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May 04, 2017

This is How You Should Tune Up Your Lawnmower for Spring

simple lawn mower maintenance for handy guys

Everyone knows the dreaded crankless yank of a neglected lawn-mower cord. You reach down for the handle, brace your legs, and pull the cord with all your might, only to be rewarded with a coughing, sputtering engine, or worse, one that won't crank at all. Add in a thrown-out lower back, and you could be forgiven for never wanting to go near a lawn mower again. 

But it doesn't have to be that way! You could join ranks of men and women whose mowers start on the first pull! People whose backs remain un-thrown-out, and whose lawns are oft-trimmed, instead of weeks-overdue. Here are some simple steps you should take every spring to maintain

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Apr 25, 2016

17 Landscaping Ideas For A Low-Maintenance Yard

Dads sure do seem to have a love/hate relationship with their yard work. If you find yourself falling further on the 'hate' end of the spectrum with how much effort you're having to put in, check out these 17 Ideas to save you time and keep you enjoying your yard instead of working for it.   

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Jan 27, 2012

Incredible and Detailed Miniature Pothole Gardens

When most of us walk, drive, or worse, bike, over a pothole, we do what anyone would: curse, promise yourself not to do it again, and swear you're gonna write a letter.

When British artist Steve Wheen comes across a pothole, he plants a mini-guerilla garden in it. And the results are awesome...and often adorable.

     

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Sep 22, 2011

The Inconstant Gardener: Misadventures in Landscaping

A part of me retches at the very word 'landscaping', as if the 1/4-acre parcel I inhabit on the vast surface of our billions-of-years-old planet somehow requires a few hours per weekend of my inexpert, indifferent care. Come on; any scaping we do to the land will be obliterated by the pitiless passing of time. We might as well lie under our beds 'scaping' dust into piles.

Still, that's a tough argument to make to your neighbors when they walk past your overgrown garden, over the shin-high weeds in the sidewalk cracks, and through the 'native habitat restoration' area you call your front lawn. They don't have to say much, but even at a distance you can see the raising of eyebrows.

Our unlanscaped landscape 

Not that I care that much what they think; horticultural conformism be damned. But seriously, this summer the front of our house was getting to a point that would make even the most hardened iconoclast a little embarassed. 

So, with a shrug of my shoulders and a roll of the eyes, we decided to finally do a little landscaping. It's been at least five years since we've done so much as weeding in the front, so things were a little, um, hairy. Read on to see how we improved it, and watch a video of the whole process...

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May 26, 2011

ManMade Joins the 2011 True Value Blog Squad

When the people at True Value got in touch with us about joining their DIY Blog Squad for 2011, we were psyched. Last year's group included some heavy hitters like DesignMom, DIYdiva, and The Lettered Cottage, so I knew we'd be in good company.

Chris and I have a list of fun projects lined up for the summer, including, but not limited to, so don't hold us to this list in court, ok?:

- A Nelson-inspired slatted bench
- Raised garden beds
- Etched copper plant labels
- A sloped garden re-lanscaping project
- Some other miscellaneous fixer-upper projects

Of course, if there's a particular project you'd like to suggest, please let us know in the

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