Outdoor Living

Outdoor living includes swimming pools, solar yard lights, bug zappers and more. Learn all about outdoor living and how to enjoy your backyard.


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How to Choose the Best Pergola

Pergolas add shade, space and panache to your home. Here's what to keep in mind before selecting one.

How the Adirondack Chair Became the Comfiest One You Can Own

The comfort of the wide armrests, high back and slanted seat of the Adirondack chair have made it legendary since its invention in the early 1900s.

How to Get Rid of Rats

Between their survival skills and their natural intelligence, rats have been outsmarting us for centuries. But since they carry a lot of diseases, we'd really like to be rid of them. An expert tell us the best ways.

From Garden to Table: Recipes from Your Backyard

Get your plants out of the garden and onto your table with these simple recipes that make the most of fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

English vs. French vs. Japanese: An International Garden Primer

When you’re planning your next garden, get inspired by these classic styles.

5 Tips for Planting a Fragrant Garden

Create a garden that’s a feast of the senses.

The Best Plants for Edible Gardens

Create a garden that is both beautiful and full of tasty treats.

5 Most Common Household Pests and How to Control Them

Household pests are not only a nuisance, but they can also cause damage to your home. So which ones are the most common, and more importantly, how can you get rid of them?

Signs You Have an Infestation

By the time you see these insects, they may have already made themselves – and their extended families – at home in your house.

How to Control Backyard Bugs

Keep bees, flies, and more away from your backyard outings with these simple ways of controlling pests.

5 Interesting Chicken Coop Plans

Take homesteading to the next level by building your own chicken coop using one of these unique plans.

Cozy Touches for Outdoor Spaces

Make your outdoor areas as comfortable as your indoor rooms for added living space.

5 Chic Fire Pit Ideas

Cozy up by an outdoor fire that’s also an eye-catching addition to your backyard landscaping.

Cool Backyard Design Ideas on a Budget

Making the most of your backyard can feel almost like adding a whole new room onto your house – only in this case, the room is shadier, breezier, and – in the daytime, at least – brighter than any of your inside spaces. But taking your yard from bori ...

4 Tips for Backyard Mosquito Control

An influx of mosquitoes can turn your backyard into a big problem. Here’s how to take care of them.

5 Tips for Creating a Tropical Backyard

Make your outdoor space a relaxing, tropical oasis no matter where you live.

Designing and Installing a Backyard Shower

There's something very luxurious about standing beneath a cool shower in the hot sun. Why not add this feature to your own backyard?

How to Stain Your Deck

Without regular maintenance, a deck can decay, grow mold, weaken and literally fall apart. Enter the ritual of cleaning, stripping and staining that keeps your deck in tip-top shape.

5 Tips to Install a Fireplace on Your Deck

Deck fireplaces are "hot" outdoor accessories! We've five tips for installing one of these fireplaces on your personal patio.

5 Ways to Protect Your Deck From Summer Parties

In the summer, it's only fitting to invite your friends and family over for a bash on your deck. But to keep it in party-ready mode, you have to take care of it.

5 Tips to Select a Hot Tub

Hot tubs are ideal for lounging with a drink or relaxing with your partner. But there are several things you need to know before you buy.

5 Tips to Select an Outdoor Sauna

Once a rare luxury, the home sauna has been picking up in popularity. But it's still important to choose a sauna that fits your price range, needs and building codes.

5 Helpful Outdoor Living Products

Summertime is all about getting as much sun and fun as possible -- and what easier place to get both than your own backyard? Here are some things that could make your summer patio that much brighter this year.

10 Tips to Select Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture is as varied and unique as the cushions that will decorate it. There's a lot to look for, and we'll help you know what to buy!