Tag Archives: projects

Retaining Walls In Your Garden

Retaining Walls In Your Garden

Pools, patios, garden sheds, and even kids’ play areas require level ground. A solution to your sloping yard problem might be a retaining wall. A good looking retaining wall can turn your unusable back yard into a safe, level area that you can actually use. Beautifying your garden by the construction of a retaining wall, behind which is a lawn or expanse of flowers, is not a difficult task. But, like all garden problems, it requires a certain amount of effort and care. The retaining wall must be strong enough to hold back the pressure of a great weight of soil, and yet porous enough to allow drainage.

The most popular types of walls are built of stone, either dressed or rubble. In using stone for a retaining wall, there are two basic types of construction: dry-wall, which uses earth as a filler between the stones, and mortar, which uses cement as a bonding agent.

Small Greenhouse Design

Small Greenhouse Design

In this age of steel and glass, space has become quite a serious constraint. Lush, green backyard garden with tall trees and colorful shrubs is now a distant dream. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can no longer satiate the desire of your ‘inner gardener’. Simply put, there are now ways to create your small green Eden somewhere at your backyard, front yard, roof top, patio and gazebo. It is possibly the best time to consider a small greenhouse to add wings to imaginations.

Technology has made its presence felt in almost every sphere and your home gardening ideas is indeed no exception. With the mammoth rise of the concept of garden house, you are no more limited to the traditional backyard gardening ideas.

Lawncare In The Spring

Lawncare In The Spring

After the winter is gone, you will need to perform regular lawncare in order to assure you have a beautiful lawn for the upcoming summer season. When you look at your lawn in spring it may be hard to visualize as it was in the height of its beauty the last time you mowed it in the fall. However, this chore is not as hard as you may think.

The first thing you have to do in spring to start taking care of your lawn is to remove any debris that may have built up on it over the winter season. Putrefaction, or the decomposition of animal materials, may be evident if any animals crossed the lawn during the past few months. You will have to remove these and dispose of them. You may also have to remove deal leaves that you missed in the raking during the fall as well as some grass clippings that rotted over the winter. If you do not take the time to remove these now, they may mar the look of the lawn later on.

Planned Gardens (Part 1)

Planned Gardens (Part 1)

Planned gardens are precise and often arranged symmetrically around a central axis, which divides the garden down the middle. The central path may have paths crossing it at ritgh angles, dividing the garden into rectangles or squares. A very small and square garden might not have a straight path, just a central feature withpaving around it. Path should be carefully detailed, hedges precise and evergreen shrubs clipped into disciplined shapes.

Hedges. Because a symmetrical pattern is the important thing, hedges are often used to mark out the pattern like piping on a cushion. Many of these are low so that they emphasise the basic geometry and do not hide one part from another. Box is one of the most popular shrubs for low hedges, as it grows slowly and is easy to clip.