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Fence Pictures Showing Different Materials, Styles
These fence pictures illustrate some of the different materials and styles available. Among these landscaping photos are examples of fence plantings.

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Pictures of Foundation Plantings: Ideas for Shrubbery
See my pictures of foundation plantings for ideas for your shrubbery selection. My pictures show shrubs near house walls in a variety of designs.

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Pictures of Black Flowers
Here I show pictures of black flowers and examples of dark foliage. The term

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Winter Landscapes in Pictures
Not only are pictures of winter landscapes beautiful, they also inspire you as you're planning your landscaping. Browse these pictures for some ideas.

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Pictures of Entryway Plantings: Front-Door Landscaping
My pictures of landscaping for front door entrances show examples you can use for your own home. Symmetry is common in designs for entryway plantings.

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Flowering Ground Covers: Plant Pictures, Growing Tips
Flowering ground covers combine beauty and functionality, giving floral color while fighting weeds and erosion. My pictures help you with selection.

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Silver Foliage Pictures: Plants With Silvery Leaves
Plants with silver foliage are pretty in their own right, and their leaves work well in combos. Browse my pictures of silver foliage plants for ideas.

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Weed Pictures to Help You Identify Common Types of Weeds
My weed pictures include photos of plants you probably know, but not by name. Here's some help in identifying common types of weeds.

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Types of Flowering Trees - Photos
If you're not already convinced of the beauty of the various types of flowering trees, then I hope my photos of some of the different kinds serve to sway you.

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Pictures of Flowering Trees
Why view these pictures of flowering trees? Not only will they give you ideas, but I also supplement the pics with links to resources on growing them.

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Pictures of Flowering Shrubs
Pictures of flowering shrubs can give you ideas for your own landscaping. Browse my shrub pictures to view photos of some of the finest blooming bushes of spring and summer.

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Pictures of Native Plants in New England - Identification Aids
Use my pictures of native plants in New England to aid you in identification of wildflowers of that region. Follow the links provided to learn more.

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Pictures of Vines: Examples of Climbing Plants
Let my climbing vine pictures serve to generate ideas for your own landscaping. My pictures include examples of flowering types and evergreen types.

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How Focal Points Direct the Eye in Landscaping (Photos)
Pros use focal points to direct the eye to a selected part of a yard. They also use scale, line and other design concepts to control eye movement.

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Stone Walkway Design: Pictures to Aid Your Plans
Use my pictures of stone walkways to choose materials. My photos show examples of a various materials used for paths, as well as design ideas.

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Wild Rabbit Control and the Origin of the Easter Bunny
As a prelude to discussing wild rabbit control, let's look at the origin of the Easter Bunny for a laugh, before getting serious about fences, etc.

Wild Rabbit Control - Rabbit Proof Fences
Learn your options for wild rabbit control. Via simple rabbit-proof fences, you can deal with these garden pests inexpensively. Page 2.

Controlling Wild Rabbits With Natural Methods
Here I discuss repellents for wild rabbits, Havahart traps and other pest-control option. These pests can often be controlled through natural, organic methods. Page 3.

Deer Resistant Plants: the Best Bambi-Busters to Grow
Deer-resistant plants are no guarantee against Bambi's foraging but put the odds on your side. My list includes shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers.

Best Crabgrass Killers - Keeping Your Lawn Weed-Free
What are the best crabgrass killers? I discuss 3, with a focus on post-emergent herbicides; the other 2 consist less of killing than of prevention.

How to Get Started Landscaping
If you're wondering how to get started landscaping your yard, I offer every type of resource available under the sun. See which one is right for you.

Cheap Plants and Their Care
Obtaining cheap plants takes an attitude adjustment. Resist the temptation to compare apples to oranges when buying plants at stores like Wal-Mart. Page 2.

Organic Ant Control Using Herbs, Green Products
Organic ant control methods include companion planting. In this introduction I discuss herb plants traditionally used, plus modern products.

Best Street Trees: Pollution-Tolerant, Low-Care Choices
Are you having trouble getting trees established along a road? It's no wonder: you face many challenges in growing street trees. Here are some ideas.

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Best Fall Foliage Pictures for Autumn Inspiration
See my best fall foliage pictures of maples for help in selecting nice specimens. My pictures help you decide which trees would be best for your yard.

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Do-It-Yourself Deck Construction: Foundations for Decks
A deck's structure from the ground up. Footings, concrete piers, posts and beams used in deck construction. Page 4.

Cinder Blocks | Deck Pictures | Cinder Building Blocks
Use cinder blocks to stand in temporarily for the deck posts. Check the level, then transfer the measurement to the posts. Page 5.

Building Decks - DIY Construction Step-by-Step
DIYers should consult my guide to building decks for help. I offer step-by-step instruction on do-it-yourself construction and design.

How to Build Outdoor Wooden Decks - Zoning Laws
You have many choices when building a wooden deck. However, building codes and zoning laws will decide much about the lumber you choose. Page 2.

Building a Freestanding Backyard Deck
Consider building a freestanding deck. The other option involves removing siding to gain access for the deck's ledger. Page 3.

The Best Drought-Resistant Plants
Drought-resistant plants tolerate dry periods, by definition. But you expect more than that from your landscaping. The examples in this list look great, too.

Drought-Tolerant Shrubs: Examples of Popular Types
Drought-tolerant shrubs are tough plants that can go a while without water. These bushes are found on old homesteads, where they fend for themselves.

Drought-Tolerant Shrubs: Examples of Popular Types
Drought-tolerant shrubs are tough plants that can go a while without water. These bushes are found on old homesteads, where they fend for themselves.

Landscape Design Plans
Drawing landscape design plans begins with a sketch (the scale diagram). The goal of this phase is to produce a scale drawing of a property. Page 2.

Measuring Property Boundaries
Measuring property boundaries is the first step in determining the layout of your property. You'll then find out where your home lies in relation to those property boundaries. Page 3.

Home Landscape Plans
Drawing the finalized home landscape plans begins with transposing the final measurements you arrived at in your bubble diagram. Home landscape plans are usually drawn in color, to be easy on the eyes. Page 5.

How to Draw Landscape Plans: Help for Beginning DIY'ers
You'd like to learn how to draw landscape plans? This article aimed at beginning do-it-yourselfers shows you how and explains their usefulness.

How to Draw Landscape Design Plans
Drawing landscape design plans begins with a sketch called the

Bird of Paradise Plants - South African, Mexican Types


Mexican Bird of Paradise Plants
Mexican bird of paradise plants belong to a group found in desert regions. This lover of hot, dry places is different from the jungle flower by the same name. Page 2.

Low-Growing Landscaping Plants and Groundcovers
I present creeping shrubs, annuals, perennials, and vines in my article on groundcovers and other low-growing landscape plants. I cover every angle.

Golden Oriole Azalea Bushes - Yellow Azaleas
Golden Oriole azalea shrubs sing an orange song when their buds first show color in spring. As the buds open, the flowers become yellow.

5 Possible Reasons Why Your Azaleas Are Not Blooming
If you're asking, Why are my azaleas not blooming? you'll be glad to read the reasons I give. This problem can be due to a number of factors.

Bird's-Foot Trefoil Picture
Bird's-foot trefoil, or

Invasive Plants Photos - Beware the Beautiful Plants
Photos of invasive plants aid you in identifying them; nor are these lovely examples hard on the eyes. In this gallery I focus on beautiful invaders.

Butter and Eggs Plant or Toadflax - Not All Toads Are Ugly


Evening Primrose - Don't Be Led Down This Primrose Path
While evening primrose has an attractive yellow flower (as my picture shows), Oenothera biennis can be an invasive plant. It is one tough weed to pull up!

Purple Loosestrife Flowers
Native to Eurasia, purple loosestrife flowers have taken over many marshes in North America. This invasive plant is perhaps aided and abetted by people who find the bloom beautiful and decide not to remove it when they can.

Common Ivy - Invasive Groundcover
English or common ivy is the lay term for Hedera helix. Eradicating this common groundcover is a tough task.

Trumpet Creeper - Invasive Vine
Trumpet creeper is an unruly vine with beautiful flowers. Many are lured into growing it for hummingbirds, only to learn later what an invasive plant it is.

Privet's Black Berries - What Evil Lurks Therein?
My picture shows privet berries and the shrub's fall foliage color. Almost synonymous with

Picture of Immature Oriental Bittersweet Berries
Oriental bittersweet causes severe damage to trees. This picture shows what the immature berries look like.

Norway Maple Facts
Norway maple trees are popular, but do not buy one until you have read the facts about them. That includes the fact that they are invasive in some regions.

Silk Trees - Beautiful Invasive Plants
Invasive plants, silk trees are lovely, as this picture shows. Too bad their seedlings come up all over the place!

Water Reed Plants - Plush With Plumes
My photo of water reed plants shows what they look like in winter, imprisoned in an icy pond covered with snow. They are known to some people as

Creeping Jenny Groundcover
As its name suggests, creeping jenny is a groundcover. As my photo illustrates, this lovely invasive plant can be grown in a container to keep it in bounds.

Purple Ajuga - Groundcover With Dark Leaves
Purple Ajugas such as 'Purple Crispa' have nice foliage as well as flowers. This picture shows an bugleweed groundcover plant with dark leaves and a pretty bloom.

Vinca Minor Groundcover
Use Vinca minor groundcover for shady areas, if you can tolerate the fact that it is an invasive plant. This vine has a pretty blue flower.

Picture of St John's Wort
An invasive plant with medicinal properties, St. John's wort is used to treat depression. As my picture shows, it is one of the pretty invasive plants.

Dame's Rocket - Mustard Family Femme Fatale
As this Dame's rocket picture shows, while an invasive plant, this member of the mustard family bears striking flowers. I consider it one of the beautiful invasive plants.

How to Install Pavers in Patios (Selection to Cleaning)
Learn how to install pavers, from selection to laying a base to making cuts. Here are instructions for all the steps required, right up to cleaning.

Natchez Crepe Myrtles: Growing Lagerstroemia Trees
Natchez crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia trees) are popular in the Southern U.S. Plant information (with picture) is given to tell you how to grow it.

What Does Stinging Nettle Look Like?
Perhaps you've come down with a rash, ruled out poison ivy, and wonder,

Bull Thistle - Invasive Noxious Weed
This picture of bull thistle is a good indication that the plant is related to yellow centaurea (globe knapweed). This weed goes by the Latin name of Cirsium vulgare.

Pictures of Noxious Weeds
The classification is subjective; my pictures of noxious weeds are meant to explore the topic from various perspectives. Some will find them harmful plants.

Pictures of Noxious Weeds
The classification is subjective; my pictures of noxious weeds are meant to explore the topic from various perspectives. Some will find them harmful plants.

Pictures of Noxious Weeds: Identification Help
The term is subjective; my pictures of

Honeysuckle Bush - Invasive Shrub
This picture reveals the appearance of honeysuckle bush (Morrow's or Tartarian honeysuckle). These are invasive shrubs from the Old World.

Autumn Olive - Shrub That Escaped From Cultivation
As this photo of autumn olive shows, the bush bears numerous small, bright flowers. A shrub native to the Far East, it is an invasive plant in the U.S.

Tree of Heaven - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Tree of heaven can be quite an attention-grabber, as this picture shows. An invasive plant from China, Ailanthus altissima inspired

What Does Ragweed Look Like?
View my photo to learn what ragweed looks like. Once you identify it, you can pull up any plants growing in your yard and maybe minimize your allergy symptoms.

Bittersweet Nightshade Berries
My picture of bittersweet nightshade berries will help you identify this toxic plant. The berries, whose bright colors may attract children, are poisonous.

Leaflets Three Let It Be - Image of Poison Ivy Leaves
Heard the well-known rhyme about poison ivy,

What Does Poison Sumac Look Like?
What does poison sumac look like? This photo will answer your question and impress you, to boot, with how pretty its autumn leaf color is.

Spotted Knapweed - A Centaurea That's a Noxious Weed
This picture of Centaurea maculosa shows what spotted knapweed looks like. These common noxious weeds are invasive plants.

Picture of Japanese Knotweed Shoots
While Japanese knotweed shoots are edible, be aware that past attempts to eradicate a stand of Polygonum cuspidatum may have poisoned the area. As my picture shows, these worst of the invasive plants bear a bamboo-like appearance.

Drought Tolerant Perennials: Garden Plan
Grow drought-tolerant perennials in flower beds that receive sun all day. I offer a landscape plan suitable for dry areas with poor to average soils.

Drought-Tolerant Perennial Flowers
I describe 4 drought-tolerant perennial flowers suited to sunny garden beds here. The group is headed by 'Autumn Joy' sedum and 'Moonbeam' coreopsis. Page 2.

Types of Driveway Materials: Installation, Maintenance
This FAQ presents various driveway materials to consider for new installations, as well as tips on sealing, repairing and landscaping existing drives.

How To Lay Sod to Start New Lawns: Instant Grass
Laying sod to start new lawns begins with preparing the ground; I explain it all here. This type of grass installation has some advantages over seed.

Purple Fountain Grass - How to Grow Pennisetum setaceum
Learn how to grow purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'). This ornamental is also termed red since that's what its cultivar name means.

How to Use Leaf Blower/Vacs and When Not To
This brief article addresses how to use leaf blower/vacs in the sense of developing a plan for using them as one component in a yard-cleanup arsenal.

Leaf Rakes vs. Blow and Vac Equipment
Leaf rakes are the traditional equipment for removing lawn debris. This article explores when they should be used to supplement blow 'n' vac equipment. Page 2.

Kwanzan Cherry Trees - Japanese Flowers
Kwanzan cherry trees are deciduous flowering specimens. These Japanese specimens flower in spring, when they put on a terrific color display.

Go Purple With Beautyberry Shrub (Callicarpa dichotoma)
Purple beautyberry shrubs bear beautiful fruit, as the name suggests and my photo shows. The berries of the bush are a striking lilac or light purple.

Types of Palm Trees: Cold-Hardy Choices for the North
Beginners are bewildered by all the different types of palm trees. To help, I offer a list of some of the various types, including cold-hardy kinds.

Perennials, Shrubs and Trees to Grow in Acid Soil
Acid-loving plants come in all sizes, ranging from tall trees to short perennials and annuals; shrubs fall in the middle. I give examples of all here.

List of Flowers (With Picture Galleries)
The lists of flowers (with pictures) here are organized by color. Browse these galleries to gain ideas for creating colorful landscape designs.

Daphne Shrubs: Characteristics, Care, Classification
Daphne shrubs are plants that bear fragrant flowers. Carol Mackie plants have white to light pink blossoms and variegated foliage.

How to Lay Tile Outside for a Patio
The first tasks in building a tile patio are making a solid base and buying the correct materials. Learn about both (and more) here.

Designing a Garden With Landscape Design Principles
The basic landscape design ideas (color, form, line, scale, texture) are introduced with pictures to illustrate how they play out in designing a garden.

Backyard Landscape Design - Picture of Plant Textures
Learn about the backyard landscape design elements of form, line and plant texture (for which I supply a picture). Along with color and scale, these are basic. Page 2.

Garden Design With Landscape Plants
Making use of the concepts of proportion, transition and unity, learn how to arrange the landscape plants in your garden design for maximum appeal. Page 3.

Landscaping Plants for Home Landscape Design
Find out how to use the principles of home landscape design when arranging your landscaping plants. Effective design requires an artistic sense. Page 4.

Unity - What Does It Mean in Landscape Design?
What is unity in landscape design? Who cares about it? You will care if you wish to convey a theme in your landscaping. I also define proportion.

How to Repair Sagging Fence Gates in 8 Easy Steps
How do you repair sagging fence gates? Hanging a gate anew isn't that difficult, but this fix-it job does require a methodical approach.

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Pictures of Purple Flowers
Browse my pictures of purple flowers to aid you in plant selection. Like blue blossoms, this bloom color has a soothing effect.

Fast-Growing Shade Trees, USDA Zones 5-10
Need info on fast-growing shade trees? I describe types known for their rapid growth rate; some are hardy enough for zone 5, others are for the South.

Living Privacy Fences Using Shrub Hedges
Options for privacy fences are divided into hardscape choices (fences) vs. using shrubs in hedges as living screens. Learn the pros and cons of each.

How to Trim Hedges Evenly With Shears: Set Up Guides
Learn how to trim hedges evenly using shears in this tutorial. Here's how to set up guides for your trimming, so that the sides comes out straight.

Shrubs With Golden Foliage: Gold Mops False Cypress
The false cypress group has some shrubs with nice golden foliage. Learn about growing 'Gold Mops,' 'Gold Thread, 'Cripps,' and other colorful plants.

Jane Magnolia: Tree or Shrub to Brighten the Yard
Jane magnolia tree is just as often considered a shrub. Want to learn more? Need help planting one? Know how to care for it? I give information here.

How to Identify Poison Ivy in All 4 Seasons
I help you learn how to identify poison ivy by showing you an image and describing what the plant looks like in each of the 4 seasons of the year.

Climbing Hydrangeas: Hardy, Flowering Vines for Shade
Climbing hydrangeas solve a problem for folks with shady areas to plant, being shade-tolerant vines. But they'll flower better with more sunlight.

Dog Repellents: How to Keep Dogs Away From Yards
Read about some of the best approaches known to keep dogs away from yards, without harming them in any way, including effective dog repellents.

Fragrant Plants With Aromatic Foliage
It's false that all fragrant plants get their sweet scents from blooms. The herbs treated here prove fragrance can come from aromatic foliage.

Plants With Aromatic Leaves
Not just herbs have aromatic leaves. Here I give a sense of the diversity of the plants boasting leaves with pleasing aromas, ranging from trees to ground-huggers. Page 2.

When to Prune Evergreen Shrubs: Timing Differs by Type
When should you prune evergreen shrubs? To answer the question, we must first distinguish between needled and broadleaf types (

Landscape Design Tips: Answers to Beginners' Questions
My landscape design tips will serve as an intro for beginners and inspire the experienced and the pros to consider new angles for designing a yard.

To Kill Ticks, Should You Spray Your Yard?
A tick control option in the yard is to spray to kill ticks. There are also organic choices. I help you pick the one best for your lifestyle.

Land Grading: How Much Slope You Need Near a House
Will you be doing any land grading near a foundation to correct drainage issues? To grade properly, you must first know how much slope you need.

Columbine Flowers: Facts and Growing Tips
Columbine flowers come in numerous colors. Of even greater value than their bold colors is the exquisite shape of the blooms, as shown in my picture.

10 Plant Names That Are Confusing for Beginners
Some plant names are confusing to beginners; I enlighten you about ten such names here. You'll never confuse golden rain and golden chain trees again!

Landscaping Tricks and Tips to Lower Costs
There are many landscaping tricks and tips to lower costs in your yard maintenance. Many of my ideas focus on recycling everyday products creatively.

How to Build a Brick Patio: Step-by-Step Instructions
Learn how to build a brick patio the easy way. My instructions are geared to beginners; create a masterpiece without cutting a single brick!

Concrete Steps: DIY Building Questions and Answers
How does building concrete steps compare with constructing stairways in other materials outside? And is building concrete steps a DIY project? Page 2.

Building Landscape Steps for Easy Access Outdoors
Building outdoor steps allows you to climb grades in the landscape (steep slopes or moderate hills). I asked a pro about railings, etc. for ideas.

Ornamental Grass: A Low-Maintenance Alternative
Description of the types of ornamental grasses (short, medium and tall), and why they are the best examples of low-maintenance plants.

Types of Shade Perennials
What types of shade perennials are available? Because they are tolerant of conditions in which other types of vegetation does not thrive, shady characters are valued for their ability to

The Difference Between Cement, Concrete and Mortar
The terms cement, concrete and mortar are used interchangeably by laymen in conversations about cement mixing, but they serve 3 different purposes.

Care of Hostas
Care of hostas is described in this article from your About.com Landscaping Guide. Caring for these leafy plants includes slug control, for example. Page 2.

Hosta Plants - a Rainbow of Color Choices
Hosta plants do bloom but are grown for their foliage. Leaf color (picture) is quite varied. Learn about some varieties and how to care for them.

Landscaping Plants for Dry, Shady Areas: Best Choices
Plants for dry shade meet a dual challenge: little water and little light. The tough plants discussed in this article will tolerate these difficult conditions.

Perennials for Dry Shade
If you've got a shady area where the soil isn't moist, plant perennials for dry shade. Here I list examples of such plants, linking to tips on how to grow them. Page 2.

Deer-Resistant Perennials - Plants Deer Don't Eat
Deer-resistant perennials are plants Bambi likes less than others. But don't be lulled into a false sense of security: hungry deer will eat anything.

Deer-Resistant Perennials - Plants Deer Don't Eat
Deer-resistant perennials are plants Bambi likes less than others. But don't be lulled into a false sense of security: hungry deer will eat anything.

Washington Hawthorn Trees - Characteristics and Care
Washington Hawthorn trees bloom in late spring-early summer. Learn about their taxonomy, care requirements, and landscape uses.

How to Build Concrete Patios, Step by Step
Learn how to build concrete patios, including forms, installing drainage, using automatic cement mixers and pouring. This tutorial is for beginners.

Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs - Growing Tips
English boxwood shrubs are true dwarfs, keeping a rounded, compact form.

Shrubs to Attract Birds and Butterflies
Plant shrubs to attract birds and butterflies if you wish to add the faunal element to your floral display. Here I discuss shrubs, trees and other plants to use in your yard to draw in winged wonders!

Christmas Holly, the Oak King, and the Winter Solstice
Learn about the history of Christmas holly in magic and its meaning in winter solstice festivals, as found in the Celtic Holly King and Oak King tale.

American Holly Trees and Bushes - Plant Varieties
Holly plants vary in size and shape. Some are bushes, but the focus of this article is on the growing requirements and uses of American holly trees, Ilex opaca. Page 2.

List of Shrubs - 10 Kinds You Should Grow in Your Yard
Consult this list of shrubs before you shop at the nursery. This list describes popular and more unique kinds of bushes for the yard.

Snow Shoveling - Tips for Clearing a Driveway
Snow shoveling can be difficult enough without making the job tougher on yourself. Read these tips to make the job of clearing a driveway easier.

Mole Control in Lawn and Garden: Tips, ID
Mole control is one element of lawn care and garden pest control. Before you can get rid of them, first learn the difference between moles and voles.

Mole Repellents
Learn how to use mole repellents or traps to get rid of moles. Havahart traps and Moletox repellent are 2 common brand names in pest control. Page 2.

Controlling Moles in Your Lawn - Organic Control
Moles can be controlled naturally, using malodorous vegetation. Mole plants and castor beans are two repellent plants used in organic control. Page 4.

Natural Ways to Control Moles
There are some natural ways to control moles, but they are not as reliable as traps, poisons and commercial repellents. Still, those inclined to

Lantana Plants - Characteristics, Uses, and More
Lantana plants are a tropical shrub and a symbol of Florida landscaping, their salt-tolerance making them a favorite flower in seashore communities.

Varieties of Apple Trees: Climate, Taste and Resistance
Learn the factors that go into selecting varieties of apple trees to grow. Consider dwarfs vs standards, climate zone, taste, disease resistance.

Tips on Growing Apple Trees - Varieties of Apple Trees
Growing apple trees requires an awareness of their pollination needs. One tip is to plant different varieties (with the same blooming period). Page 2.

Planting Apple Trees - Tips for the Home Gardener
Planting apple trees properly is the first step in effective care. The home gardener can plant in spring in the North, in fall in the South. Page 3.

Tips on Pruning Apple Trees
Caring properly for your stock includes pruning apple trees and applying pest control strategies. Pruning provides a number of benefits. Page 4.

Pruning Shrubs - Information for Beginners
Familiarize yourself with the basics of pruning shrubs here, including the proper cutting angle to use when cutting. It's easy once you learn how.

How to Remove or Kill Dandelions - Tutorial With Photos
My pictures of dandelions will help you identify them. Then use my tips for their manual removal or killing them with herbicides.

Alternative Uses for Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens are nutritious, so why do we indiscriminately kill the plants? Instead of trying to get rid of them, consider eating these weeds. Page 2.

Using Vinegar As a Natural Weed Killer: How, Why, When
Organic gardeners use vinegar as a natural weed killer. It's non-selective, so don't spray it on your good plants. Here's how (and how not) to use it.

A List of Deer-Resistant Shrubs and Bushes
Deer-resistant shrubs aren't foods Bambi prefers, although he'll eat anything if starving. Consult this list of bushes to put the odds in your favor.

How to Build Dry Creek Beds for Landscape Drainage
Learn how to build dry creek beds for better drainage. It's an easy landscaping job if the soil you're excavating isn't strewn with roots or rocks.

Pictures of Poisonous Plants for Identification
Pictures of poisonous plants can help you to identify and avoid them. My list includes more than just toxic leaves, berries that you shouldn't eat.

Pictures of Poisonous Plants for Identification
Pictures of poisonous plants can help you to identify and avoid them. My list includes more than just toxic leaves, berries that you shouldn't eat.

Planting Fall Flowers for Autumn Colors
I address planting fall flowers that will look great in the landscape here. Annuals supplement autumn leaf color and give you an inexpensive option.

Foxglove Plants: Tall, Toxic, and Foxy Flowers
Foxglove flowers will thrive in shade and tolerate dry soil but prefer moderate moisture. Digitalis purpurea plants are poisonous but also medicinal.

How to Use Stump-Out, Bonide's Tree Stump Remover
I used Stump-Out on an old tree to see if it worked. The result is this set of directions on how to use Bonide's chemical stump remover.

Removing Tree Stumps Without Stump Grinders
Removing tree stumps is possible without using stump grinders. Do it manually with mattocks or by applying nitrogen and waiting, which is cheaper.

How to Clean Cement Off Patios, etc. With Muriatic Acid
Cement products get all over the patios, etc. that you're building with them, and cleaning with muriatic acid is one way to deal with the problem.

How to Clean Cement With Muriatic Acid -- Safely
Cement products get all over the masonry structures you're building with them, and cleaning with muriatic acid is one way to deal with the problem.

Cleaning With Muriatic Acid - Stone Walls
When cleaning stone walls with muriatic acid, you can dilute the acid with water. Learn how to work with this product safely to clean cement off masonry surfaces.

How You Know Muriatic Acid Is Working
How do you know if muriatic acid is working? Bubbling will occur as you try to clean globs of cement off stone walls, patios, etc. with it.

Cleaning Stonework With Muriatic Acid - Scrubbing
Learn how to use muriatic acid for cleaning stonework. At this point in the cleaning project, we use a scrub brush.

Rinse Off Muriatic Acid
When clean cement off a stonewall with muriatic acid, the final step is to rinse it all off with clean water. See the

Installing French Drains for Yard Drainage
Installing French drains is an option for providing yard drainage on land with excess water. Learn how to make one in this piece geared to DIYers.

Deer-Resistant Trees List: Evergreen, Flowering Types
Is a list of deer-resistant trees useful? Yes, but don't be lulled into a fall sense of security. I offer both evergreen and flowering choices here.

History of the Christmas Tree: Colorful, Controversial
The history of the Christmas tree is one of controversy. Moderns take it for granted, but decorating with evergreens has been controversial.

Outdoor Christmas Tree Lights
Learn about the evolution of outdoor Christmas tree lights in North America. Also find out how to plant a live tree properly in your landscaping. Page 2.

Schedule for Fertilizing Lawns: Tips and Care Schedule
A schedule for fertilizing lawns is provided in this resource. Read it for information on feeding your grass in spring, summer, and fall.

Deer-Resistant Perennial Ground Cover Plants
These ground cover plants afford easy deer control because those pests don't like them. The examples offered are low maintenance perennials.

Leopard Plants - Grow Ligularia as a Shade Perennial
Leopard plants (Ligularia) like Britt-Marie Crawford are low-care shade perennials. Read my growing tips and learn about these unusual-looking plants.

Hosta Halcyon - Blue Beauty With Textured Leaves
Halcyon hosta is a ground cover or edging plant for shade. Among the best of the blue hostas, it holds its color well and has textured leaves.

Liriope Plants - Popular Varieties of Border Grass
Liriope plants are also called border grass. The spicata variety is a deer-resistant ground cover, tolerant of shade, and like an ornamental grass.

Why Do I Have Brown Leaves on My Magnolia Trees?
Does your magnolia tree have brown leaves? Are you wondering what the problem is? Find out here why that foliage may be turning brown.

Basics of How to Start a Garden From Scratch
To start a garden from scratch, take stock of the conditions where you'll be opening up the new bed. I supply all the basic info you need here.

Basics of How to Start a Garden From Scratch
To start a garden from scratch, take stock of the conditions where you'll be opening up the new bed. I supply all the basic info you need here.

Install Landscape Timber Edging in 10 Simple Steps
Landscape timber edging installation is easy and looks spiffy. Using photos, I relate how to install it to build attractive edging with little effort.

Landscape-Timber Raised Beds
You can build raised beds using landscape timbers. Stack the lumber (staggering joints) and secure with rebar when building landscape-timber raised beds.

Pressure-Treated Landscape Timbers
Pressure-treated landscape timbers are at the heart of this edging project, and I discuss working with them here. To install the edging, besides pressure-treated landscape timbers, you'll need measuring and digging tools, etc.

How to Mark Out a Border Planting With String & Stakes
How do you ensure that the landscape timbers used for edging will line up? Run string between 2 stakes before laying the landscape timbers down.

Use a Hand Edger to Begin Removing Sod
Following your guideline, drive the blade of a hand edger all along the line. This will create a straight edge -- the first step for installing your landscape timber edging.

Planning Makes the Edging Project Easier
Planning will facilitate your landscape timber edging project; I show you why on this page. In this case, 'planning' specifically refers to installing edging prior to planting in the bed.

Cutting Landscape Timbers for Edging
[8-foot landscape timbers need to be sawed in half for this project. Picture shows builder sawing a landscape timber with a chop saw.]

Forming Corners for Landscape Timber Edging
Attach two pieces of landscape timber with a brace to form a corner, and repeat at other end. Forming the two corners in this way is easy with galvanized braces.

Use a Level to Check That Ground Is Even
After marking the line with stakes and string, cut out sod along that line to clear space for landscape timber edging. Rake, and use carpenter's level to ensure ground is even.

Corner Braces for Landscape Timbers - Building Corners
Use corner braces to join landscape timbers together to form an elbow. Galvanized corner braces will stand up better to the elements.

Landscape Mulch - How Do You Select the Proper Type?
Landscape mulch properly used will promote plant health and the appearance of your garden. Some types may lower soil pH slightly.

Picture of Boxwood Hedge
Mulch your boxwood hedge as a final step. Boxwoods have shallow roots and mind heat, thus mulching is a great boon to such a hedge.

Getting a Straight Hedgerow and the Best Hedge Shrubs
In this tutorial I demonstrate how to get a straight hedgerow, beginning with measuring from a fence. In this case using one of the best hedge shrubs, boxwood.

Measuring Planting Holes
After figuring out the width of the rootball, dig the planting hole twice as wide as that, but not quite as deep.

Planting Root-Bound Plants - Teasing the Rootball
In planting boxwoods that have been container-grown, check the rootball to see if you have root-bound plants, which may require teasing.

Control Soil Settling to Promote Drainage for Shrubs
The rootball must be above ground level to promote good drainage for shrubs, as you're adding amendments and tamping the soil. This helps avoid plant diseases.

Spacing Hedge Shrubs
I'm spacing my small hedge shrubs 12 inches on center, because I'm in a hurry for results. But 12-18 inches is the rule for small hedge shrubs.

Planting Hedges: Pictures Showing How to Plant Boxwood
This step-by-step tutorial walks you through the steps in planting hedges. Through pictures I show you how to plant boxwood shrubs in a straight row.

Removing Sod
As preparation for planting boxwoods, remove the sod. My method of removing sod is different from what you may see on TV -- I pound the soil out.

Measure the Rootball
The rule of thumb for planting shrubs is to measure the rootball, then dig the planting hole twice as wide as that, but not quite as deep.

Korean Boxwoods
Fertilize first-year Korean boxwoods in summer (using osmocote, for instance) and prune in June. Korean boxwoods may turn bronzy in winter.

Hedge Plants - Best Shrubs to Use
Hedge plants serve the practical function of giving a property security and are also decorative. Here are some of the best shrubs to use for hedges.

Windbreak Trees - Some Examples
Here are some suggestions for windbreak trees, especially decorative examples. Such barriers are often allowed to grow naturally, rather than being trimmed. Page 3.

Late-Summer Flowering Shrubs: 10 Best Bloomers
Use late summer flowering shrubs to keep the August and September yard colorful. Here I offer my top 10 (with photos), with access to in-depth info.

Elephant Ear Plants: How to Grow a Tropical Superstar
Elephant ear plants are tropical but can be overwintered in cold climates in containers. Keep plants in a cool, but not freezing basement or garage.

How to Use Garden Hoes
Here's a description of garden hoes and explanation of what their function is. I provide instructions on how to use them, too.

Making Incisions in Weed Barriers
After laying down an effective weed barrier, it seems a shame to puncture it for planting. Just don't get carried away when making incisions.

Color Theory in Landscape Design
Learn how to plan your landscaping according to color theory or schemes. I explain primary, secondary, tertiary and neutral colors in the spectrum.

Warm Colors and Cool Colors
I explain what warm colors and cool colors are (with examples) and how you can use them in landscape design to alter mood and perception. Page 2.

Flower Photos to Help You With Color Schemes in the Yard
A picture is worth 1000 words, so browse through these flower photos to plan the color schemes in your yard. Follow my links to learn more about the flowers. Page 3.

Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds: Best Choices
Grow my top 10 flowers to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Besides attracting winged jewels, these plants will excite the envy of other gardeners.

Installing Landscape Fabric for Weed Control
Learn how to install landscape fabrics, a high-tech answer to weed control. Weed barriers suppress plant pests without preventing air and water flow.

After Laying Landscape Fabrics - Mulching, Planting
This photo shows the completed project of laying landscape fabric. I do, however, intend to install more shrubs in this space at a later time.

Prepare the Ground for Installing Landscape Fabrics
Make small cuts in landscape fabric and neatly tuck it around a shrub if you install it after planting. Or make larger ones if laying it first. Here's how.

Leveling Ground for Landscape Fabrics - Using Steel Rakes
Learn how to use steel rakes to level ground for landscape fabrics. With these rakes, you can even out garden soil, removing unwanted objects.

Using Landscape Fabrics and Mulches
Laying landscape fabric doesn't totally obviate employing mulch. When placed on top of weed barrier, mulch can extend its life, protecting it from the sun.

Installing Landscape Fabrics to Block Weeds
When installing landscape fabric, if using 2 or more lengths adjacent to each other, be sure to overlap. Overlapping sheets blocks weeds better.

Garden Staples or "Landscape Fabric Pins" - How They're Used
Garden staples, or 'landscape fabric pins,' can be inserted through the weed barrier to

How to Install Plants Through Landscape Fabrics
After the hole has been dug, install the plant. Fill the excavated soil back in around the plant, tamping down to reduce air pockets.

Summer Checklist for Yard Care
Use this summer checklist for yard care to keep your property in tip-top shape. Learn how to combat sun and storm, insects and rodents.

Why Are the Flower Buds on Rose of Sharon Not Opening?
Rose of Sharon flower buds are beloved, coming as they do in July. Are yours not opening? Learn possible reasons why an althea might not be blooming.

Deer-Resistant Bulbs - A List to Keep Bambi at Bay
Deer-resistant bulbs like crown imperial are a great choice in Bambi-plagued regions. Here are some other types of bulbs that deer don't eat.

Building Stone Retaining Walls in 16 Easy Steps
This tutorial is on building stone retaining walls 3 feet tall or less. When you build without mortar, you have limitations but also some benefits.

10 Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines
In landscaping your property line, are you hoping to minimize maintenance, maximize privacy or enhance the beauty of your yard? I help you with all 3 here.

Identifying Moles and Voles - Lawn Pests
Garden pests include the mole and the vole, those subterranean, mouse-like garden pests. But what's the difference between a mole and a vole?

Identification of Voles and Getting Rid of Them
Identification is a first step in vole control (they're distinct from moles). Then you can work on getting rid of these field or

Natural Pest Control for Voles
Learn how to control vole pests the natural way, through preventive integrated pest management (IPM). Prevention saves money through natural pest control. Page 2.

Voles - Do It Yourself Pest Control
Discover do it yourself home pest control against a lawn and garden pest: the vole. Voles can be controlled through traps, repellents and poison baits. Page 3.

Vole Repellents
Vole control ideas and products are discussed here, including use of garden fencing and vole repellents. Meadow mice may also be trapped in Havaharts. Page 4.

Landscaping Videos: Easy Way to Learn About Plants
Use my landscaping videos for info on plants, hardscape and working smarter. My tutorials cover everything from types of wooden fences to mum care.