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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      10 Best Outdoor Shades

      Whether you call them outdoor blinds, shades or privacy panels, you'll love their beauty and cooling effect on your outdoor living spaces.

      The Best Roll Up Shades for Your Porch

      Sometimes you want a little less sun beating down on your deck. A roll-up shade is an easy to way...


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      8 Best Outdoor Gazebos for Your Backyard of 2021

      There's nothing better than being outdoors in the summertime. Make the most of those balmy days with a gazebo to...


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      7 Best Patio Trees for Shade

      Here’s a list of ornamental trees in a variety of sizes to create shade for any patio.


      5 Best Palapa Umbrellas for Your Backyard

      Get some shade in your backyard and add some style with one of these palapa umbrellas.

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      Our Favorite Garden and Patio Finds on Amazon For Less Than $25

      These garden and patio finds from Amazon will help you fight pests, clean the grill and get your outdoor space...


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      12 Outdoor Fire Pit Lighting Ideas

      Adding to the fire's glow, these fire pit lighting ideas help transform your outdoor living space into a welcoming and...

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      7 Outdoor Dog Kennel Ideas and Designs

      Any structure that shelters your dog can be considered a kennel. And it doesn't have to be an eyesore. These...


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      10 Retaining Wall Ideas and Designs

      Retaining walls can level a sloped yard, prevent erosion and look beautiful! Check out these distinctive retaining wall ideas.


      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...


      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...

      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...


      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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      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...


      How to Pressure Wash a Deck

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


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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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      10 Best Outdoor Fire Pit Seating Ideas

      A cozy fire pit is useless without the right seating. Create a relaxing outdoor oasis with help from these creative...


      13 Amazing Scarecrows

      Whether used for decoration or to keep pests away, scarecrows can be a fun addition to your yard and garden....


      What to Know About Digging Bars

      Learn more about these versatile and powerful digging tools here.


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      9 Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas

      Is your backyard or patio missing something? Turn your outdoor space into a cozy retreat with one of these outdoor...


      15 Perfect Patio Designs

      From entertaining spaces to cooking stations to areas designed for lounging, patios can add value and comfort to your home....


      50 Breathtaking Patio Designs to Get You Thinking About Summer

      You won't want to go back inside after seeing these patios.