Each year as winter rolls around, the minds of avid gardeners turn to pruning. It can be worrisome but never fear! Botched pruning jobs will grow back and you will have learned a lesson in the process. There are a few tips every gardener should know to get the job done right and to thoroughly prepare his or her garden for the winter season.
You have enjoyed your pond throughout the summer and fall, but now it is time to get it ready for winter. While this can be a bittersweet time, getting it ready will ensure that you can enjoy it again next year.
Raking or blowing the leaves in the fall is a job that many homeowners simply take for granted. However, some experts believe that cleaning up all those leaves that have fallen on the lawn isn’t necessary or even such a good idea. Here are pros and cons for raking up fallen leaves:
Core aeration is when you remove small “cores” of soil from your lawn. It’s also called coring or spiking. Core aeration makes your lawn healthier and decreases the need for maintenance. It’s win-win!
Aeration occurs naturally through the process of air exchange between the atmosphere and the soil. When the soil becomes compacted or overloaded with debris, natural aeration needs human intervention. Plan to aerate your home lawn every year. If you need to aerate a busier lawn, such as on a golf fairway or in a public park, you may need to aerate up to five times annually.
Whether you’re looking to fill an open spot in your yard, would like to feature a unique plant or shrub, or have an entire lot to fill, there are a dizzying array of options from which to choose. Not all pretty plants are created equal. There are two important guidelines to follow that will give you the best results over the long haul: Use native plants and avoid invasive species.
While it may be tempting to order some spectacular specimens from a catalog or website, a local nursery or landscaping company is the best place to start. Why? A local company will know what works in your area. They will feature plants, trees, and shrubs that will thrive in your climate. A bougainvillea is stunning in southern gardens, but will shrivel up and die at the first mention of a freeze in Minnesota.
A common misconception is that beautiful gardens are only for those with large yards or a lot of space. The truth? It’s entirely possible to have a flower or food garden that you can enjoy year-round, no matter how much space you have.
These days, people are becoming more creative with small spaces, bringing the wonders of nature indoors or onto small patios with dedicated container gardens. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to get started with this growing trend.
Creating a tiered backyard is a beautiful and functional way to customize the outside of your home. It gives a very real and almost castle like impression of the landscaping and can section off different themes of the yard. There are many different formats and materials that can be used to accomplish the specific goal of the homeowner. The terrain of the land, budget, and other parameters should be considered before committing to a yard reformation.
Homes That May Have Drainage Issues Looking around at all of the neighborhoods in the area can give you a good idea of which property owners have drainage problems and which do not. Water that stays collected on different points throughout a property is a good indicator that the property owner may be facing a…
Concrete is the standard material for creating long-lasting, durable driveways, but it is not an Earth-friendly option. The production of it requires a lot of energy. In addition, when the ground is covered with traditional concrete to make a driveway, rainwater can’t seep into the soil. Water accumulates on top of the impermeable layer resulting…
With summer on the way, you can expect a lot of hot days, ice cream, pool trips, and rainstorms. Because of how hot it can get in the summer, thunderstorms can happen multiple times in a month in some areas. Because of this, your rain gutters usually work over time from June to August. Although…