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how to use rocks to enhance your garden or pond

How to Use Rocks to Enhance Your Garden or Pond

Is rock gardening for you? If you live in New England and want a garden, you might not have a choice! The number of rocks you unearth while gardening is likely to be enough to build a house. Just digging holes for new plants yields boulders of all shapes, sizes, and colors. You might want […]

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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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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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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 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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recycling in the garden

Garden Recycling: Turn Your Trash into Garden Treasures

Don’t throw away your old swing set or bed frame, use it in your garden. Creating a garden can be expensive these days. Along with the costs of plants, fertilizers, soil improvers, disease control, and pest control, purpose-built garden infrastructure, such as trellises for climbing plants and raised garden beds, add even more to your […]

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Meditation garden

Landscape Design: Neglected Shady Site Becomes Meditation Garden

Large east-facing picture windows in a narrow hallway of a senior residence frame a setting difficult to plant and establish, shaded by a crabapple tree. This continuously used hallway leads from the main lobby to first floor apartments and elevators. Several attempts by landscape maintenance companies produced disappointing results. Plant selections failed in this difficult […]

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Vintage Door/Shelf DIY – Decorative Functional Illuminating

I paid $40 for this door that came off a house in Mexico. I decided to make it into a leaning shelf. And later thought to attach a light fixture. I stumbled upon this glorious find on lowe’s.com. It was exactly what I was looking for and only $24.98! Here are some of the other […]

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Essentials of Florida Gardening: Four Must-Have Ornamental Shrubs

Shrubs are an essential foundation plant. They will add color, appeal, and structure to your landscape, plus value and equity to your home. Florida homeowners have a large variety of plants to choose from, including trees and shrubs to enhance their landscapes. Shrubs are the backbone of your home’s landscape. Shrubs can provide foliage, flowers, […]

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