backyard

How to make a self-watering planter

Self-Watering Planter

Make a self-watering planter or wicking-bucket to keep your plants healthy and well-watered. Perfect for a patio garden or any yard. I learned how to make a ...
A star gazing birthday party with constellation activities, glow stick fun, a galaxy cake, and nighttime fun. Perfect birthday idea for teens or tweens

A Star Gazing Birthday Party

Throw a star gazing birthday party with fun constellation activities and exploring the night sky. Star gazing is a fun party idea for teens and tweens and older...
How to restore an old or neglected wood deck

Reclaiming a Worn Out Deck

A wood deck that has seen better days can still be restored to a beautiful and functional space.  With some hard work and the right supplies, you can make it u...
Tips and hints to grow a successful succulent garden in your backyard.

Planting a Succulent Garden

A succulent garden is easy to grow and care for. There are just a few things to remember when planting these beautiful drought-tolerant plants. Last week I...
Learn how to use the 6 principles of art to design your garden or landscape

Principles of Garden Design

Use the principles of design to make your garden look beautiful and well-designed. Create proportion, emphasis, balance, movement, rhythm, and unity in your lan...
Tutorial on how to turn an old, grey wood bench into colorful patio furniture. Easy DIY project.

Saving an Ugly Wood Bench

Refinish an old wood bench with Varathane stain, and turn an outdoor eyesore into beautiful patio furniture. When we moved into our mid-century home, the...
a DIY soccer goal made with PVC pipes

DIY Soccer Goal

Make your own DIY soccer goal with some PVC pipe and joints and some netting. It’s an easy DIY project, and a great gift for a soccer-loving kid. I’m exc...
Save water and money with a DIY rain barrel

DIY Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is wonderful for saving rainwater to water plants later. It’s also an easy DIY home project. All of the rain we’ve gotten this year has bee...
How to put in a beautiful and healthy sod lawn

How to Choose and Lay Sod

The final part of putting in our lawn is installing the sod. Most of the work now is preparing for the ground for the sod. If you haven't already, take a lo...
Testing soil to find out Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels

How to Take a Soil Test

We are putting in a new lawn soon and other plant in our backyard. To prepare, we need to get the soil ready, but how do we know what our soil needs? We take a ...
How to build a small retaining wall

A Small Retaining Wall

A small retaining wall can prevent erosion and can add to the design of your backyard landscape. Are you starting to plan your yard improvement projects for...

Retaining Wall on a Slope

We built a retaining wall on the slope behind our house to give us more usable space, and it opened up our backyard and gave us a lot more room. Half of our...
fairy garden park

Fairy Garden Park

Build a fun park for your fairy to swing, slide, and play in your fairy garden, as explained by a 7 year-old. Both of my daughters really like making fairy ...