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Author: GardenGuy

Are All Weeds Bad?

Weeds are misunderstood. A weed is simply a plant that is in the wrong place. This is not to say that all weeds are good. There are many plants – let’s call them weeds – that are a nuisance. However, the occasional stray plant in your garden should not be cause for alarm. In fact, it may be doing something useful. Which Weeds are Bad? Some weeds are invasive species; they are difficult to control and cause problems for agricultural production and the maintenance of natural areas. Some very attractive plants such as purple loosestrife cause extensive damage to...

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Garden Style – What Does Your Yard Say About You?

There are almost as many garden styles as there are reasons to garden. The love of plants and flowers, being outdoors, an enjoyable way to get mild exercise, and the creativity of garden design may be why we garden, but why does someone plant a formal garden instead of a naturalistic garden? Some yards are carefully manicured, but the overgrown landscape next door may be tended just as carefully. What can you figure out about someone by looking at their garden? Let’s take a look at some of the basic garden styles and see. The Orderly Garden The orderly...

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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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