Landscaping

Soil in Garden

The Importance of Healthy, Nutrient-Rich Soil

Landscaping

All plants pull their food from the soil. Minerals and nutrients are pulled up from the roots and fuel the growth of the plant, and lead to bigger, healthier flowers. A few simple experiments can give you an idea what kind of shape your soil is in and what you need to do to improve […]

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Creative Pruning - Trees and Shrubs

The Art of Creative Pruning: Training and Shaping Trees and Shrubs

Landscaping

Many varieties of trees, shrubs, and bushes can grow so much that they become too bushy and out-of-control. Excess limbs and foliage can weigh down the tree or bush and take away from its beauty. You want the plants in your yard to be pleasing to the eye, as well as healthy, therefore they need […]

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Garden Patio Moss and Stone

Stone Patterns for Patios

Landscaping

The nice thing about stone pavers for patio design is that you have a lot of flexibility in how you arrange the pavers. By using a different arrangement or pattern, the pavers will give your patio area a completely different and unique look. Some of the more common stone patterns, as explained below, have become […]

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Shade Garden Landscaping Oasis

Shade Garden: Designing with Textures and Colored Leaves

Landscaping

Yards that are located in the shade present a challenge for landscaping, but it is possible to have a beautiful yard and lush garden even if there is little sunlight in the yard. The key is to understand which perennials and annuals perform best in low sunlight conditions and to optimize their growing environment for […]

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blooms on walkway landscaping and irrigation

Irrigation Systems: An Insurance Policy for a New Garden

Landscaping

All plants need water, but it is especially important for a newly-planted garden. To make sure that your plants get off to a good start and have an opportunity to root properly, they need to be properly nourished and hydrated. Installing a new landscape can be expensive, therefore you want to make sure your investment […]

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Mediterranean Garden Design

Garden Designs: Finding Your Style

Landscaping

One of the best parts of homeownership is decorating your house to suit your unique personal style. The same holds true for your landscaping. The exterior of your home should reflect your personality, but it should also complement the architectural style of your home. An overview of the most popular garden styles will give you […]

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Chicago Rooftop Deck Design - Dayton Street

Residential Fencing: Add Curb Appeal

Landscaping

Traditionally, fences were used to keep things out – like nosey neighbors and door-to-door salesmen – or to keep things in – like your children and your dog. Fences also play an important role in providing safety and security. A tall, solid fence keeps out prying eyes and deters would-be robbers. But fences serve in […]

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Laser Cut Panels - Outdoor Privacy Screens

Laser Panels for Privacy and Beauty

Landscaping

A new trend in garden accessories is the exterior laser panel. These screens can obscure the view into your yard from the street, or create privacy around a hot tub, or merely add a unique, decorative element to your yard space. Whatever its function, the exterior laser panel will add a high-end, personal touch to […]

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Benefits of a Multi-Level Garden Design

Landscaping

A large, flat expanse in your backyard might be a blank slate for your garden design, but you could create drama and interest by planning a multi-level garden. The different heights allows you to arrange distinct focal points and vignettes that elevate your landscaping from predictable to unexpectedly exceptional. Multi-level garden designs have a lot […]

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Landscaping in the Southwest

Outside Chicago: Landscaping Tips for Desert Snow Birds

Landscaping

Many Chicagoans are snow birds. They fly south for the winter to escape the harsh Chicago winters at their second homes in the Arizona sun. If you are one of them, you have probably learned quickly that the gardening and landscaping techniques that work well in the Midwest cannot be applied to the Southwest. Keeping […]

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