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Signs Of A Troubled Sprinkler System

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Sprinkler systems are a wonderful addition to any lawn. They make it so much easier to keep your grass and your plants freshly watered and looking great with minimal effort on your part. Nowadays, you can even set your sprinkler system up to work on a timer, so you never even have to bother with it; it will just do its job when it’s supposed to, unless, of course, something goes wrong. Read More»

Three Problems with Landscaping Projects You Won't Have When You Get a Survey First

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Landscaping projects can be significant investments in your property and can have many effects beyond improving your yard’s aesthetics. Without proper planning, they can even create disputes and legal problems or make existing landscaping issues worse. Here are three common problems you can avoid by having your property surveyed prior to starting a major landscaping project.   Disputes with Neighbors about Property Lines and Access When you start a landscaping project, it can open the door to all kinds of problems with your neighbors. Read More»

How To Espalier A Tree

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The art and science of espaliering is typically used to grow fruit trees in a small space, but it also works well with some ornamental trees. An espaliered tree is trained to grow along a wall or fence, in a neatly prescribed, fairly two dimensional form. Apple, pear and plum trees are often chosen for this growing and trimming method, but you can also espalier ornamentals like roses and magnolias. The following basic guide can help you get started with this interesting method. Read More»

2 Tips For Landscaping Your Apartment Balcony

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Statistics show that there are 16,864,947 apartment households in the United States. While living in an apartment can provide some benefits, apartment dwellers often find it difficult to enjoy outdoor living space. If your apartment has a balcony, then you can transform this outdoor space into some additional living area by using creative landscaping techniques. Here are two tips that will help you more effectively landscape your apartment balcony in the future. Read More»

Have A Dog? Use These Landscaping Tips To Accommodate Your Pet

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As a dog owner, you likely already know that your backyard isn’t just for you, it’s for your dog as well. That’s why it’s important to design a backyard that is safe and enjoyable for your pet. Here are some things you can do to make your backyard more suitable. Use Safe Materials It is important to think about the materials you use in your backyard to ensure they are safe for your dog and won’t get caught in their paws or coat or harm them in any way. Read More»

5 Benefits Of Landscaping Your Yard

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Whether you live in a contemporary or vintage home, landscaping your yard can definitely add some appeal. For example, you can build a pond in your backyard or add bushes and flowers around your house. Landscape design is an investment, but it will pay off in the end. Here are five great benefits of landscaping your yard: It Can Reduce Cooling Bills If you are looking for another way to lower your cooling costs, definitely think about landscaping. Read More»

Why Drainage Is So Important: Keep Standing Water Off Your Patio With Proper Planning

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Hardscaping, or the installation of permanent features in your yard like a patio or retaining wall, requires a lot of planning and preparation to make sure it’s done right. And one the of the most important areas to plan properly – even though it’s not very thrilling – is drainage. Without the right drainage, water will pool up on your patio after it rains, and can make using your yard features more difficult. Read More»

Diseases That Strike Crabapple Trees – And How To Prevent Further Damage

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Crabapple trees are mid-sized trees with green leaves and bright, small fruits that are tart to eat straight but delicious in a homemade jam or pie. A crabapple tree or several can turn any backyard into a garden without all the effort associated with apple trees or ground plantings. But it is important to perform regular checks and maintenance on your crabapple trees to keep the trees free of disease. Read More»

Columnar Fruit Trees Need Little Pruning But Still Require Regular Care

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If you have a small garden and are tired of limiting the types of fruit trees you have due to space, you might want to try planting some columnar trees. These trees grow upright and stay very compact, with fruiting branches extending only a few inches from the trunk. Apples are the most common type, and columnar peach trees are now available. While the trees still need some space, you will be able to fit more of these trees into your yard without worrying about trimming off fruiting branches. Read More»

Now Is The Time To Get Your Lawn Ready For Winter

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Many homeowners start to think of their lawn care responsibilities are over for the season when the hot summer weather goes away. In reality, your lawn continues to need regular maintenance up through the first snow of winter. Caring for your lawn throughout the fall helps to ensure that your grass is strong enough to last through the winter without injury. These tips will help you ensure that your grass is healthy and strong for the cold winter weather. Read More»