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how to build a simple fence

How to Build a Simple Fence

Great gardens is a series of articles calculated to get novice gardeners professional results. This article is about how to build a simple fence. Robert Frost said, ‘Good Fences make good neighbors,’ by which I think he meant agreeing upon what belongs to whom right from the start is a good way to avoid future […]

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Flying Dragon Citrus

Landscape Uses of Flying Dragon Citrus

The cold hardy citrus tree, Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon,’ adds four seasons of fabulous flair to the public or private garden. Backyard gardeners living above the citrus belt have long desired cold hardy citrus with edible fruit. Considered cold hardy to minus 20°F, Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ is grown in USDA zones 5-9. Citrus is […]

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Placement of Garden Plants

Advice for Placement of Garden Plants

What to consider to help you put your garden plants in the right place, help them thrive, and create the look you desire. Using Color in the Landscape Using contrasting shapes, colors and textures will bring drama and interest to your garden. How you go about combining them will reflect your own design flair. Many […]

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Common Persimmon - Picturesque Ornamental Landscape Fruit Tree

Common Persimmon – Picturesque Ornamental Landscape Fruit Tree

The slender native common persimmon tree, Diospyros virginiana, with fabulous fall foliage and flaxen fruit is a picturesque ornamental landscape tree. The common persimmon is naturally found across the eastern U.S. from New England to Florida and west to Kansas and Texas. The hardy tree can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. The tree […]

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How and When to Reseed or Over-seed Your Lawn

How and When to Reseed or Overseed Your Lawn

Maintain a healthy lawn by reseeding at the right time of year and with the right type of grass, depending on the region in which you live. Grass seed is divided into two broad categories: cold-weather region and warm-weather region. Cold weather regions, or northern regions, are subject to deep freezes and heavy snowfall throughout […]

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train vines to the lamppost

How to Train Vines to Your Lamppost with Old Fencing

Learn how to use old fencing to encourage vines to grow up your lamppost. Are you looking for a way to jazz up your lamp post or porch light? There are a number of plants, pillar roses, for example, that can be trained to grow up lamp posts. However, to make it really simple, choose […]

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How to Create the Perfect Landscape Design

How to Create the Perfect Landscape Design

Careful planning is a key ingredient for uniting all the elements that make up a beautiful garden. A well-designed yard yields a number of benefits, the most important of which is the enjoyment we gain from its use. A close second is a pleasure derived from beholding a beautifully landscaped garden. And, thirdly, unless you […]

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How to Transplant Roses

How to Transplant Roses: Expert Tips and Advice

No matter what reason you have for transplanting doesn’t go start ripping roots out of the ground without reading this. Whatever reason you have for transplanting roses you will find the endeavor a bit easier if you follow these few instructions. You may be very anxious to move your plants and have some constraints on […]

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How to Perk Up Your Front Yard

How to Perk Up Your Front Yard and Facade

You might have a beautifully decorated house interior and a wonderful backyard deck or patio, but the only feature that most people see is the front. Many suburban front yards consist of a lawn, walkway, concrete porch stoop, and a couple of evergreen shrubs. Think of this area as a place that’s full of potential: […]

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Lawn mowing

Garden Maintenance at Easter: Lawns and General Tasks

Eastertime for gardeners is a time to prepare for the summer. Repairing winter damage and starting lawn maintenance are two key tasks. Planning changes to the garden, pruning shrubs, and preparing the lawn are all essential tasks for the gardener wishing to make the most of the summer. Experienced gardeners will have already done some […]

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