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A young family in possession of a back yard must be in want of some toys

We (parents and 2 boys ages 4 and 16 months), recently relocated from an apartment with no outdoor space to a house with a backyard. A couple of months in, the joys of simply running in circles are finally wearing off. What outdoor toys/equipment can we get for the kids that will maximize everyone's fun? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 23, 2015 - 37 answers

Plans for a Maker Shed

One of the first issues of Maker Magazine had a project to build a backyard modern shed/office with simple materials bought at any home improvement store. I've been Googling all morning but can't seem to find the plans online or any references to the project since the magazine has launched Maker Shed as their store for buying stuff, which muddies the results. Can anyone help me find this project?
posted by mathowie on Jun 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Hummingbirds are Go

Why won't hummingbirds come to our backyard? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Keeping the rain out

We live on the bottom floor of a double-decker home. Our back decks are similarly stacked, so the upstairs deck provides some cover from the harsh summer sun. Unfortunately, it still lets rain in. Is there a way we can cover the "roof" of our deck so that we can use it even when it rains? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

ground cover for play structure

What's the best ground cover for underneath a small play structure we're planning on building in our backyard this spring? Any other tips for making a small backyard fun for little kids? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Disguising our backyard eyesore

We have an above ground pool in our New England backyard. Can you help with strategies for hiding it? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Is there anything out there like a small pre-made deck I can buy?

Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Concrete garden?

How do I beautify a concrete "garden" space without relying on my green thumb? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Aug 19, 2013 - 16 answers

What are some nice ways to improve a gross concrete backyard?

I recently bought a new house. One of the things I liked about the house was that the backyard was a blank slate -- fairly large, but nothing "done." It's just an expanse of concrete, with some edge areas covered with either tan bark or stones to keep weeds out. I thought I'd hire a landscape architect to help me envision nice landscaping and plan something great out there. But I ran out of money! Whoops. So, I turn to the hive. Hive, how would you improve a backyard that is mostly just (quite ugly) concrete, on a budget? I don't love entertaining in a prison yard. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Hut tub filter.

If you own/ed a hot tub (or close with someone who has), what do you wish that you'd known or done differently before hand? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on May 13, 2013 - 15 answers

No kitty that's a bad kitty! Need suggestions to keep kittehs out!

How can I keep stray/feral kittehs out of my yard so that they don't eat my pet chickens? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Mar 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Is there a cheap way to un-xeriscape my yard?

I want to un-xeriscape my back yard as cheaply as possible. How can I do it. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Little kids, big tree?

I need ideas for tree-based fun for my small kids. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2012 - 7 answers

when i find the time capsule, maybe i'll find my memory

I buried a time capsule in our backyard 25 years ago. I'm not sure I remember where I buried it. Can you help me find it without tearing up the yard? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on May 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Privacy ideas for backyard

Need ideas for privacy in my new back yard. I have a fence between us and the neighbors, but it is already at maximum allowed height. My deck extends all the way to the side yard at the fence so when I am standing on the deck, the fence is only about 4' higher than the deck and doesn't really hide the next yard. I don't want to do anything to the fence because the neighbors own it. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Apr 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Teach us how to garden!

Please help two novice gardeners keep our backyard as gorgeous as it seems like it's going to be. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Apr 9, 2012 - 13 answers

it ain't no trick to get rich quick if you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick

Backyard drainage/flooding issues: please help me choose an excavating contractor and get the job done right. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 17, 2012 - 6 answers

designing a fancy pergola

I would like to build a pergola in my backyard. With a hanging bed under part of it. I have no idea what I'm doing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Mar 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Pimp My Roof

My new apartment has an accessible roof with an awesome view, and this summer I would like it to be an Awesome Party Spot. At the moment it is completely bare. What makes YOUR roof great? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Feb 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Backyard tree has hole in base that's filled with mud. Should I be worried?

In my back yard there's a tree with a hole at its base. This hole leads up into the tree, and appears to be filled with freshly-tilled mud. Something to be concerned about? (Pic inside) [more inside]
posted by Robson on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Bitter Gnomes & Garbage

Where can I find DIY backyard remodeling ideas outside of the Sunset magazine aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by queensissy on Aug 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Please help us figure out why she's suddenly afraid of places that weren't a problem before. But before "what", exactly?

Why would a 7 month old puppy suddenly develop a fear of her dedicated pee spots in our yard? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Jul 13, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I help birds discover my new bird feeder?

How can I get birds to 'discover' the new bird feeder? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 6, 2011 - 10 answers

It's Memorial Day Weekend, it's supposed to be warm and sunny!!

I'm throwing a small outdoor party tomorrow (25 people) and now there's rain in the forecast. It being graduation season, I don't want to spend all day calling party stores to find someone who can still rent me a tent. So, will a pop-up canopy like this protect people from the rain or is it a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on May 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Off with their heads!

I have a flock of backyard chickens (for egg production) that needs to have its numbers reduced. Which hens should have a date with the chopping block? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Sep 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Entomology-Filter - Help me identify some worms that reside in my backyard.

Entomology-Filter - Help me identify some worms that reside in my backyard. [more inside]
posted by Argyle on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 answers

What is this thing and can I eat it - part deux

SO what's this OTHER thing growing on my backyard tree. And more important, will I soon be able to eat it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 1, 2010 - 27 answers

Outdoor foosball table?

I'd like to get an outdoor foosball table. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm on Jul 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Overhauling the yard

What do I need to know before overhauling my packed-dirt backyard? Bonus points for inexpensive and green/sustainable suggestions. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Dog afraid of the backyard

Our dog has become traumatized by the recent fireworks (I'm in the US, obviously) and is afraid to go outside at night. Even when he is taken outside he doesn't do anything - this results in late night indoor poops. What can I do to get him going in the backyard again? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Many plants, few square feet.

My backyard lawn is 18 by 27 feet. There is a 12 by 10 foot concrete area. There are two footlong garden boxes, 35 potted plants and 80+ seedlings in cups. [more inside]
posted by doteatop on May 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Scat, cat!

How can I best protect the baby birds in my backyard from a prowling neighborhood cat? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on May 4, 2010 - 26 answers

Where can I get garden supplies in the city?

Where do I get cheap supplies (soil, rocks, hay) for a backyard garden in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Apr 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me assemble my kids' swingset

I just bought a wooden swingset for the kids this weekend and I'm going to be putting it together by myself. I'm looking for any helpful tips/suggestions you have regarding assembly. [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Can outdoor heaters and a tent actually transform a Chicago backyard into a party locale?

Is it reasonable, by way of a tent rental + heaters, to plan on holding a small backyard party in Chicago, in March, with a forecast indicating temperatures in the 40s/50s? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Mar 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration?

Spring is right around the corner, and we're starting to plan our Backyard Projectâ„¢. Is there an Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration? Looking for lots of photos and write-ups about things like brick patios, decks, gardens, water features, etc.
posted by wordsmith on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I start my own backyard garden?

GreenThumbFilter: I'd like to start a garden in my backyard to grow some veggies and herbs and stuff -- like the Obamas' garden, but obviously at a lot smaller scale. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Mar 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on Mar 14, 2009 - 32 answers

We haven't had a chance to formally meet the new neighbors..

What kind of creature is living in our backyard? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Building a backyard bungalow/office

We're thinking of building a small backyard bungalow to use as an office, ideally with some sort of bike storage attached. [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Feb 12, 2009 - 7 answers

What do I do with filled-in ground stumps?

Earlier this year, I had some trees cut down. The stumps were ground and the holes were filled back in with wood chips from the tree. This has left some ugly mounds in my yard. See here and here. What can I do with this stuff? Dig it out and replace with soil for grass seed? Plant new trees? Wait?
posted by clearlynuts on Oct 14, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I fix my Houston backyard?

Garden project: I want to renovate the backyard since Hurricane Ike has given me some time off. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Sep 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Backyard playground setup?

What do I need to know to set up a backyard playground? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Sep 17, 2008 - 13 answers

Is this a rim? a lead cover? Thor's discus?

I found this gigantic item in my backyard when I moved in here. It's really the only thing in the back yard that is like this - it's not like there's a pile of junk like this lying around. It is about 3 feet wide, a foot high, and the metal is about an inch thick. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Jul 21, 2008 - 11 answers

What is this hole in my backyard?

While digging out the backyard of our Philly rowhome to lay a patio, I came across a brick-lined pit with a pipe in it (pictures here and here). What is it? [more inside]
posted by zempf on May 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Recommend a Swing Set

Children's backyard play structure filter: recommendations wanted. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on May 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Brainstorm ideas for viral marketing video

I need help to come up with an idea (or a few) for a viral marketing video for my online backyard store. [more inside]
posted by adriana on Apr 24, 2008 - 8 answers

A Hummingbird-Friendly Backyard.

I want my backyard to be hummingbird-friendly. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Apr 5, 2008 - 17 answers

I need help with a tagline for my new ecommerce store

Can you help me find a great tagline for my new ecommerce store? [more inside]
posted by adriana on Jan 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Should I get a hot tub?

As much as it frightens me, I'm really starting to enjoy hot tubs. Would I really use one at home or am I just enjoying them during vacations? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Aug 10, 2007 - 40 answers

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