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    10 Tips to Build a Better Concrete Sidewalk

    Build strong, crack-free concrete sidewalks and slabs with advice from the pros for forming edges, leveling, smoothing, curing and other vital steps in creating a first-rate concrete pour.

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    You Should Dust Your Houseplants— Here’s Why

    You know you have to water houseplants, but did you know you should also dust them? Dusting houseplants is easy...

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    10 Ways to Have an Indoor Apartment Garden

    If you live in an apartment, you can still exercise your green thumb. With a little creativity, you and your...

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    7 Houseplants That Don’t Require Drainage

    If you have a container without holes for drainage, you can still grow a houseplant in it — at least...

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    Deciphering Tomato Plant Tags: What Do Those Codes Mean?

    A good plant tag can tell you so much about a tomato plant: Its mature size, resistance to disease and...

    The 8 Best Ping Pong Tables for Your Home Game Room

    With these must-have tables, you can play ping pong just about anywhere.

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    What’s a Catio and Why Would I Want One?

    The catio revolution is afoot. Here's what to know about cat patios, which keep kitties and wildlife safe.

    What Is Winter Sowing?

    Using commonly recycled containers and a few hardy seeds, you can make your own mini greenhouses

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    The 10 Best Plants for an Indoor Herb Garden

    Once you have success with a few easy-to-grow indoor herbs, you'll start looking for more to grow and cook with!

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    What You Need To Know About Pool Filters

    Swimming pool filters are not one size fits all. Here's a look at the different types and which one might...

    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...

    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...

    The Best Patio Furniture Sales to Shop Ahead of Spring

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

    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 Fire Pit Sales Make a Backyard Luxury Cheaper Than Ever—Save Big on Solo Stove

    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.