Landscaping Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Perennial Vines for Shade: 5 to Grow, 5 to Avoid
Learn about perennial vines for shade, including that rarity, a cold-hardy, flowering one that grows in shady areas. I also warn about invasive vines.

Landscaping With Dogs in Mind: Tips for Canine Owners
Landscaping with dogs in mind entails compromise on the part of their owners. For example, avoid extensive lawns that will only be stained by urine.

Landscaping Overviews
Landscaping photos can afford you an overview useful to your yard makeover. View the introductory material here before you give your yard a facelift.

Winter Jasmine Vines: What They Are, How to Grow Them
Winter jasmine vines (or shrubs) grow in zones 6-10. The yellow flowers measure just 1 inch across but are plenteous, giving northern growers a treat.

Historyof Irish Shamrocks and 4-Leaf Clovers
Seeking true Irish shamrocks? Various plants lay claim to that billing, but a look at their history will explain why four-leaf clovers don't qualify.

Four Leaf Clovers - the Good Luck Plants
Study the history of 4 leaf clovers from their days as Celtic charms. The awe invested in them comes from their use against malevolent spirits. Page 2.

How to Build a Stone Walkway in 14 Easy Steps
Learn how to build stone walkways in this tutorial geared to DIY'ers. I guide you through the 14 easy steps required and provide a supplies list.

Hinoki Cypress Trees: Growing Tips for Dwarf Types
Slender Hinoki cypress trees are semi-dwarfs, more compact than the species but not as short as Nana Gracilis, the true dwarf. Learn how to grow them.

Mountain Laurel Plants: How to Grow Them, Common Error
After telling you how to grow mountain laurel plants, I distinguish between these shrubs and the

Densa Inkberry Holly a Tough, Versatile, Native Option
Densa inkberry holly is a versatile shrub that gives landscape designers flexibility. Loved by native plant enthusiasts, it tolerates a variety of conditions.

Fertilize the Hedge
Fertilize the hedge to encourage further growth, as the last part of the job. I fertilized mine with compost.

Supplies Used in Hedge Trimming
Supplies used in hedge trimming include shears, stakes and string. The stakes and string, once installed, will guide you in your hedge trimming.

Setting Up Guides for Trimming Hedges
Set up guides to trim hedges with precision. Stakes and strings are used to get straight lines when you prune a hedge.

Setting Up Guides for Shearing Hedges
Establish guides to prune hedges evenly. Two guides (an upper and lower string) should be sufficient when shearing hedges that are small.

How to Trim a Hedge - Trimming the Sides
I used my strings as guides in trimming the sides of my boxwood hedge. Trimming hedges is easy once your guides are in place.

Pruning Hedges
How do you get the string to fit properly between the stakes when pruning hedges? Prune off branches sticking way out, as you go, to make room for your string.

How to Get a Straight Line in Shearing Small Hedges
How do you get a straight line when shearing small hedges? The trick is to establish guidelines, as I show you in this tutorial, using pictures.

How to Trim a Hedge - Trimming the Top Portion
How do you trim the top of a hedge? I found it easiest to trim the top growth first on one side, then on the other side, as I explain here (photo).

How to Shear a Hedge - the Finishing Touches
It is easy to shear a hedge, if you start when they're young. I sheared a small one in this example, but the principles apply to larger ones, too.

Japanese Umbrella Pine Trees: Odd Relics From the Past
Japanese umbrella pine trees are not easy to grow. Find growing tips here in case you still wish to try, and learn their worthy features.

How to Get Rid of Wild Violets in the Lawn
Learn how to get rid of the wild violets in your lawn. These weeds are violas, making them relatives of such flowers as pansies and johnny-jump-ups.

Sky Pencil Holly: Narrow, Columnar Shrubs
Sky Pencil holly gives an option for small spaces. These narrow, columnar shrubs lend themselves to use near home foundations, especially at corners.

Pictures of Flowering Bulbs, Growing Information
The pictures of flowering bulbs in my articles will show you what they look like. And you'll find the information you need to grow them successfully.

Full-Sun Plants: Perennials for Dry, Sunny Areas
Full-sun plants are often perfect for rock gardens. Learn about some types of perennials for dry, sunny areas before you buy a plant for a hot spot.

Lenten Rose Plants: How to Grow Heavenly Hellebores
Lenten rose plants offer early-blooming flowers with long-lasting sepals and striking dark, shiny green leaves. Learn how to grow this hellebore here.

Shrubs That Grow in Shade: 10 Choices Offering Variety
Shrubs that grow in shade are a boon to folks who seek bushes to fill shady voids in the yard. My top 10 list is designed with variety in mind.

English Ivy Plants: Picture, Warning, Growing Tips
I discuss growing English ivy plants (picture) as a ground cover here. But my tips come with a warning: they have fallen out of favor, being invasive.

Virginia Creeper: Tips for Killing a Poisonous Vine
Learn about killing Virginia creeper if you don't want it on your land. Also discover the pros and cons of the vine, including whether it's poisonous.

Hardy Hibiscus Plants: How to Grow the "Dinner Plate"
Hardy hibiscus plants bear large flowers that give Northerners an option for a tropical feel. The blooms are much bigger than on rose of Sharon.

Yellow-Twig Dogwood Shrubs: Growing Tips
Yellow-twig dogwood shrubs (Cornus stolonifera) are valued for the golden color of their winter branches. Learn how to grow this red osier relative.

Shade Plants - Top 10 List
My list of the 10 plants that do best in the shade includes flowering dogwood trees and one each from all major categories of landscaping plants.

Yews - Trees and Shrubs That Are Shade Loving Plants
Learn about shade-loving plants, including yews. I include tree, shrubs (evergreen, deciduous), annual and perennial flowers, and rock garden choices. Page 2.

Periwinkle Flowers
Shade-tolerant and shade-loving plants are discussed here, including periwinkle flowers (Vinca minor). Use them as lawn-substitute ground covers. Page 3.

Live Animal Traps: Review of the Havahart
Havahart live animal traps are a humane alternative to other pest control measures. Do you Have a heart? Read my review and setting instructions.

Groundcovers - Learn What They Are and How to Use Them
Beginners should learn the meaning of the word,

How To Grow A Greener Lawn
Is the grass greener on the other side (your neighbor's)? These tips for growing green lawns will remedy that, putting nice grass within your reach.

Thatch Removal, Watering Lawns - Keys to Growing Grass
Growing grass successfully requires attention to watering lawns and lawn-thatch removal. They're related, since dethatching will ensure water gets to the roots. Page 2.

Lawn Weed Control and Fertilizers - a Happy Marriage?
The secret of having green grass lies in effective lawn weed control, fertilizers, and water. Add a proper mowing regimen and you are well on your way. Page 3.

Handling Grass Clippings and Determining Mowing Height
Do you know the proper mowing height for cutting lawns, or what to do with grass clippings and why? Also learn the advantage in using mulching mowers. Page 4.

Predictions of a "Groundhog Day" of Garden Destruction
Groundhog damage in your yard is as predictable as one of Bill Murray's days was in the movie. But you must learn woodchuck sign language.

Spring Lawn Care
If you neglect spring lawn care, you'll pay for it the rest of the year. Happily, it doesn't require nearly as much time as mowing does in summer.

Spring Lawn Care - Weed Prevention and Landscaping
Spring grass care is as much about weed prevention as it is about fostering healthy lawn growth. Not all lawn weeds are battled in the same manner. Page 2.

Get Ready for Lawn Mowing Season
How do you get ready for lawn mowing season? Besides proper spring grass care, you need to get your chief ally ready -- your lawn mower. Page 3.

How to Prune Hedges
Read these tips to learn how to prune hedges. Preparation is the key if you wish to sculpt your

Crabgrass - Pictures, Tips on How to Kill the Weed
What's the best way of killing crabgrass? Using preemergent herbicide is one way to get rid of this weed, but proper ID must come first (pictures).

What's the Difference Between Rhododendrons & Azaleas?
What's the difference between azaleas and rhododendrons? After revealing how they are different, I offer growing tips and discuss varieties.

What Is the Difference Between Azaleas & Rhododendrons?
What's the difference between azaleas and rhododendrons? In this intro I explain how the plants are related, despite the discrepancy in Linnaeus' taxonomy. Page 2.

Care for Azaleas - Pruning and Planting Tips
Read this intro to learn how to care for azalea and rhododendron plants. I give tips on planting these popular flowering shrubs, including pruning azaleas. Page 3.

Pruning Azaleas and Rhododendrons - Fertilizing Tips
Pruning azaleas and rhododendron bushes properly is key to their care. Two other aspects of proper care that I present here are fertilizing and mulching. Page 4.

How to Protect Your Yard From Dogs and Dog Damage
Preventing dogs from leaving or entering yards means using fences or repellents. To prevent dog damage or poisoning, learn about toxic plants, etc.

Dealing With a Muddy Mess Caused by Dogs in the Yard
Dogscaping can help you deal with muddy messes in the yard caused by dogs. There are, however, special considerations when treating areas under trees.

Perennial Flowers
Perennial flowers of all types reign supreme, though annuals provide supplemental bursts of color. Learn about the most popular types and how best to use them.

Holly Plants - Types Popular in Landscaping
Holly plants cover a range of sizes and uses. At one end of the spectrum is 'Helleri,' short enough to be a groundcover; while at the other, American holly achieves tree-height.

Evergreen Shrubs
Giving year-round interest and cover, evergreen shrubs make great privacy hedges. Needle-bearing and broadleaf kinds alike can be trimmed to precise shapes.

Trees for Fall Color: Best Choices
These fall-color trees set the landscape ablaze. Consult my pictures and descriptions before you make your choice at the nursery.

Cacti and Succulent Ground Covers
Cacti and succulent ground covers are perfect for rock gardens. These plants perform well in dry ground, which is often found in rock gardens.

Patio Decorating Ideas
Patio decorating ideas are limited only by the imagination (and perhaps the weather!). Some of the ideas I present can be afterthoughts, while others must be integrated into the construction.

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Christmas Scene Pictures
Let these Christmas scene pictures inspire you in decorating your own yard. My yuletide holiday photos include images of inflatables and banners.

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Route 66 From Start to Finish in Pictures
I photographed yards along historic Route 66 from start to finish. View my pictures for a glimpse of the landscaping styles practiced by Americans.

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Landscape Color Schemes
Need some ideas for landscape color schemes? Browse these photos showing colorful plant combinations in action!

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Pictures of Christmas Inflatables
View my pictures of Christmas inflatables to gain some idea of the selection available. You know your kids been clamoring for you to display one, right?

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Inflatable Christmas Decorations - Pictures to Aid Your Selection
Kids love inflatable Christmas decorations. I shot my pictures to give a sampling I saw in folks' yards; browse them to get an idea of what your kid may want.

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Outdoor Easter Decorations - Pictures to Inspire Ideas
Browse my pictures of outdoor Easter decorations to gain ideas for your own yard. These examples run the gamut from inflatables to flags, from wreaths to window boxes.

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Pictures of Pink Flowers
As my pictures of pink flowers show, blooms of this color share with red ones the latter's

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Plant Texture, Plant Form in Pictures
View examples of how plant texture and plant form are treated in landscape design. These pictures make the concepts easy for beginners to understand.

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Pictures of Lavender Flowers
Photo gallery of mauve, violet and lavender-colored flowers. View my pictures of mauve, violet and lavender flowers to aid you in plant selection.

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Pictures of Outdoor Christmas Lights
View these pictures of outdoor Christmas lights to gain ideas for decorating your own yard. My photo collection has something for everyone.

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Pictures of White Flowers
Use my pictures of white flowers to learn some of the types available. Blossoms of this color provide a neutral color in mixed plantings.

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Landscape Plant Pictures
Each entry in this gallery of landscape plant pictures is used as a thumbnail for the whole group. Click on any of the photos to access more information.

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Cute Christmas Pictures - Get Some Ideas for Decorations
Use these cute Christmas pictures to get some ideas for decorations. Displayed here are some of the most whimsical decorations I've noticed in people's yards.

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Funny Halloween Pictures for Decorating Ideas
Funny Halloween pictures can give you decorating ideas for your space outdoors. These photos show outdoor decorations that won't be too ghoulish for young children.

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Pictures of Evergreen Shrubs
Evergreen shrubs are best for privacy hedges, as they afford screening for all 12 months of the year. These pictures will help you with plant selection.

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Free Jack-o-Lantern Patterns
Use these free jack-o-lantern patterns for Halloween decor. With scissors and a paint brush, turn them into stencils; with an Exacto knife, they become templates.

Pictures of Deck Railings
These pictures of deck railings illustrate a few of the types available to homeowners. Use these photos to help you decide on a style that's right for you.

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Photos of Brick Patterns
My photos of brick patterns give examples to DIYers laying walkways, patios, etc. The basket weave, herringbone and running bond patterns are pictured here.

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Types of Wildflowers - Pictures for Identification
My pictures show a number of types of wildflowers. Viewing them can help you with identification for some of these wild plants.

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Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Need pumpkin carving ideas? These pictures offer free tips that will supply you with creative ideas for the Halloween season.

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Pictures of Yellow Flowers
Yellow flowers bring sunshine to a landscape, even on a cloudy day. Let the examples in these pictures give you ideas for your own planting beds.

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Halloween Pictures - From Fall Foliage to Frankenstein
See my Halloween pictures from New England for fall decorating ideas. You'll find fall foliage, outdoor decorations, and more for this fall holiday.

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Scary Halloween Pictures
Scary Halloween pictures can have more than just fright value. The images in my Halloween photo gallery will inspire ideas for unique fall yard displays.

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Pictures of Orange Flowers
Orange flowers bring cheer to a landscape, even on a rainy day. Consult my pictures of these bright blooms to help you in your plant selection.

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Ideas for Making Scarecrows
Need ideas for making scarecrows this fall? Browse my pictures for inspiration, including ideas for faces, heads, torsos, hats, clothing and support.

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Scarecrow Pictures
Scarecrow pictures can provide you with Halloween decorating ideas for your own yard. Don't use the same display every year; view my photos for fresh ideas.

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Landscape Design Photo Gallery - Ideas Through Pictures
Check my landscape design photo gallery for front-yard design ideas. Let these landscaping pictures inspire you in your DIY projects.

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Deck Pictures to Browse for Design Ideas
Browse these deck pictures for design ideas. The images are supplemented with links to information discussing their designs.

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Pictures of Cacti and Succulents
Cacti and succulents range from tiny plants best used in terrariums to monsters like saguaro. View my pictures (including of Agave) for examples.

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Scary Pumpkin Stencils
Scary pumpkin stencils can be applied to pumpkins as templates to create terrifying jack-o'-lanterns. My Halloween stencils are printable; trace and make use of them for your Halloween design needs.

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Pictures of Red Flowers
Red flowers can be used to make a yard look bigger. View my pictures to help with plant selection and expand your gardening repertoire with this vibrant color.

10 Common Mistakes in Home Landscape Design
Success in home landscape design is surely possible, as what DIYers lack in skills they make up for in persistence. But here are 10 common mistakes to avoid.

How and Why to Grow Candy Oh Roses in Your Landscape
Learn how to grow Candy Oh roses (AKA Vivid Red, Oso Happy). These bushes are a smart choice for non-green thumbs, being low-care and cold-hardy.

Common Ragweed, Hay-Fever Culprit: Weed Identification
Common ragweed and its giant cousin are a major cause of fall hay fever. Are you a victim? Use my pictures to identify the plants and get rid of them.

Canadian Hemlock Trees: Description, Growing Tips
Eastern or Canadian hemlock trees are long-lived evergreens. There are many cultivars, including more compact ones useful in privacy hedges.

Rose of Sharon Bush: Pruning and Growing Tips
Rose of Sharon bush is a deciduous flowering shrub, sometimes thought of as a small tree. Learn about pruning it and other growing tips here.

Annual Plants vs. Perennials and How to Use Them
What is an annual? In distinguishing between annual plants and perennials, it's all a matter of the life cycle; I explain the difference here.

How to Grow 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees
Emerald Green arborvitae trees are popular privacy screens. Learn how to grow this evergreen: zones, problems, sun/soil requirements, when to prune.

Japanese Yews and English Yew Bushes
English yew bushes are for foundation plants or in hedges, while a number of cultivars of Japanese yews exist and can serve similar functions.

Why Isn't My Wisteria Blooming?
Ever wonder why your wisteria isn't blooming? One of the frequent questions I receive, you can learn the answer here to the question, where I focus on pruning.

What Is Bluestone?
Would you like to learn some facts about bluestone pavers? I link here to an article that will tell you what you need to know.

Montauk Daisies: How to Grow a Late-Blooming Standout
Montauk daisies are late-bloomers (fall flowers) with shiny foliage. They tolerate deer, drought, and salt. Learn how to grow this exceptional plant.

Laying a Flagstone Patio: Instructions, Supply List
Laying flagstone patios in sand is easy, although the stone itself can be heavy. This DIY project is like building a puzzle; I show you how here.

10 Ways to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard
I'm often asked how to keep cats out of the yard. The answer is cat repellents (commercial or home-made) and understanding how feline pests think.

Pine Straw Mulch - Good Qualities Galore
Pine straw mulch is especially popular in the South. This type of landscaping mulch is sold in bales. Page 2.

Stone Mulch and Choosing Between Hay and Straw
Stone mulch offers durability, while hay and straw generally look better in gardens. Learn which one is most effective in landscaping with dogs. Page 3.

Review: Scarecrow Sprinkler Motion-Activated Repellent
Scarecrow Sprinklers are better than animal repellents you spread on the ground (which you'd have to reapply after rainstorms), as I say in my review.

Stargazer Lily Care and Growing Tips
Learn how to plant and care for Stargazer lilies, a popular Oriental type. Read my growing tips and enjoy the flowers of these exquisite bulb plants.

Sunburst Honey Locust Trees: Thornless and Podless
Learn about Sunburst honey locust trees which, like Shademaster, are classed as thornless, podless, and non-messy. This makes them good street trees.

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus - May Fortunei Smile Upon You!
Emerald Gaiety euonymus is aptly named: its bright color brings cheer. Find out how to grow it, how to use it, and what your other options are.

Trumpet Vines: Invasive or Aggressive, Fear the Spread
Trumpet vines are invasive or aggressive plants (learn the difference). But they have orange flowers that draw hummingbirds and climb trellises well.

Chinese Wisteria Plants and American Vines
My info on Chinese wisteria plants includes a comparison to equivalent American vines. The Asian plants are beautiful but slow to flower and invasive.

Vinca Minor Vines - Landscaping Profile
Vinca minor vines are a popular choice of plants for with dry-shade areas. Vinca minor vines bear a bluish flower in spring.

Hydrangea Shrubs - Learn About Some Popular Types
Hydrangea shrubs come in tree, bush and vine types. There are bigleaf (mophead flowers, lacecap flowers), smooth, panicle, climbing and oakleaf kinds.

Why Does My Crepe Myrtle Have Brown Leaves?
The reason for crepe myrtle shrubs having brown leaves depends on the time of year that this problem occurs. In this FAQ I discuss 2 possible reasons.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea Bushes: Pruning, Growing Tips
'Nikko Blue' hydrangea bushes are a type whose flower color depends on soil acidity. Learn how to grow and prune these shrubs, plus other choices.

Winterberry Holly Shrubs: Draw Songbirds, Add Color
The use of winterberry holly shrubs in yards enhances the winter landscape and entices songbirds, who eat the shrubs' bright red berries.

Clover - Harmful or Beneficial to Lawns?
Is clover beneficial to lawns or harmful? Outdoor living requires a carpet, and it may be time to rethink the idea that lawns must be made of grass. Page 3.

Clovers Lawns - Alternatives to Grass
Explore clover lawns as a grass alternative. The use of grass is being questioned through the prism of frugality, the environment and low maintenance. Page 4.

Mulch - What It Means, How It's Used in Landscaping
Landscaping beginners would do well to learn what mulch is as soon as possible. Besides defining it, I offer links to allow you to find out more about using it.

Common Names of Plants Listed - From O to P
If you need a list of the common names of plants to conduct your search alphabetically, use this database. Here you'll find entries beginning with O-P.

What Does "Deck Girder" Mean? What's a Header Board?
Discover the meanings of the terms

Red, White and Blue Flowers for July 4th Plantings
Many Americans seek red, white and blue flowers for fourth of July plantings. Read my tips on color combinations for a star-spangled landscape this July 4th.

Deadheading Plants: What It Means, Why It's Important


Tips for Removing Poison Ivy
Removing poison ivy from your yard is easier than remembering to avoid those

Getting Rid of Poison Ivy Vines
Consult these resources for getting rid of poison ivy vines and their relatives. Identification, eradication and treatment information is included.

Deer-Tolerant Plants for Rock Gardens
These deer-tolerant plants are suitable for rock gardens. Not only does Bambi tend not to eat them, but they also resist drought well.

Weed Control Without Chemicals
You can accomplish weed control without chemicals. These resources show readers how to suppress weeds and still have organic yards.

How to Get Rid of Moss in Lawns
How do you get rid of moss in a lawn? The real question is what makes it grow there in the first place. I reveal the causes here and give solutions.

Jacob's Ladder Plants: Flowers for Partial Shade
Jacob's ladder plants have fern-like leaves and grow in partial shade. Learn more about growing these flowers, plus the biblical origin of the name.

Zebra Grass: Care, Uses, and Requirements
Zebra grass is the common name for Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus.' It's a striped ornamental grass with variegated leaves and a pretty flower head.

Japanese Honeysuckle Vines, Non-Invasive Alternatives
Learn about Japanese honeysuckle vine: why some gardeners love it and why others hate it. Also discover some non-invasive alternatives to grow.

Red Twig Dogwood Shrubs: Care and Growing Tips
Red twig dogwood shrubs are so named for the color of their bark in winter. But these stunning bushes offer much more than just colorful winter bark.