Soils in coastal gardens are usually porous and low in nutrients and it may take a few years to achieve a fertile soil.
Take advantage of modern research in weed biology to manage unwanted weeds without back breaking labour or environmentally unfriendly herbicides.
If you have a damp spot in the yard, fill it with bee balm. Then, in early summer, feast your eyes on the amazing display of flowers produced by the showiest member of the mint family.
There are several key points for a successful wildlife pond.
The most popular variety of sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, lives up well to its name. Odoratus is Latin for ‘well-scented’, and these flowers have been prized by gardeners for their delicious fragrance for centuries.
The best defense against threats to your garden is a solid garden plan! Read these backyard landscaping ideas to learn how you can arm your garden from unwanted attacks!
The presence of pests in the vegetable patch is often due to simple cultivation errors. Making use of a few tricks of the trade during selection and planting will help you to keep your vegetables healthy and save you the trouble of subsequent pest control.
Planting certain species close together can improve pollination and fertility of plants, and also reduce pest or disease problems. A widely used companion-planting scheme is cultivating flowers such as pot marigolds (Calendula) and gaillardia, which are known to be attractive to bees and other beneficial insects, next to plants that rely on insects for pollination.
Stately lily plants, with their exotic flower forms and their great variety in colour and size, add a dramatic accent to the summer garden.
Mosquitoes were bad enough when they just made you itch. Now that some of them carry the West Nile virus, their bite can even be deadly in rare cases.
A damaged lawn can be treated with some good old tender, love and care. Here, we’ll look at how to evaluate a damaged lawn in order to determine what kind of repairs need to be made.
A mere 100 years ago, the greater portion of our landscape was farmland. There were wood lots, hedgerows, and weedy areas between fields where birds and other wildlife could find the food and cover they needed to survive, says Karen Williams, owner of Flora for Fauna in Woodbine, New Jersey. She also serves as a consultant to the Cape May Stopover Project, whose long-term goal is increasing the habitat available for migrating birds.
Even though the warmer days are coming to an end it’s not too late to condition an existing lawn or install a new one.
Landscaping fabric and other artificial weed barriers are effective alternatives to herbicides, but can cause new problems and still fail to prevent weed growth in the long run.
Most lawns suffer damage at some time or other. Paths that are worn into them, molehills and compacted soil are the kinds of problem that often occur. With a few simple tricks you can soon have your lawn back in great shape.
Choosing the best plants for your climate can be a challenege. Here are some tips and resources for making that plant picking process easier.
Fruit trees come in all shapes and sizes, so that there is one for every garden. Once established, they should provide a plentiful crop and need remarkably little maintenance.
Whether it’s time constraints or poor health, knowing and replenishing your soil can be a hassel. Even more so if you have a small garden. Here is some information about the lifetime of your soil, and how to prepare your landscape and garden for its year-to-year changes.
Heather gardens can give your landscape brilliant colour and bring any dull yard to life. A heather bed should always be positioned in full sun, away from trees. These type of flower beds do well in a southern location on your property. While heather gardening does take some work, and requires maintenance, the long-run return of it’s beauty is well worth it. Here are landscaping ideas for heather gardening.