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Are you just starting on the adventure of creating your own home landscape? Are you looking for fresh ideas and a new perspective to improve your property? There are lots of ideas here for those who answer “yes” to either of those questions. Find home garden landscaping articles, plant information, and “how-to” garden skills that a homeowner needs to make their dream garden a reality.

Landscaping is certainly an art and requires a certain amount of know-how, but it is entirely in the capability of the average homeowner to accomplish a very attractive landscape with only the desire to plan it out and put some effort into it. In many ways it is like that other domain of home ownership: interior decoration.

Yes, many hire professionally trained experts to design and purchase the furnishings, but there are also many of us who enjoy doing the job ourselves.

Landscaping your yard is composed of the same elements of design and color that rooms within the house utilize. With reference to the information you need as you plan and then plant your yard, you will gain your own set of skills and master the art.

And the garden is, thankfully, very forgiving.

 

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Spring Blooming Bushes Are First Rate Yard Accents

Spring Blooming Bushes Are First Rate Yard Accents

Planting flowering shrubs will improve the value of your property. We usually think of planting evergreen shrubs in our foundation plantings around the house,as a matter of course. But come spring, it is those that flower which draw our attention: "I want that one,...

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Colorful Red Maple, Acer Rubrum, Grows Fast

Colorful Red Maple, Acer Rubrum, Grows Fast

I think every yard needs a shade tree or two, preferably with some feature that makes you love them. Autumn color is an extremely valuable asset in landscape trees, and this is where the Red maple shines . Its color stands out in the fall and varieties have been chosen to accentuate the quality of color. It is also a fast growing tree, which puts it to the forefront of what many homeowners desire.

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How To Properly Care For Tomato Plants

How To Properly Care For Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are one of the most rewarding foods you can grow yourself. They are not only nutritious, they are not hard to grow and they produce quite a bit of fruit if grown well. This is the one "must have" for a vegetable patch, in my opinion. Have you ever bought a...

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Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra

Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra

The Ohio Buckeye tree is beautiful and I remember a mature one that grew in my neighbor's backyard when I was young. It was wide crowned tree with its big leaves providing deep shade, and thrived next to our black walnut tree. I loved collecting the nuts in the fall....

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Grow Gourmet Alpine Strawberries

Looking for great strawberry flavor? The best gourmet berry apparently comes in the smallest package. Almost impossible to find in stores, growing your own will reward your taste buds. Alpine Strawberries- what's the difference? Most of us are familiar with the garden...

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5 Secrets for Growing Your Own Seedbank

5 Secrets for Growing Your Own Seedbank

ou may wish to grow your own seed supply for plants that you love. Perhaps they are hard to get or simply grow well in your garden and you wish to have a continuing stock. If that is your plan here are 5 "secrets" of success to get you started. It...

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Top Tips for Planting Trees

Top Tips for Planting Trees

Why People Plant Trees Reasons to plant trees are sometimes the same used to procrastinate tree planting. It all boils down to time and expense. If you are looking for a way to improve the value of your property, and making the yard a place for the family to enjoy,...

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Spring Container of Bulbs

Spring Container of Bulbs

View the video for: Pretty effects for earliest container plantings: spring bulbs. One thing I would add to the information is that in Ohio it would be important to store the container in a frost free area. Somewhere the bulbs would get chilled, but not frozen...

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Why Homeowners Should Be Familiar with Garden Design

Why Homeowners Should Be Familiar with Garden Design

Just as the inside of a building needs a design plan and benefits from a sense of style, so does does the property around it. This is an important reason why homeowners should be familiar with good garden design. Style and design aren't just a pretty face for a...

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Rethink Your Front Yard

Rethink Your Front Yard

It is almost September, and in my neck of the woods that means time for lawn chores ...like seeding, feeding, and chemical weeding. If lawns look very bad after this summer's drought, some might say you should start from scratch. Let's look at that idea, but with a...

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10 Welcome Self Sowers In My Garden

There are times when nature offers unexpected gifts, and we can capitalize on that generosity when we find desired plants that multiply themselves in our gardens. From a single planting of seeds or when a shrub is allowed to set seed, we may find that our garden has...

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How To Make a Luminous White Garden

How To Make a Luminous White Garden

Catching Moonlight I think of a white garden as primarily one that is grown in a part shade nook of a garden, but so many beautiful white flowers are full sun lovers. While very lovely during the day, such a garden would really some into its own after dark, catching...

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Making Ajuga Fulfill Its Promises

Making Ajuga Fulfill Its Promises

I once read someone's complaint against Ajuga, a plant that has a reputation as a vigorous groundcover that blooms with pretty blue spikes in the spring. They were disappointed with the lack of growth it displayed for them. For me, It has always been a very worthwhile...

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For Fairy Gardens: Miniature and Fine-Leaved Plants

For Fairy Gardens: Miniature and Fine-Leaved Plants

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the ways landscapers describe the visual impact of leaf size is "texture". Surface texture of plants is made up of the combination of leaf size and how open or "airy" the plant may be in structure. Let's look at those...

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Fairy Garden Extras

Fairy Garden Extras

For those who love Fairy Gardens.... Fairy Garden Accessories There are three wonderful and enchanting things about building a fairy garden, one is the planning, another is the furnishing with plants and little ornaments, the final would be the many moments of fantasy...

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Butterfly Garden, Make Your Yard A Destination

Butterfly Garden, Make Your Yard A Destination

Butterfly gardens are simply a collection of plants, butterfly friendly methods, and the addition of a few special features. Anyone can have one in any size space. The magic begins when the butterflies discover it and arrive. Make your own butterfly garden, or a...

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Make a Fairy Garden -Inspiration

Make a Fairy Garden -Inspiration

 Begin Once upon a time, there was a little clearing in the garden, an empty old wheelbarrow, a broken flower pot... and then inspiration and imagination created an intricate and fascinating tiny world! After getting the basic fairy garden components together,...

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Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, isn't as popular as it could be. Maybe the combination of the "weed" appellation and the bright orange color, but this is really a fine garden plant. Its clear orange brings a pleasing "pop" to the garden, no less for its drawing...

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A Tranquil, White, Scented Garden

A Tranquil, White, Scented Garden

The White Garden Making an all white garden used to be quite a popular undertaking. Although the idea probably started (in modern gardening times anyway) with Gertrude Jekyll in her book, Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, it was Vita Sackville-West who created the...

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The Serene Blue Garden

The Serene Blue Garden

While color-themed gardens intrigue in the planning stages, they can be a bit difficult to pull off. One drawback is the self-limiting nature of it... there are so many plants that attract our attention and to reduce them to only one color is quite a task. Then, next,...

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