2015

Get Ready For Your Upcoming River Rock Delivery

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River rocks are a beautiful, natural landscaping feature, perfect for lining driveways and dressing up flowerbeds. River rocks are also very heavy, and moving them can be difficult and time consuming. If the area where your river rocks will be installed isn't ready when your river rock delivery arrives, you'll have to store the rocks elsewhere on your property and move them to their final destination at a later time. Getting the space ready for your river rocks ahead of time can cut out this time consuming, labor-intensive step.

22 April 2015

The Benefits Of Using An Automatic Sprinkler System

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In order for your lawn, flowers, shrubs, and other greenery to be healthy and beautiful, they must have the nutrients that come from water. Soil also needs to be irrigated. But if you live in a dry area, there may not be enough natural rain to give you the water you need to have a healthy lawn. If you have this problem, you may want to seriously consider investing in an automatic sprinkler system.

21 April 2015

Three Tree Varieties That Thrive In Slightly Alkaline Soils

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Before you plant a tree, it's important to conduct a soil test to measure the pH of your soil. Most varieties of trees prefer slightly acidic soil, and will not grow well if the pH is above 7.0. Amending the soil to adjust the pH is difficult when planting trees, since their roots will eventually stretch far below the surface, where you have little control over soil pH. Your best bet, if your soil pH is between 7.

21 April 2015

Four-O-Clocks: A Vibrant Flower To Include In Your Landscape

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With their colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers and lush, green foliage, four-o-clocks are a lovely addition to any garden bed. They even grow well in pots, so you can use them in hanging baskets or planters. Four-o-clocks are named for their tendency to bloom in the evening, generally around four o'clock. Read on to learn more about these lovely flowers, and how to add them to your yard. General Characteristics of Four-O-Clocks

21 April 2015

Do You Want An Olive Tree? Here Is What You Need To Know About Water

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If you're hoping to grow your own olive trees for production of olives to eat or for olive oil, you'll need to learn as much as you can about these trees before you begin planting. The olive tree thrives in dry Mediterranean climates, and some US growing zones, but they still need water to survive. This guide explains the water needs for an olive tree, as well as what can happen if you provide too much water.

20 April 2015

Creating A Hedge? Explore These Alternatives To Boxwood Shrubs

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Do you like the idea of including a hedge line in your landscape, but not feel particularly attracted to the standard, box hedges you see bordering all of your neighbors' yards? These perfectly manicured hedges are typically created from a type of shrub known as boxwood. While boxwood is a common choice for hedge rows because it is easy to keep pruned in precise shapes, it is not your only option.

20 April 2015

The Importance Of A Sharp Lawn Mower Blade

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Having a green and healthy lawn is not as simple as just mowing and watering. There are a lot of things that go into keeping a lawn healthy. One of the most important things is making sure that the lawn mower blade is sharp. There are many negative effects that a dull blade can have on a lawn. A dull blade will not cut the grass smoothly. This means that a dull blade will leave the ends of the grass frayed which can cause the grass to become brown and unhealthy.

20 April 2015

Landscape Irrigation: Which System Will Work For Your Needs?

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The type of irrigation system you choose depends on what you are growing. For example, your vegetable garden has much different needs than your lawn. The following guide will help you understand how the different automatic irrigation options will work in the various areas of your landscape. Garden Beds In most cases, drip irrigation is the best choice for a flower or vegetable garden. Irrigation lines laid along the plant rows deliver water directly to the plant roots.

20 April 2015

How To Memorialize Your Loved Ones By Planting A Memorial Garden

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People grieve in different ways. While some go to the cemetery faithfully to sit and talk to their loved ones, others rarely go. Some even have difficulty connecting with their loved ones at the cemetery because they don't have any good memories of their loved ones being there while they were alive. For the latter, certain objects, sights, smells and locations invoke strong memories of their loved ones.  If you like remembering and talking to those that have passed on but don't like going to the cemetery, you may want to create a memorial garden in your own yard.

20 April 2015

Best Petunias To Plant In Drought Areas

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If you live somewhere that doesn't get a lot of rain, or if you are living in part of the country currently affected by a drought, plant one of the drought resistant petunias listed below. These flowers can give your yard a little color, without using up too much water. ​Why Petunias? Petunias are a classic spring and summer flower. There are many different varieties of petunias. You can purchase petunias in just about any color imaginable, from purple to red to blue to orange, and a mix of colors in-between.

18 April 2015