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Author: GardenGuy

Lawn Grass Alternatives

Many homeowners love having a front lawn full of green grass, but, for some people, the traditional lawn is more trouble than it’s worth. With growing awareness of sustainable design and ecological approaches to landscaping, more home gardeners are ready to get rid of their lawns and explore lawn grass alternatives. Others are simply looking for a low maintenance lawn. Mixed Green Lawns The fastest way to a low maintenance lawn is to just do less maintenance! Instead of weeding, feeding and obsessing over your lawn, just mow it every week or two as needed. Over time, you will...

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Lawn Care Basics for Homeowners

There is a broad spectrum of approaches to the care and maintenance of lawns. Some people are content to mow every couple of weeks and leave it at that. Others view lawn care as an ongoing challenge and responsibility, spending hours every weekend to try and produce perfect, weed-free, evenly grown turf. For the average homeowner, it is possible to get a nice looking, well-maintained lawn without too much effort. Here is what you need to know. The health of an overall lawn depends mostly upon what is hidden from view, the soil. A good quality, well drained topsoil...

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All About Compost

Once overlooked and misunderstood, compost has become a valuable commodity in the landscaping and gardening industries. Different types of compost can be found in bags at big box home improvement stores, your local garden center or ordered in bulk from landscape suppliers. On a smaller scale, many people have compost bins at home where they make their own compost by mixing food scraps, leaves and lawn clippings. Because of its nutritional value, many consider compost a viable alternative to commercial fertilizers. What is Compost? Compost is basically decayed organic matter. Almost any natural material, if left alone long enough,...

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Bulb Planting and Perennial Division Tips

Sometimes the smallest things create the largest impact in the landscape. Bulbs and perennials are a great example. They start small, but explode into patches and fields of color at certain times of year. To get the best effect from bulbs and perennials, there should be lots of them. A few are nice, but a few dozen can be spectacular. All of those small things require a lot of work. Planting dozens or hundreds of bulbs and small potted perennials is not an easy task. Then, given the right conditions, most perennials will grow and multiply. Even some flowering...

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Landscape Lighting the Most Important Areas of Your Home and Yard

If you are considering a landscape lighting system for your home, after providing walkway and basic security lighting, you may be unsure about where, and if, additional lighting should be installed. Carefully placed, well designed landscape lighting can actually do much to increase the curb appeal and visual interest of your landscape. Here are some of the most important areas of to include as part of your landscape and garden design. Tree Lighting Lighting selected trees in your yard is one of the most dramatic ways to use landscape lighting effectively. Uplighting from the base of a tree usually...

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The Best Topsoil From Local Landscape Suppliers

If you want your lawn and ornamental plants to look their best, it is important to use good quality topsoil for home landscape projects. The best topsoil will have the right proportions of sand, clay and organic matter, provide nutrients to your landscape and provide good drainage while still retaining moisture for plant roots to absorb. Before you start a landscape project that involves planting and topsoil, it’s worth taking a little time to get the best material for your needs. Look to buy from local topsoil suppliers that have a variety of topsoil products and blends. Start With a...

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