Author: Lara Beckemeier

Advantages of Mulching

Mulch as been called the gardener’s friend-and for a good reason. It offers three major benefits: Suppression of weeds Conservation of moisture in the soil Moderation of soil temperatures, keeping it warmer on cold nights and cooler on hot days There are also many other benefits of mulch: In winter, protect plants from the cycle…
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Benefits of Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Using low-maintenance landscaping techniques can reduce much of your yard work. Mowing, weeding, watering, and pruning can be overwhelming,even for those who love to garden. Here are a few tips: CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS A shrub that grows to 6 feet tall will require regular pruning if planted under a window that is three feet above the…
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Outdoor Kitchen Considerations

Outdoor kitchens are not just for those who have homes where it’s warm all the time. They’re also for homeowners in the Midwest, even if you think you’d rather not have an outdoor living space in the freezing cold winter. Just because it can get a little cold here in the winter doesn’t mean there…
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Breathe Life Into Your Yard

If you’ve braved enough winters, you know that your yard becomes your sanctuary during the beautiful spring, summer, and fall weather that wakes up our senses after a cold and dreary winter. It’s where backyard barbeques spring up, where pets play, and where friends and family gather and relax. While simple lawn care such as…
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Invest in a Quality Hardscaping Company

Quality of quantity is a common sentiment that rings true in many situations in life. Many product experts recommend spending more on well-made items that are made of good quality materials by expert craftsman rather than on cheaper items made out of subpar material not meant to last, and the same goes for your hardscape…
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Preparing for the Cold Winter Months

If thoughts of sugar plums dancing and fires crackling, leaves changing colors and crisp, cool air have already permeated your mind, you are not alone. There is a magic to fall and winter that only the holidays can bring about, and we all get just as excited each year for the fall and winter months.…
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Landscaping Tips for Beginners

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and granted, your yard isn’t the size of the city of Rome, but the same rule applies. Many new home owners fantasize about transforming their yard in an afternoon. Instead, the first landscaping tip for beginners is to figure out when you’ll have time (over a series of weeks)…
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Take an Honest Look at Your Landscaping

Consider how your home looks from the curb. Try to see it with a first-time visitor’s perspective. Is there anything missing? Does your home fit with other homes on your street – or does it stand out, and not in a good way? You don’t have to do exactly what your neighbors are doing, but…
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3 Hardscape Elements for Outdoor Enjoyment

Lovely Appearance A beautiful landscaping design for a home includes a variety of features that balance each other and are visually interesting. And the human eye is drawn to notice things that are different. So, when you combine something soft, like a bed of flowers, with something hard and textured, like a stone wall, your…
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Troubleshoot Landscape Lighting

As a proud homeowner, you deserve to have your well-maintained lawn, flowers, and landscaping features stand out beautifully from the curb. Landscape lighting is great at accentuating your home. And that’s why it’s frustrating when your landscape lighting doesn’t work as it should. But before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath and…
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