Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ideas for Using Less Grass in Your Landscaping

Posted on October 28th, 2014 by

While Americans love their lawns, they may be overlooking some excellent alternatives when it comes to landscaping. Here are a few suggestions that are attractive, low maintenance landscaping alternatives:

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Consider Gem Lawns – A fairly small lawn can serve as a focal point around which ground covers and small shrubs can be placed. The result is a less maintenance-intensive but still beautiful space.

Add HardscapesSimilarly, an owner can break up a lawn withbrick paths, stone beds and other maintenance-free areas. Sculpture and water features can be included for some visual interest.

Try Xeriscaping – In certain environments, it may be desirable to completely replace a lawn with a dry-weather xeriscape. These landscapes almost completely eliminate the need for irrigation.

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How to Handle Your Garden in October

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by

The southeastern United States – especially Atlanta and its environment – is justifiably famous for its mild fall season but this does not mean that the gardener can ignore some important tasks in the month of October. Here’s what you need to do:

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Plant Your Annuals – Late October is the preferred time to plant many annuals including the very popular pansies and violas. Bear in mind that most experienced gardeners know this and will make their purchases up to a month earlier and house the plants indoors until ready to plant.

Prepare to Transplant – Root prune early in the month – one foot away from the tree per inch of tree diameter is a good guide – down to a depth of two feet. Water before and after the pruning then do the actual transplant in 30 days.

Plant Some Vegetables – There are several cool season veggies that do well at this time of year including spinach and collards and lettuce as well as the herb.

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Don't Overwork Your Garden in Cold Weather

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by

Winter usually means a lot less work in the average outdoor garden. Some homeowners, however, insist on making one last ditch at cleaning up their yard to get a jump start on the next Spring season. Here are a few reasons to not overwork yourself and your garden before next year:

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Plant Protection

Not removing the dead parts of your perennials will allow snow to collect around them and thus protect the roots against any extremely cold spells. In addition, when it melts it will add moisture to the soil.

Hibernating Creatures

A lot of creatures “ go to ground” as it were and overwinter in the material that you would normally clean. Leaving them alone will give you a healthier landscape in the Spring.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Whether you want to admit it or not, you are an integral part of the success of your landscape. Working hard and sweating outside when its cold is almost a recipe for injury or illness.

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Create a Garden That Smells Amazing in Autumn

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by

With the end of the summer season, many homeowners give up on the thought having a fragrant garden in the coming fall season. More experienced gardeners, however, understand that there are plenty of plants, shrubs and that are wonderful additions to the autumn landscape. Here are just a few suggestions:

Katsura

This hardy tree turns yellow in the fall and gives off a striking aroma often described as similar to cotton candy or caramel corn. It is well suited to the Atlanta area but needs frequent watering and full sun.

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Sweet Autumn Clematis

So quick-growing that many gardeners consider it an invasive weed, this vine is fantastic for covering that new trellis or covering a fence. In fact, place it in partial sun and you never really have to pay attention to it again.

Hillside Snakeroot

A flowering plant with an unfortunate name, this plant also has beautiful bloom and a beautiful vanilla fragrance. It works well under trees in partial shade.

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Interesting Firepits Can Add a Lot to Your Yard

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by

There are only so many things that you can do to a backyard with just plants, shrubs and trees. While the use of natural flora can indeed make a beautiful yard, an interesting fire pit adds a whole new dimension to the visual interest of the yard. Here are just two ways to incorporate one:

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Create a Meeting Place – People naturally congregate around a fire pit. The fire itself is quite inviting and – if you’ll pardon the poor analogy – it makes an excellent ice-breaker. All in all, a fire pit is an excellent outdoor living room for you, your family and your guests to congregate on any night of the year.

Adds a Focal Point – While paths in a backyard are usually functional, some are simply placed to break up the blankness of the lawn. Adding a fire pit at the end of one gives the path a little more usefulness and provides a destination should someone decide to take a walk.

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Fun Plants for Stunning Fall Colors

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by

With the fall season here, many homeowners tend to ignore their landscape thinking that the best is already over. More experienced ones, however, know that the fall brings a number of stunning floral colors with it. Here are a few suggestions for some fun plants to help you capture the beauty of the season:

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Sedum “Autumn Joy”

This perennial plant is extremely easy to grow and bursts into orange and red at the beginning of the season and continues until the first frost. Plant in partial shade to allow the plant to flourish.

Milkweed plant

Not only will you get a magnificent plant that can grow to three-feet high or more but also the beautiful monarch butterflies that they attract. Plant them in out of the way places to create a veritable insect zoo in your backyard.

Geraniums

Available in more colors than a Crayola box, these annuals are the “go-to” flower for anyone who needs a quick colorful punch in their yard.

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