Hot Landscaping How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Build a pond with Lowe's

The Smart Pond system can be used to create a water feature in a backyard. Ponds can be made above the ground or in the ground using a preformed pond. Various types of ponds are shown, which would be appropriate for various locations. The location of a pond is discussed; it shouldn't be under trees to avoid debris and too much shade. Draw out the plan for your pond and dig one or two feet deeper than the depth of the pond. Determine the size of the liner, place it in the hole and anchor it wi...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Understand & use gutter guard

In this video you'll learn everything you need to have and how to use and understand your gutter guard. Tracy shows you all the different type of gutter guards, plastic, powder coated metal, galvanized mesh, the ridged mesh, and your hechhog piping. It takes you from everything you need to check for, and how to properly install your mesh. As well as being cautious of safety to achieve the best result. This is a great video to watch when looking to protect your homes gutter system.

How To: Create a bent wood trellis

Whenever you design elements for your garden, you should always keep in mind, that the more natural they are the better they seem to fit in. That's exactly what is done when you create this rustic bent wood trellis. But others have taken this idea a step further. In this how to video, Jim Long, author of the book Making Bentwood Arbors and Trellises, explains how to create these artistic garden ornaments.

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.

How To: Prune a Butterfly bush

In this how to video, Martin Fish from Garden News explains how to prune the Butterfly Bush or Buddleia. The Buddleia is also known as the Butterfly bush because of its colorful flowers that attract butterflies. Pruning this plant is important because it encourages more flowers in the next blooming season. With the tips from this tutorial you will learn how to prune the Buddleia.

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: Propogate ornamental grasses

In this how to video series, learn how to propagate ornamental grasses, from horticulturist and gardening expert Amanda Kantor. Amanda will teach you all the steps of ornamental grass division propagation. She will demonstrate how to reduce trauma to ornamental grasses when transplanting, how to trim and prune ornamental grasses.

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