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The Thrill of the Grill

ďAh, spring. When a YardShare memberís fancy turns to thoughts of grilling.Ē (With sincere apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson.) Nothing stokes a case of spring fever like a column of fragrant smoke wafting over the fence from your neighborís BBQ. If this is the year youíre planning up to upgrade your...

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All Decked Out

For easily-accessible outdoor entertainment space, itís hard to beat a deck. As a rule, decks typically feel more like a part of the house than a part of the garden. But if you have a deck, thereís probably no better vantage point from which to view your gardenÖ and there may be no part of your outd...

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Pond Perfection

Thereís nothing quite like a pond in the landscape. Gorgeous focal feature, destination spot, miniature ecosystem of aquatic plants and animals. Lucky for DIYers, itís also relatively easy to pull off. If youíre pondering a pond for your garden, take a quick peek at how some of your fellow YardShare...

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Outdoor Kitchens: Rock On!

In our last article on outdoor kitchen construction, we explored the ins and outs of framing a BBQ island. Whether you opt for concrete block or steel studs for your islandís inner framework, the outer skin that you use to cover that skeleton is what makes the difference in your finished landscape. ...

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Walk This Way

Creating a landscape to be gazed at from afar is all well and good. Presenting that sensational view from the street or from the house is one of the main goals of just about any yard transformation. But gardens are also meant to be enjoyed on a more personal level. Intricate leaf patterns, unusua...

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Landscaping with Trees

Ah, the trees. They bud out to let us know spring is coming, they shade us in the summer, they put on their own little fireworks show in fall, and even when theyíre bare, they provide interest and structure in the dead of winter. But not all of us are blessed with tall mature trees in the landscap...

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Be a Cottage Garden Renegade

It is easy to be intimidated by all the gardening and landscaping information out there. Books, magazines, websites, and how-to TV shows promise to teach you all the fundamentals of good design in one fell swoop and leave you ready to give your yard a full makeover in the time it takes to turn a pa...

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Outdoor Kitchens: Steel Studs or Concrete Blocks?

Anyone who has ever contemplated constructing their own outdoor kitchen knows there is a long list of ingredients to consider. But while itís easy to get caught up in the fun decisions like grill size, bun warmers, and beer taps, thereís a fundamental issue that has to be dealt with first: How will...

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YardShare to the Rescue: Small Backyard Help

While over a thousand YardShare members have used this site to proudly post photos of their own landscape transformations in the hopes of inspiring others, many folks have come here looking for inspiration of their own. Surf around a while and youíll run across a few yards like the one shown in thi...

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Got a Hobby? Take it Outside!

For most of us, our landscapes say a lot about who we are and whatís important to us. You can spot the yard of an avid gardener from a mile away. That backyard vegetable garden probably belongs to someone whoís concerned about where his familyís food is coming from. Take a look at this personal w...

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Killer Looks For Concrete

Concrete. Itís cold, itís grey, itís boring. Hold onto those suppositions for just a moment. Itís been calculated that concrete is the second-most-consumed substance on earth, behind only water. Or think about it this way: there is almost one ton of concrete produced for every single human on the ...

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Everything Zen - A Look at Japanese Zen Gardens

Searching for unique ideas on what to do with that small, secluded corner of your yard? Look to the East. Asian-themed gardens are prized for their simplicity, their meditative peacefulness, their effortless flow, and their exquisite balance of traditional elements. While designing a true Japanes...

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A Thousand (or slightly fewer) Points of Light

Unfortunately, many of us don't think about "lighting" in our landscapes except for the month of December, when we drape a few measly strings of half-twinkling bulbs over our evergreens or, at the other extreme, fire up an animatronic-reindeer display that would put Clark Griswold to shame. But you...

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Outdoor Kitchens: Cooking Up Some Ideas

So youíve decided to take the plunge and create your own outdoor kitchen? Good for you. Letís face it, wheeling out that dusty grill every time you want to fire up some dogs and burgers is pretty lame. Permanent, built-in structures dedicated to outdoor cooking are all the rage, and itís not a fa...

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Made For The Shade

One of the main reasons a lot of us do not spend more time outside is the heat. No matter how great your yard is, who wants to go hang out and get battered by the blazing hot sun? Shade is a necessity for any landscape thatís meant to be enjoyed. In fact, Iíd be willing to bet that thereís a part...

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