Beautiful Plants for Shady Areas

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Landscape, Plants

Beautiful Plants for Shady Areas

A common misconception is that you need bright sun to grow beautiful plants but that’s not really true.  There are many lovely specimens that do quite well in shady areas.  You can find a full range of options including annuals, perennials and even robust shrubs.  So this fall while you are huddled in front of the fireplace, do some thinking about your spring planting and consider the following to add to your garden. Perennials for Shady Areas Bleeding Heart This old...

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Fall Yard Clean-Up Checklist

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Landscape

Fall Yard Clean-Up Checklist

The days are getting shorter and you can feel the chill in the air.  That means you need to pull yourself and your family away from the football game and dive into your fall yard clean-up.  You might groan now but when April rolls around there will be a spring in your step because the basic chores have been done and you will be ready for the more fun tasks like planting flowers and veggies. Here’s your fall yard checklist: Remove all debris It’s very tempting to let leaves...

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Considering a Water Feature for Your Yard?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Water Feature

Considering a Water Feature for Your Yard?

There are few sounds more tranquil than bubbling water, few settings more peaceful than those where you can watch ripples on water.  Elements of nature in your yard will create a more enjoyable environment and on the practical side, an improved landscape will increase the value of your home. If your home is your sanctuary, adding a water feature will take the satisfaction level up a couple of notches.  A nice lawn and lush plantings are the ground work, but bringing water...

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What to Consider When Planning a Retaining Wall

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Landscape

What to Consider When Planning a Retaining Wall

If you have been thinking about building a retaining wall on your property there are many considerations for the project.  While most retaining walls are created to correct erosion or drainage issues they can also be designed to enhance your property.  Whatever your goals, think about these steps before bringing in the backhoe. What’s the Purpose of the Retaining Wall? Folks don’t just jump up one day and say, “Let’s build a retaining wall!” so that means there must be a...

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Planning Your Spring Garden

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Landscape, Plants

Planning Your Spring Garden

It may seem counter intuitive, but as we head into the cooler seasons, it’s the time to start thinking about planning your spring garden.  It’s the best time to dream, plan, research and begin the ground work.  (Pun intended!)  In late fall before the ground gets too cold and too hard is the best time to pick your garden location and prep the soil. Spring Garden Prep: First Things First As you begin to plan your spring garden, the first assignment is to find a good site...

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