Author: Lara Beckemeier

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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The Importance of Water

It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of water for your garden – after all, water makes up 85-95 percent of the weight of living plants. In fact, plants use more water than anything else. Water carries nutrients from the soil to the plant cells, so plants that are kept at their desired hydration…
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Harvest Rainwater

Rain water collection and storage systems capture a gift from the sky. They’ve been used for centuries where and when rains are absent. Today, in the face of persistent drought and depleted aquifers, rainwater harvesting makes more sense than ever. No matter how it’s collected or what it’s used for, utilizing rainwater lessens the pressure…
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Conserve Water

Here are some things to keep in mind for your Home Gardens: Never run sprinklers to water your garden. Sure, it’s easy to set the sprinkler to cover the entire garden and let it go. But much of the sprinkler water is lost to the breeze and evaporation. And different plants require different amounts of watering.…
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Beneficial Insects

Danger lurks in a backyard garden. Aphids, cutworms. mealybugs and other pests are preying on your vegetables and flowers. Forget nasty, expensive chemicals, enlist the aid of “good bugs” that will battle and help control pest outbreaks and won’t even ask for a thank you, let alone a pay check. Gardeners turn to biological control…
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Keep Your Landscape Green

Maintaining rich green landscapes, especially during the dry months of summer, can be a challenge. Good organic practice is at the heart of keeping things green and thriving. It requires planning, good soil with proper amendments, and careful mowing and pruning. Here is a few suggestions for keeping your landscaping green all growing season long.…
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7 Ways to Recycle Grass Clippings

Here are 7 different ways to recycle grass clippings back into the lawn. Cut grass to the proper height. Never cut your lawn too short. Studies show that taller grass is healthier grass. More of the leaf surface is exposed to the sun and the longer grass shades the soil, helping to slow evaporation. A rule…
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Landscaping Tips For Small Yards

MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE Just because there’s less square footage, doesn’t mean that you can’t have all the same elements that a large property may have. Carefully designed hardscaping, water features and fire pits can work in small spaces too. Once you decide how you plan to use the space, the next step is to create…
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