Man Vs. Lawn: How to build an awesome raised garden bed!

raised garden bed

I loved making this raised garden bed. What one for yourself? Here it comes. Also, I’ll warn you now. It was hot and I need to share that. I mention it about 45-times throughout the article. Note: We partnered with Wood It’s Real for this article. The design, how-to, 9-10 … see more

DIY Mower Maintenance: Sharpen a lawnmower blade and clean the mower deck

sharpen a lawnmower blade

So this was a fun discovery: I can sharpen a lawnmower blade with a Dremel tool and metal grinding attachment. Then I can de-gunk the caked-on grass with a Hyde painter’s tool. I’ve used lots of tools for these jobs. None work as well as this tag team. I used … see more

Thor’s croquet set. Thunderous DIY and woodworking suprisingly satisfying

croquet set

If Thor had a croquet set, he’d have this one. Big. Bad. Burned. And ready to bring the thunder. Want one of your own—YES—here’s how I made it. I started with the mallets and the straightest, tightest grain Douglas fir 4×4 I could find at Home Depot. After cutting the … see more

DIY Projects You Can Totally Do! Shabby Shed Weekend Makeover

diy projects

Sometimes the hardest part of DIY projects is building up the momentum to start them. Once you’re in it—and this happened on this project—it becomes easy to see that little changes can make a big difference. And if you really look deep, life lessons can pop out of a simple … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Fall home improvement: Troy-Bilt cordless lawn and leaf blower review

home improvement

I swear, maybe it’s the caveman in me or flannel-swaddled North-Easterner I am, there is something about Fall (and all the other seasons in their own wonderful ways) home improvement and ‘season-get-readiness’ I love. And yes, tools play a role in the love affair! From battery run time to on-lawn … see more

Make a DIY planter from an old wood chair

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I saw an old wood chair at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and I thought DIY planter! I love an excuse to plant flowers. So when I saw a charming old wood chair, I thought of how I could transform it into a planter. I dismantled the chair using … see more

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