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Friday, November 3, 2017

Add Some Magic With Garden Lighting

Anyone who knows me well knows that there is no place I would rather be at the end of a long day than out in my garden enjoying a cup of tea. In the cool fall and spring months, I prefer a cup of hot peppermint tea in my garden, and in the heat of summer, I opt for a cup of iced lemon tea. There is something magical about being in my backyard garden that I just cannot get enough of. I have read more books, journaled more pages, and shared more great conversations with my family in our garden than almost anywhere else. The atmosphere of my garden was recently made even more magical when we strung garden lighting throughout the entire thing.

I have no idea why I hadn't thought of using great garden lighting before, but I was definitely open to the idea when my artistically driven teenage daughter suggested it as we sat on our back porch one night with teacups. She thought that garden lighting might do something special for the mood of the garden and that it might make us want to spend even more time there.

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Guide To Japanese Gardens

Ready for something different in your garden? Take a look at Japanese bridges. These 
beautiful ornamental bridges bring the Far East right to your backyard or garden.

Japanese bridges add elegance to gardens and look beautiful when placed over a koi pond or Japanese style dry river bed. There are many flowers, shrubs, and trees that compliment Japanese bridges also.

If you are interested in Japanese bridges for your garden you may want to look online for ideas and suggestions. There are excellent sites that not only feature the bridges but have information about planning an entire garden space in the Japanese style.

Many of the designs for these Japanese bridges are taken from ancient drawings. The Japanese bridges are graceful and unique. Place a Japanese bridge in your garden and create a space to meditate, a quiet area for contemplation and dreaming. These are just a few of the benefits of having a Japanese bridge.

You might want to begin planning a Japanese bridge by surveying the space you have to work with. Make sure the Japanese bridge is the correct size. The Japanese bridge will not look as lovely as it should if it is too big or too small for the area. Think carefully about the other things you will have in the space. You will want to coordinate the flowers, trees and any other ornamental elements you plan to use. If you have a pond you will need to determine the best Japanese bridge for the pond.

Plan carefully and you will be able to add a little Oriental flair to your yard even if you live in New York City!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A wonderful backyard landscaping idea

A good backyard landscaping idea is one that everyone can make use of. There are much different
backyard landscaping ideas and most of them are pretty good but to find the one that is right for you and that is just what your yard needs may take some reading. This article will help you to find the perfect backyard landscaping idea for your home.

A good backyard landscaping idea is to use evergreens. The use of these fabulous trees will do much for any yard. They will add a stately nature to the feel of your home while keeping it welcoming and warm. Many people like to use deciduous trees in the yard and this is always a good idea but it is the evergreens that will give the yard the structure and the stability that it needs for a good backyard landscaping idea and design.

You need to look for a backyard landscaping idea like the one above that will benefit you all year round. Deciduous trees will not be gorgeous in all seasons, most perhaps, but not all. Evergreens, on the other hand, are always fantastic and they look as beautiful in the winter as they do in the summer and this is why they make for such a great backyard landscaping idea. The key to any great landscaping design is to find a backyard landscaping idea like this that will keep your yard interesting no matter what time of the year it is.

Another good backyard landscaping idea is to use hardscape. This is the use of things like rocks, fences, and walls. These can make your yard look very interesting during all of the seasons. You can have climbing plants on it in the summer and spring and pretty trees around it that will look great in the winter. When looking for a good backyard landscaping idea you need to look for other options besides just plants. There is much more to landscaping than just plants and trees.

Walls and fences can frame your property beautifully and use them is such a great backyard landscaping idea because they will just accept all of your other wonderful backyard landscaping ideas. They will frame your yard as a picture frame frames a gorgeous painting. Look at this kind of backyard landscaping idea as well in your search for the one.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices

Are you looking for a way to add to your garden decor? Want something everlasting, nature-based or stylized? There are many things that you can add to your outdoor living space to make it comfortable and invite and still provide you with few hours of work on maintenance.

Here are 7 ways to add decor to your garden.

Tip 1: unadulteratedly Is Best. When adding products outdoors, from furniture to statuary,
7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices
you should always look towards the most organic of products. When you do this, you'll allow for something that fits within the landscape, not something that sticks out in it.

Tip 2: Flow Is Essential. If you have a large garden or landscape, you can create a flow throughout it to make it a much more livable and organic environment. For example, a pathway leading through the garden is important as it provides a way to move through the area enjoying all of the principal sights along the way.

Tip 3: Overboard Isn't Good. Overcrowding a space with too much decor or even too a multitude of plants is bad business. Instead, look for a more nature-based landscape component. Overcrowding plants can cause them to eventually die or take over the entire garden. To much decor can make it look cluttered instead of lavish.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3 Easy Tips for Successful Container Gardening

Here are several tips for creating a wonderful hanging basket or container this summer. 
3 Easy Tips for Successful Container Gardening
The first is to use an artificial soil composed mostly of peat moss.  Good soils such as Fafard or Pro-Mix use perlite, peat, and other ingredients to produce a soil that will not compact over the summer.  Real garden soil compacts and turns into concrete under the pressure of regular watering.  And when it does, plant roots stop growing because they require good open spaces to move into and absorb nutrients.  Hard, compacted soils do not grow good plants so do not use real soil in your containers.  I re-use my artificial potting soil from year to year.  I dump it out of the pot. Chew it up with a shovel to cut up all last year’s roots and add approximately 10 % by volume of compost. The compost increases air spaces and gives plants a boost in healthy nutrition.

3 Easy Tips for Successful Container Gardening
Image from National Garden Bureau
Feed your plants weekly.  Nitrogen, the engine of plant growth, is water soluble and as you water your containers from the top the dissolved nitrogen is leaving from the bottom.   I use a fish-emulsion liquid feed with seaweed to provide all the trace nutrients my plants require and recommend it highly.  You can use any liquid plant food (like Miracle Grow or Shultz) to promote growth.  Compost tea is the Cadillac of liquid plant food and if you make your own compost tea, your plants will respond with bigger and better blooms as well as increased vigor.  

And finally, no matter the size of the container, it is important to soak it all the way to the bottom at each watering.  Continue watering until water emerges from the pot bottom.  This ensures the roots can reach all parts of the container and grow properly.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Garden For The Entire Family

Everybody in one way or another wants to have their own little garden whether it be in

the backyard, rooftop, or any place for that matter. Having our own garden where we can sow different flowers and plants or where we can have time to lounge or relax with family and friends gives that feeling of freedom knowing that we will be able to spend time leisurely for the whole day. If you have a garden regardless of its size, dividing it into different areas for the different activities that you might be engaging in it will definitely prove to be helpful.

It is ideal especially if you have a big garden to separate it into different areas for the different members of your family and for the different things that you may want to do in it. If you have pets, you can actually situate their houses in your garden. You can designate a small fenced area for them where they can run around, play and exercise. It doesn’t have to be that spacious, so as long as they can move about, I think that would be enough. Just make sure that their area is away from your prized plants and flowers so that they wouldn’t destroy them.

Kids can be very hyperactive. It would be great for you to allow them an area where they can play with their outdoor toys. You can even build them a tree house if you have a tree that is big and strong enough to it. In this area, they can play with friends and neighbors with outdoor games like hiding and seek and other games for that matter.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

5 Steps To A Better Lawn And Garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn with a good topsoil base, much of the hard work of keeping a lawn beautiful is already done for you. But many of us do not have this luxury, and besides, even with a good topsoil base, you still have to work hard to keep a beautiful lawn and garden.


  1. The best time to mow a lawn is when it is cool and dry. Wait for the morning dew to
    dry off and before the afternoon heat takes hold. Alternatively, late afternoon or early evening following a watering in the morning is also a good time.
  2. A hedge is a much better boundary divider than a fence. It will provide better privacy and keep pets and children in – or out. It will attract birds to its shelter, and provide a great backdrop for plants and flowers.
  3. Bring the beauty of your garden to you; plant hyacinths near walkways and doors. Their magnificent perfume will swamp the spring air and make your garden really come alive.
  4. Add your garden to non-garden items, such a lampposts, and mailboxes. Surround these items with flowers planted to take advantage of the earliest to the latest flowerings. You could have white snowdrops, purple and gold crocus, blue hyacinths, and various colored tulips. You could also surround the posts with rocks to provide added interest.
  5. Simple, but effective weed control can be achieved on your lawn by mowing often during spring. This will prevent dandelions spreading by eliminating the yellow blossoms and preventing seed formation. Mow high during late spring and early summer. This will allow grass blades to shade the ground and will help prevent crabgrass from sprouting.


Your lawn and garden should be a source of pride and beauty. You don’t need to spend lots of money on expensive fertilizers and herbicides, or fancy lawn furniture and ornaments. A little common sense and thought can go a long way to making your lawn and garden a much better place.