Snake In The Grass

Snake in the Grass

Okay, I'll let you in on a little secret: We at BobVila.com are just like the rest of you—we mean to take care of all of our yard and house chores... but hey, we're working! So, no surprise that one…

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Living Furniture

Living Furniture

Here's a novel idea—instead of chopping down a tree to make way for patio furniture, how about shaping the trees in your backyard to be chairs? Artist Richard Reames of Oregon has been practicing this art which he calls "arborsculpting"…

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The Grass Is Greener

The Grass is Greener

I've been an advocate of reduced pesticide use forever. The problem has been, however, that everyone around me continued to dose and look lovely. My lawn always looked ratty by comparison. But, change is afoot and the landscape is showing…

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Stack ’em Up

Stack ’em Up

One of my father’s favorite yard projects is building stone walls. He has a couple of them going on their New Hampshire property, and I imagine he has his eyes set on a few extensions and additions this summer. I…

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Shock-Free Mowing

Shock-Free Mowing

Okay, I know that it appears I'm on a power trip these days—an irresistible pun— but this entry sent by a friend is a perfect solution to the threat of electrocution from corded lawnmowers and hedge trimmers. A newly developed…

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Night Orbs

Night Orbs

I love nighttime lighting, especially outdoors. I would love to create a nightscape with lights twinkling, glowing, or swaying along landscaped paths. Then again, I worry about Dark Sky lighting. Shouldn't it be compatible with nature? I surely don't want…

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