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.
Do you find a plant that blooms all season long, tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and needs little maintenance. Sounds too good to be true? It probably is. A lot of fast-growing, easy-care plants are also known to be overly aggressive. They often need concrete barriers or regular weeding to keep them in check.
Plant and flower pots are wonderful landscaping ideas for your entrance way or backyard. A front door might call for a hanging basket to provide colour and fragrance at eye level, while a patio offers space for a variety of containers.
Green lawns-yours, your neighbours’-are good for property values, and the pressure for upkeep can be intense. In some places, it’s nonnegotiable-as Betty Perry, a 70-year-old widow in Orem, Utah, found out. In July 2007, after refusing to provide her name to a police officer who had cited her for a less-than-lush yard, she was led to jail in handcuffs.
An adequately fed lawn is denser, more weed free, and more attractive. A well-fertilized lawn withstands wear better and is more resistant to pests and diseases.
What do mouse pads, coat hangers and potatoes have in common? They can all be used to improve the look and health of your garden. Read these unusual landscaping ideas that have been proven to help your garden grow!
Is your landscape ready for spring? Run through this checklist to find out!
Read these 22 gardening tips to make all your landscaping projects fun and easy!
Small gardens, especially in towns, are often hemmed in by buildings and tall boundaries that can prevent light reaching the ground, especially in winter when the sun is low. If you’re looking for a bright idea to lighten up your landscape, choosing plants and other features that will bring in some light can make all the difference.
A simple mistake can spur unexpected surprises. That’s what you’ll find when you step around back at Jim and Sharyn Richart’s place in Hacienda Heights, California. Over the years, their backyard has been transformed from ho-hum to fabulous. And it all started when their son Jason accidentally left a garden hose running.
Shrubs are supplied by nurseries in three forms: container grown, with balled roots, or with bare roots. Read on to find out more on spacing and planting your freestanding shrubs.
Fall doesn’t have to be the end of the gardening season. Instead, consider it to be the start of next year’s garden; an opportunity to get started on new landscaping ideas! But along with the pleasure of enjoying the outdoors in these cooler temperatures, certain tasks are important this time of year for a number of reasons. Besides the obvious cleaning and tidying up for aesthetic appeal, having a healthy lawn and garden next spring that is naturally “greener” begins with steps you should take right now!
Winter is on its way-the days are shorter, the air is cooler, and plant growth has slowed or halted. Spend some time outside preparing your yard and garden for its rest by taking care of these routine end-of-season chores. It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment and closure, plus it’s important to protect all the time, money and effort you’ve invested.
Sheds are great to have on your property to keep it clean and organized. They hide all your tools and patio furniture during the summer and winters months.
Did you know you that worms are an effective way to compost yard and kitchen waste? Known as “vermicomposting”, you can apply this backyard landscaping idea to add vital nutrients to your soil.
Although the name geranium is usually used to describe the bright-flowered summer bedding annuals, perennial geraniums are the true geraniums from a botanical point of view.
Before getting started on a new garden landscape, it’s best to plan your project on paper first. You can always refine your ideas by developing several versions, but date them so you know which one is current.
If you want a section of your landscape to be devoted just to herbs, you have a choice between two very different styles: the formal approach associated with medieval monasteries and French parterre, or the informal gardens found in many backyards. In either case, locate your culinary garden in a sunny spot as close to the kitchen as possible, advises Rosalind Creasy, landscape designer and author of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping. Then you can clip and cook.
Adding a wooden bridge to your landscape is both attractive and practical. A bridge can span a stream, help you across a backyard pond, or provide a charming transition from one garden area to another. You may enjoy building it almost as much as walking over it when you’re finished.