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Loving Your Little Landscape

I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.

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    2 Reasons To Hire Lawn Care Services

    Having a yard of your own to enjoy and spend time in is a wonderful thing. However, most people will agree that caring for the yard is definitely not wonderful. It is a big task that takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, and also a lot of knowledge. If you aren't up for the task, but love the idea of having a yard of your own, then you should consider hiring a lawn care service.

    Strange Spaces -- 4 Tips To Manage An Oddly-Shaped Yard

    While most yards tend to be a nice, normal square or rectangle shape, that's not always the case. If your yard's overall shape can be best described as "unusual" or "vague," it can be hard to know how to turn it into a normal looking outdoor space. If this is your dilemma, here are 4 easy ways to tame its strange dimensions. Focal Point. If there are features you don't like about your yard, draw attention away from them by adding a focal point or two in other areas.

    The Importance Of Proper Drainage In Your Retaining Wall

    Retaining walls are a powerful tool for landscaping sloped properties and adding visual interest to flat ones, but they need to be able to hold back much more than just dirt. In fact, many if not most retaining wall failures are actually the result of improper drainage, as accumulating water pushes against the wall with nowhere to go. Besides damaging your wall, this can also create an unpleasant environment for any plants or walkways behind it, leading to swampy, saturated soil.

    Gone Fishing—What to Know When Adding a Koi Pond to Your Backyard

    Water features add charm and vitality to a backyard landscape design. But if a simple water feature—a small pond, a waterfall, or a bubbling fountain—isn't enough for you, you can also add the energy of having living things in your water.  However, a pond with fish in it isn't quite the same as just any other water feature. It has some special needs to understand before deciding where and how you will build your pond.

    Three Tips For Caring For Your Landscaping

    Ensuring that the yard is kept in the best condition possible is essential for any homeowner that values the appearance of their property. Unfortunately, it can be common for well-meaning homeowners to be poorly informed about the steps needed to care for their yards. As a result, they may benefit from learning a few landscaping tips to help them avoid some routine oversights. Use Gravel To Slow Erosion Erosion can be a particularly problematic issue for your yard.

    How To Create An Enchanting Landscape On A Tight Budget

    Designing a landscape your neighbors will be awed by while staying within a tight budget is possible and can be a lot of creative fun. You can create a landscape that will look great with a few dollars and a whole lot of creative energy. Follow these tips for learning how you can turn your lawn into an enchanting garden while sticking to your budget. River Rocks And Your Landscape

    Minimizing Lawn Water Use

    In drought-stricken areas, watering your lawn is a complete no-no. Even if you live in an area that is not currently hard pressed for water, you should be mindful of your water usage, particularly when it comes to watering your lawn. During a drought or the hot dry summer months, you have several options for lawn care: Keeping it green or letting it go dormant. Dormant During times of extreme heat and/or little rainfall, keeping your water green can take a significant amount of water.

    Site Prep – Building A Good Foundation Under Landscape Pavers

    Stone pavers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles. You can use them to build walkways, patios, or other surfaces to enhance your landscape. An important step in the installation of pavers is the foundation. Without a good foundation your pavers can shift out of place, or settle causing you problems. Here are some tips to make sure you prepare a good foundation for whatever type of project you choose using landscape pavers.