Landscaping & Gardening

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The Surefire Way to Create a Thriving Flower Garden Bed

Learn my tips and tricks to create a beautiful thriving garden bed in no time. The SureFire Way to Create a Thriving Flower Garden Bed We live on a beautiful tree-filled lot in North Carolina. I love all our trees, but sometimes I crave…
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Easiest Way to Get Rid of English Ivy for Good

In the two decades we've lived in Raleigh, we've learned the Absolute Easiest Way to Get Rid of English Ivy. No back-breaking pulling or bending over. This is truly the best way to remove English ivy. Easiest Way to Get Rid of English Ivy…

11 Things You Should Always Do Before Hiring a Tree Service

I've heard so many stories from people who've been scammed by tree contractors. In fact, we've had our own negative experience with one, but luckily I had enough information and experience to not get scammed. With over two decades of wisdom…
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Millie’s Remodel Update: Exterior Front Reveal

Get a load of this transformation! See Millie's Remodel and her exterior front reveal. Plus, I'm sharing tips to help you keep your home protected from termites when landscaping. Millie's Remodel Update: Exterior Front Reveal This update…
DIY American Flag Planter Box
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DIY American Flag Planter Box

Want to add a little bit of a patriotic flair to your Summer porch or patio? This DIY American Flag planter box is so simple to make from start to finish, you can easily create one for yourself. DIY American Flag Planter Box I hope you…
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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with a Cucumber Trellis

It's spring-time and the perfect time to start a garden. Build this raised garden bed with or without a cucumber trellis and start gardening tomorrow! How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with a Cucumber Trellis Is there anything better than vegetables…
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14 DIY Projects to Get Your Garden Growing

It seems to me that we could all use a little distraction during this season of social distancing. I encourage you to step outside and try your hand at one (or two) of these DIY Projects to Get Your Garden Growing! Not only will you set yourself…
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Kid-Friendly Craft: DIY Hummingbird Feeder

Happy Spring Everyone! What a difference a few weeks can make. Like many of you, I am grappling with the uncertainty of this challenging time. My children are now home with me every day, for the foreseeable future. In Seattle, life has completely…
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9 Lasting Alternatives to Concrete Walkways

Pathways around your home can be functional (protecting grass, your feet, or creating a smooth surface to walk on.) Paths can be whimsical, natural, utilitarian or decorative. Here are 9 Lasting Alternatives to Concrete Walkways. Alternatives…
Landscaping 101: Tools, Planting, and Adding Color to your Landscaping | Pretty Handy Girl
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Landscaping 101 – Tools & Planting

Landscaping 101 - Tools & Planting When we bought our first home 13 years ago, we were lured by the idea of having at least half an acre of land. Little did we know that it would involve LOTS and LOTS of yard work. Over the years we've…

Tips to Create Knock Out Container Gardens

Tips to Create Knock Out Container Gardens It's that time of year again where the weather is warming up and we can't get enough of colorful flowers blooming in the yard! It's also the time of year I like to fiddle around in the dirt and create…
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Quick and Easy DIY Fan Trellis

Quick and Easy DIY Fan Trellis Every spring I find myself making a new fan trellis to replace my worn, weathered and rotting trellis that was left out over winter.  This year, I am going to use the right materials (cedar and exterior screws)…
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Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains

Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains Do you know what a rain chain is? They are an attractive alternative to those boring downspouts connected to our home's gutters. Downspouts are incredibly beneficial since they help direct the draining of water…
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Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower?

Can This Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Really Replace a Gas-Powered Mower? I have underestimated the abilities of battery-powered mowers for years. But, recently I received the STIHL RMA 460 Battery Powered Mower to test out. Did it live up to…
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How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Privacy Fence and Gate

How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Privacy Fence and Gate I should probably re-name this post How to Build a Window Pane Lattice Semi-Privacy Fence. But, honestly it's only semi-private because the lots in downtown Raleigh are so close together…
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Saving Etta: Front Yard Transformation

Saving Etta: Front Yard Transformation & Tips for Saving Money on Landscaping I hope you enjoyed the backyard transformation I shared on Monday. Like the backyard, the front has taken on quite the transformation of its own. One of the first…
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Saving Etta Update: The Backyard Transformation

Saving Etta Update: The Backyard Transformation This has to be one of the biggest transformations (besides the demolition and framing) at the Saving Etta project! The backyard was an unruly mess of vines, overgrown shrubs, and weeds. I resisted…
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46 Awesome DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces

Awesome DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces One great way to enjoy more time outdoors is to make your outdoor spaces useful, attractive, and functional! Here are 46 Awesome DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces that will help you to create a personalized…
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How to Easily Fix a Leaky Hose

How to Easily Fix a Leaky Hose A garden hose is a valuable tool around my yard in the summertime. It's vital to keep my yard looking beautiful, keeping plants watered, and occasionally for a fun water fight with my kids. But what happens when…
Installing Concrete Paver Edging
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Installing Concrete Paver Edging

Have you ever wanted to learn about Installing Concrete Paver Edging? Edging can be a beautiful and decorative addition to your landscaping. It can delineate two different landscape materials, but can also prevent lighter weight materials…
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How to Create an Inexpensive Mulch and Stone Walkway

How to Create an Inexpensive Mulch and Stone Walkway Spring is on its way and that means more rain. It's also the time of year when the grass has been dormant and there is more exposed dirt and mud in your yard. Let's be honest, everyone tends…
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DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial

DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial For anyone who lives in a "not so sunny" place (and needs a quick pick me up from the dull grey skies), you'll find this easy DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial just what you've been craving. Even if you live…

Use this App to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Use this App to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal What would you say if I told you there's an app that could help you improve your curb appeal? Would you believe me? What if I told you this app could also help you complete all those home maintenance…
Weave your vines through the fence trellis to create a living wall!
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DIY Fence Trellis

DIY Fence Trellis Hi, Pretty Handy Girl readers! I'm Vineta from The Handyman's Daughter, and today I'm going to show you how to create this easy DIY fence trellis. Easily give a boring, flat fence visual interest in winter, and a place for…
How to Compost - Magnificent Garden Soil| Pretty Handy Girl
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How to Compost – Magnificent Garden Soil

Do you compost? Oh my gosh, if you don't, why not?!!! It is easy, it's great for the environment and it will result in amazing nutrient rich soil that surpasses anything you can buy from a store! Some of the additional benefits are that…
How to Replace a Wheelbarrow Tire in 5 Minutes | Pretty Handy Girl
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How to Replace a Wheelbarrow Tire in 5 Minutes

What happens when you are ready to do some work in the yard and discover your wheelbarrow has a flat tire? You pump it up. But, then you realize the tire is dry-rotted and no air will stay in the wheel. Trust me when I say you don't want…
Ghostly Fairy Garden Planter

Ghostly Fairy Garden Planter

Hey everyone! It's Jillian from I Am a Homemaker here today to share a little twist on the typical fairy garden with my Halloween Ghostly Fairy Garden Planter. Fairy gardens are so fun and they add a little something special to your flower…
Grown Up Swing Set | Pretty Handy Girl

Swing Set for Grown Ups

Are your kids still using that old swing set in your backyard or have they long outgrown it? After our major landscaping project, we've been spending more time outside enjoying our new backyard. But, this eyesore was blocking the view. It…
How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl
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How to Install Landscape Lights and Repel Mosquitoes

Pop Quiz: How can you beautify your yard AND repel mosquitoes at the same time? Do you give up? Introducing the new NuTone Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System. As a resident of the North Carolina, we fight a…
Create a Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen | Pretty Handy Girl

Create a Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen

Did you see the Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen I created for our new patio? It was so easy to install that I'm kicking myself for not thinking of the idea sooner. I'm just happy to have it now as it gives us a little more privacy and…
Backyard Patio Reveal | Pretty Handy Girl

Backyard Landscaping and Patio Reveal

I've had many friends and readers ask if our backyard renovation was complete. Truth be told, it was finished right before Spring arrived. I wanted to wait for the plants to start blooming before taking the final pictures. Plus, I had to…
How to Build a Square Foot Gardening Grid that Won't Rot | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Build a Square Foot Gardening Grid that Won’t Rot

As I mentioned before, I am trying my hand at Square Foot Gardening. If you've never heard about this style of gardening, do some research or check out this book on Square Foot Gardening (affiliate link). The basic premise of the Square…
How to Build a Vegetable Trellis on a Budget | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Build a Vegetable Trellis on a Budget

Recently, I showed you how to build these rot resistant planter beds. They are definitely working well for me. Many of my seeds have sprouted and they look very happy. Soon I'll need a trellis to support the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers…
How to Build a Vegetable Trellis on a Budget | Pretty Handy Girl
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How to Build a Rot-Resistant Raised Planter Bed

I've wanted to start a vegetable garden for three years! Each Spring something comes up and it doesn't happen. This year is the year, I told myself. I'm going to build Raised Planter Beds that are rot-resistant (because who wants to build…
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Building a Pergola with Trellis Screens

One of the design elements that our landscape designer proposed was Building a Pergola Trellis to screen our trash cans.  As soon as I saw the magazine clipping that she gave me, I was in love with the idea. Clipping from WoodMagazine.com I…
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Backyard Landscaping Update

Things have been busy in our yard. There's been lots of mud and dust flying around. I figured you'd like an update on our backyard landscaping. Put on your boots and let's get dirty! If you remember, I had big plans to give our back yard…
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Backyard Landscaping Plans

I know many of you come to my blog for exciting and inspiring ideas. I love showing you beautiful spaces and makeovers. Sadly, today I have to show you the ugly side of our house. Our backyard is quite a sight. It's been on our "want to…
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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Tour

Have you been following all the Lowe's Spring Makeovers? There were 10 in all, and each one is truly a miraculous transformation. If you remember, there were 10 bloggers who were sent to 10 different areas that were hardest hit by this…
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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal

**This project and post has been sponsored by Lowe's Home Improvement. They are a company that works hard to give back to the community. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in one family's life. Thank you,…
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Dragonfly Garden Decor using a Wire Whisk + Skewer

Summertime is coming and I'm enjoying spending more time in our garden. I'm always looking for cute craft ideas that I can do with the kids while school is out. When I saw this great idea for making a wire whisk dragonfly on Morena's Corner,…