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Types of Green Rooftop Designs: Overview of Green Roof Options

Green Rooftops

As the name implies, green roofs are environmentally-friendly roofing systems that allow for plants and vegetation to be grown on top of buildings with flat or slightly-sloped roofs. These roofs are growing in popularity due to the environmental benefits these roofs can provide such as reducing a building’s energy consumption, providing habitats for local wildlife, […]

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Myriad Benefits of Green Rooftops

Green Rooftops

Rooftop gardening and landscaping benefits your building, environment, neighbors, and your bottom line. Still a relatively new concept in America, the green rooftop movement is booming in Europe and the results are in: green rooftops are amazing and beneficial in myriad ways: Improved air quality Plants improve air quality – they uptake carbon dioxide and release oxygen […]

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Planning Your Year Round Garden

Landscaping

Creating a beautiful year round garden requires a bit of planning. Creative planning can keep your landscape thriving and colorful no matter the season. Four Season Garden Planner The first step to planning any garden is to understand what grows well in your region. Depending on the climate where you live, you can combine perennials, […]

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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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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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