Lawn Watering Hacks to Use This Summer

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by

For many homeowners, the easiest way to deal with a lawn is to try to over-water into health. This technique is not the most environmentally sensitive way to handle the problem. With that thought in mind, here are a few lawn watering “hacks” that you should know:

Water at Night – Aside from the fact that the midday sun will cause the majority of your water to evaporate before it can be incorporated into the plant, watering during the day can also cause quite a bit of leaf and stem damage.

Water “Deep,” Not Often – One large soaking is …
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Go Green in Your Landscape With Natural Weed Control

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by

Keeping weeds from overtaking your lawn or garden is one of the most important tasks facing any home gardener. While many resort to using man-made herbicides, the more environmentally conscious ones choose to take a more natural approach. Here are a few suggestions on how to “go green” with your weed control:

Get Physical – It has worked for thousands of years and in many ways is the most effective way to rid your garden of those nuisances that threaten your more valuable plants. For best results, ensure that you get as much of the root as possible.

Try Boiling …
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How to Create a Landscape That Won't Eat All Your Time

Posted on August 19th, 2015 by

Some people love the fact and others hate it but there is little doubt that it takes a lot of time to keep up with a home landscape. For those in the latter camp, here are a few tips on how to create an interesting landscape that will not monopolize your time:

Pick the Right Plants – Seems obvious, right? Still, there are countless homeowners who plant maintenance-intensive plants without any consideration for their future needs. Instead, simply consult a professional horticulturalist to find the easiest plants to maintain.

Arrange Them Strategically – Plant maintenance can be made significantly easier …
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Don't Damage Your Curb Appeal With These Common Yard Problems

Posted on August 12th, 2015 by

First impressions do count and the curb appeal of your home is the first thing that your neighbors, visitors and even potential buyers will notice. For this reason, curb appeal cannot be ignored. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your property looking good all the time:

Control the Weeds – Nothing ruins an otherwise beautiful lawn more than a few scattered weeds. Make the effort to control them before they gain a foothold and needlessly grow out of control.

Keep It Looking Neat – There are an abundance of things – toys and tools come to mind …
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Create an Entertainment Space in Your Commercial Landscape

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by

When thinking about the landscape design for your property, don’t just consider flowerbeds and ornamental trees.  You can use your landscaping to create entertainment spaces for your tenants and their employees or customers to utilize.  Entertainment amenities add both real and perceived value to your property, and could make the difference in a competitive rental market. Here are just two suggestions on how to create one of these spaces on your commercial property:

Add Some Covered Seating – Whether it is used for informal dining, taking a smoke break or having an ad hoc meeting, a covered seating area will …
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Sneak More Life Into Your Commercial Property's Hardscaping

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by

Sometimes a commercial building just needs a small amount of creativity along its hardscapes to move it from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary. Here are a few suggestions to help you accomplish this transformation:

Soften the Edges – Hardscapes need not necessarily be all about the stone or wood of the pathways. Instead, try adding some plants along the edges to soften the lines and create a more environmentally friendly atmosphere.

Add An Unconventional Planting Bed – Flower beds are typically added around the perimeter of a walkway or terrace. To create a little more interest, try installing one in the middle …
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Two Ways to Cover the Space in Your Backyard

Posted on July 29th, 2015 by

Backyard spaces can be customized to a variety of purposes. For best effect, however, the ground cover must be adapted to the use of the homeowner. Here are the two of the more common ways that this task can be accomplished.

Lay in a Lush Grass Lawn – The traditional way to cover a backyard space, a grass lawn has a lot of appeal. Not only does it provide safe and pliable place for the kids to horse around but also a cool spot for the adults to engage in conversation or just relax.  Maintaining a lawn does take effort, …
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Fill Your Landscaping With the Right Annuals

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by

Though they have to be updated every year, the planting of annuals as opposed to perennials is one of the most distinctive ways to create a new flavor in your yard every year. Her are a few suggestions on which ones to use depending on what you want to accomplish:

Sun vs. Shade – Most annuals – coleus, impatiens, alyssum and polka dots, for example – prefer full sun. For shaded areas, try plants such as fuchsia, balsam, oxalis and impatiens.

Dry vs. Damp – Not many annuals – Mexican sunflowers and zinnias are some of the more notable exceptions – prefer dry …
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Cute Things to Do When You Only Have a Little Space for Your Front Yard

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by

The image of a sprawling lawn is one that is often seen a as a simple fact of life in suburbia. Unfortunately, the truth is not so glamorous. In fact, most homeowners have to make do with quite small front yards. Here are two suggestions on how to make the best of this particular situation:

Lay Patterns on the Walk – A focal point is always a great way to distract from an otherwise mundane space. Installing a patterned walkway of stepping-stones or just a nice brick pathway is an excellent way to add some flavor to the space without adding a …
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Feed the Bumblebees With Your Landscape

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by

Of all the insects on the planet, bumblebees are some of the finest friends that mankind has. In fact, without them, human life itself would probably prove to be impossible. They pollinate most of our food crops and almost every other flower – in short, they are essential to almost any landscape. Here are just two ways to promote their welfare in your garden so that it stays healthy all year round:

Do Not Disturb – While many bee species can inflict a painful sting, most – other than the Africanized varieties – are not particularly aggressive unless disturbed. Give …
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