Posts Tagged ‘landscaping’

A Hit Among Landscaping Shrubs

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The landscaper must decide whether deciduous plants (those that drop their leaves) or evergreens should be used in the foundation planting. Your taste and your climate will be the key factors. But remember that a mixture of the two is rarely, if ever, desirable – although an evergreen ground cover can well be used with whichever type of plant you decide on. Indeed, such a ground cover might be even more useful and effective around deciduous material than around evergreens. It will keep the planting from looking sparse and bare after the shrubs go dormant and drop their leaves.

Seasonal Changes

Deciduous plants grow much faster and larger than most evergreens so you need to know more about plant habits generally to use them properly. As to which type offers the greater interest throughout the year, it may surprise you to learn that the deciduous plants lead. In many parts of the country such plants go through four seasonal phases in each of which they take on different characteristics.

How To Improve Your Home With Landscape Lighting

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Landscape lighting is a design trend that has recently gained popularity. One explanation for this popularity is that landscape lighting has the ability to increases your property’s value, by preventing nighttime theft and vandalism. Another is that using lighting at night, you can create an outdoor landscape for safe evening entertainment and you are able to extend the use and beauty of your gardens into the post sun down hours. During hot summer nights, it is a great joy to be able to escape the heat of the house and relax in your well lit garden or outdoor entertainment area.

It is without doubt that landscaping increases your homes value. Many homeowners are willing to pay professionals thousands of dollars to haul in rocks and create dramatic garden features but often overlook the power of light. Light has asmost magical properties in an outdoor setting at night. Lighting gives you the ability to highlight the best features of your gardens, flowerbeds and other landscape features at all hours, allowing you the best return on your significant investment.

Planning For Next Year’s Fall Color

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

There is still time to hunt around your garden, salvage the stray seedlings of hardy flowers and line them out in cold frames. I particularly look for those of Cardinal-flowers, the giant lobelia, for they seem to prefer to seed in my paths rather than the beds where I want them to grow. You may want to look for seedlings of delphiniums, gaillardia, coreopsis, or any other hardy flowers that self sow here and there around your garden. Put them in the cold frame under sash and you will get an amazing amount of growth on them before things freeze up this fall.

Start Woody Plants

It seems odd this fall not to be gathering seeds of trees and shrubs for propagation meetings during November. But you can do it for yourself. Whenever you see an interesting woody plant that has some fruits on it, gather a few seeds. Some time before Christmas you can plant these. I like the system of using small pots. Fill the pot with a mixture of about one-third sand and two-thirds soil to within half an inch of the top. Remove all the pulp from the seeds and plant a dozen or two seeds to a 4 inch or 6 in pot. Cover them with a quarter inch of soil. Label them. If you want to read them next spring use a pot label and write on it with a sharpie pen.

Live Oaks Improve Home Values

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Grand Old OakWith today’s ever-changing economy, many families are choosing to stay at home with their family as an alternative of going on expensive vacations. Wisely, they are spending more money on their home, to raise their living surroundings and bring in more for their investment. The new word is “staycations”. Families are making improvements to their home and landscape gardening in order to maximise their staycation enjoyment.

According to a 1998 University of FL study, landscaping plays a large part in the resale of property. The report states that homes with mature trees and added landscape gardening color sold quicker. A accounting of the study by The Associated Landscaping Contractors of America states, that a beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees will experience a One hundred to two hundred percent return on investment. In the South, when people think of mature trees they normally think of cascading Live Oak trees, cloaked with moss, in parks and lining city streets.

If you are a homeowner in the southern U.S.A considering adding mature trees to raise your property, you?re in all probability have thought about live oaks. Now you must think about which size of live oak; how to recognize high quality live oaks; and where to make your purchase and how to care for the trees you choose.

Finding The Right Lawn Mower

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Drivin n' smilinAfter many years of pinching pennies and saving where you could, you have finally put aside enough money to afford a home away from the city in the suburbs. You have moved in and have everything looking swell, but look outside and suddenly remember that you are now responsible for your own lawn care and you do now own a lawn mower.

When you get to the hardware store you realize that there may be more to buying the right lawn mower than you expected. There are several mowers available.

If you have a small lawn, you may find that a push mower that has no power other than what you supply does great. These lawn mowers have the advantage of actually cutting the lawn with a scissor action and help to avoid the brown tips at the ends of the blades of grass. One disadvantage is that mowing must be done regularly as these mowers do not do well in tall grass.

For a larger lawn, you may want to add power to that lawn mower. One of the easiest ways to do that is to add a gasoline motor. Gasoline mowers take less of your energy and are excellent at cutting grass. If taken care of, they are dependable for a long time.

Catalog Pictures Of Hyacinths

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Veldheer Tulip Farm May 2, 2009The email reminders full of images and fall catalogs have been arriving. Ah! What pleasant reading. What feasting of eyes at the luscious fruits and blooms as they are illustrated!

Although the variety of things that lend themselves to fall planting is not so wide as in the spring, there are some things that are strictly for fall planting. Heading this list, of course, will be the various bulbs. Naturally one first thinks of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, probably in that order. Far be it from me to distract or disparage any of these.

My personal observation leads me to believe, however, that many are overlooking the possibilities of greater enjoyment from hyacinths. What is more breathtaking than a long solid spike of florets with the heady perfume of a deep blue hyacinth? (Or you choose your favorite color.)

Some people explain their lack of enthusiasm for hyacinths, saying they don’t do well the second year in their part of the country. There are two observations I’d like to make to that lame excuse. First, so what? They pay their way from the enjoyment you get from them the first year. Second, this excuse just isn’t so, at least, not so far as our experience is concerned.

The Cruel Truthfulness about Teak Furniture Care

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Lucas helping grandpa sand the patio furniturePreserving and Staining Your Teak

It genuinely isn’t all that necessary to defend teak furnishings. Teakwood is really exclusive in the fact that if you leave it in its organic state, it really doesn’t require any care. If you leave your teak furniture outdoors 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year and not have to worry about it, this is even if the weather conditions in your area are extreme. It is because of this that people really love outdoor teak furnishings.

It is true that after being exposed to the sun for a lengthy period of time that teak wood will start to turn a silvery gray color, but this is a inborn process and doesn’t harm the structural integrity of the wood at all.

There Are Many Great Construction Tools, Including A Chipper Shredder

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

ChipperAfter a long season of spring and autumn, usually branches from trees, bushes, vines and plants scatter every where outside of your lawn, garden and porch. It is indeed a headache to clean up and it does take time. It can take a whole week for you to tidy up all the mess the seasons have brought.

But good news, there is a tool that can help you clean up the mess in no time. Isn’t that great? This tool also help you to create a mulch for your flower beds, potting plants and ground cover. You can also use this mulch to start camp fires. It can also save you time in cleaning up the mess left by the spring and autumn season, giving you more time to spend with your friends and family.

Construction tools are used by professionals to do their services. Now, these have been customized for personal use; such as the chipper shredder among the many tools available. All of these are designed to be a helping hand for you personal construction-related tasks.

The chipper shredder is a machine used for reducing wood into smaller parts such as wood chips and saw dust. This high powered machine is used by professional contractors and landscapers.

How Outdoor Garden Fountains Furnish Relaxation and Aid Meditation

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Water is truly the gift of life. A person is capable of living without any foods for several weeks, but cannot go more than a few days without water. Even the composition of our bodies are primarily made of water. Every living organism on this planet requires water, and as such its vitality cannot be emphasized enough.

This life giving substance can also be a source of relaxation due to soothing sounds and aesthetically pleasing appearance; considering this, is is no surprise that many people choose to purchase outdoor garden fountains for their gardens. The beauty of one’s home is significant to most people. However, some feel it is more important to keep the inside of the home decorated and fancy, whereas, others are more concerned with their gardens.

Trees, bushes, flower beds and a lot of other things are carefully taken care of and placed carefully so they complement each other. Others even take in consideration garden furniture such as swings, barbeque grills, garden tables and chairs.

Landscaping Tips – Building The Soil

Friday, September 4th, 2009

No matter how carefully the garden has been planned on paper, hard practical work must be done by someone before you can see the dream break into flower.

If you moved into your new home during the fall or winter you will probably be pretty discouraged when the snow leaves in spring.

Grading – Rough Grade

Though most building contracts call for the rough grading to be complete, this may be pretty rough. As a bulldozer is used, the surface is usually packed hard, with bricks, wire and boards pressed into it. Leave it alone until the mud dries out quite well, as working it too soon could ruin the texture of the soil.

As soon as you can walk on it without getting stuck, pick up and get rid of all the rubbish. You may find that a few knolls need to be shoveled into low spots. This rough grade should be 3 to 4 inches below where you want the finished grade. Excavate shrub beds and others to 9 to 12 inches below the finished grade.

Usually poor earth, either sandy or clay fill, is used to make the rough grade. The good topsoil is either buried or scraped off and sold as topsoil to someone else.