Small Space Landscaping Tips

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credit: Wikimedia A small yard is a common landscaping and gardening challenge, but being the caretaker of one is in no way a limitation. With a bit of planning and some editing, a well-designed small yard can be even more satisfactory than a sprawling suburban tract. Plant Selection for Landscaping Small Spaces Start by deciding which plants you ….  Read More

SUMMER LANDSCAPING TIPS

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Summer (June – August)Trees and shrubs:• Prune shrubs as necessary• Inspect for insects and disease, treating as necessary• Prune azaleas and rhododendrons after blooming, prior to July 4th Lawns:• Apply slow-release turf fertilizer to warm season turf (Bermuda and Zoysia)• Apply post-emergent weed control as needed• Mow, trim, and edge lawn areas as needed• Inspect ….  Read More

LANDSCAPE DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

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Eight rules for creating a satisfying garden that is neither fussy nor constraining It’s tempting, in a field as subjective as garden design, to feel that rules do not apply. However, after 28 years and hundreds of projects later, I’ve come to believe in certain rules and guidelines that are neither fussy nor constraining. All ….  Read More

6 Do-It-Yourself Water-Saving Gardening and Landscaping Tips

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Gardening is a wonderful way to relieve stress, connect with nature and see the fruits of your labor. Additionally, it is a hobby that takes a lot of patience, understanding and planning. With that said, gardening can become especially difficult during the current California drought. Fortunately, there are six do-it-yourself (DIY) methods that will help ….  Read More

6 reasons why landscape fabric is a bad idea

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Should I Install Landscape Fabric? Landscape fabric is used by many gardeners to cut down on gardening maintenance tasks. Should you install the fabric if you haven’t already? As a professional gardener, I’ve seen many gardens during my 14 year career. Personally, I discourage my clients from using landscape fabric. Having also talked to lawn mowing companies ….  Read More