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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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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Keep Your Plants Alive in Sunny Spots This Summer

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by

While it may seem counterintuitive – plants need sunlight to live, after all – some of them don’t tolerate full sunlight as well as the home gardener might expect. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants alive in the sunniest parts of your garden:

Install the Right Plants – By starting with sun-tolerant flowering plants – especially ones that bloom like wildflowers – your garden will have a headstart on the summer season. Try coneflowers, verbena coreopsis and daisies as well as yucca, agave and the tree aeonium. .

Protect from the Wind – Obviously, the sun will …
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Manage Pests in Your Landscape Organically

Posted on July 8th, 2015 by

While insects can be annoying in general, there are also hugely beneficial – and necessary! – for a landscape to flourish. Therefore, it is essential to manage any extermination efforts with care. Here are just two suggestions on how to tread the fine line of ridding your garden of pests but leaving the beneficial insects alone:

Recognize Your insect Friends and Foes – Certain insects – aphids, squash beetles, grasshoppers and cabbage worms, in particular – are incredibly destructive and need to be dealt with ASAP. Others like lady beetles, praying mantises, lacewings and spiders – should be encouraged to …
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Look at the Leaves to Gauge the Health of Your Plants

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by
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The most experienced gardeners use a variety of techniques to gauge the health of their plants. One of the most important is examining the leaves. Here are just a few of the things they look for:

Light Green Leaves with Dark Veins – Symptomatic of iron chlorosis, this coloration indicates that the plant is not getting enough iron for various reasons and thus the production of chlorophyll – the compound that makes leaves green – is diminished.

Yellowish Leaves – Sometimes confused with the above color, completely yellow leaves – that is, the veins are also yellow – indicate a lack …
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