Garden maintenance and outdoor jobs

Like to know how to remove moss from your lawn and prevent it from forming in the first place? Need to make your garden ready for winter? The Skil website has lots of very useful information to help you keep your garden looking great and complete jobs outdoors. You’ll find clear step-by-step instructions with guidelines on what tools you need to keep your garden attractive and healthy.

  • Pruning climbers

    Climbers form good natural partitions in your garden, but before you know it they can go off in all directions. When pruning climbers, you have to distinguish…
  • Pruning lavender

    Lavender is a common plant that gives off a pleasant scent when it flowers. It does need pruning to ensure it continues to flower properly and does not…
  • Pruning grape vines

    Grape vines not only look fantastic in your garden, as the years go by they also produce delicious grapes. To produce juicy grapes, you will need to take…
  • Choosing the right pruning tools

    Pruning plants, bushes, hedges and trees is an important part of keeping your garden looking good. Do you know how to select the best pruning tools for…
  • Pruning conifers

    Being evergreens, conifers make ideal hedges. Rather than regular leaves like most other plants, conifers bear scale-like leaves or needles. Those with…
  • Getting your lawn ready for winter

    It’s important to prepare your lawn properly to ensure it makes it safely through the winter. Do it right and you’ll barely need to lift a finger for…
  • Pruning roses

    Roses flower when the weather is good and the bushes look beautiful in the garden. It’s important to prune your rosebush to ensure you’re able to enjoy…
  • How to choose the right lawn mower

    Regular mowing is the key to an attractive, healthy green lawn. But how do you choose the best mower for your lawn? Our guide will help you find the right…
  • Pruning box

    Box is one of the few plants that retains its green leaves throughout the year. If you want to ensure your box keeps its dense shape, you need to prune…
  • 9 must-have garden tools for urban gardens

    Need to keep your garden looking great, but finding it hard to choose from the huge selection of garden tools? These are the 9 must-have tools for your…
  • Maintaining your lawn in the spring

    When the weather starts to improve and nature gets going after the winter, it’s time to take extra care of your lawn. That will help ensure you benefit…
  • Pruning fruit trees

    Fruit trees can be divided into two groups: pome fruit trees and stone fruit trees. Take good note of which tree group you have in your garden, as they…
  • Pruning hydrangeas

    The hydrangea is a strong, low-maintenance shrub. It stays in bloom for six months and can even be used as a hedge. When pruning hydrangeas, it’s important…
  • Getting your garden ready for winter

    It may sound obvious, but you do need to get your garden ready for winter before the cold season starts. You can find out exactly why - and how – you…
  • Removing moss from your lawn

    If you have a lawn, you’re likely to have experienced moss forming. Moss often grows on lawns, which is not only bad for grass growth, it’s unsightly…
  • Garden tools care and maintenance

    By taking good care of your garden tools, you can enjoy them for even longer. You also reduce the risk of damaging the plants in your garden when you use…
  • How to build a deck

    A wooden deck or patio doesn’t get as hot or cold as one made of stone. It’s comfortable and looks attractive. One disadvantage is that wood can become…
  • How to build a log store

    If you have an open hearth or a wood-burning stove, you’ll also need a stock of firewood. This needs to be dried before you can use it, and the best…
  • How to build a sandpit

    A sandpit in the garden is a lot of fun for children and parents alike. You can choose a ready-to-use solution or you can do the job yourself. Then you…
  • How to maintain gutters

    A good rain gutter keeps water away from the walls and foundations, and prevents walls from being affected by rising damp.
  • How to fit an outside tap

    If you have a garden it’s handy to have an outside water tap. That makes it easy to water flowers and plants, or to wash your windows or your car.
  • How to hang window boxes

    A window box or plant container is a quick and easy way to give your balcony or patio a fresh and floral look. It’s a fun job to do, and you’ll be…
  • How to lay a patio

    A paved patio often forms an extension of the adjoining room. You can use it to make a seating corner, or to park your bike or motorcycle. It also forms…
  • How to make a birdhouse

    Building a birdhouse or nesting box is quite simple. And it’s a fun job to do together with the (grand-)children. Attention points.  Make sure…
  • How to build a chicken coop

    Building a chicken coop is a fun job to do at the weekend. Keeping chickens doesn’t just mean a daily supply of fresh eggs, it’s also a good way to…
  • How to build a rabbit hutch

    It’s easy to build your own rabbit hutch. A good rabbit hutch provides shelter, is easy to clean and resists moisture. Attention points.  •  …
  • How to build a veranda

    A veranda or covered terrace has an important function in your garden. It provides protection against rain, sun and falling leaves. A veranda can be stand-alone…
  • How to build a fence

    If you want to build a fence or other kind of garden separation, it’s a good idea to first think about what you want: What requirements do you want…
  • How to paint metal

    Sometimes you need to paint a metal surface, either indoors or outdoors. That’s different from painting a wall of a wooden surface. If the metal is untreated,…
  • How to paint doors and window frames (outdoor)

    Before you start on your outdoor paintwork, you need to decide if you want to use alkyd (solvent-based) or acrylic (water-based) paint. What kind of paint…
  • How to make a wooden Christmas tree

    You can use your re-usable wooden Christmas tree both indoors and outdoors. You can make it in tabletop size, in a flat ornamental version or as a full-size…
  • How to build a treehouse

    If you build a treehouse in your garden, you can teach your children to love nature at the same time. Of course you’ll build your treehouse in a tree,…
  • How to make a dog kennel

    If your dog is outside a lot of the time, it’s essential to provide a place where he (or she) can shelter from rain, wind and strong sunshine. It’s…
  • How to make a swing

    It’s easy to build a swing that’s fun for your kids to play on, by following these clear step‑by‑step instructions. This swing looks great in every…
  • How to make a cold frame

    A cold frame is an ideal way to start a vegetable garden, so you can grow your own young vegetable, fruit and herb plants. The cold frame protects the…
  • How to build a soapbox cart

    Soapbox carts were originally made from boxes in which soap was kept. In earlier times, children simply fixed a soapbox onto a set of old pram wheels,…