Landscaping Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

How to Make a Sandbox
In this tutorial on how to make a sandbox, the frame is made of interlocking blocks. Typically, however, wooden frames are filled with play sand to build the play area.

Fall Landscaping Advice - a Checklist of Chores
My fall landscaping checklist includes overseeding lawns and planting trees and shrubs. Here's helpful advice to make your autumn chores go smoothly.

Landscaping: Design, Yard Care Tips, Plant Information
From landscaping tips and hardscape ideas to help selecting plants, learn how to beautify your yard. Focus is on low-maintenance, year-round color.

Blue Princess Holly
Blue Princess holly needs her

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
As long as a scarecrow scene isn't scary, it's OK as fall decor for those who wish to avoid Halloween decorations. This one has a nursery rhyme theme.

Mums and Ornamental Kale: Killer Fall Decorating Combo
Trying to keep Halloween out of your fall decorating? Here are ideas (with pictures) to help you do just that. My focus: creating harvest displays.

Small Painted Pumpkins Nice for Fall Decorating in Small Spaces
This autumn display uses a straw bale and small pumpkins. It's perfect for that corner near the entry to a home in the city, where space is limited.

Hay Bale Figures
Hay bale figures have a big impact on a lawn, where the owner is seeking a novel ornament. They're big enough to be seen from a distance.

Fall Decorating With Window Boxes
Fall window boxes look good filled with small pumpkins, squashes, gourds, and faux fall leaves. This is just one of many fall-decor ideas given here.

Unique Fall Decorating Idea: Tin Man Scarecrow
The scarecrow is the ultimate harvest representative. Tin Man types make great harvest decorations for people seeking non-Halloween themes.

Mums and Bananas? Don't Knock It!
Tropical plants in a fall harvest display in New England? Don't knock it till you've seen it. This image shows mums and bananas coexisting.

Fall Harvest Display of Flowers, Squash, Pumpkins, Gourds
Need a bright fall harvest display? Don't be afraid to mix plants and harvest produce. In this picture you'll see mums and squash, for example.

Small Fall Display With Perennial Flower Border as Background
This fall harvest display uses mums, black-eyed Susans and Autumn Joy sedums. These late-blooming perennials are perfect for fall decorating.

Fall Decorating Idea for Urban Settings
Symmetry is key to the design in this photo. It begins with pumpkins on the porch steps and culminates in symmetrically arranged mums at the top.

Fall Harvest Display for a Farmhouse
Cornstalks flanking a porch entry use symmetry nicely in this harvest display. Dwarf Alberta spruces continue the symmetry in the foundation planting

Alyssum Ground Cover
The best displays in fall decorating often use elements you may not consider at first thought. Here alyssum accompanies pumpkins, gourds, and mums.

Corn Shocks Outstanding Focal Points for Fall Harvest Displays
Corn shocks are effective in fall harvest scenes. The display in this photo also has Indian corn, scarecrows and colorful wooden cut-outs.

What's the Difference Between a Squash and a Pumpkin?
Learn the difference between squashes and pumpkins. Examples of each are Red Kuri, turban, Red Warty Thing, and Rouge Vif d'Etampes (Cinderella).

Amount of Material Required to Build a Stone Wall
Figure out how much stone you need to build a wall, so that you'll have neither too little nor not enough. Use this formula to learn what you need.

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Pictures of Blue Flowers
View my pictures of blue flowers to help with plant selection. This bloom color famously boasts a soothing effect on the nerves.

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Salt Tolerant Plants for Beach Landscaping, Roadsides
Salt-tolerant plants are prized in seashore towns and for roadside plantings (where roads are salted in winter). Learn about numerous examples here.

Methods for Killing Weeds in Your Landscape
Success in killing weeds is all about knowing the enemy, since they're not all alike. These success stories show you how to beat some common weeds.

Care, Growing Information for Weigela Bushes
Weigela bushes were traditionally grown just for their flowers, but cultivars now exist with nice foliage, too. Learn how to care for this shrub here.

Common Plant Names Starting With the Letters C, D
Lists of the common plant names allow you to search for your favorites alphabetically. Names starting with the letters C-D can be found on this page.

Basket Weave Pattern for Brick Pavers: Popular Design
What does the basket weave pattern look like? Learn about this paver design used for brick patios and paths; follow links to discover other designs.

Perennial vs. Annual Life Cycle: Exposing the Myths
Perennial vs. annual hinges on life cycle, not hardiness or whether plants die back in winter. The reproductive process is what makes the difference.

Silver Mound Artemisia (Wormwood) -- How To Grow
Silver Mound artemisia is a low perennial groundcover with many uses in landscaping and a variety of selling points. Learn how to grow the plant.

Pictures of Ragweed Showing What It Really Looks Like
These pictures of ragweed (both types, common and giant) help you identify this menace and remove it from the yard. See leaf and flower closeups.

Common Ragweed Leaflet Photo
Common ragweed foliage is compound, as multiple leaflets comprise an individual leaf. This picture shows what one of those leaflets looks like.

Photo of Common Ragweed Blooms
Common ragweed is an aster family member. As gorgeous as the flowers are on many plants in that family, the blooms of this weed are nothing special to look at.

When Is Ragweed Season?
When is ragweed season? It's good to know if you experience hayfever, but the exact time of year depends on where you live. This is a good place to start.

Monster Weed - Photo of Giant Ragweed
Giant ragweed deserves its name. I would even go so far as to call that moniker tame, preferring Monster Weed. You'll see why in this photo.

Images of Giant Ragweed's Leaf
As my images show, giant ragweed leaves are palmate. The foliage is quite different-looking from that of common ragweed.

Ragweeds in Flower - Image of the Giant Type in Bloom
As my image shows, the ragweeds (common and giant) have flower spikes. The pollen from the blooms causes allergies, while contact with the plants causes rashes.

Burning Bush Shrubs: Poster Child for Invasive Plants
Burning bush shrubs are popular but invasive plants. Learn about these colorful shrubs with great fall foliage, as well as non-invasive alternatives.

How to Kill Grass: the Natural Way
Organic gardeners wonder how to kill grass and eliminate lawns without using herbicides. I explain a natural way to get rid of grass in this article.

Safety Tips for Carving Pumpkins and Displaying Them
Carved pumpkins add to Halloween fun; get tips here for sculpting jack-o'-lanterns. Carving also raises some Halloween safety issues, which I address.

Landscape Solutions
These tips will provide you with solutions to landscaping problems. You'll find ideas for dealing with shade, drought and other taxing issues.

Landscaping for Small Spaces
Landscaping for small spaces requires a different approach from that used in larger yards. When you do not have much room, you must get maximal impact out of each landscape element, meaning that eye-catching features like water features take on added importance.

Rose of Sharon Tree: Savior of Late-Summer Landscaping
Rose of Sharon trees are really classified as shrubs, but these plants can be pruned to form one main trunk. Learn about some glorious varieties here.

Natural Mosquito Control - Are Bug Sprays the Answer?
An example of natural mosquito control is using citronella candles in lieu of bug sprays. It's just one of many ways I give to battle West Nile virus.

Insect Bites - What is West Nile Virus?
What's West Nile virus? And what measures can you take besides using mosquito repellents to protect yourself against insect bites? Find out here. Page 2.

Using Mosquitofish to Kill Mosquito Larvae
Learn how mosquitofish can kill the bloodsucking menaces that spread West Nile. It's an intriguing option: keep these fish to eat mosquito larvae. Page 3.

Common Names of Plants: a Handy Database
The common names of plants will always be with us in some form or other, so I list them in my database for your searching convenience, alphabetically.

Common Names of Plants A-Z - Entries Starting With A B
This list of the common names of plants lets you to search for specimens alphabetically. Those beginning with the letters A-B can be found here.

Keep Frame Square | Cement Deck Blocks
Keep the deck frame square, but there's no need to work directly above the cement deck blocks. Worry about keeping the deck square now; later, worry about the level.

Building Floating Decks: How to Rip Saw Wood
At the end of our floating deck construction, we had to rip saw. But here I offer a tip for avoiding having to rip saw in floating deck construction.

How to Use Deck Spacers
This tutorial addresses using or not using deck spacers to create deck board spacing. You can use anything as a spacer, as long as you're consistent about it.

Building Floating Decks: Using a Carpenter's Level
Make sure you're keeping the deck level, not that the frame's intact. At each deck block, check for evenness with a carpenter's level.

Building Floating Decks: Shims to Level Decks
If the deck level has to be raised, insert a shim between the underpinning and the joist. Scrap wood can be used for deck shims.

How to Attach Decking Boards on a Floating Dock
When screwing decking boards, align the screws with a carpenter's square. The exception is on the first of the decking boards, where you should use a longer guide.

How to Straighten Warped Decking Boards
Warped wood is one of the challenges of achieving a tight fit between decking. Here's how to straighten warped wood.

Laying Cement or Concrete Deck Blocks
Concrete deck blocks were used to support our small structure. This small 8x10 structure really only requires 9 blocks.

Building Floating Docks: Draw a Plan for Small Deck
Unless you studied drafting in school, the thought of drawing up a plan for a small deck may seem intimidating. But a plan for a small deck can be just a simple guide that will help you avoid oversights.

How to Build Floating Decks: Tutorial for Novices
It's easy to build floating decks, since they're not attached to a building. This tutorial shows you how (including pictures of the sample used) .

Treatment for Poison Ivy Rash: Jewelweed, Medical Means
Treatment for poison ivy rash includes natural remedies (jewelweed) and other, medical remedies. Treating it begins by washing with soap and water.

How to Make Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns From Gourds
Gourd jack-o-lanterns are better (more durable) than ones carved from pumpkins. Learn how to grow hard-shell gourds for Halloween and for birdhouses.

Shrubs for Fall Color: Best Choices for Autumn Yards
By planting shrubs for fall color, you diversify, rather than relying on trees for fall foliage. Bring color down to earth with these shorter plants.

Fall Design Ideas
Plan ahead for great fall color in fall with trees, shrubs and vines. Here you'll find food for thought about plant selection and Halloween landscape design.

Landscape Design Ideas
Let these landscape design idea inspire you to get the most bang for your buck. Advice for both informal and formal styles is offered.

Shrubs
Flowering shrubs and evergreen bushes have a variety of uses, and some of the former are also good fall foliage shrubs. Here are examples.

Easy-to-Grow Rose Bushes: 6 Low-Care, High-Value Shrubs


Growing Rose Bushes
Learn how to grow rose bushes in the garden. I provide resources for their cultivation from planting to pruning and show pictures to help you select from the various types.

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Types of Roses: Pictures Presenting a Variety of Colors
The pictures in my photo gallery are examples of some of the types of roses available, by color. Most are AARS selections; learn more about them here.

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Beach Landscape Ideas for the Yard: Behold the Seashore
A beach landscape theme can include plants native to your seashore and compatible yard signs, mailboxes, or other decor. View my photos for ideas.

10 Dumb Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid
Dumb landscaping mistakes cost you money, cause you extra work, and detract from your yard's beauty. My advice will help you avoid such mistakes.

Creeping Phlox Plants: How to Grow P. Subulata
Creeping phlox plants (P. subulata) do best in full sun. Grow them as a groundcover on a slope with humus-rich, well-drained soil to prevent erosion.

Yellow Alyssum Flowers - The Perennial Alyssum Plants
Yellow alyssum flowers are perennial plants suitable for rock gardens. Aurinia saxatilis likes sun and tolerates drought.

Poison Sumac Plants: Identification, Rash Information
Want to learn what poison sumac plants look like so you can avoid getting the rash? See these pictures, information, and description to identify them.

Is There a Right Way and Wrong Way to Rake Leaves?
Like just about anything else, raking leaves has its right way and wrong way. By doing it correctly, you can dethatch a lawn and even gain free mulch.

Plant Texture: Definition of a Landscape-Design Term
Learn how the term,

What Is the Full Meaning of "Horticulture?"
Are you interested in the full meaning of

How to Grow Snow-In-Summer Plants (Where They Thrive)
Snow-in-summer plants are perennial flowers that thrive in some areas (to the point of being invasive) but struggle in others. Learn how to grow them.

Halloween Crafts
Halloween crafts supplement yard decor, which can include a scarecrow, pumpkins, cornstalks, gourd jack-o'-lanterns, grapevine or bittersweet wreaths and more. Page 2.

Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations, List of Supplies
For Halloween yard decorations to look their best, they must be displayed well. Knowledge of the design principles learned in landscape design helps.

How to Make a Scarecrow in 12 Easy Steps
Learn how to make a scarecrow from head to pole with these simple instructions. Build the best (and cheapest) straw man possible using these tips.

Autumn Lawn and Grass Care Tips: From Mowing to Raking
An autumn lawn care schedule, including mowing, will depend on whether you're caring for warm or cool season grasses. Read these tips to get it right.

When to Rake Leaves Off the Lawn: How Long You Can Wait
By when do you have to rake leaves? How long a time can leaves be left on a lawn before damage is done? I answer these questions here.

Cultivars vs Varieties - How Do They Differ?
What's the meaning of plant

What Does "Variegated" Foliage Mean (Plant Term)?
Variegated foliage is a widely sought-after plant trait in landscaping. If you're wondering what the term actually means, though, read my definition.

Scientific Names of Plants List: An A-Z Database
Search this A-Z database of scientific names of plants to find specimens you wish to research. Using the binomial system provides more clarity.

Garden Lime: What It Is, How It Is Used in Landscaping
The term, garden

How to Use Bedding Plants in Your Lawn or Garden
What are bedding plants? Learn how landscapers and homeowners use these flowers (typically annuals) to bring color to the yard, especially in summer.

Outdoor Living Spaces - Divide and Conquer
Building outdoor living spaces extends the home to the yard. Use floor, wall and ceiling equivalents to make functional and attractive rooms outside.

Accessories for Outdoor Spaces
Accessories for outdoor spaces can be a prime factor in making you feel at home. Accessories for outdoor spaces include furniture and heating. Page 3.

Outdoor Rooms
How you put together your outdoor rooms will be influenced by their function. E.g., you may wish to enclose spaces dedicated to play using impervious materials. Page 2.

Landscaping on a Budget: 5 Easy Money-Saving Ideas
Landscaping on a budget doesn't mean settling for a shabby yard. Here are 5 money-saving ideas to put into practice and still keep your yard gorgeous.

Grass Stolons: What They Are, Why They're a Problem
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Landscaping Pictures for Ideas for Your Yard
These landscaping ideas and pictures give design help to novices performing yard makeovers. It's just the boost you need for your improvement project.

Kinds of Ornamental Trees: From Dwarf to Weeping Types
In these resources on the kinds of ornamental trees, beauties ranging from dwarfs to weeping types are presented, via both photos and articles.

Leaf Gall on River Birch Trees: Cause, Solution
Learn what causes leaf gall (and how to treat it). River birch trees and other plants can be infested with this ugly growth, but there is good news.

When to Plant Dahlia Bulbs
When do you plant dahlia bulbs (tubers)? In this article, I provide a yardstick you can use to determine when to plant the tubers in your area.

Storing Dahlia Tubers in Peat Moss, Dusting Tips
Learn about storing dahlia tubers in peat moss in this tutorial, after dusting. Peat moss is one medium used for storage of these bulbs in winter.

Moisten Peat Moss With a Spray Bottle
Learn about moistening peat moss to prepare a box in which you'll be storing dahlias for winter. Some people prefer vermiculite as a storage medium.

How to Dry Dahlia Tubers
This article informs you of how to dry dahlia tubers. The drying process is a step you must take in preparing the bulbs for winter storage.

Healthy Clump of Dahlia Tubers
A healthy clump of dahlia tubers can survive winter in a cool basement. Trim the stems and little roots off; division can be done in fall or spring.

Antifungal Powders for Rotting Dahlia Tubers - Sulfur Dust
After drying, apply an antifungal powder such as sulfur dust to the parts of dahlia tubers that are rotting. First trim off the rotten sections.

Washing Dahlia Bulbs to Prepare Them for Storage
Wash the dirt of your dahlia bulbs in preparation for winter storage. Some gardeners mist the tubers with a garden hose to wash them.

What Dahlia Tubers Look Like
What do dahlia tubers look like just after being dug out of the ground? This picture shows the result of my work after digging the tubers.

Digging Dahlias With Pitchforks or Garden Forks
The first step in storing dahlia tubers (bulbs) for winter is to dig them with a pitchfork. Pitchforks are better for digging than shovels.

How to Store Dahlia Tubers for Winter to Save Them
Learn how to store dahlia tubers for winter. Being summer bulbs, these non-hardy tubers have to be dug up for storing in the North, to save them.

Ideas for Natural Outdoor Christmas Decorations
There are natural outdoor Christmas decorations you can use to juice up the yard with color. Here are some alternatives to store-bought ornaments.

Live Christmas Trees Used Outdoors - Examples
While decorating live Christmas trees planted outdoors isn't obligatory, the practice has an advantage: lighted trees can be enjoyed day and night. Page 2.

Christmas Inflatables, Religious Yard Decorations
Christmas inflatables enliven yards in winter. Learn about airblown inflatables, unique lighting, religious yard decorations and other ornaments. Page 3.

Tips for Winterizing Gardens in the Fall
Consult these tips for winterizing gardens in fall (perennial beds, compost bins, etc.) and be confident you're putting them to bed right for winter. Page 2.

Fall Garden Care - How to Winterize Your Yard in Autumn
Learn about fall garden care and how to winterize yards in autumn. These winterizing tips will help you ready the landscape for the off-season.

Landscaping for the Winter Season
Landscaping for winter means more than just having evergreen trees and shrubs. Hardscape features can make your landscaping more interesting. Page 3.

Stop to Smell the Roses


Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
Discover the Top Ten New Year's resolutions you should pledge for your yard. The focus here is on enjoyment, planning and low maintenance.

Landscaping Your Yard Well - a Great New Year's Resolution
Here are 10 things to do in landscaping your yard to make it more enjoyable, more attractive and more economical -- worthy of a New Year's resolution. Page 2.

Perennials and Vines
Learn info on ground covers, vines and other low-growing plants. I discuss sun and soil requirements, maintenance and planting in problem areas.

13 Ideas for Outdoor Halloween Decorations (Pictures)
Outdoor Halloween decorations should be pulsating with creativity and bursting with colors to match the season. Harvest ideas from my pictures.

13 Ideas for Outdoor Halloween Decorations (Pictures)
Outdoor Halloween decorations should be pulsating with creativity and bursting with colors to match the season. Harvest ideas from my pictures.

Poisonous Plants for Cats, Dogs and Humans
Here's a resource for learning about poisonous plants for cats, dogs and humans. I emphasize plants that are a poor choice to grow if you have kids, but I also mention specific plants especially toxic to cats and dogs.

Poisonous Shrubs
Poisonous shrubs include bushes with toxic berries, but there is more to worry about than just the fruits. The leaves of some bushes are poisonous too, for example.

Poisonous Vines
The existence of poisonous vines gives us another excuse to malign a plant group considered problematic in landscaping. Add toxicity to invasiveness when listing their drawbacks.

Kissing Under the Mistletoe - From Celts to Kisses
Learn how kissing under the mistletoe started. Along the way in this curious tale, I speak of Celtic rituals, Norse mythology, literature, and botany.

How to Seal a Deck With Thompson's Water Seal
Thompson's Water Seal is one of the deck sealers used to protect against rot. Learn how to use this sealant to guard against damage to your decking.

How to Transplant Trees and Shrubs: Best Way, Best Time
Learn 5 easy steps used to transplant trees and shrubs: how to dig holes, move the plants, and care for them after. Also find out best time to do it.

Using Shade Cloth to Protect New Shrubs From the Sun
Use shade cloth as part of a shelter to protect new shrubs, trees and other plants from the sun. A supporting structure will keep it from blowing.

Mock Orange Shrubs: Growing and Care Guide
Mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is a deciduous flowering shrub. This article discusses growing Minnesota Snowflake and pruning the plants.

Tulip Trees: What They Are, How to Grow Them
Tulip trees are called yellow poplars, although they are related to magnolias. Learn how to grow these tall specimens with nice yellow fall foliage.

Why Autumn Blaze Maple Trees Are Superior to Wild Ones
Autumn Blaze maple trees reach 50 feet tall with a rounded crown. Fast-growing specimens, maturity comes quickly for this red fall-foliage favorite.

Nellie R. Stevens Holly Shrubs: Growing Tips, Uses
Nellie R. Stevens holly can be used as a specimen or for privacy screening. These holly plants come in tree and shrub form. Learn how to grow them.

Privet Hedges: Growing Tips for Ligustrum Shrubs
Privet hedges (Ligustrum shrubs) are traditional favorites, being amenable to pruning. But these bushes are invasive plants in North America.

Flowering Quince Shrubs - Landscaping Species
Should you grow flowering quince shrubs? These spring-blooming bushes have good and bad points, which I relate while telling you how to grow them.

Francee Hosta - Growing Tips for a White-Margined Favorite
Francee hosta could be just what you need as a full-shade plant that grows anywhere from zone 3 to zone 9. It sports textured, variegated leaves.

Poppy Plants - Types Easy to Grow, Hard to Grow
My introduction to the world of poppy plants runs the gamut from the hard to the easy to grow. In fact, I even discuss a few types that are too easy.

Rodgers Flower - Waterside Plant With Big Leaves, Showy Plumes
Rodgers flowers are used as edging plants in shady areas or around water features. Discover what they are, what they look like, and how to grow them.

Red Hot Poker Plants - Learn About Some Dwarf Types
Red hot poker plants (AKA torch lilies) are striking perennials native to South Africa. Learn how to grow these spiky flowers and enjoy their color all summer.

Plants That Attract Butterflies to Your Yard
Many plants that attract butterflies boast striking good looks, too, thereby serving double-duty in landscaping. Here are some examples, with photos.

From Tall Kinds to Short Phlox Flowers
There are many types of phlox flowers, including P. subulata, but they are broadly divided into tall kinds (garden type) and short kinds (ground).

Grow 'David' Garden Phlox for White, Perennial Flowers
'David' garden phlox, a type of P. paniculata, has tall, white, perennial flowers. Learn how to grow this powdery-mildew-resistant plant.

How to Change Hydrangea Color to Purple - a Test With Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue
Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue has a misleading name, as that color is not a sure thing. Learn how to change hydrangea color to purple or blue here.

'Amethyst Dream' Centaurea: Perennial Bachelor Buttons
I grow perennial bachelor buttons in purple (Centaurea montana 'Amethyst Dream') and in the traditional blue. I tell you how to grow them here.

Blue Fescue Grass: Plant Description, Growing Tips
Blue fescue grass (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue') is drought-tolerant. This colorful ornamental grass is grown in zones 4-8. Learn how to grow it here.

Drought-Tolerant Ornamental Grasses
I describe 3 examples of drought-tolerant ornamental grasses suitable for a perennial bed. I give examples of tall, intermediate and short grasses. Page 3.

Unusual Plants for Gifts, Landscaping
Unusual plants aren't for everyone. But this resource is for those who want information on these curiosities, whether to use them as gifts or in their landscaping.

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick - What a Curious Shrub!
Harry Lauder's walking stick, that shrub whose branches twist crazily, truly shines only after its leaves have fallen. Grow it for winter interest.

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Variegated Leaves: Pictures of Bi-Colored Plants
Variegated leaves often bear one color on the inside and a second around the foliage's edge. View these pictures of bi-colored leaves for examples.

Chrysanthemums and Hardy Mums - Colorful Fall Flowers
The chrysanthemums covered here are hardy mums, a good choice for fall flowers in the North. Learn about their care: dividing, pinching, etc.

Flowering Shrubs
Many flowering shrubs attract birds with their fruit and provide both fall foliage. They are at their best when blooming, and pruning is often done shortly after blooming.

Best Shrubs for Summer
Among the best shrubs for summer are hydrangeas and rose of sharon. Hydrangeas kick off the summer and provide staying power, while rose of sharon packs some late-summer punch.

Double Rose of Sharon - "Sugar Tip"
One double rose of sharon is Hibiscus syriacus

Witch Hazel Shrubs or Trees - Earliest-Blooming Plants
Witch hazel shrubs (sometimes called trees) are among the earliest bloomers in spring. Learn all about these plants here, including how to grow them.

Woodland Gardens - Low-Maintenance Landscaping Option
Woodland gardens aren't just for the woods. Even suburban plots in shaded areas near large trees (and their falling leaves) can profit from the idea.

10 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds
A look at what to consider when buying outdoor storage sheds. Considerations include price, as well as their quality and appearance.

Planning for Outdoor Storage Buildings
What to look for when you wish to add storage units to your property. Considerations include site preparations for storage units, as well as zoning ordinances and siding materials. Page 2.

Outdoor Storage Buildings
What to look for when you wish to add outdoor storage buildings to your property. Considerations include roominess required for outdoor storage building entries, as well as accessories and installation. Page 3.

Stone Walls and Patios
Stone walls and patios built with brick or concrete will last a long time. Here I present ideas and tips for masonry projects.

Help for Beginners
Just a beginner at landscaping front yards and backyards? You'll find help through FAQs in these introductory pieces on landscape design and care.

How to Build Stone Walls
Learn how to build stone walls or brick ones using these resources, from helpful tools and design ideas to the nuts and bolts of construction. Whether of stone or brick, these walls can be functional or primarily aesthetic (e.g., forming an attractive property border).

How Much X Do I Need for My Yard?
When you have questions like,

Landscape Designers, Contractors, Architects
Paying landscape contractors to find you landscape designers can be a good investment. Contractors know the best designers in your area.

Landscaping With Pets
Landscaping with pets and other animals can be a joy but also presents challenges. Many wonder, e.g., how to keep pets out of gardens.

History of Landscaping
The history of landscaping in the West recently has been dominated by formal design and the cottage garden revolt against it, as I explain.

Gardening, Landscaping Book Reviews
Read comments online on gardening and landscaping books designed for beginners on my review site. Included are reviews on deck-building and water-gardening books.

Gardening Books - Reviews
The gardening books I review here cover a wide array of topics. Some are about getting down and dirty, others are more literary in nature.

Ornamental Tree Choices
Learn how to select ornamentals, both flowering trees and evergreens: dwarfs, weeping trees, fall foliage specimens, etc.

Books on Lawn Care - Reviews
Books on lawn care are a great gift idea for that grass fanatic in your life. Read my reviews to learn which book would best fit the style of the person you're shopping for.

Books on Landscape Planning - Reviews
Landscape planning books can help you get organized for that yard makeover you've dreamed of. Read my reviews to decide which books will be most useful to you.

Lawn Bible Book Review
David Mellor calls himself a

Magnolia Tree Problems - FAQ
Magnolia tree problems are numerous. While I have not experienced problems on my own trees, readers complain frequently about magnolias.

Selection, Care of Evergreen Trees
Why is the selection and care of evergreen trees important in landscaping? Because these trees, properly selected, are saviors in winter.

Reviews of Tree Care Products
Read my reviews of tree care products before you buy. By reading first, you'll gain a better idea of what products are best suited to your needs.

Review of Cordless Electric Pole Chainsaws
Read my review of cordless electric pole chainsaws to aid you when buying. These tools are invaluable when trimming trees circled by shrubs.

Tree Work: DIY vs the Pros
In the long run, the cost of hiring tree removal services may be justified. Learn what to look for in hiring arborists or trimming services to remove a tree.

Soil Erosion Control Methods
Ideally, soil erosion control methods focus on preventing a problem; however, sometimes you simply have to fix an existing erosion problem. Building retaining walls is a method that addresses the issue from both perspectives.

Plants for Dry Areas
If you need help with desert landscaping, consult my information on plants for dry areas. I give information on plants requiring little water that stand up to heat.

Site Grading and Yard Drainage Solutions
Yard drainage solutions include dry creek beds and improving the slope around foundations. Poor site grading can cause property damage and poor lawn performance.

Driveway Snow Removal
What options do you have for driveway snow removal? I cover several of them here, providing shoveling and snowblowing tips, plus advice on such things as how the elderly can find other people to shovel driveways for them.

Improving Soil
Learn about garden fertilizers and how to use them, soil pH and how to correct it, rototilling and when to use rototillers. To improve your soil, learn how to make compost and use mulch.

Keeping Yards Safe
Keeping yards safe represents every bit as much of a challenge as drainage or erosion problems. Health concerns outdoors include poison ivy, Lyme disease and West Nile virus, as well as staying safe in your yard during DIY projects.

Hillside Landscaping
Landscaping a slope presents you with all the challenges a hillside entails, especially for steep hills. But steep slopes do face erosion, the task a necessity.

Allergies and Injuries
I help you identify plants bad for people with allergies (so you can avoid them) and give tips on eradicating them. And if you get injured while performing this landscaping work, I include some first aid tips.

Organic Landscaping
Do you practice organic landscaping? Get some ideas here, including using organic insecticides and herbicides, and learn about Earth Day.

How to Shovel Snow
Learn how to shovel snow from the advice presented in this FAQ. I cover everything from shoveling safety to staying warm to avoiding unnecessary work.

Landscape Solutions for Problem Areas
Problem areas call for landscape solutions, including rock garden design, which is an attractive, practical solution where landscaping often fails.

Landscaping Solutions
Learn about some of the best landscaping solutions to common problems like privacy concerns, pest and weed control, and reducing maintenance. Page 2.

Plants for Dry Areas
Plants for dry areas resist the ravages of low-water conditions. But even these tough customers need to be watered regularly until established.

Pest Control, Pet Control
Garden pest control is influenced by your preference (or lack thereof) for natural or humane approaches. Pets are sometimes a problem, too.

Advice for Village Idiots - Help From an Old-Timer
Landscape help to set village idiots straight. When spring approaches, it's high time for landscape help, including advice to village idiots and others on rototilling and pruning.

April Fools Day | Landscaping on April Fools Day
Landscaping tips for April Fools Day, regarding mulch: when to put it on, take it off. Other spring landscaping tips, lest your garden become an April Fools Day garden! Page 2.

Garden Bugs: Identification and Control
Garden bug identification is essential prior to taking possible action to control them, since they can be

Decks and Garden Arbors
If you need design tips for wooden decks or garden arbors, use my tutorials. They're illustrated with pictures and geared for beginners.

Fence Design
Fence design can be driven either by function or form; choose materials accordingly. Explore the pros and cons of DIY fence construction vs. hiring pros for installation.

How to Build Rock Gardens - Photo Tutorial
This tutorial illustrates how to build rock gardens. They're enhanced if attention is paid to color choices (both for the stones and for the plants).

Rock Garden Photos
Photo of the final version of the rock garden. Such gardens require little maintenance, so they're excellent for those seeking low-care landscaping.

The First Course of the Rock Garden
Rock gardens normally achieve some elevation above the surrounding ground. When you import stone, you'll lay a first course of stone and soil, then build on it.

The Second Course of the Raised-Bed Rock Garden
Will you be building a raised-bed rock garden? To achieve some elevation, stack some stones on each other, as I show you in this tutorial.

Plants for Rock Gardens
Selection of plants for rock gardens can be driven by color scheme. But the use of color schemes here differs markedly from their use in painting.

Plant Selection for Rock Gardens
In plant selection for rock gardens it's tempting to select a wide variety. But succumbing to this temptation leads to a hodge-podge, not a unified look.

Color Schemes for Rock Gardens
Each plant selected for a yard should help you in design objectives, whether for the color schemes for rock gardens or anything else. Variation is critical.

Planting Rock Gardens
Planting rock gardens properly requires planning. When I laid a 2nd course of stones I made the circle small enough that plenty of room for planting remained.

Rock Gardening Techniques
Rock gardening techniques include inserting stones as you go, so they don't get in the way of planting. That's just one of many tips I offer in my tutorial.

Mulch for Rock Gardens
The best mulch for rock gardens is -- you guessed it -- stone. Match the mulch color to the main stones (for me, that's red) in your creation, if possible.

How to Kill Japanese Knotweed by Choking It Out
One way to kill Japanese knotweed is by choking it out. What you need for this strategy is a covering that is tough, as I inform this reader.

Removing Japanese Knotweed by Herbicide Injection
Japanese knotweed removal is no easy task. An effective approach to getting rid of it is by glyphosate herbicide injection.

Organic Weed Control
Organic weed control is preferable to using chemicals. I discuss natural control methods wherever possible but make an exception for poison ivy.

Viney Weeds: Identification, Control
Viney weeds are some of the toughest to control. Some of the worst spread by underground rhizomes or by striking down roots where they come into contact with the ground.

Japanese Knotweed Specialist Offers Removal Tips
Japanese knotweed specialist, Jim Glaister read my article on the removal of

Japanese Knotweed Control
Japanese knotweed control is not a practice, it's an obsession! As my fellow knotweed warriors out there can vouch, once you begin undertaking control measures, you become passionate about the fight -- because there's no other way to win!

Pictures of Poison Ivy
I provide pictures of poison ivy plants to help you in identification -- whether for the purpose of killing poison ivy plants or just avoiding them.

Weed Control Products
Carefully evaluate weed control products before you buy them, first assessing such matters as proper weed identification and whether or not you wish to go or stay organic. My product reviews may assist you in making a buying decision.

Weeding Without Back Pain
We all know weeding is a pain in the neck, but you do not have to take that literally! Learn weeding methods from these articles geared to people with bad backs and neck problems.

Bad Weeds or Good?
Are those bad weeds or good ones growing over there in your landscaping? You may question how any can be

Poison Ivy - Just the Facts You Need to Identify It
Poison ivy can be a small vine on the ground or a big one climbing trees. Learn the facts about it, from what it looks like to how to get rid of it.

Emerald 'N' Gold Euonymus Shrubs - Care, Growing Tips
Emerald 'n' Gold euonymus shrubs are low-mounding, evergreen bushes. The plants have variegated leaves (pink in winter) on stems sticking straight up.

Lawn Care Tips
My lawn care tips range from info on grass types to mower care. Watering lawns, raking those pesky leaves in autumn, etc. are covered.

Ideas for Lawn Ornaments
Do you need ideas for lawn ornaments or garden accents? I present ideas here from arbor-covered patios and gazebos to lawn statuary; some items are available for sale online.

Landscaping Supplies: Lawn Care Equipment
My information on landscaping supplies includes buying advice (reviews) and tips on lawn care equipment. Supplies covered here include lawn mowers, leaf vacuums, fertilizer spreaders and string trimmers.

Grass Growing Tips
How do you grow grass? First pick the right type for your yard, dethatch and irrigate it. Further tips on growing lawns involve fertilizers, weeds and mowing.

Help With Selecting, Locating, Arranging Landscape Plants
Need help selecting plants based on conditions in your yard (sun, shade, etc.)? Or aid in locating or arranging them? Here's some help.

Small Shrubs
Small shrubs may be a wiser selection for those landscaping urban plots. See my examples of short bushes and study their growing requirements.

Bad Landscaping - Examples That Make Up the 7 Deadly Sins
What constitutes bad landscaping now? Attitudes change over time, but this article lists what many now hold to be the gardener's 7 deadly sins.

Topiary Shrubs and Hedges
Good topiary shrubs include that classic in hedges, boxwood. Learn how to trim shrubs to create borders, privacy or unusual pieces of

Curb Appeal Ideas
Use my curb appeal ideas to increase the real estate value of your property or maximize the livability of your front yard for your own use. I use pictures to illustrate the concepts.

Landscaping Pictures
Browse through my landscaping pictures for design ideas and plant identifications. Analyses accompany the photos in each gallery.

Pictures of Noxious Plants
Browse my pictures of noxious plants for help in identifying them, whether they be invasive, rash-causing, poisonous or just plain ugly.

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Pumpkin Faces - Pictures for Halloween Decorating Ideas
Pumpkin faces can range from the realistic to the stylized. View my pictures for Halloween decorating ideas and for carving ideas.

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Pictures of Trees and Shrubs
Pictures of trees and shrubs can give you ideas for your own landscaping. View my photos and follow the links for information on each landscape plant presented.

Photos of Colorful Flowers
These galleries of photos of colorful flowers will give you ideas for injecting color into your own yard. The flowering plants in these pictures will make a landscape pop.

Winter Landscape Design
Why not have something nice to look at while shoveling snow? Learn how to achieve a winter landscape design worthy of photos.

Garden Craft Projects
What makes garden craft projects so satisfying is that you not only make something with your hands, but also grow the material that you'll be working with! My projects include examples for Halloween and Christmas.

Start Here if You're a Beginner
I've gained a wealth of experience in landscaping over the years. Tap into my experience in this landscaping column.

Flowering Trees
I give descriptions and pictures of flowering trees here and tips on caring for them. Tree care begins with knowing where the plants will grow best.

Walkway Ideas
Read my walkway ideas to help you make up your mind as to what design and/or material will work best in your landscaping. Walkways are functional landscaping components but can also add beauty to a yard.

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Poison Ivy Photos: Pictures of Plants for Identification
View pictures of poison ivy and similar vines for identification. See what it looks like at different stages of development in the course of the year.

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Fall Foliage Trees
Scan my pictures and descriptions of the best fall trees for foliage in your landscape. The autumn foliage of these specimens will set any landscape ablaze!

Examples of Broadleaved Evergreens
Evergreen shrubs and trees, so useful in winter landscaping, fall into the needled and broadleaved camps. Here are examples of broadleaved evergreens.

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Poison Sumac Pictures Showing What the Plant Looks Like
Consult these poison sumac pictures for identification purposes. My photos include closeups showing what the leaves, etc. of these plants look like.

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Perennial Vines for Sun
My list of best perennial vines for sun is geared to variety, and most are hardy to zone 5. These plants offer various colors in flowers and foliage.

Itchy-Rash Plants: Identify These Weeds to Avoid Them!
Itchy-rash plants are the weed equivalents to yellow jackets in the bug world. For example, like stinging insects, stinging nettles can also burn you.

How to Cut Pavers, Whether Stone, Concrete, or Brick
Learn the 3 easiest ways to cut pavers when doing masonry work. The most surprising method is to use a tool with the provocative name,

How to Use Muriatic Acid Safely to Clean Masonry
Muriatic acid is a great product for cleaning masonry surfaces. Learn how to use it safely to clean that patio, walkway or wall.

How to Pour Concrete Footings for Stone Walls
Learn how to pour a concrete footing for a mortared stone wall. If you build such a structure with mortar, it needs a solid footing for a foundation.

10 Landscaping Ideas for Flower Beds: Year-Round Color
Read my landscaping ideas for flower beds to gain the know-how needed to create year-round color in the yard. Who doesn't want color 365 days a year?

How to Straighten Leaning Trees Properly
How do you straighten leaning trees? Staking a tree to brace it is one option. But sometimes there is a simpler solution, which I discuss here.

Planting Easter Lilies Outside to Save Them
Planting Easter lilies outside allows you to enjoy their flowers yearly. Learn what it takes to save them after the holiday.

Azalea Leaf Galls - Unusual, Funny-Looking Growths
Do you have funny-looking growths on your azaleas? Those unusual bumps are called

Eastern White Pine – Poster Child for Messy Trees
Eastern white pine trees are pretty but also messy trees. In this article I discuss their benefits and drawbacks and help you deal with the mess.

Lawn Thatch: Definition, How to Remove It
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What Is Polymeric Sand? (Definition, How It Is Used)
Learn what polymeric sand is and why it is used in working with pavers. Links are also provided to other articles dealing with pavers.

Deer Resistant Ornamental Grasses: Best Choices
Deer-resistant ornamental grasses provide not only beauty but also some relief from Bambi's depredations. My article presents choices based on height.

Wildflowers of New England
I list some wildflowers of New England in this piece. The term is sometimes misused; it does not refer to natives but to plants growing wild.

How to Select and Arrange the Plants for Flower Beds
Practice layering in planting flower beds, and preventive weed control. These are just 2 tips I give, as we go from back to front row of a sample bed.

Using Focal Points When Planting Flower Beds - Moneywort Picture
Use focal points when planting flower beds to apply the finishing touches. In planting mine I used a ceramic container and golden moneywort (picture) as a focal point.

Color Schemes for Planting Flower Beds - Variegated Iris
My color scheme for planting my flower bed is gold, blue and purple. In addition to floral color, I am considering foliage, such as that on my variegated iris (see picture).

Gold Colors for Planting Flower Beds
Emerald 'N Gold euonymus has the colors gold and green on the same leaf. Gold colors also come from my false cypress, moneywort and stonecrop.

How to Remove Sod
When you create flower beds from scratch in grassy areas, you must remove the sod. Let an old sod buster tell you how to remove it!

How to Install Weed Barriers
At this stage I discuss why and how to install weed barriers. To keep landscaping fabric from blowing away, use garden staples and cover them with mulch.

How to Install Plants Through Weed Barriers
After installing weed barriers, what do you do when it's time to install plants? Installation through weed control fabrics begins with an incision.

Low Plants for Planting Beds
Picture of low plants for planting beds. Blue fescue grass and Angelina stonecrop are examples of such perennials for planting beds.

Picture - Victoria Blue Salvia Plants
The middle row of my perennial bed consists largely of perennial sages, including 'May Night' and 'Victoria Blue' salvia plants (the latter an annual in zone 5).

Tall Plants for Planting Beds
Tall plants for planting beds include false cypress and euonymus shrubs. Fitting into my color scheme, both offer some gold foliage.

Indigenous Plants and How They Are Used in Landscapes
What are indigenous plants? Learn what that word means, along with how these plants are sometimes used in people's landscapes.

Simple Landscaping Ideas to Achieve a Stunning Makeover
Need some simple landscaping ideas? From designing front, back and side yards to how to start a garden, read my tips to help with your yard makeover.

10 Best Perennials for Shade (and How to Grow Them)
My best perennials for shade run the gamut from flowering floozies to subtle foliage plants. See what they look like here and learn how to grow them.

Holiday Decorating Pictures
Viewing the holiday decorating pictures of others' can give you ideas for your own projects. See examples of Halloween, Christmas, etc. displays here.

Hardscaping Pictures
Hardscaping pictures from other people's yards may make you jealous -- and that's the idea here! Browse these photos of hardscapes for ideas, and don't be afraid to attempt some one-upmanship.

Fences, Drives, Walks
Do you need information on fence designs? Included in these articles are tips on choosing from the between the different fencing styles.

Privacy Fencing
You can a backyard sanctuary with privacy fencing. Your options include lattice, formal fences and hedges.

Growing Vine Plants in Your Landscaping - Choices
Vine plants have both aesthetic and utilitarian uses in landscaping. Because of their versatility, growing vines gives you numerous choices for meeting your design needs.

Vine Plants That Need a Lot of Sunlight
Some vine plants need a lot of sunlight to put on their best displays (best flowering, etc.). The vines I list here grow best in full sun.

Vine Plants for Shade
There are plenty of vine plants for shade, but here's the problem: some of them are invasive. That's why they're so tolerant of shady conditions.

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