Many people are unaware that pruning is a science – and a fairly precise one at that. It’s not just about snipping off ‘extra’ parts of a tree or shrub or the physical appearance. It’s also about maintaining the health of the plant, influencing flowering and fruiting, and rejuvenating older trees and shrubs, among other things.… Read the rest
A pond is a lovely element that adds major panache to any home’s outdoor landscaping. The fish, the cute little mirrored ball ornaments, the lily pads—but what happens when winter comes blustering in? How do you protect your pond and its precious contents once the seasons change?… Read the rest
When the summer comes, the swimming pool must be ready to welcome your BBQ guests for fun in the sun!
When designing their landscapes, many homeowners leave the pool until last and never seem to get to the task. It’s easy to neglect the pool since it doesn’t always seem like an important part of the yard.… Read the rest
If you’re bored with the run-of-the-mill landscaping plants – your deciduous oaks, your coniferous cedars and your perennial grasses – then perhaps it’s time to take a look at some unique and unusual alternatives that will liven up your landscape. Naturally, you can take this to whatever level of ‘uniqueness’ you like, but remember that it needs to go well with the theme of your garden.… Read the rest
Why Low-voltage Landscape Lighting?
In a world where the price of power is steep, more and more people are looking to reduce their light bills by cutting down on usage. If you have a garden or yard that needs lighting, low-voltage landscape lights can give you exactly the edge you need to be competitive in the race for conservation.… Read the rest
A hedgerow is a living boundary composed of plants. While homeowners use them for decorative purposes, many place hedges to deter intruders, including pests.
Though hedges are often trimmed as non-artistic topiary shrubs, they may also take their natural shape. The design often depends on the functional aspects as well as the aesthetic considerations.… Read the rest
A backyard pool can be an exciting new addition to your home – it officially makes your place the “fun house” on the block, and friends and neighbors near and far will be knocking on your door to spend hours lounging poolside.… Read the rest
A lush green lawn surrounding your home not only adds aesthetic appeal, but it also provides a nice comfy place to lounge and play hooky on those lazy summer days. Combine this with the fact that a well-manicured lawn can potentially increase the value of your home, and you’ve got yourself a few great reasons to start working harder to grow a lawn that will be the envy of your neighborhood.… Read the rest
Building a rock garden can be a fun project. Though it requires a lot of work, it can be very satisfying once you see the end result.
Here is a step-by-step “instruction manual” to get you started. Thankfully, it doesn’t require a great amount of expertise or creativity to make your own rock garden – all you need is a passion for the personal space around your home.… Read the rest