Layering Garden Landscaping

Posted on April 12, 2016 By

Layering Garden LandscapingThere are a lot of homes that could do a bit more garden landscaping which is a good thing. The truth is that this is something that should be treated with excitement as there is nothing more fun than landscaping the garden. This will allow your imagination to flow and work overtime as you will be having a good time planting as well as rearranging your plants and flowers.

A whole other level of beauty can be added to you landscaping design through the layering of your landscaping beds. The front yard is usually the first thing that people see when they come to visit your house and it is always fun exciting to give them that grand tour of your marvelous garden. You will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood when you have a really great landscaped garden that gives awe to everyone who sees it.

It is easy to layer you garden landscape design. However, you need to know the flowers you will need to plant first. Your landscaping layout will be affected by the choices you make with your flowers and other

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Organic in the Garden Grass Hay

Posted on March 11, 2016 By

Organic in the Garden Grass HayGrass hay is an excellent organic ingredient for the backyard gardener. It has in the past been avoided due to the possibility of transferring weed seeds into the vegetable garden but quality composting methods have slowly made it a more popular ingredient.

Some years ago when I was first trialing grass hay in the compost, I placed an ad in the wanted to buy section of the local paper. The ad simply read “Wanted – Grass Hay – The older and wetter the better – Suitable for Garden mulch and composting” It was a simple ad so I was surprised by the number of phone calls I got.

When the hay is wet and old keeping it in a bale is no easy task but I managed to get several bales home. I kept a couple of bales for adding to compost between layers of lawn clippings and I used the rest of the bales on my pre existing vegetable garden The Hay was quiet old and half rotten so it didn’t take long to break down. The following season there was sufficient

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Water Gardens How to Build a Pond

Posted on February 13, 2016 By

Water Gardens How to Build a PondWater Gardening is the fastest growing segment of the horticultural world and over twenty five million Americans now enjoy the pleasures of splashing water, swimming fish and the myriad wonderful water plants. According to Lilypons, that number is increasing at the rate of 15 to 25 percent each year. And no wonder. There is just nothing like a small pool with a trickling stream, colorful fish, margin grasses and water lilies. Birds come down to bath and in fact, you can create an entire little ecosystem – a water world with a host of water related flora and fauna. The sound of water gurgling over rocks is the music my wife and I listen to each evening of patio dining throughout the spring and summer and well into fall.

I design them into many of my clients gardens and no one has yet regretted it. Quite the contrary. Talk to anyone who has a water garden. They sound like converts to another way of life. So happy are water gardeners with the decision they’ve made, we’re going to show you how to build

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Tips For Creative Home Garden

Posted on May 10, 2016 By

If you’re looking for a way to make significant changes to the look of your outside space you want to first look at the bigger picture of the area with which you have to work and consider the factors that you need to take into account such as things that you can/ cannot change and do/don’t want to change. Factors would include geographical location, buildings, large trees or bushes, rocks, water placement, shape and gradient of the outdoor space, etc.

Once you armed with this information you can work out what you need to do to bring about the look and feel you want to achieve. You might not always need to carry out major landscaping changes. Minor changes can give you stunning effects.

Adding an outdoor water feature to your garden area can give your home a whole new look and feel. There are water features that will fit any size area and installation limitations with which you may be faced. It may be a modest or prominent outdoor water feature but either will add a whole new dimension to the space and although moving water might be needed for some outdoor water landscape designs,

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The Beauty of Landscaping

Posted on May 9, 2016 By

In architecture, landscaping refers to the science and art of modifying land areas by organizing natural, cultivated, or constructed elements according to a comprehensive, aesthetic plan.
This landscaping involves the elements of topographical features like hills, valleys, rivers, and ponds or growing things like trees, shrubs, grass, and flowers as well as constructions like buildings, terraces, and fountains.

Today, landscaping is quite popular for homeowners who would want to improve their homes. The goal should be the house and the landscaping must complement with each other.


Any house with landscape should complement each other. In order to achieve this harmony, you really need to consider and reconsider your options and the extent of landscaping you would want to have.

There are actually so many aspects in do-it-yourself landscaping like budget, skills, the climate of your region or place, personal design tastes, and the available resources. If you really want to beautify your home through landscaping, here are some do-it-yourself landscaping tips that can help you get by.

1. Make sure that you provide your landscaping with a year-round theme. The surefire tip in landscaping is to provide it

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Cottage Garden Landscaping Components

Posted on May 5, 2016 By

Each kind of garden has its own function. A flower garden, for example, features vegetation that decorates the area around a house or building. Vegetable gardens provide vegetables for food.

Another kind of garden is called a cottage garden. Originally, they were created for crops. They were immensely useful to stave of starvation of poor workers during the 18th and 19th century.

But hardship did not dampen the workers’ pride. They started to throw handfuls of seeds randomly throughout the garden. Soon, flowering plants sprouted and gave the garden its aesthetic beauty.

Today, cottage garden landscaping features a mixture of helpful and ornamental plants. In this type of garden, there are more useful plants that are used for food, medicine or animal forage, than decorative ones. The ornamental flowers are added as an afterthought to brighten up the garden.

The idea of cottage garden landscaping is to plant useful and decorative plants in a small area. Unlike cottage gardens of the past, today’s cottage gardens are designed to be pleasing to the eye by carefully arranging ornamental plants, herbs, vegetables and other ornaments. Vacant lawns are quite small since most of the space is

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Know Your Stones

Posted on May 3, 2016 By

No matter what type of landscaping effect you’re looking for, choosing the correct rock is a necessity. Rocks have a number of functional characteristics as well as they lend beauty to the gardens. When you are designing your landscape garden, along with choosing the right plants, you need to choose the right types of rocks to be put into the garden.

Landscape – there are two indispensable elements in landscape – hardscapes and softscapes.

So what are these hardscapes and softscapes? Softscapes include the living elements of the landscape garden such as trees and flowers while hardscapes consist of the non-living elements like stones and rocks.

Rocks and stones

As you know, rocks are sturdy and are difficult to destroy. So Rocks can be used in retaining walls or making pathways. Moreover they ameliorate the look of a pond or a mini-waterfall.

When you use stones and rocks in your garden, an interesting appearance is sure to come out. You can choose stones from a variety of them. But do have an idea what exact effect you want to have in your garden and then buy the stones.


Boulders are

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Water Garden Tips

Posted on April 7, 2016 By

Water gardens are one of the most attractive kinds of gardens. Aside from the plants around it, the fishes swimming around a water garden’s pond makes it lively and unique.

Water garden landscaping is more complex than landscaping a normal garden. There are a lot of things that should be considered since it involves a lot of excavation and water treatment.

Since water garden landscaping presents special problems, it is important to plan the place out. First, the design and landscape of the garden should be drawn on paper. Furthermore, the design should include the dimensions of the garden, how deep the pond is and the layout of the entire area.

After the design is finalized, a flexible item such as a rope or a garden hose is used to establish the pond’s form. After marking the layout with spray paint, the excavation of the pond may begin. This is a tedious and exacting job so people may want to hire professionals or excavators to do the job.

When all of the soil is taken out, it is time for the second part of water garden landscaping, which is to install the plumbing. This

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Summer Garden

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

Quite many things should be considered as you plan and plant the summer garden. An important thing is natural landscape or the terrain of the lawn and the garden area. Whenever possible, it would be great to work with landscape than working totally against it or going towards extraordinary efforts in making changes to natural landscape of the lawn as one can quite easily and very beautifully plan the summer garden and go with flow working well along with natural terrain of the lawn and also garden area.

A way in which it can be accomplished is by taking quick surveys of the lawn. This would be more than any cursory visual survey. One would need to walk the lawn and the corresponding area in which the garden space is being planned to be implemented. You would need to measure terrains and take notes of the inclines and slopes. When one is at it, they must study the conditions of soil and check if there are areas which seem particularly inhospitable to plant. When such types of areas exist in the garden one must decide what should be done about them. We should check if it possible

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Tools For Garden Landscape Design

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Whether you are a beginner landscape designer or have done some DIY landscaping the past, it can often be difficult to come up with ideas. Garden landscape design can seem like a very complex proposition to someone who hasn’t had lots of practice, which is why it’s important to follow the number one rule – keep it simple! It is also a good idea to look around at which designs you like so that you can see what has worked for other people, as well as deciding what you think hasn’t worked so well. You don’t have to come up with completely unique garden landscape design ideas after all.

The great thing about garden landscape designing is that it can be a lot of fun! Imagining, designing and then finally creating your perfect garden can be a wonderful way to spend your free time, and at the end of it you have a personal space that you can relax and enjoy.

Before you decide on what kind of landscaping you want in the garden though you need to decide on what kind of garden you want. You should also make sure that you have all the

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Components of Flower Garden

Posted on March 12, 2016 By

When it comes to flower garden landscaping you want to make sure you create a beautiful place for you to enjoy not to mention a place that visitors will brag on! There are several components of flower garden landscaping that are considered very important and then there are others that are simply up to your personal discretion. However, we will discuss some of the important elements in order to ensure that you create the most beautiful garden for yourself.

Some of the most important elements of landscape design include color, form, line, scale, and texture. This might just sound like a whole lot of words to you but they actually serve a purpose when it comes to landscape design.

First of all, color is important because you need plants and flowers of various colors that are also complementary. You want to plant them in a complementary way as well which takes some thought and planning. Landscaping a beautiful garden is very much like painting a painting. It takes thought, planning, and forethought to create the beautiful garden.

Form is also important and it is regulated by the way a tree or plant branches out as

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Inspire Yourself and Others With a Healing Garden Landscape

Posted on March 9, 2016 By

A healing garden can inspire, not just with the healing plants it contains for medicinal and meditational purposes, but the landscaping of a healing garden can also inspire. Many elements can be used for inspiration, including water features, statues, trees, trellises, flowers, paths, ponds, chimes and sculptures.

Almost anything can be used to inspire, depending on the theme you want to project. Here are a few ideas that can be used in your healing garden landscape to create illusions that will inspire:

    • Romantic – To create a romantic theme in your healing garden landscape, all you need to do is define what romance means to you. Take lessons from romantic gardens in England and Europe to create a landscape that’s perfect for a romantic walk. Roses and any other fragrant plants, statues, waterfalls and plenty of lush, green plants are all you need in the design.
    • Spiritual – A healing garden that inspires spirituality must also come from your heart and mind. What moves you to think spiritual thoughts and to feel calm? Elements that should be found in a spiritual haven are water features, wildlife, birds and scents that help clear the mind.

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Tips For A Great Backyard Showplace

Posted on March 6, 2016 By

Rock gardens landscaping can be a little bit intimidating. I am sure everyone has a story of looking at someone else’s eye catching layout, and dreamed of having their own rock garden at home. Here are some tips to get you started in the rock gardens landscaping hobby!

1. Prepare the foundation with care!
Unless you are starting by carving your garden out of a rocky hillside, you will be clearing some existing space to serve as your rock garden. If the area has had some vegetation, you can prepare your garden space by covering the desired area with newspapers, then covering the paper with dirt. This will block both light and nutrients, and the vegetation will soon die out.

2. Decide what size your garden will be
It is important to decide how large or small your rock garden will be. A small location will make the construction job more manageable. A larger location will require a lot more rocks to be transported to the site. If you are uncertain as to which choice to make, start with a small rock garden on one side of the area you are considering. If the garden is

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Garden Waterfall

Posted on February 17, 2016 By

A well designed natural garden waterfall looks and sounds wonderful. Designing a garden water fall is easy to get wrong. If you follow the specific principles to build your garden waterfall, it is easy to create functional and aesthetic garden waterfalls.

In this article, you will learn some of the most important design elements for creating marvelous waterfalls. But first and foremost, lets look at the things you would need to create your wonderful garden waterfall.

You will need the following materials:

1.) River worn stones, rocks of different sizes and shapes

2.) Rigid pond liners

3.) Tubing to run from pump to the top of the waterfall

4.) Level used by carpenters to determine the correct level of construction

5.) Submersible pump

6.) Garden hose

7.) Large plastic flower pot or any similar container to house the tubing and hide it from view

8.) Shovel

9.) Sand

Consider two main structures in constructing a garden waterfall. These are the pool or pond where the water will fall and the slope where the cascading water will actually run from the fall on its way to the

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How to Start a Flower Garden

Posted on February 9, 2016 By

It is typical when you start a flower garden to think of the final result. You look at your yard and see flourishing bushes and tall flowers waving elegantly in the wind. While you need to see the final goal in your mind, you have to be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. In other words, start small.

It is better to find out how much work is involved on a small garden plot before you become so overwhelmed with a large garden that you would rather not look at it. A nice plot about 4 or 5 feet square would be suitable. Mark it out and if there is grass on top, remove it. Even if you are tempted to get a tiller and till the garden, grass and all, resist this temptation. Remove the grass. I use a square tipped spade and cut through the sod in 1 foot squares and then use the square tip to lift off the square of sod.

Turn over the sod and make sure there are no weeds in it. If the ground is really hard, soak it with water. This is a good

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Build a Rain Garden

Posted on February 4, 2016 By

There’s a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water! By taking responsibility for the rainwater that falls on your own roof and driveway, you’ll be helping to protect our rivers, streams and lakes from stormwater pollution.

To reduce the excess water runoff, many towns are encouraging businesses and homeowners to install rain gardens in their yards. Rain gardens are specially constructed gardens located in low areas of a yard where storm water can collect. The idea is to have the water naturally funnel to this garden. The rain garden collects water

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Essential Gardening Tips

Posted on January 11, 2016 By

There are a few gardening tips that have worked for me in the past that I am going to share with you because when starting your own garden there is no reason to head in with your eyes closed. There is plenty of information about gardening in your arsenal. The Internet, gardening clubs, books, magazines and the help of your local nursery are all great caches of gardening tips. The main thing that I have noticed is that planning your garden on paper is a must. You will then need to decide on the place and size to make it perfect for the amount of area available. You will also need to figure out how much sun this plot will be getting during the day. Then you will get tip on fertilizer, mulch and the type of soil. Also the tools necessary will have to be decided including what kind of tiller you need plus the type of watering system.

Tip1: Pull out the paper and start planning your garden. The time this will save will be huge. Grab a friend and head on out to the place you are thinking about and have a long look

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Fresh and Lively Gardening Tips For Beginners

Posted on January 9, 2016 By

Making your property look more lush and beautiful by gardening is something that has been done through the ages. Novice gardeners may take one look at a beautiful garden that was established years ago and think they want their yard to look exactly like that. Gardening takes a great deal of work and if the beginner is willing to put in the time and effort, their garden will be the envy of everyone in the neighborhood, in time. With these gardening tips for beginners you should have no problem getting up and started.

The first and most important tip for the beginning gardener is start small. This cannot be emphasized enough. Your garden is never going to look like a garden that was started ten or twenty years ago and if you were to ask the owner of the garden they will tell you it took that long to get it to look that way. If you don’t start small you run the risk of being discouraged once you find out all you have to do to have that beautiful and lush garden. If you take it step by step and year by year, it is not

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Vegetable Gardening Tips For Tomato Growing

Posted on January 4, 2016 By

Vegetable gardening tips for tomato growing are readily available. Most gardeners are happy to share their tomato growing tips and even non-gardeners who attempt to grow tomatoes every spring will offer advice. The difficulty for the novice tomato grower comes in trying so sort the valuable vegetable gardening tips for tomato growing from the old wives’ tales.

One of the best sources for vegetable gardening help is a local nursery. Buying plants at a supermarket or a chain store with garden center may allow you to purchase plants at a cheaper price, but it is unlikely that the staff in these stores know a great deal about gardening. For reliable vegetable gardening help, visit a local nursery. Many nurseries carry plants that they themselves have grown from seed, and they will be knowledgeable about each variety of plant and can advise on local conditions.

Local Garden Club

Most towns have a local garden club and meeting together with other gardeners is a great way to obtain vegetable gardening help and improve your knowledge. Other gardeners from your locality will have abundant information about the requirements of vegetables in your zone. When you enlist the aid

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The Gardening Tips You Need to be able to Have that Dream Garden

Posted on January 2, 2016 By

In gardening, there are some tips that many have found more useful over others. These tips can be applied to the different types of gardens that people have.

Taking these gardening tips into account is an assurance that you will have the kind of garden that you have always dreamed of having. On the other hand, not following the important advice will not get you anywhere near your dream garden.

What are some of the best tips in gardening?

Gardening tip number 1: Choose plants that will suit your garden location.

In the process of making your own garden, you should already be aware of the location you are in and the kind of plants that will be compatible to your place. If you are located in tropical places, you are better off having plants that grow healthy in these places.

You should also consider plants that can give you some shade from the scourging heat of the sun. This will ensure that your garden will remain cool and breezy.

Gardening tip number 2: Different water level needs for different soil kinds.

There are loose and compact soil. These are the

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