How to Use Landscaping Rocks

How to Use Landscaping RocksAdding rocks to your landscape can definitely add an aesthetic appeal, but they can also be a practical addition too. You can use landscaping rocks to brighten a shady garden or to add texture to a flower bed. Here are a few tips on how to use these rocks to your landscaping’s best advantage.

First off, remember that choosing the right landscaping rocks for your yard is important. You can use white rocks to brighten areas that don’t get a lot of sun, or you can use landscaping rocks to complement what is already in your garden. For example, for gardens that incorporate a lot of tropical flowers, you could consider using terra cotta stones to give it more of that island feel. If you’re going for a more minimal look and feel, you might consider black landscaping rocks. Make sure you have a look or theme in mind when choosing what stones to use.

One more thing to keep in mind: whatever color or style you choose, make sure you like it. You’re going to have to live with it for many years

Transplanting Native Plants

Transplanting Native PlantsHomeowners move into a home that has a wooded area in the backyard and they find a nice small tree in the woods that they would like to move to another location in their yard.

WARNING; Dogwoods, Maple and Oaks usually die.

The key to successfully moving native plants is Root Pruning. To root prune, means to cut all roots with a Sharp Spade or it may be called a Sharp Shooter. Go out from the trunk one foot for each inch diameter of the trunk before you start cutting the roots. (Example 5 ft. Tree-16 to 18″ inch ball)

Staying out the right distance from the trunk as described above. Force the spade into the ground all the way around the plant. Try to uncut the plant so all of the roots are cut and lift slight. Drop the plant back into position, firm the soil and keep watered during the summer months.

If you want to move your native plant in late fall, root prune in early spring. Likewise, if you intend to move the plant in early spring, root prune the

Creating a Basement Garden

Creating a Basement GardenIf you are passionate about gardening and taking care of your garden decor, lack of sunlight need not prevent you from turning your basement entrance into a colorful garden as well. All you have to do is use the available space for shade-loving pot plants or hardy climbers. When we talk about beautiful plants, comfortable wooden benches, vibrant flowers and different accessories, we usually assume we are also talking about our outdoor garden decor. But that should not always be the case. Let us have a look at how you can create a most beautiful garden in your basement.

Most of us have, at some time, looked down on a small basement as we walked along a city street to see a garden overflowing with foliage and flowers. Proof enough that with the right plants even a dark, shady corner can become a bright splash of color ready to incorporate all sort of garden decorations. The basement floor will most probably have a very shady position, an ideal area to grow shade-tolerant evergreens with interesting foliage that will form a verdant background all year round. Small

Which Paving Stones Will Be Suitable for Your Garden?

You can create a garden that looks like a perfect picture or a fairy tale scene. There are endless possibilities on how to decorate your garden with the right paving stone. Your perfect garden can be created by selecting the best paving stones that will fit not only your garden but your pocket too. Decorating a garden can both be easy and fun if you plan it correctly beforehand. Planning is essential since there are many ways to adapt a garden.

Paving stones vary in colour, size, shape, and weight. The options available include cobblestones, flagstones, cladding and copings. When paving your garden ensure that you have the correct equipment and tools. If you aren’t able to do it yourself, then get a professional brick layer or a landscaper to assist you.

There are many paving stone designs available for your driveway, walkway or pathway. For this application, paving tiles are ideal as they are large squares that can be placed along the walkway or driveway. Grooming all pathways in the garden with paving tiles will create a smooth walkway for you and your guests.

If you have a small garden and would like to

Exotic Flowers

There are several types of exotic flowers to best suit any occasion. And of course, depending on your personal taste, you will want to choose the best exotic flowers you can obtain to be the perfect flowers, the most adequate for the purpose they will be serving. For example: at someone’s funeral, you may want to choose bouquet of flowers that the deceased would have loved. Here are some other examples (after all, these flowers are for happy occasions as well as the more tragic ones.

Musas:

The Chinese Musa flower is a stunning example of the kinds of exotic flowers that are perfect for gardens or bouquets.

Calatheas:

The exotic flower called the Genus Calathea is in the Marantaceae family of plowers, however it differs from other genera. The Marantaceae family of exotic flowers, in which Maranta and Ctenanthe are included, are unbranched inflorescences cone-like clusters.

The calathea comes from tropical South America, Calathea, it has about three hundred different species. These flowers love the shade and humidity, they are virtually all grown in much of the world only indoors. These flowers require full shade from the sun. However, if they must,

Hardscape Ideas for Your Small Backyard

For those that are not sure what hardscape is, it includes the heavier elements in designing your backyard like your patio, driveway, rocks, stones, stone benches, arbors, etc. It can also include installing sprinkler systems and installation of swimming pools and fountains. Now that you know what hardscape includes let us look at some design ideas for your small backyard.

• Visual levels – to give your backyard a dramatic look create some levels there. You can add a pathway laced with flowers, bushes, etc to give it an aesthetic appeal. You can also convert a wall into a vertical garden. You could even use the top portion of the wall to hold your plants. You can use steps to reach this high wall and the area that surrounds the area can be a seating area with a nice stone bench or two.

• Living water flows – you might think that it would not be possible to add a water feature to your small backyard but it can be done. Doing this will add dimension to your yard and it will also make a soothing area to come to when you want to relax and

Create an Outdoor Seating Area in Your Garden

Whether you have old chairs, new chairs, white or black, it should always be comfortable. If you don’t have a lot of chairs that are the same design, you can mix and match the ones you have to create an eclectic theme. Choose weatherproof furniture to create a welcoming outdoor seating area that can withstand the weather. You can add an amazing outdoor kitchen which incorporates the sink and a braai area. Enhance your outdoor experience by using different kinds of materials and fabrics to create a place of tranquility and peace. Together with this, an all-white crisp, clean and cool seating area can create the power of serenity in your garden.

You can create your own seats and don’t have to buy a single chair if you are a creative person. You can build your own concrete bench or a crafty wooden bench, depending on the style of your garden. You can use large colourful pillows on the concrete bench for comfort. Or you can add flat pillows on the wooden bench. Place the wooden bench under some trees for a relaxing seating area in your garden.

Cozy lounge furniture can be transferred to the

Lettuce Gardening Tips

Gardeners can select from a large variety of lettuces that are easy to grow, highly productive in limited space, and virtually pest and disease free. Lettuce is definitely one of the more “care-free” crops. Lettuce is a great way to start gardening; it is what I started out with actually. There are a few key principles though that should always be kept in mind.

Lettuce

For maximum lettuce production, it’s wise to select a site where the soil drains well, yet retains some moisture. The soil should also be rich in nitrogen and potassium, The best way to accomplish this is to work in plenty of organic matter (compost, rotted manure, or leaf mold) that will loosen and enrich the soil.

Most lettuce varieties mature in 45 to 55 days, allowing many gardeners to plant two or even three crops. But looseleaf and butterhead leaves can be harvested at just about any time in their development. Heading varieties take longer to mature. Romaine takes 75 to 85 days and crisphead 70 to 100 days.

By choosing the right varieties and with these lettuce gardening tips, it’s possible to have lettuce in your garden

Tips for Simple Residential Landscaping Maintenance

Are you someone who loves to see a beautifully landscaped yard, but find that your horticultural skills are limited to those plants that require little to no maintenance? Maybe, you are moderately successful with plants, but the thought of a large landscape design is overwhelming because you don’t know where you will find the time to actually do the work. The reality is that quite often we have dreams of the magazine worthy lawn and landscape design, but when it comes to the actual implementation, we don’t have the time and energy it would take to maintain the look.

Most of us know that residential landscaping is one of the best ways you can add value and beauty to your home, but many of us just lack the knowledge, skill and time to achieve it. Thankfully, there are many ways to have that amazing residential landscape design without dealing with hours of stress.

7 Tips for Simple Residential Landscaping Maintenance

1. Before planting anything, talk to some of the local nurseries or those in your area with particularly beautiful landscapes and learn as much as you can about the soil conditions and what type of

Water, Wood, Fire

Decorating a yard or garden is largely a matter of personal taste. There are several elements that tend to be recognized to create a given mood or enhance the look of the area. Water is often used. Japanese gardens have traditionally used water to draw the eye to various focal points in the garden. These ancient designs derive influence from Taoist or Shinto values. Taoist and Shinto disciplines emphasize harmony with oneself and with the environment. As such, Japanese gardens tend to fit in with their surroundings. It is common for a Japanese garden to mimic the landscape of rural Japan, with features resembling mountains, forests, rivers and prairies.

A stream with real water requires significant infrastructure, including pumps and filters. Sometimes a simulated river will be created out of river rock, complete with bridges and other features exclusive to a riparian environment. These simulated rivers are much easier to maintain, and require only an occasional pass with a leaf blower to look put together.

Plants are another feature that yards and gardens have. Plants, or the lack thereof, tend to determine the feel for a space, even more than water or fire. This is probably

Is There Danger In Using Artificial Grass For Animals?

Once seen as somewhat tacky and tasteless, turf has, in recent years, become much more widely accepted, as more and more people discover the benefits of artificial grass. For animals and their owners, in particular, this material is increasingly considered to be a better option than a natural lawn, as it is significantly more hygienic and much easier to clean of detritus or animal waste. This is the main reason why a growing number of pet owners, particularly those who own ‘outside’ pets such as cats, dogs and rabbits, have been opting to replace the natural grass in their yards with turf carpets.

As popular as it is among pet owners, however, turf is still far from consensual as an ideal material for households with animals. For every dog or cat parent extolling the virtues of artificial grass for animals, there still tends to be at least one person in the opposite camp, preventing turf from becoming as widespread in homes with pets as it might otherwise have been.

The basis for these detractors’ arguments hinges around one hypothesis: that rather than be beneficial for dogs and cats as well as their owners, artificial grass may

Gardening in Planters, Containers and Garden Urns

Container gardening is one of the most pleasurable pastimes and is very rewarding with little effort. You get a special feeling of abundance seeing your deck or patio filled to overflowing with plant-packed containers and pots. Your deck garden is sure to give you a warm feeling and entice you to outdoor living. Container gardens can provide that link between the indoors and outside area, helping you to transform a deck or patio into another living space – an outdoor living space.

You are given a wonderful palette to express your own ideas and style. When choosing your pots and planters, think in terms of your own decorating style by using colors, textures, plants and containers. A good way to get a feel for what is your style, just take a look around your own home and don’t be afraid to experiment. It is very easy to change your container garden if you don’t seem happy with it. Change the arrangement or replace a plant or two and try something else. You can always just start over completely.

It is a great idea to keep notes or a garden diary for what works or what was

Ponds, Fountains, and Garden Decorative Items

As any avid collector of garden decorative items will tell you, although they may often need to make choices about which of their many garden statues and stones will make the cut for their garden display each year, one garden decorative item that always stands front and center is the garden fountain. A fountain on a pond or “water feature” as they are known today, is the “focal point” of every water gardener’s landscape. It’s no wonder gardeners are reducing the square footage of their lawns to make way for a tranquil space all their own or a delightful and whimsical water feature in their landscapes. They are not only good for the environment but also provide an element of individual style adding to decor of your outdoor living space. Some gardens go so far as to say that without a water feature in your garden, you are not only missing a real asset to your landscape but an asset to your piece of mind.

Esthetically speaking, no other garden decorative items can compare to the beauty that a water feature adds to your property. However, it’s the added benefit of stress reduction, most gardeners proclaim, that

Choosing To Have Artificial Grass For Your Lawn

If you really want to have that fresh and green-looking front yard, you can actually opt for artificial grass. When looking at the offerings of artificial grass company, it is worthwhile to factor in installation cost and other associated expenses along with other considerations like the quality of the artificial turf, foot and vehicle traffic, weather and outdoor conditions, and the size of the area for artificial grass installation. Only by accounting for these factors can one arrive at an informed purchasing decision.

When you are investing in this, you would want to get the best returns. That would only be possible if you look beyond price and opt for quality products. The best way to assess the quality of artificial grass is to look at the samples from various suppliers. When you have found a few suitable samples, the next important factor to consider is the traffic in the area where it will be installed. The idea behind this is that the artificial grass you choose should be able to match the volume of traffic. For high traffic areas, you may have to sacrifice comfort for durability.

Another crucial factor to consider before deciding on

Accessorize Your Garden

Garden décor has become as important to a garden as the plants themselves. If your garden requires a little love and you’re not really sure what to do, consider refreshing it with new garden decor – the same way you would change the cushions in your house when your sofa needs a lift.

With the variety of garden decor available today it may be confusing knowing what to choose. It’s important to recognize whether or not your garden and your décor are in a harmonious state. For example, if you have a formal garden, displaying a quirky sculpture or a garden gnome will not compliment this setting. Finding the perfect balance between your garden and its décor isn’t difficult if the décor makes sense and fits in with its surroundings.

Statuary is a very common element of garden décor. Whether it’s in the form of a bust or of wildlife it’s important to place them where they appear to belong. For example, if you have a sculpture of a Majestic Heron it’s best to place this décor in a setting where you might find this bird naturally – around a pond, water feature, rocks, logs and

Finding the Right Fit For Your Garden

Designing and decorating your garden can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a home. It gives you an opportunity to create a unique space that suits your style and personality. Additionally, there are countless ways for you to shape your garden. Maybe you want to turn a portion of it into a vegetable garden?

Perhaps you enjoy hosting social gatherings and want ample garden furniture? Maybe you would like a garden fountain or pond as a place to relax? Designing your garden allows you the opportunity create your own vision. While this freedom is wonderful, it can also make the task of finding the right garden decor seem a little overwhelming. Here are a few ideas to help you find the right decor for your yard.

1. It is a good idea to have a sketch of the layout that you envision. By actually seeing everything on paper, you can get a better idea of how the different elements of your garden compliment each other. In addition to sketching out the big sections of your garden such as garden furniture and fountains, add some placeholders for your garden decor. Knowing where you want

Some Tips to Bring Your Garden in Harmony With the Plants

Whatever the style of your garden, enhancing your lawn and garden decor with garden ornaments is a great way to complement the plants and bring a mature feel to any garden or back yard.

Terracotta pots on patios and terraces will enhance a Mediterranean arrangement, Classical statues and fountains will make a formal garden come alive and statues of an oriental divinity will effectively evoke a Japanese garden.

Features to Surprise

Some elements of surprise are welcome with any lawn and garden decor. A birdbath or a bird table installed at a turning in a path can be particularly eye catching.

For a touch of humor, place statues and ornaments in out of the way and out of the ordinary places. Tuck a tall bird statue away behind a clump of bamboos and let bronze frogs, snakes and hedgehogs cross a terrace or lurk in low ground cover. Allow a few jolly clay piglets to tumble down a flight of steps.

For a touch of romance, a shy nymph looks especially charming in any lawn and garden decor when glimpsed through sprays of roses and ivy.

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Solar Garden Decor – Energy Saver

Are you looking for the best garden decor for your garden but won’t affect your energy consumption? There are actually numerous types of garden decors that you could buy for your garden for decorations but some of them are electricity operated which could cost you money. For best option when it comes to garden decors, solar garden decors would be the right choice. Because of the advanced technology that we have nowadays, solar materials were invented to help us save energy. The earth today is suffering from energy shortage. For us to help save energy, solar energy savers were introduced to us.

If we want to help save our Mother Earth, we need to use those materials that would help us save energy. That’s why it is one of the trendy fashions when it comes to decorating garden that most garden designers are crazy about. These are available in different styles, designs, and even colors. So make sure that you choose the right designs and style for your garden.

Aside from saving energy, they are also environmentally friendly. All you needed is the energy from the sun for it to work. There’s no need of electricity

Great Reasons To Get Synthetic Grass

Synthetic grass has become more and more common over the past few decades. Though many assume that this is primarily for sports fields, an increasing number of homeowners are discovering the beauty and ease of installing artificial turf on their property. Imagine designing the lawn of your dreams, exactly as beautiful as you imagine it, and having it stay that way all year long! And with many retailers out there, this is an incredible way to achieve just that. Read for more in-depth benefits.

1. Very Little Upkeep

One of the constant struggles of owning a home is keeping the lawn looking fresh. The traditional variant requires regular watering, fertilizer, mowing, and more, and that’s not even considering the patches that need to be filled in during streaks of dry weather. With synthetic grass, all of the above work becomes unnecessary. Oftentimes, infill material is used to take the place of the natural soil, which means that even dirt becomes much less of an issue than normal. The only upkeep needed is the occasional cleanup of tracked dirt and dust, easily accomplished with a hose and a small amount of time. In rainy regions, even this

Light Up the Outside

While we tend to focus quite a bit on our interior lighting designs, often we forget that the outdoors is just screaming for attention too. Did you know that with a few small additions and strategic placements of lighting you can completely transform your outdoors? It’s a way of bringing the indoors outside and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

So if you’re ready to add “exterior lighting” to your list of DIY projects, then you’re going to want to check out these ideas.

Using LED Strip Lights

If you have a deck, patio, or trees in your backyard then you’ll definitely want to check out LED strip lights. These handy lights come in a strand or strip, and can be found in a variety of colours or just plain white if you’d rather. You can find ones that are waterproof, dimmable, and are extremely easy to “install”.

The way these work is that you wrap the strip around, or place it along an item. A popular option is to place these on deck railings, along the bottom of the deck to light the under part of it, wrap them around trees, and on