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Paver 101: Installing A Flat Concrete Paver Walkway

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If you have decided to install your own walkway during your next remodeling project, but do not want to deal with pouring concrete, then you should use inexpensive concrete pavers. Concrete pavers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Pavers compliment any landscaping and home style when they are correctly installed. Use these three things to install your walkway so that it is flat and stays that way for its entire useful life: Read More»

Preparing Your Sprinkler System For The Winter

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When it comes to your yard and making sure that the landscaping looks great, there is perhaps no more important aspect than your sprinkler system. The sprinkler system provides the necessary water to the yard so that it can grow green and lush. It is important to take good care of your sprinkler system so that it does not encounter any problems. It is especially important to make sure that before the cold weather hits, your sprinkler system is properly prepared so that it does not freeze the pipes and destroy the sprinkler system. Read More»

Cozy Ideas For A Backyard Retreat

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Landscape architecture is all about increasing your usable space outside. The goal is for your backyard to become a destination space, in this case a retreat. Create cozy areas both on your patio and within the backyard that serve as a respite from the workaday world. Patio Design The first step to designing your backyard retreat is deciding what style patio you want. The use of the space drives the patio design. Read More»

3 Common Oak Tree Diseases – And How To Stop Damage

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Oak trees are a family of tall, narrow trees that produce acorns. The trees are beautiful additions to any yard seeking a touch of classic greenery. Proper maintenance is important to keep your oak tree looking healthy and regal. Part of that maintenance involves watching for signs of tree diseases and treating the problem as quickly as possible. Here are a few common oak tree diseases, the symptoms, and how a tree trimming or removal service can help solve the problem. Read More»

Blue Lagoon -- Making Your Backyard Lake Cheaper And Easier

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Water adds a fantastic tranquility and beauty to any yard, but incorporating it can be daunting to many homeowners. A large water feature like a big pond or small lake may be doubly nerve-wracking. How will you care for it? What do you do with it? How can you keep it beautiful without spending a fortune?  Here are 3 tips for managing your large pond without going broke or crazy.  Read More»

Protect Your Asphalt Driveway By Edging It With Pavers

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The most exposed part of your asphalt driveway is the edge, which is more likely to experience high rates of wear and tear. If you want to protect this edge and extend its overall life, you should install pavers. Not only will the pavers make your driveway look classier, they will help protect it as well. Choosing The Material You can use just about any type of paving that you would like to line your driveway. Read More»

Landscape Design For Challenging Dwellings

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You may need to get creative with your gardening if you live in a small space, urban environment, or are an apartment dweller. Just because you lack green-space doesn’t condemn you to living without the plants, flowers, and herbs that you want to grow; in fact, there are may clever ways to have bountiful gardens without actual acreage. Some cool ideas for small-space gardens include: Potted gardens. Anything that can be grown outside, in a garden, can be grown in a pot. Read More»

Landscaping Ideas For Your Retaining Wall

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Retaining walls look their best when homeowners successfully use plants and other landscaping elements to break up the surface of the wall while reinforcing the wall’s natural patterns. These tips will help you landscape around your wall to accentuate the wall’s aesthetic presence.  Cascading Plants Break Up Hard Edges Cascading plants grown over over the top of your retaining wall help break up the retaining wall’s long, hard top edge. Spilling over the side, cascading plants also introduce the idea of abundance and untamed growth in your garden. Read More»

Looking For A Fresh Landscape Element? Don't Go All Out - Go Up Instead

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Tight on space or budget? Try adding a vertical garden to your landscaping plan. What is a vertical garden? Like it’s name indicates, it’s a wall of plants, mosses and vines that is self-sustaining and can create an interesting focal point anywhere. Why Use a Vertical Garden? For obvious reasons, vertical gardens are growing in popularity among homeowners with small yard spaces. But that’s not the only reason to plant one. Read More»

Optimizing The Effectiveness Of Your New Sprinkler

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Your new automatic sprinkler system can help keep your plants healthy and well-watered while using less water than you might have used with the hose, assuming that you use the right techniques to optimize your water usage. To make the best use of water with your new sprinkler system, follow these tips.  Water in the Late Evening or Early Morning Watering at the height of the day is a good way to lose water to evaporation. Read More»