Source: My family landscaped for 20 years.
By Bev from Chilliwack
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Landscaping around your home can seem like a daunting project-especially if you're starting with a blank canvas. Whether you're building a new house, cleaning up after a storm, or planning a complete renovation of your existing landscape, sometimes the hardest is part about creating a plan is knowing where to start.
Patios are becoming essential elements for todays backyards. Here are some design tips for creating the perfect outdoor space to use for summer dining and entertaining.
Formulating a landscape design plan can be an overwhelming prospect. The goal is to develop an attractive, cohesive plan that fits your needs, without overwhelming (or under-whelming) your home. Here are some tips for getting started, broken down into six easy steps.
I landscaped for twenty years. One thing I quickly learned is that soft scalloped edges in a flower bed are much more calming to the eye than squared off beds.
When planting flower beds in your front yard, plant on a diagonal from your house. The yard will have more depth. Never plant trees in the center of the front yard as it shortens it but again plant them on a diagonal from your house.
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I have no trees in my yard yet I long for the lush, woodsy look. Any ideas of how I can achieve this? I'm 62 so I don't have time to wait on trees to grow!
By nonniebeth from Rome, GA
Call or stop in your local agricultural extension office and ask them to suggest plants that grow well in your area, and are legal and safe for your environment. There are some very fast growing things others, who live all over the world, might suggest but you want to be very careful...(think Kudzu, not all exotic species are a good idea....) Bamboos make a lush landscape, but can be extremely invasive and next-to-impossible to get rid of!
Meanwhile, structural elements, such as arbors, trellises, pergolas--planted with vines and hung with hanging baskets can help provide some shade and cooling. You need not spend a fortune to create some nice garden spaces. A simple frame made from found wood, can be webbed with twine and grown with annual vines. You can make a simple awning with a sheet, some simple grommets, four poles and some string. Google "landscape ideas" and browse, browse, browse for ideas that are within your budget and that you like.
Weeping willows grow fast, and if you plant a larger one, you will have a good sized tree in little time. They do take a lot of water to get them going real good. When we had one we watered a lot every week.
Just please call your water dept first to have them come out and mark where your water lines are. Otherwise the weeping willows' roots will destroy them fast!
I have just bought a new house with no landscaping. I would like some tips on planting some flowers and trees. I would like some colorful things throughout the seasons. Any ideas appreciated.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By walt from Irvine, KY
Make a raised bed around the mail box,put down plastic or several layers of news paper,you can then put down brick or make a frame with post. Fill it with composted manure,you are ready to plant flower seed or bulbs. I have some day lilys & all kind of flower bulbs in mine & a morning glory vine. It grows up around the mail box. I keep it trimmed.bI did the same near the house with bricks,the plastic or paper keep weeds from growing in flower beds. we have some dogwood trees in the front yard. I planted azaleas around them. For the back yard we planted fruit trees & a grape vine & a raised bed for my veggie garden. We used cement blocks around the garden,it's 20 x 30 ft. I planted morning glories on our patio & fence. I have a blooming fence & patio all spring & summer. It is so pretty. I share flowers & veggies with friends & neighbors. Hope this helps you, good luck.
I live in a government house which I rent. I have planted Diosma"s you can get dwarf or the larger ones. They are pretty in the season most have pink, mauve or white flowers on them. I have them planted around my house and they are hardy, you don't need a lot of water. I have one planted around my letter box and a border of rocks. In the backyard I have 4 poles put up about 6 ft apart with wire on and have a lovely bell creeper growing on it.
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My mother's yard in Redlands, California comes complete with a long walk way, jungle style plants, fresh fruit, and a possum.
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