Create Paradise with a Pond

We all love to relax to the sound of flowing water. Be it a waterfall or a babbling brook, you can create your own version from inexpensive self-contained system or portable fountain to a high-end water wall whatever fits your area and budget.

Composting Benefits and Concerns – Part II

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports 27 percent of all solid waste in the United States is garden trimmings and food scraps; so every bit we compost keeps it out of the landfills. Composting reduces the usage of synthetic chemical fertilizers and increases the yield of crops. Likewise composting can remediate and revitalize soil

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Anyone Can Compost – Part I

The greatest Pro to composting’s is anyone can do it. Keep it simple by building it with repurposed items from home from scrap wood or old garbage cans. Start composting with basic food scraps fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, leftover pasta or rice, coffee grounds and teabags, nut shells and bread. Then add grass

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Plant Watering Tips…

Did you know there are certain times of the day that are the best times to water your plants? Early, early in the morning, or late at night, will benefit your plants the most. Watering plants in the middle of the day in hot climates can scorch your plants and doesn’t help much since the

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Small Garden Ideas to Catch the Eye

An island garden makes a great focal point in a small yard.  Use large containers and ornaments with bold bright colors.  An island is viewed from all angles so plant tall, full plants in the center, to inspire a feeling of abundance. Even if you have no yard at all you can still create an

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Are the dogs claiming your landscaping?

To maintain an attractive yard and your pet’s outdoor needs you have to take ownership of both and recognize that allowing your dog to run the property will require some compromises and adjustments to maintaining your landscaping.  OR, adjust your dogs to the landscape.  To hold up better against foot track, paw traffic and other

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How to Attract Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Choose long-blooming colorful perennials for you yard and get a two-for ! You can attract all types of wild birds into you yard with colorful berry producing plants. Robins like the orangeier berry of the Mountain Ash Tree and are partial to Hollies as are the Red Bird.  As a bonus Hummingbirds are drawn to

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Planting for Privacy

Instead of building a privacy fence, or a chain linked fence, why not create a living fence?  First check your municipal ordinances for height limitations, however typically property-line planting is not restricted. To define your backyard with a fence-line, or walls for your outdoor living space, start with fast growing evergreens like Arborvitae or Italian

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Make your gardens whimsical with trellises from repurposed items

Kids like to climb and so do our plants, so get creative with them. You can repurpose household item or go with the basic cedar wood framed lattice, anything is possible with imagination: Baby crib rails, old screen doors, old box springs, headboards, chairs the items are endless… we did a google search using “DIY

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How to make a gloomy shaded yard appear sunny & bright

  Shade can make a yard feel gloomy, however with the right varieties of colors, textures and foliage your shady garden becomes an illusion of sun dappling in; stylish and exquisite.  One of a gardener’s old tricks is using variegated plants with yellow, chartreuse and white colors, Hostas are the perfect definition. Others are Sweet

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