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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: 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: Build a garden retaining wall

This video describes the easy process of building a garden retaining wall. First you will need to map out your area for your wall with strings and dig your trench for your stones. You will be filling the trench with gravel to hold your stones in place. Make sure to pack to gravel securely into the ground. You should have a leveling tool to ensure your base is very level. After you make sure that first level is secure and in place you will stack your next level of stone. Once the homeowner has...

How To: Clean and restore a weathered deck

Ron Hazelton shows how to restore a weathered and worn deck. Twisted boards can be straightened using a notched 2x4 as a lever, then secured with 5 inch screws. Remove popped nails, and replace with longer thicker nails. Use a punch to countersink slightly high nails. Clean the deck with wood soap and a long handle brush, using a pressure washer to rinse. Apply sealer to the dried wood and let it cure, then enjoy your reinvigorated deck.

How To: Lay sod for a perfect lawn

The quickest way to get a gorgeous lawn is to lay sod, uniform patches of grass-covered soil held together by matted roots. It will go more smoothly if you know a few landscaping tricks. Learn how to lay sod for a perfect lawn with this how to video.

How To: Clean and brighten brick patios with a pressure washer

Brick is a popular choice of home builders for its rich, classic look. But dirt, grime, and even moss can cause discoloration over time. Luckily, pressure washing can restore brick to its former glory. Watch this Home & Garden How-to video to learn how easy it is to clean and brighten brick patios and walkwaya with a pressure washer. Clean and brighten brick patios with a pressure washer.

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.

How To: Make a bale of pine straw

This video shows how to make a bale of pine straw using a one-man-baler, aka, a box baler. The two strings are pre-cut to around 90", having a 'eye' tied on one end. The 'eye' is slipped over the rod at top of baler and routed inside the baler and back out through the long slots in the baler door. It helps to stand on the two strings, keeping them taut while loading the initial handful of straw. As you push the straw down into the box, the strings will then be correctly positioned at the bott...

How To: Plant a rose bush

Rob Scott shows us how to plant a rose bush. Roses should be planted in late autumn or early spring. Start by preparing the rose, then the soil, and add fertilizer to the soil. Watch video for best results. Plant a rose bush.

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: Lay a flagstone patio

There are many different ways in which you can change the look of your outside space. One of the best options is creating a patio area that you and others are sure to use. Cement is a common theme, but if you want something more Earthy, then try creating a flagstone patio. Good luck and enjoy!

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: Fix a leak in your calgary waterfall

This video is an explanation of how to fix a leak in a backyard water feature with a pond and waterfall. If the waterfall is losing water and has to be refilled frequently, you can tell there is a leak somewhere. One place where a leak can happen is a place where the liner needs to be propped up with a rock so it won't flatten out and allow water to leak out. Another problem can occur when a rock is arranged so that water splashes over it. That problem can be fixed by rearranging the rocks to...

How To: Keep deer out of your yard

Deer can wreck havoc on your plants and yard. No need to go to war with the deer, when with a few tricks of the trade, deer can be discouraged from feeding on your yard. The neighbor‘s yard, on the other hand, might seem that much more appealing.

How To: Maintain a swimming pool with Lowe's

Lowe's home improvement expert Mike Craft gives the low down on how to maintain your swimming pool. Pool maintenance is essential for keeping your pool like new and in tip-top condition. You will need some basic materials such as water test strips, chlorine tablets, algae-cide, water shock, a skimmer brush, pool net and vacuum. This video will show you how to balance your water, shock the water, clean out the filters and sweep and vacuum out your pool.

How To: Lay pavement

Team Member Trevor at Bunnings.com shows the average Joe how to render an effective paving job. On this particular day, Trevor guides viewers through simple instructions for laying a nice brick walk. He recommends starting with a foundation of coarse-grade sand, as the coarser grades pack better.

How To: Install an invisible dog fence

Worried about your dog figuring out how to jump over your fence? In this video tutorial from Ron Hazleton, learn about the "invisible" dog fence some are installing which keep a pooch away with electrical signals. It's underground, out of sight, and actually works! Within this video, learn how to trench, cross pavement, wire the equipment, and test this invisible electrical doggie fence.

How To: Train a nectarine tree against a fence

Watch Monty Don, as he plants and trains a nectarine tree up against a fence, using wires and tensioners. With tips on mixing compost and protecting trees from frost damage. Nectarines aren't too difficult to grow. All you need is sunshine, good drainage & plenty of moisture. You want to train a nectarine tree against a fence in the spring time. The how to video lends expert tips when dealing with nectarine trees. Train a nectarine tree against a fence.

How To: Lay stepping stones

Do you need a simple, yet attractive way to move about your yard or garden? Stepping stones create a very natural looking walkway through a garden or to the front door of your home. There are a multitude of materials that can be used as stepping stones, everything from large flat field stones that you have unearthed from your gardens to flag stone or the manufactured stepping stones found at the local garden shop. These represent only a few of the choices that you have available. For complete...

How To: Reduce your lawn

One of the most compelling reasons to reduce lawn is it gives more opportunities to create beautiful flower beds like this one. However, it really goes beyond the beauty of these flowers, it's about the environment. Lawn mowers negatively impact the enviroment. Over the years as your garden continues to evolve, you can make a concerted effort to look for ways to reduce the amount of lawn that you have to care for. Find out how you can reduce your lawn with this tutorial.

How To: Vacuum an in ground pool manually

Maintaining your in ground pool means properly vacuuming it from time to time. This how-to video, made by Teddy Bear Pools & Spas, demonstrate how to manually vacuum an in ground pool. Watch and learn how easy it is to keep your pool running smooth all summer long by with proper vacuuming.