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Begin an Organic Lawn This Spring

Although lawns have taken it on the chin from environmentalists the past few years, the good news is you can have nice green grass that is chemical free and safe for your kids, cats and dogs to play on. Here are the steps to begin growing an Earth-friendly, sustainable lawn.

>> read “Begin an Organic Lawn This Spring”       #Environment   #Landscaping   #Turf Grass
Green Gardening for All

Here in the 21st century the idea of ecological or “green” gardening is nothing new. As gardeners we have a unique connection to ecology that leads many of us to desire to garden in ways that don’t harm the environment. Most of us approach using chemicals with at least some level of apprehension and concern about both environmental and human health. Scientific research is increasingly confirming suspicions that horticultural and agricultural chemicals are contributing to a wide array of concerns such as cancer, pollinator decline, and poor water quality. Still, much confusion remains about what going green in the garden entails and how practical it is, especially as we age and become less physically able.

>> read “Green Gardening for All”       #Landscaping   #Natives   #Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency
The Lowdown on Mulch

You may be wondering, why write an article about mulching? Everyone knows how to mulch, right? You buy mulch and place it around your plants. True, it’s not rocket science, but I have seen enough bad mulching jobs that it does merit more attention.

>> read “The Lowdown on Mulch”       #Landscaping   #Misc   #Soil
Springtime Tips to Spruce Up Your Lawn

Step outside and take a deep breath. That new season smell may have you itching to get started on yard-care tasks, but the best advice is to be patient.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to lawn care to starting too early. Raking and mowing when the grass is wet can actually do more harm than good. Early in the season, when the ground is wet, the roots of your grass can easily be pulled out of the soil. So, wait until the ground dries out.

>> read “Springtime Tips to Spruce Up Your Lawn”       #Landscaping   #Spring   #Turf Grass
Spring Garden Cleanup Yields Happy, Healthy Plants

As the last significant snow of the season nears, thoughts turn toward getting your ornamental gardens ready for the year.

>> read “Spring Garden Cleanup Yields Happy, Healthy Plants”       #Fertilizing   #Landscaping   #Spring
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Does the front of your home say " welcome" or "go away?"

Whether you are planning to sell your home or just update the look, there are a few things you can do in the landscape to boost your property’s curb appeal.

>> read “Boost Your Curb Appeal”       #Decorating   #Landscaping   #Ornamentals
A Room With a View
Creating a garden space that is attractive and useful

“Outdoor room” has become quite a buzz phrase. But what does it really mean? You won’t find it in the dictionary, because there is no true definition. An internet search, however, will bring you all sorts of interesting results. An outdoor room is really any exterior space that is furnished or outfitted around a specific function. It’s a room with a purpose and a view!

>> read “A Room With a View”       #Decorating   #Design   #Landscaping
The Tall and Skinny
Gardening with columnar and fastigiate evergreens

It is no secret that plants come in many shapes, sizes, and growth habits. For those of us who are fortunate enough to know the joys of gardening, we get to take advantage of this great variety when creating our own personal Eden. Two nearly identical groups of plants that are both fun to work with and practical, are columnar and fastigiate evergreens.

>> read “The Tall and Skinny”       #Landscaping   #Trees
The Metaphysical Garden

This garden designer created her own green space by combining her knowledge of horticulture as well as spiritual principles, sacred geometry, Eastern thinking on healing and other philosophical fundamentals.

>> read “The Metaphysical Garden”       #Garden Profile   #Landscaping
Mailbox Gardens

Mail boxes that stand at the end of the driveway are a “good morning sendoff” and the first “welcome home” we receive at the end of the day ...

>> read “Mailbox Gardens”       #Art   #Landscaping
Shining Silvers

When the summer sun blazes down, we humans turn into shriveled lobsters, scuttling to hide beneath beach umbrellas and lurking in the far reaches of the basement. Plants don’t have these options. Instead, over the millennia, they have adapted their physical characteristics (morphology) to deal with harsh conditions. Different species have adapted in different ways ...

>> read “Shining Silvers”       #Feature   #Landscaping
Street Trees are Money Trees

Neighborhood street trees increase property value, save energy and help with storm water retention. They also create shady, walkable sidewalks ...

>> read “Street Trees are Money Trees”       #Finance   #Landscaping   #Trees
 
 
 

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