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  • Edible Landscaping Ideas

    Not every backyard is suitable for a vegetable garden, but you may not be allowed to grow vegetables in the front yard. Fortunately, there are ways to sneak edible plants into the landscape by choosing varieties that do double duty as ornamental plants. The following guide can show you how. Plant food-producing groundcover Groundcover plants make your landscaping look lush and better tended, especially since they act as a mulch that keeps down weed growth. [Read More]

  • Tips For Landscaping Around The Pine Trees In Your Backyard

    If you have recently purchased a home that has pine trees in the backyard, then it is important that you know how to landscape around them. Since pine trees create acidic soils, not all flowers and bushes will grow near pine trees. To this end, here are some tips for successfully landscaping your backyard around the existing pine trees: Tip: Prune the Low-Growing Branches from the Pine Trees In order to grow any other plants near the base of your backyard's pine trees, first, you must prune away any low-growing branches from them. [Read More]

  • Do You Have A Deer Problem? Change Up The Landscaping To Deter Their Presence

    Most homeowners can expect wildlife to enter their yard at some point in time. Desert climates have birds, tortoises, and scorpions and areas with forests nearby have rabbits, squirrels, and deer. If you know that deer have been causing landscape problems, whether through the destruction they leave behind or because you actually see them in your backyard, you might be interested in eliminating their presence. Focusing on several landscaping projects can have a noticeable impact on deer appearances. [Read More]

  • Leaves: To Rake Or Not To Rake?

    Every fall, homeowners are faced with huge piles of leaves. You not only have to deal with the leaves from your trees; you also have to deal with the leaves blowing from other people's yards. Raking and bagging these leaves is a long and tedious business. Some experts say that this process is not necessary, but you may worry that you are shirking your duty. Should you bother your leaves or just let them lie? [Read More]

  • How To Install And Effectively Use A Retaining Wall Around Your Home

    Floods take over homes and cause billions of dollars in damages every year. While it does not stop people from living on the coasts, on flood plains or near marshes, swamps and major waterways, it does cause a lot of heartache. If you are anywhere near a low-lying plain and lots of water and have not encountered a major flood yet, you are very lucky. If you have had to deal with a major flood and major loss of property, then it is time to get serious. [Read More]

  • Opt For Tree Removal When A Struggling Tree Is Not Able To Fully Recover

    As a homeowner, you may take great pride in keeping your property beautiful. However, taking care of your landscaping, especially when you have a lot of trees on your property, may not always be that easy to accomplish. Once you notice that one of your trees is not looking that healthy, you should try to determine the problem. Whether you are able to analyze the symptoms and find out on your own or you rely on professional help, getting to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible is the best way to maximize the chance of a complete recovery. [Read More]

  • Rose Of Sharon: The Hibiscus For Colder Climates

    If you love the look of hibiscus flowers, but don't live in a tropical climate, Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), also called althea, may just be the perfect flowering shrub for your landscape. The profuse single or double flowers appear in late summer in shades of white, pink, rose, purple and blue. They are not as large, but just as beautiful, as those of its tropical cousins. Where Will Rose of Sharon Grow? [Read More]

  • Want To Save Money On Watering? Opt For Pro Landscape Design Services

    Cutting down your water usage in the front or backyard of your home can be a good idea for saving money and even making your home more environmentally friendly. This can be especially important if you live in an area that frequently has droughts or you rely on water from a provider that can get expensive. If you're curious about how you can cut down on water usage through landscaping, it's best to rely on professionals that know what they're doing and can help you choose projects that offer multiple benefits, while providing the end goal of saving water. [Read More]

  • Tips For Safely Felling A Tree Yourself

    If you have a dangerous tree in your yard, you may want to remove it before it falls over on its own. You want to bring down the tree safely and under control so that you don't end up with a tree on your house or car, or tangled up in power lines. If you decide that you want to do it on your own, there are some tips and safety suggestions that you are going to need to know. [Read More]