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How to Level Ground for Above Ground Pools

A level surface is needed for an above ground pool. The walls of a pool are designed to withstand equal amounts of water pressure. If the pool sits on an uneven surface, one side receives too much pressure from the unequally distributed water. This often results in collapsing of the pool wall. A few

How to Remodel a Sliding Door

Over the years, a standard sliding door unit will eventually look dated. Changing the door's framing materials from metal to wood can update the door. Upgrading to a costlier door system and enlarging the door opening can also make a difference. Keep in mind that changes should blend perfectly with

How to Make a Poinsettia Topiary

A topiary is usually a shrub or tree that's sculpted into an ornamental shape. But it can also be constructed out of flowers and plants. A holiday topiary is made with poinsettias, craft foam and wire. Remember to keep this holiday plant away from small children and pets because it is a highly poiso

Pumps and Lighting in Your Garden

Let's face it, if you want something other than a still pond, then you are going to have to invest in a pump - unless you are lucky enough to have a natural stream or waterfall in your garden, There are essentially three types of water pump. The first, and most common, is the submersible pump,

When Should I Over-Seed Grass This Fall?

An aging lawn often takes on a sparse appearance as the years pass, but over-seeding can revitalize it. Warm-season lawn varieties enter winter dormancy and turn brown. They can benefit from over-seeding with a cool-season grass variety that adds green to a drab, brown appearance in winter.

What Is Alkaline Pool Water?

Alkaline pool water is pool water that has a pH above neutral, at 7.0. A little alkalinity is acceptable, as the ideal pH range for pool water is considered to be between 7.2 and 7.6. Pool pH requires monitoring and adjustment on a regular basis: weekly when the pool is not in use, daily during regu

Landscape Architect Training

If you've been thinking of getting new training to start pursuing a new career then maybe landscape architect training is for you. With landscape architect training you will be learning a skill that is fun to do as a living that allows you to be creative while at the same time letting you be ph

How to Gather Seeds from Rudbeckia Plants

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susan, is a native wildflower that is pretty enough to grow in gardens. Rudbeckia grows into a 2-foot-tall foliage plant with colorful flowers that bloom from summer through fall. The flowers are red and orange ringed with yellow, although different cultivars will have a dif

Video: 3rd Grade Science Projects on Hydroponic Gardening

Video Transcript Hi, I'm Paul Holowko, and today we're going to do a third grade less plan for hydroponics. This is basically growing herbs and spices in your classroom for your kids to take a look at. So the way you really start out, and the easiest way to do this, is really to start...

What Causes Standing Water in a a Fence Post Hole?

Holes are often made to secure large fence posts.old tire on a wooden fence post image by Bo Widerberg from Fotolia.comHoles are often made in the surface of the ground to secure large fence posts before they are inserted and the fence is built on them. These holes can be made in a number...

How to Replace Fabric on a Patio Umbrella

Replacing fabric for a round patio umbrella involves measuring and calculating the fabric yardage. Purchase the widest exterior waterproof canvas, polyester or nylon fabric you can find to minimize seams. Fabric stores sell 54-inch and 60-inch fabric widths. Use waterproof fabric intended for outdoo

How to Plant Scuppernong Seed

Scuppernong, also known as muscadine, is a type of grape that grows particularly well in the southeastern U.S. While propagation is most often done from cuttings, seeds can also be used to good effect. Choose cultivars that are naturally disease resistant for best results. If you have limited space,

How to Prune Bamboo

Bamboo has been used for various purposes for more than 5,000 years. It was used for building and making items such as paper, books, bedding and food in China. The Jin Dynasty wrote a book about the different species of bamboo in 265-316 A.D. Today, bamboo is used for making household items, floor c

I've Just Built A Shed - 10 Things You Should Know

How can I build a shed? If you have asked yourself this I'm about to share with you the pain and pleasure of doing just that. I have just completed a garden shed and there are 10 things that I want to share with you, based on my recent experience, that may make your life a little easier.

Design for a Patio Bar

Including a bar in a patio allows the party to move outside. The final design must take into account restrictions like the amount of space available and matching the design of the existing deck and home. However, many other decisions are necessary to successfully plan a patio bar.

Easy Ways to Stain Grout

White or light-colored tile grout can become dirty and discolored over time, particularly on floors and kitchen counter tops where contact with dirt and food is frequent. Staining grout a darker color to mask discoloration and minimize inevitable future food and dirt stains is a cost-effective alter

How to Build a Fire Pit Landscape

On cool summer nights, fire pits not only provide warmth (making it possible to stay out under the stars longer), but also ambiance, and a chance to treat yourself to s'mores. But, you can't just stick a fire pit in your yard and expect it to be appealing. Fire safety always comes first, of course,

K-Pattern Paver Installation

Pavement is a relatively important aspect of most houses, especially those with driveways. Instead of just having bare, boring concrete as your driveway, by using pavers, you can make it more interesting and make it look less like a warehouse floor. Pavers also can add a little something in a commun

Deck Fence Ideas

A lattice deck fence can eventually be covered with a climbing plant.lattice image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.comDeck fences do a great job in keeping us from falling over the front edge. But beyond the function of a deck fence, it is also important to consider which fence design will...

Can Rye Grass Be Planted in Cold Weather?

Winter rye grass is an excellent lawn option for cold, dry climates. This annual is drought and cold resistant so it makes good ground cover in many harsh winter climates.