You can use your garden hose to help lay out the borders of curved areas for gardens, flower beds, paths or small ponds. Just lay the hose along the proposed edge, check it for position, then mark out the curve by using a garden spade along the edge of the hose.
You can use a level on top an 8 ft.-long 2x4 to determine the slope for yard and garden projects. If you need a slope of 1/4 in. per foot, tack a 2-in. block under the 2x4 on the down- slope end. When the bubble is level, you will have 1/4 in. per foot (2 in. divided by 8 ft.). You can vary the block height for other slopes. If you want a slope of 1/2 in. per foot, make the block 4 in. high.
Place rows of trees or shrubs to avoid soil loss from wind and also to create a habitat and shelter for wildlife. Windbreaks can minimize the wind around your home and serve as a sight and sound barrier.
If you've always wanted to grow your own vegetables but never had room for a traditional garden, your salad days may have finally arrived. Check out this incredibly informative how-to book and start planting.
Punxsutawney Phil stuck his head outside on February 2, 2013 (Groundhog Day) and did not see his shadow. So that famous woodchuck announced to the world that winter was over and spring would arrive soon. A few days later we…
A little effort planting bulbs in autumn will be rewarded in spring with the first bursts of glorious color and the promise of the blooming cycle to come.
Beware the promise of "natural" landscapes, there is still plenty of maintenance involved in tending a "Back to Nature" garden.
Are you tired of the same old scene? Want to try some of the fancy new ideas in glitzy magazines?
The secret is they don't. There is this myth about perennials returning each year and producing a sequence of bloom that continues all season long. Well, it's just not so.
A few ideas to keep in mind when you're planning your gardens and choosing plants.