Yard and Garden Structures

Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.

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    Color-Changing Pinecones Make Fireplaces Magical

    Turn up the heat this holiday season with color-changing pinecones. Add them to any fireplace or fire pit and watch in wonder as the flames burn rainbow bright!

    The Best Infrared Space Heaters to Keep You Toasty All Winter Long

    These infrared space heaters are well-suited for indoor and outdoor use. They also start to work right away—no warm-up time...

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    How To Clean an Outdoor Fire Pit

    Clean your fire pit? It's a good idea, and you probably have most of the needed items on hand. Here's...

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    How To Winterize a Hot Tub

    If you must put the lid on your hot tub for the winter, follow these steps for winterizing it the...

    Can I Trim Bare Trees in the Winter?

    Many people are surprised to learn winter is a good time to prune bare trees — weather permitting, of course.

    How To Drain a Pool

    If you live in a cold climate, you may need to partially drain your pool in the winter. Here's how...

    How To Restore a Hardwood Deck

    It's possible to restore a deck and preserve the rich color tones of the hardwood. Here's how to do it!

    How To Clean a Pool Filter Cartridge

    Be sure to clean your pool filter cartridge system as part of your pool winterization process. It's easy if you...

    Now’s the Time to Shop Black Friday Patio Furniture Sales

    Is it too cold to shop for patio furniture? Never! These Black Friday patio furniture sales prove that off-season savings...

    How To Shock a Pool

    A little shock therapy is just what your pool needs to stay clean and sanitized for the winter. Here's all...

    How To Grow Microgreens Indoors

    Microgreens add nutrition and freshness to any meal, and they are easy and quick to grow without a lot of...

    These Black Friday Fire Pit Sales Make a Backyard Luxury Cheaper Than Ever

    From fashion to functionality, these fire pits make for the backyard centerpiece of your dreams. Save on Solo Stove and...

    How To Test and Balance Pool pH Levels

    Testing and adjusting your pool's pH level is an essential part of swimming pool winterization. Here's why it matters and...

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    8 Tips for Building a Deck That Will Last for Decades

    Wondering how to build a deck? DIYers and even many professional builders often get it wrong. Read our tips to...

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    Tips for Buying Garden Plants Online

    Buying live garden plants online is different than buying non-perishable goods. Here are 10 things you need to know before...

    How To Get Toilet Paper Out of Trees

    If those teenage neighborhood kids adorned your majestic maple with TP streamers but you're not feeling the vibe, here's how...

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    Upgrade Your Backyard with This Solar Powered Patio Umbrella

    Add ambiance to your deck or patio with this Family Handyman Approved lighted cantilever umbrella.

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    This Retractable Awning Is an Easy Way to Make Your Patio More Pleasant

    We tried this affordable retractable awning to provide shade both indoors and out.

    How to Build a Shed: 2011 Garden Shed

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    Want to build this stellar storage shed? The full project...

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    Make a Tiny Oasis in Your Backyard with the Coolaroo Shade Sail

    Here's an easy and inexpensive way to throw some shade in your yard or campsite.

    What To Compost From Your Garden

    Deciding what to put in your compost pile depends on what you have in your garden. Some things are good...

    7 Unconventional Ideas for Greenhouses

    From old buses to recycled windows and pallets, these crafty DIYers thought outside the box when building their repurposed greenhouses.

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    Throw Some Shade into Your Yard with This Easy, Affordable Pergola Kit

    Cool off and spiff up your outdoor living space with this low-cost Family Handyman Approved pergola kit.

    6 Best Glass Greenhouses

    Glass greenhouses add a classic, high-end look to your home, and their impressive light transmission provides the ideal environment for...

    The Best Deer Fencing to Protect Your Garden

    Want to keep deer out of your yard and garden? Build a fence. Here are some of the best deer...

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    7 Popular Vinyl Fence Colors

    Frame your home and increase your curb appeal with these popular vinyl fence colors.

    Homeowner’s Guide To Irrigation Systems

    You can irrigate your lawn or garden with an automated sprinkler or drip system. Sprinklers irrigate more widely, but they...

    Should You Use Expanding Foam for Setting Fence Posts?

    Expanding foam for setting fence posts is a recent innovation. We asked two experts how it compares to concrete for...

    How To Conserve Your Pool Water This Summer

    Reduce swimming pool water loss with these pro tips, good in the summer and year-round.

    How To Build an A-Frame Swing for Kids

    Want to inspire some old-fashioned outdoor play? Learn how to build this simple backyard swing and frame.

    9 DIY Indoor Greenhouses

    No outdoor space for growing plants? No problem! Create the perfect environment inside your home with these DIY indoor greenhouse...