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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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    Important Steps For Having A Beautiful Summer Lawn

    Do you own a home with a front or back yard that's seen better days? Do you have patches of dirt showing through, where animals have dug up or otherwise disturbed your lawn? If you've already tried fertilizing and putting down seeds and had no luck, it may seem impossible that your landscaping will ever look good again. But don't despair, there are still things that can be done to make your lawn lush and beautiful for summer.

    Three Common Problems With Shrubbery And What Commercial Landscaping Can Do To Help

    If you own and/or work out of a commercial building, chances are that there is a lot of shrubbery in the landscaping around the building. If it is kept neat and tidy, shrubbery can make the property look very professional. However, tidiness is not the only problem you may encounter with the shrubs around your commercial building. The following three problems are the most common ones, and here is how a commercial landscaping service can help restore the professional look to the property's exterior appearance.

    2 Quick Landscaping Solutions For The Summertime Heat

    With the winter months long gone, it may be a good time to start thinking about transforming your outdoor spaces into usable and comfy areas where you can hold parties or call friends for a barbeque. If you live in a summer hot zone, shade is a must if you are to open up your backyard for outdoor living and entertaining. The sweltering summer heat can make staying outdoors unbearable or even cause young plants to wilt under the strain.

    4 Signs Of Dutch Elm Disease

    If you have a yard full of elm trees, you probably love relaxing in their shade. You also probably know that elm trees are susceptible to dutch elm disease, but you might not know what a tree diseased with dutch elm disease looks like. You should know the signs and symptoms of dutch elm disease in your elm trees. Yellowing Or Wilting Of Leaves Dutch elm disease is a vascular disease, and it prevents the proper nutrients from getting from the leaves to the roots of the tree.

    How to Remove Tree Stumps Without Breaking a Sweat

    Removing stumps is slow, labor intensive, and often infuriating work. Stump removal by hand involves a variety of tools, such as mattocks and axes. It also involved many hours, and a lot of hard work. Stump-grinders are can reduce the labor involved, but they're often expensive to own or operate. They're also known for being rather unkind to your yard. Just maneuvering a stump-grinder into position often leaves deep tire tracks on your lawn. It can also bust sprinkler heads, if you aren't careful.

    Japanese Boxwood And American Holly Are 2 Great Hedge Plants

    Hedging can make your landscape much more stylish while also adding definition to the hardscaping of your yard. You can plant hedges that will cover the exposed concrete of your home foundation. Similarly, you can plant a hedge along the pathway to add a little style to a pathway. The best type of hedge plants are those that can be sculpted, require little water and are easy to keep up. This article explains the characteristics of Japanese boxwoods and American holly.

    Backyard Got A Slope? Landscaping Tips To Use This Area Effectively

    If you have an area of your yard that is sloped, it can make it more difficult to do landscaping. Fortunately, you can use this area to your advantage by following the tips below. Planting Flowers You cannot simply plant flowers on the slope without making any kind of changes. It is not possible to till a slope, because the dirt will loosen and then slide down the slope. A landscape contractor can make some changes so that your flowers will stay in place once you plant them.

    A Few Ways A Retaining Wall Can Save Your Home

    It is common to think of a retaining wall being used to level the yard for landscaping purposes. Wind, rain, and snow can cause the soil to erode, sloughing off any grass or flowers as it moves down a small hill. The truth is, a retaining wall can also be used to save the foundation of your home. If you notice that the basement or crawlspace stays moist, or that more of the foundation is visible from the outside, you should consider having a retaining wall built.