Category Landscaping

Pros and Cons of Wheelbarrows and Garden Carts
Landscaping

Pros and Cons of Wheelbarrows and Garden Carts

Summary: A garden cart or wheelbarrow is a workhorse garden tool which many gardeners, DIY landscapers and homeowners “love” as a back and time saver for their work outdoors. Take the time to choose wisely and select the one best suited for your needs.Question: My husband needs a wheelbarrow or some type of rolling garden cart for work around the house (he’s always outside), plus it would make the perfect “Father’s Day” gift.

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How To Make Citronella Candles And Send Mosquitoes Packing

Many homeowners like to incorporate citronella candles outdoors when they entertain as a natural mosquito repellent.The candles use pure citronella oil and other essential oils to create a natural solution for repelling mosquitoes.We’ve shared a post on plants used to repel mosquitoes. And one of the most popular plants used in many commercial products to control mosquitoes is the lemongrass, citronella grass or citronella plant (cymbopogon nardus).
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How To Build A Railroad Tie Retaining Wall

Take some railroad ties, rebar and gravel, and you have all the materials for building a simple retaining tie wall, like the guys at Such and Such Farms did.Fortunately for everyone, they also documented all the major steps on how to build a retaining wall with railroad ties, complete with some great pictures.
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Cestrum Plant: Tips For Growing And Propagating Orange Zest Cestrum

Cestrum is a genus of plants containing over 200 species, with most varieties producing clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers.Pronounced SES-trum , Cestrum plants are native to warm and tropical regions of North and South America, particularly Florida and parts of Texas.When shopping nurseries for plants within this genus, the young plants may include the common name hammer bush, due to the bushy growth.
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Dwarf Mock Orange Care: Learn Tips On Growing Pittosporum Tobira

Native to Asia, especially in Japan, China, and Korea, Pittosporum tobira pit-oh-SPOR-um TOH-bir-uh is a dense mounding evergreen shrub belonging to the Pittosporum family (Pittosporaceae).Despite its nativity to Asian countries, it has been naturalized in many other areas.It is used around the world as an ornamental plant for landscaping and in floriculture or flower farming for their inflorescences fragrant flowers.
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10 Great Plants That Beat The Summer Heat

We long for spring to show us her flowers and before we know it, the hot summer arrives. The great news is that there are heat-loving, hardy plants that can thrive in the heat of summer months.Give them a good thorough watering once a week to enjoy their flowers all summer long. Check out these 10 great summer bloomers below:Mealycup Sage – Salvia farinaceaSalvia plants and flowers are native to the southern New Mexico, Mexico, and Texas region and bloom densely packed flowers.
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Garden Bridges: A Footbridge Adds A Little Special Extra To The Landscape

If you have the room in your backyard, why not build a wooden garden bridge? A small footbridge is the perfect way to add a little something extra special to your landscape. There are so many ways to incorporate a bridge in your backyard and it will not take a whole lot of time to do.Add A Pond And Foot Bridge To Your GardenBuilding a pond in your backyard is a great idea to get everyone’s attention and to also create a peaceful place for you to relax in.
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16 Home Remedies: How To Get Rid Of Poison Ivy Rash

When you have been in contact with poison ivy, oak, sumac or any plant containing the toxic, urushiol oil, you are sure to suffer the consequences. Typically, these consist of itchy skin and red rash followed by poison ivy blisters.In this article, we will share advice to help you avoid contact with plants containing urushiol oil.
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50+ Blue Plants for the Landscape Garden

The color “blue” is one of those colors in the plant world people search for and want more of like orchid Vanda coerulea known as the “blue” Vanda.I will admit the color “blue” in plants is wide open for interpretation. If you want to add the blue to your garden scheme it’s nice to have a starting point.
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9 Common Poisonous Plants You May Grow

“Poisonous plants – can you tell me which ones are?” That is a question I get all the time. Very often the email is asking for a list of poisonous plants for cats.Most of the time our focus is on plants to provide color where it looks best – indoors or in the landscape. When we buy, plant or grow a plant we seldom think of the plant being some type of possible health hazard – beauty, color, form, function are what our focus is on.
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Top 10 Small Space Trees For Homes

Trees do not need to be large towering specimens covering a yard. There are many trees which are beautiful but need the right location.Planting the wrong tree can lead to many problems over the years. From the mess they can produce, fruit that stains, root systems that can get into sewer lines and root systems that can destroy concrete walkways.
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Painting A Concrete Patio With Spectacular Results

Not everyone has the coin to put down pavers on their patio. Sometimes painted concrete will do just fine to dress things up.Over at the thehandmadehome.net blog, Jamin and Ashley show how they “upgraded” their patio floor (a concrete slab) under the pergola with pressure washing and paint.They didn’t just pull out some rollers and slap paint on.
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How To Plant a Mailbox Garden – Video

A garden planted around your mailbox can boosts your home’s curb appeal.A mailbox garden takes little time to plant and requires little more than a shovel, garden soil, mulch and a few of your favorite plants and flowers.In this short video, the folks at Mississippi State Extension will show you how to create your own garden to make getting the bills a little more attractive.
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DIY: Make Concrete Landscape Edging Step By Step

Landscape edging or curbing can put the finishing touch on a landscape project. Concrete makes it very permanent.It’s possible to make your own concrete landscape edging.In the video below they share how they made theirs, complete with images of the step by step process.JOIN Our FREE Plant Care NewsletterBy entering your email address you agree to receive a daily email newsletter from Plant Care Today.
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Garden Steps: Pathways In Landscape Garden Design

Garden steps play an important role in the design of a landscape. Just like plants and flowers they can be the connective glue to pull everything together. They need to be properly designed, safe and comfortable to use, lit up at night and not a safety hazard.When building garden steps it’s important they are properly designed, safe and comfortable to use.
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10 Sun Loving Plants: How Many Do You Grow?

When I hear the word “early summer”, my thoughts go right to lots of sun and high temperatures.Trouble is not all plants are “sun-loving plants” and like full sun and heat. Heck when temps start hitting the 90’s we’re all looking for shade plants.However, sun loving plants offer a stunning range of expressive blooms in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and hues.
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Make A Cool Looking Penny Ball Sphere For The Garden

A few weeks ago we shared a post on making garden spheres which many readers enjoyed.Here is a project at House of Hawthornes on: Garden Sphere Using Pennies ..and a bowling ball. When the pennies are shiny they create a whole new look.Jackie on Facebook said – “Mine took 400 pennies and a ball from Good Will.
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Dan’s Amazing Hanging Baskets At Sea World Orlando

One of the things I enjoy at theme parks is the hanging baskets. They are simply amazing! Full of color, design ideas and enormous in size, growing in full sun or shade.On a visit to Sea World Orlando recently to celebrate our grandson’s birthday, I was able to check out the hanging baskets. While walking to one of the shows, I viewed some really great looking basket combinations.
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