Tag: landscape

Fencing That’s More Than Just Functional

Security, privacy, animal-proofing … there are all kinds of excellent reasons to install a fence on your property. But one quality of fencing that’s not so commonly mentioned is its remarkable ability to add distinctive character and beauty to your yard. A handsome fence will even increase your home’s curb appeal. Whether you are about to construct a new fence or you’d just like to give your existing one a little facelift, consider the following suggestions. Choose a Nice-Looking Material to Build a New Fence Wrought iron has long been a top choice for strong, hardwearing fencing. However, this...

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Create Fantastic Fall Decor out of Backyard Finds

    There’s something about fall that seems to say “Time to get started on some serious crafting.” Maybe it’s the urge to dazzle up your home decor in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Or maybe it’s the amazing abundance of earthy, natural beauty that you can find for free, right in your backyard landscape. Bright colored leaves, knobbly squash, and graceful twigs are there for the gathering and lend themselves to all kinds of crafty ideas, like the 7 easy, eco-friendly suggestions shown here. Leaves — Colorful falling leaves are the icon of autumn. Head on outside and gather...

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8 Beloved Flowers for Every Soil Type

Flowers grew everywhere when I was a child. My late grandmother lived in the country surrounded by a wild profusion of flowering plants. And my mother loved to garden (still does, as a matter of fact!). Although we moved often, she rose to the occasion again and again, landscaping glorious backyards wherever we settled. For me, the profusion of color and scent seemed to spring up as if by magic. Little did I realize the skill that was required to coax beautiful blooms from neglected backyards and depleted soil. All I knew was that I loved them all. Here...

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Keep Your Landscape Looking Its Best Fixes for winter damage to your lawn and garden

Winter is hard on gardens. It’s a time of severe weather — storms, snow, hail, and wind. Couple that with sudden unexpected thaws and you’ve got a recipe for garden damage. The good news is that February is the ideal time to make a landscape damage survival plan. Here’s how to deal with winter’s effects on your lawn and garden. Repair for a Winter-Damaged Lawn Start planning now for a fuller, healthier lawn this summer … even in that annoying “bald patch” where grass just doesn’t seem to grow. Aerate and dethatch your lawn to promote oxygen penetration and...

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Concrete Retaining Wall Pros and Cons

Retaining walls built of stone or brick are the traditional style and usually blend nicely into their surrounding landscape. The question is, though: are these really the best materials for the job today? The purpose of a retaining wall in a residential setting is to “correct” the natural slope of the grounds, leaving a level area for gardening, building a patio, or otherwise enjoying more of your property than you would otherwise be able to. This function calls for a huge amount of strength, endurance, and resistance to the elements. Nowadays, concrete may be the material that best fits...

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