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Winter Containers

Winter Containers

I know it seems so early, but now is a really good time to make your winter containers. These simple instructions will show you just how easy it is to add some holiday cheer and interest to your garden with very easy winter containers. At the end of the summer and a good part into fall, it seems like this is a now or never type of project. As in, if I don’t do it now I will never do it!  These bare planters need some sprucing up and today was the day to get it done. I’ve always had good intentions of doing this, but it seems like it just hasn’t taken priority. I started by gathering some broken branches from evergreens around our home, looking for branches that were crossing or were just starting to get in the way of the lawn mower.… Read Full Post
Tips for Using Your Garden to Help Sell Your Home

Tips for Using Your Garden to Help Sell Your Home

First impressions are important. Seeing as your garden is the very first thing somebody sees when looking up, visiting, or driving past your home, it is imperative that you keep it in pristine condition. Follow these tips for using your garden to help sell your home fast! You should start preparing the outdoor aspects of your home at least a month before you plan on hosting showings. In doing so, you will be given some leeway in case anything happens to go wrong, or in case you decide to change anything. Listed below are some things you can do to keep your garden looking sharp throughout your home selling process. 1. Seasonal Plants and Aesthetics: One way to catch the eye of any passerby is through a little pop of color!… Read Full Post
Water Feature Ideas to Compliment Your Garden

Water Feature Ideas to Compliment Your Garden

If you are looking to create a shady and relaxing garden space to curl up with a book or have a quiet time with your friends, you might want to add a water feature. You can use water to make a relaxing sound or simply to make your space more beautiful. There are loads of great ideas to implement, independent of the size of your garden. Fountains One of the best water feature you can add to your garden is a fountain. While you will not be able to have fish in it, its sound will relax you after a stressful day. The good news is that you can get DIY fountain kits and design your own feature, adding custom statues, or a modern design.… Read Full Post
How Are You Giving Back To The Earth?

How Are You Giving Back To The Earth?

Once a year, on Earth Day, we all tend to be a little more conscious about how we’re treating the world we live in. We think about how we live, and the impact that it has on the planet. But what happens for the rest of the year? Do we just let it go, or should we continue on with our efforts? The below infographic shows you exactly how you can keep up your Earth Day practices year-round to really give back to the earth. But here are three key points that you can start with. Look After Your Lawn First of all, you’re definitely going to want to take better care of your lawn. If you’re overusing fertilizers and chemicals, you may find that it then goes on to affect the rest of the ecosystem – and that’s definitely the opposite of what you want to happen.… Read Full Post
Common Gardening Mistakes

Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening is a fun and rewarding task, but it can be incredibly stressful and complicated too. No gardener is perfect just like there is no such thing as the perfect garden, so, whether you’ve been gardening for six days or sixty years, we all make the odd mistake here and there. Of course, making mistakes gives you the opportunity to learn, but it’s always better to learn beforehand and avoid them when you can. Keeping that in mind, here are four common gardening mistakes everyone makes. Planting Way Too Early Once you’ve bought your seeds, soil, and everything else you need, it can be tempting to get planting right away. We all get impatient now and then, but you have to hold yourself back and resist the urge to start planting.… Read Full Post
Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Your garden is your own  private piece of mother nature’s bounty. It’s your refuge from the world and all its problems. It’s a place in which you can relax, unwind and meditate while surrounded by nature’s subtle perfumes. We all have a slightly different idea of what makes the perfect garden. Some will use their garden as a resource to grow delicious and nutritious food for their families. Others will use it to make a statement, filling it with a dazzling array of plants and statement pieces like water features to wow guests. Others will simply aim to create an outdoor haven in which they, their family and guests can be at peace, sip lemonade, read a book and simply enjoy the psychological and spiritual benefits that come with being surrounded by nature.… Read Full Post
Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

When it comes to gardening, many of us focus on maintenance. We mow the lawn, trim bushes, prune trees, pull up weeds, and water any herbs and plants that we’ve bedded and are nurturing. However, every now and then, you might want to take larger, more significant, and more structural change into consideration. Why? This can really make your outdoor space look like a completely different place in a positive way. Now, these changes take a little more time, planning, preparation, and investment, but the outcomes are more than worth everything that goes into them. So, if this sounds good to you, here are a few different options for you to consider! Installing a Patio When we think of backyards, we tend to think of relatively green spaces.… Read Full Post
You’ve Done the Work: Now Enjoy Your Yard!

You’ve Done the Work: Now Enjoy Your Yard!

You’ve spent months working hard on your yard. You’ve toiled, you’ve been sweating, you’ve put all the reading you’ve done about gardening into practice, and now in it’s finally finished! While you’ll always need to stay on top of your gardening to ensure nothing falls into a bad state, for the most part, your job is done. So what now? Why, it’s time to enjoy your creation from the inside – that means, making your outdoor space an enjoyable place to be. We take a look at how you can do this below. Into the Outdoors It’s more enjoyable if your outdoor space and the interior of your home aren’t exclusively separate. They should feed into one another, as if they were joined (which they are).… Read Full Post
Garden Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Neglect In the Summer

Garden Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Neglect In the Summer

If you would like to make your garden look fresh, lush, and impressive all through the summer, you should make sure that you are not neglecting some of the most important tasks that help your plants grow and stay healthy. With the heat of the summer, insects and parasites will arrive, threatening your harvest and your beautiful shrubs. Below you will find a few tips on how to stay on top of your summer garden. Getting Rid of Infected Branches or Plants No matter how well you have tried to prevent common tree and fruit diseases, chances are that the lack of rain and the abundance of sunshine have attracted some. If you have found any infections, nests, or sign of parasites, it is not only important to wash your trees and fruit plants, but you also have to get rid or the affected branches.… Read Full Post
9 Tips For Keeping Your Garden in Tip-Top Condition

9 Tips For Keeping Your Garden in Tip-Top Condition

It seems like we can spend a long time working on our garden, and then, when it’s all finished, we only have a small amount of time to enjoy the fruits of our labor before things are beginning to look, well, a little less perfect than they did when everything was fresh and new. But good news: you don’t have to settle for a garden that you’re less than happy with. It’s all about taking those small steps and making sure it’s kept in tip-top condition. We take a look at nine useful tips below. Do Your Homework Everything will stay in excellent condition for longer if they were right for your garden in the first place. During the planning stages make sure you’re reading as much as you can about plants, fertilizers, and correct placement for the various aspects of your garden – it’ll serve you well in the long run.… Read Full Post

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