turning much of the eastern and central United States into an orange explosion during the fall. If you want to add some of that beauty and tradition to your yard, watch this video to learn how to find the right place to plant one, taking into account the relevant soil, shade, and space concerns.

How To: Choose, plan and install a wooden or vinyl fence with Lowe's

When it comes to fence-building, nobody knows better than Lowe's. And if you're thinking about fencing an area of your home, either for privacy, decoration or busywork, this video series will inform you on everything you need to know. Learn how to choose and plan out your fence, whether it be wood, aluminum or vinyl, then see how to start laying it out and digging the posts. Then move on to the actual installation.

News: Gigantic Carpet of 750,000 Begonias (Assembled in Just 4 Hours!)

Every summer the city of Brussels assembles an enormous carpet of begonias, under the advisement of one hundred experienced gardeners. The project is planned far in advance, with illustrations and scale models based on a chosen theme (previously chosen have been the arms and shield of a town or commemoration of important events). This year's theme features Saint Michael striking down the dragon, the official protective image of the city, founded over 1,000 years ago.

News: Reverse Fountain Mind Screw

What appears to be an impossibly boundless volume of water is really an illusion created with the aid of a largely invisible acrylic cylinder. William Pye's "reverse fountain", entitled Charybdis (referring to the sea monster of Greek myth), was designed for Seaham Hall of Sunderland, England.

How To: Design, plan & install a waterwise landscape with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to design, plan & install a water-wise landscape w/Lowe's. Traditional landscape can require a lot of time but there are a lot of ways to make it more simple. A water wise landscape is easy to do and will look great. This simply means using your landscape simply to achieve great results. First, you need to plan and design and call utility companies to see what areas to avoid electrical and gas lines. Draw out a plan of your property and then draw how you want yo...

How To: Build a fire pit with Lowe's

In this video, Mike Craft from Lowe's teaches us how to build a fire pit. First, check to make sure there are guidelines permitting you to place a fire pit outside of your home. Then, make sure you have a clear area to place the fire pit. Once you have a spot picked out, you will need to make a paver base for your fire pit to lay on top of. After this, lay a circle of blocks around the cover for the fire pit. Layer three sections of blocks, then line with bricks on the inside and place in the...

How To: Install a new mailbox post and box with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to install a new mailbox post and box with Lowe's. First, you will need to gather all your tools and a new mailbox. After this, print out directions for the project through the Lowe's website. Now, call 811 to call your utility company to make sure you aren't digging through an electrical line. Mail boxes have a specific height they need to be installed at, so make sure you follow these guidelines. After this, dig out the hold from the ground, then fill in grave...

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 New England style stone walkway

If you want to add a little something to your yard for a good price, why not a stone walkway? This is perfect for areas that are used to experiencing rain and don't have a proper walkway from one area to another. This is perfect for the side of a home that may be covered in grass and has no sidewalk at all.

How To: Maintain your swimming pool by removing algae from the water with Lowe's

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but occasionally you may have some problems with your water. If you're starting to see algae grow, you're going to need to get rid of it. Thankfully, Mike Kraft, Lowe's home improvement expert, has some tips for maintaining your pool and algae removal. Learn the differences between green, black and mustard pool algae and the different treatments for each.

How To: Replace your home's gutters

If you own a home with beat down and rusty gutters, it may be time to replace them with new ones. Gutters are important during the winter time by helping collect any water that can seep or leak into your home, causing water damage. They're not too difficult to replace and can help out the overall look of a home significantly.

How To: Install a shade cloth in your backyard

If you enjoy spending time outside, but can't stand being in the sun for too long, you have a bit of a problem. Buying patio furniture or an umbrella is a good idea, but it can be a pain lugging it around, especially if it's not weatherproof. Another great option is creating a shade cloth.

How To: Build a house out of trash for free

In this video, we learn how to build a house out of trash for free. First, find pallets from grocery stores and place nine of them together in 3x3 rows. Now, you will lay down a tarp that you can find over the plywood and start to add scrap pieces of plywood that you find around for the walls on the side. After the walls are up, cut down tree trunks that are long and then nail them together and place a tarp over the top. After this, tie the tarp down and tie it to the trees and your free hous...

How To: Properly build a firepit

In this tutorial, we learn how to properly build a firepit. First, prep your base by filling it with dirt and small rocks. After this, set your ring down onto the dirt and make sure it's level. You can also raise it up if you want a foot rest or beverage holder. Next, apply your stone around the ring and then mortar it. Make sure all the pieces of stone fit nice and tight together. After you've done this, lock in all the joints on the stone patio by using sand and brushing it into the middle....

How To: Install No-Frills Drip Irrigation

Solving a Dilemma This is a simple how-to for a cost effective drip irrigation system for your garden. My motivation to set up my garden for drip irrigation was pretty simple. In the summer, it gets to 90+ degrees outside, and my 50’ garden hose didn’t reach the far extents where I have the majority of my large trees. I noticed a large amount of the water I applied to the trees just ran off and did absolutely nothing. This was a huge waste of resources.

How To: Stain your concrete floor

In this tutorial, we learn how to stain a concrete floor. To start, you will need to prepare your floor by cleaning it vigorously. Remove all dirt from the floor, then use detergent and water to wash, when finished dry with a shop vac. You will have to use a hand brush to scrub alongside the walls. After this, wash your floor with a mixture of water and baking soda, then use the shop vac to dry. Next, rinse the floor off with plain water and dry with shop vac once more. To finish, apply faux ...

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: Remove root suckers from trees

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove root suckers from trees with Lee Reich. The root suckers will take the energy from the tree, outgrow the tree, and destroy the tree. The easiest way to get rid of these is to just tug them and remove them from the tree, which will result in no regrowth. For suckers that have been developing for a long time, it's going to be harder to remove. To avoid these, make sure you remove them two to three times a year. You can also cut off root suckers at their ...

How To: Paint clay pots for gardening

In this video, we learn how to paint clay pots for gardening with Michelle Gervais. All you need is: acrylic paints, brushes, plastic paint, cup of water, paper towels, and clay pots. First, put a base coat on your pot before you place your design onto it. This is easiest done with a foam brush, and without using any water. This will dry quickly, but take a lot of paint to fully cover the entire pot. When the paint is dry, you can now start to paint on your design! You can put stripes, flower...