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Create a Backyard Oasis

With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never want to leave. Read on for 13 ways to achieve your very own backyard oasis.

8 Outdoor Projects You Can Do Yourself

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and your backyard beckons! To help you make the best of the...


One-Day DIY Patio Garden Pond

If you can build a box, you can do it!


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10 Common Things a Homeowner Can Be Fined For

Here's a look at things that can lead to sometimes hefty fines, depending on local laws and covenants, along with...


How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

Underground wiring puts light and power anywhere in the yard. We'll show you how you can do it easily and...

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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.


How to Build a Low-Maintenance Pond

A little more building work means a LOT less maintenance and repair.

Outdoor Pond Ideas: Above-Ground Pond

This above-ground pond brings the subtly beauty of water in your backyard without the shovel work


How to Build a Bamboo Water Feature

Here's a water garden that's different! Bamboo is used for a water spout and sluices, ending up in a small...


How to Build a Pond and Waterfall in the Backyard

Spend more time enjoying a backyard pond and less time maintaining it.


Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

This cascading stream flows into a gravel bed, not a pond, so it stays clean with little maintenance.

How to Build a Water Garden With Waterfall

Put a little piece of paradise right in your own backyard. We'll show you how to build a pond waterfall...


Build a Backyard Waterfall in One Weekend

Transform your backyard with a small pond.


Pond, Fountain and Waterfall Projects You Can DIY

An attractive, low-maintenance water feature makes any yard more inviting. In this collection of DIY ponds, fountains and waterfalls, there's...


Fish For Leaves in Your Pond

Fish out leaves in pools and ponds without any trouble


Reader Project: Backyard Pond

Using tips from The Family Handyman’s Backyard Pond project, reader Janice Ferguson and her husband revamped their pond to include...

Fountain: How to Build a Concrete Fountain

Carving stone requires years of training, extraordinary skill and endless patience—or you can cheat and use power tools.


How to Build a Pond & Fountain in One Day

Add life to your backyard with this affordable fountain


How to Build a Water Garden Stream

How to build a pond and waterfall using preformed shells.


How to Build a Garden Pond and Deck

Plans for a rectangular reflecting pond with ground-level boardwalk.


How to Choose a Pond Pump

To help you size a pond pump, measure how high the water needs to be lifted.