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Whether you are planting flowers in the garden, adding a water feature to the yard or just need to mow the grass, Family Handyman covers all your outdoor needs.

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      8 Ways to Shade Your Deck or Patio

      Is your outdoor area too hot and sunny? Learn about shade solutions for your deck or patio, from large canopies and a patio awnings to natural solutions. Keep your deck cooler and screen out harmful ultraviolet rays.

      Family Handyman Reader Projects: Outdoor Spaces

      We asked Family Handyman readers what kinds of projects they tackled during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The results were...


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      Best Perennials for Every Region of the U.S.

      Find the best sun and shade perennials recommended by regional gardening experts from Oregon to Georgia.


      What is a Victory Garden?

      Born out of necessity during wartime, Victory Gardens now are a great way for gardeners to learn sustainability and self-reliance.


      If You See a Painted Purple Fence, This Is What It Means

      Knowing about purple paint laws can help you stay on the right path when driving or hiking in an unfamiliar...

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      How To Clean Outdoor Cushions

      Keep your outdoor cushions looking and feeling fresh with these smart and easy cleaning methods.


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      5 Lessons We Learned While Building a Deck

      When you build a deck from the ground up, you're going to learn some things. Here are some of the...


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      What Type of Wood Is Best to Burn in My Fire Pit?

      Selecting the right firewood for your fire pit is crucial for safety and enjoyment. These are your best options.


      Why Composite Decking Makes Sense for Deck Rebuilds

      Composite decking costs a little more than natural wood, but benefits like its sharp look, ease of maintenance, and durability...


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      Azek Decking vs Trex: Which is Best for You?

      Decide whether Azek or Trex is the best choice for your specific project, with this summary and comparison of these...


      Building a Deck: What’s Involved

      A quality deck starts with a sturdy, well-built frame. These are some of the key things to keep in mind...


      10 Inspiring Deck Designs

      Whether wood or composite, decks offer a place to relax, soak up the sun and entertain while also adding value...


      How to Clean Trex Decking

      You probably love your Trex decking because it's durable and low-maintenance. But you still have to clean it occasionally to...

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      9 Best String Trimmers of 2021

      String trimmers (also called weed whackers or weed whips) create clean lines after mowing. Here's how to find the best...


      Home Renovation Leads to Unusual Backyard Find

      You never know what you'll find tearing apart an old house.


      The Best Alternatives for Products and Materials Facing Supply-Chain Issues

      Everything seems like it's out of stock this summer. Here are reliable alternatives to some things that are in high...


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      7 Best Fire Pit Ring Inserts of 2021

      Everyone loves a backyard bonfire! And a fire pit ring insert can keep those home fires burning brightly, and in...


      5 Best Hatchets and Axes of 2021

      Looking to fell a tree or need a chopping tool for your next camping trip? Whatever the job, we've got...


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      We Tried It: Thermacell Mosquito Repellent

      If you're looking to keep mosquitoes away from your campsite or a backyard gathering, the Thermacell has you covered.


      40 Show-Stopping Home Projects You’ll Want to DIY

      These stunning projects may look a little intimidating, but they are actually easy to DIY with our step-by-step plans. Which...


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      7 Reasons You May Not Want to Kill Dandelions in Your Yard

      What if you could give up the fight and call a truce with dandelions? Here are seven reasons why you...

      5 Best Yard Carts of 2021

      Save your back with one of these yard carts, perfect for hauling heavy items.


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      Homeowner’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Lighting

      Outdoor lights add warmth, safety and style to your home's overall look. Learn about eight great outdoor lights to consider...


      How to Pressure Wash a Deck

      Bring new life to your aging deck for less than $300.


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      Best Porch Swings for 2021

      There's no better place to relax on a beautiful day than on a cozy porch swing.


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      Homeowner’s Guide to Home Swing Sets

      Thinking about buying a swing set for your kids? Learn about materials, pricing and safety before you choose the best...


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      What to Know About Tree Swings

      A symbol of carefree play, tree swings can be dangerous if not installed properly. Add a fun, safe tree swing...