Naturalized Landscaping - A Horticultural Expert's Advice

Naturalized Landscaping: Create Your Own Naturescape, Naturally!

There is something beautiful and mystical about a naturally growing green space to admire and enjoy. Imagine such a place in your own front, side or backyard! Naturalized landscaping incorporates native plants, seeds, and groundcover to create a beautiful, natural oasis on your property. It’s one of my favorite approaches to landscaping and gardening, and today I’ll tell you why.

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Kill Your Lawn – A Homeowner’s Guide to Navigating the Regulations and Ordinances of their City to Strengthen Localized Sustainability

Kill Your Lawn – A Homeowner’s Guide to Navigating Regulations and Ordinances to Strengthen Localized Sustainability

You step outside your front door every day.

To grab mail, to go for a bike ride, to walk the dog, meet up with friends, etc.

What do you see? Lampposts, sidewalks, two-way road. Maybe some garbage cans, a bit of leaves (detritus) and wet McDonald’s wrappers blockading the storm drain. Turf grass in immaculate shades of green in your neighbor’s yard, and his neighbor’s yard, and your yard. Non-fruiting deciduous trees casting dappled sunlight on grey, gum-stained concrete.

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Landscaping on a Budget

Luxury Landscaping on a Budget: My Top Strategies for Planning Beautiful Outdoor Spaces (you can actually afford)

Do you see the picture above? Can you imagine yourself inviting your best friends over for a Saturday of R & R, drinking a few cocktails as you all catch up from your busy lives? Or, imagine this – reading your favorite book from the porch as your family plays with the dog out in the yard?

Many homeowners just like you want the same thing. A welcoming retreat that you look forward to enjoying and where you want to spend some quality “me” time.

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How to Get Rid of Quackgrass

How To Get Rid of Quackgrass in Lawns

Quackgrass is one of the most common weeds that grow in lawns. Fortunately, you can easily identify this weed based on its growth habits and appearance. Quackgrass does look similar to regular lawn grass, but it grows much more quickly. Luckily, there are several different methods you can use to remove it. Today, I’ll help you ID this weed and reveal how to get rid of quackgrass quickly and effectively.

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Creeping Red Fescue

Creeping Red Fescue Grass (when, where & how to grow it)

Need a grass type that does well in shade? Creeping red fescue grass is great for this purpose. It thrives in partial and heavy shade, quickly spreads out, and will promptly fill in bare spots. Creeping red fescue also develops deep roots, and because it doesn’t have the sun requirements that some other grasses need to thrive, it’s a great option for those troublesome areas under trees with a dense canopy.

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Milky Spore Granules vs Powder

Milky Spore Granules vs Powder (which I recommend)

Milky spore is a very popular organic way to control lawn grubs in residential yards around the country. It’s a naturally occurring bacteria that helps to control Japanese beetle grubs, a common lawn pest which can wreak havoc on lawns and (at maturity) ornamental gardens. There are different products and forms of milky spore available to homeowners, each with different advantages and disadvantages. Today, I’ll be comparing milky spore granules vs powder to help you choose the best product for your lawn application.

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Best Grass For High Traffic

What’s The Best Grass For High Traffic Lawn Areas?

Part of the reason people love lawns is because they are a welcoming, functional space. Whether you’re hosting friends for a fabulous afternoon brunch, or dominating your toddlers in a pre-dinner pickup soccer game — lawns are where life happens. But to have a great lawn you can enjoy, you’ll need to invest some time in maintaining it. The time required? Well that could be a little or a lot depending on how much traffic it gets. Today I’ll share some tips to have a great lawn that loves to get lived in. I’ll also share some of my picks for the best grass for high traffic lawns.

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Poa Trivialis vs Poa Annua

Poa Trivialis vs Poa Annua Comparison (ID your weed)

Every homeowner hates weeds and wants to stop them appearing in their lawn. But if you don’t know the names and characteristics of the different lawn weeds that may appear, it’ll be difficult to get rid of them. In my experience every weed is a little bit different, and to properly address it you need to identify what it is, and understand its growth and reproduction characteristics to properly remediate it. Today, I’ll compare poa trivialis vs poa annua to explain the differences between these two common (and difficult) weeds.

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