A well landscaped yard is a thing of beauty. It's also a lot of hard work and requires careful planning and regular maintenance. For homeowners just getting started on a new or existing landscape, it can be difficult to get your head around it all and come up with a good plan of attack, whether you're designing new planted areas or dealing with a neglected garden or lawn. The following resources can help you make sense of what lies ahead and protect you from common pitfalls.
Shrubs are a diverse lot, and that's generally a good thing. But that very diversity also poses challenges when it comes to pruning shrubs. To simplify things, shrubs can be grouped into four categories for the purpose of determining when to prune them.
One of the landscape design tips most requested by home landscapers is how to provide privacy for their yards. Growing a hedge of bamboo plants is one way to make your yard more private. But growing bamboo has its caveats, so read up on the subject before you commit to planting bamboo.
Find answers to common questions about landscaping and landscape design, such as:
- What is landscaping?
- Why bother with landscaping?
- Where do you begin when landscaping a yard for the first time?
If you're like most homeowners, spring is your busiest time of year in terms of yard care. Between taking care of what you already have and making new plantings, there won't be enough hours in the day to get everything done! Expedite matters by following some handy landscape design tips.
Many landscape design tips revolve around the lawn -- whether it be alternatives that help reduce lawn space or strategies to managing lawn maintenance to how to cut grass properly.
If you don't already have an automatic irrigation system and you live in the fast lane and/or in a hot climate, you'll want to familiarize yourself with these systems, which not only save considerable time, they also can save a lot of water.
It's hard to imagine a series on landscape design tips that doesn't address how to use mulch. Mulch is the unsung hero of yard care. It reduces water use, protects plants from extreme sun and cold, cuts down on weeds, and enriches soil--all while sprucing up your planted areas.
Security. Privacy. Style. You have much to consider if a new fence is part of your yard makeover plans. Start with choosing the right material for your needs.
Rock gardens can be particularly fun to design, given the endless variety of raw materials you have to work with. Learn how to turn a pile of rocks into a dramatic (and low-maintenance!) focal point, including how to choose the right plants and integrate them into your design.
Need a new driveway? Perhaps you're curious about the qualities of the different driveway materials from which to choose. Learn the pros and cons of each, as well as landscape design tips to enhance your driveway's appearance.
Choosing a material for a new driveway is one thing; keeping that driveway clear of snow and ice in the winter is another. Learn how to shovel snow safely and effectively, without putting undo stress on your body.
Imagine never having to shovel again, never having to maintain and house a bulky snowblower again, never risking damage again to plants and driveway alike by relying on snowplows. Now stop merely imagining all that and learn about snow-melt systems technology that's as real as winter itself!
If shrubs are a staple of landscaping, then solving shrub problems is, clearly, a high-priority matter. While online advice is no substitute for on-site advice, a good FAQ on shrub problems can help point you in the right direction.
Trees are the gentle giants of our landscapes. But even giants have vulnerabilities. Generally speaking, trees are susceptible to all sorts of problems, although some types are plagued by more difficulties than others. Learn about some common tree problems -- and what to do about them.
One of the most popular trees of the spring season in North America is the magnolia. This flowering tree can put on a magnificent blooming display. If you grow one and are experiencing problems with it, you may be able to find a solution with a bit of investigation.