Five Vegetables for your Front Yard

2017-08-16T09:47:30+00:00 By |Edible, Plants|

I’m all about breaking barriers between the vegetable garden and the landscape.  With these suggestions, you can start this transition too.  And your neighbors will be impressed.

1- Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Spring asparagus shoots are attractive and delicious

Asparagus foliage is beautiful in midsummer

This herbaceous perennial forms a great textured backdrop to your ornamental beds.  The tender shoots arrive in spring, but be sure […]

Quick Hacks for Easy Landscaping

2017-08-07T14:27:23+00:00 By |Design, How To|

You know what I love?  

I love to see the wind blowing through the trees.  

I love to feel soft grass under my feet.  

I love to breathe the fresh air.  

I love to hear the birds chirping and the insects chattering.

 

You know what I don’t love?  

Cutting the grass.  Every. Week.

Pulling weeds.

Keeping plants trimmed.

Edging […]

The Twice a Year Garden

2017-08-02T10:31:38+00:00 By |Design, How To|

What if you had a garden that only needed maintenance twice a year?  And it actually looked good?

Whoa… does that really exist?  Of course!  I wouldn’t make up something like that!

Okay this is actually something you can do

and it is easy if you do it right

and it can look really good

and it does only need 2/365-ths of […]

The Top 3 Reasons your Tree is Dying

2017-07-26T13:37:20+00:00 By |Plants|

When it comes to growing trees, you would think it’s so simple.  You plant it in the ground, give it some water, give it some more water, let it grow, then enjoy.  Right???  So why does your beautiful tree have disease problems?  Why is your tree dying?

Let’s get out our detective hat and figure out what’s going on with your tree!

Reason # 1: Planting too deep

The absolute most common […]

Sustainability: A No-brainer for your Landscape

2017-07-26T10:13:47+00:00 By |Environment|

Let’s do a test.  I want you to read the next few phrases and notice your reaction.

Global warming.

Save the trees.

Mother Earth.

Sustainability.

Is your head ready to explode?  

Well you’re not alone.  A lot of people get turned off by the polarization that occurs with issues regarding the care of our planet.

Regardless of your feelings regarding such issues, there should be […]

Get Your Free Water Supply Now!

2017-07-26T15:00:16+00:00 By |Design|

 Here’s how you get your free water: install a rainwater harvesting system!

I know, you’re thinking it’s easy for me to say.  Heck, where I’m from in Ohio, we get 42” of rain each year!  Of course a rain barrel or rain tank makes sense.  But you might live in the southwest US.  There’s not enough rain to make it worth it.

Ha! Gotcha good!  No matter where you live, especially in dry regions, rainwater harvesting systems […]

Five Shrubs That Look as Good as They Taste

2017-06-14T13:20:14+00:00 By |Design, Edible, Uncategorized|

Five Shrubs That Look as Good as They Taste

The word ‘shrub’ is rather interesting.  It kinda reminds me of other words ending in ‘b,’ like glib, drab, blob, flab.  Fairly plain on its own, the word seems to slough its way across the lips and falter to the floor as it leaves the mouth.

Despite any odd word physics, shrubs themselves can be very plain, unassuming plants while others bring amazing beauty to a landscape.  Here […]

Is Your Yard on Crack?

2017-06-14T13:24:17+00:00 By |Uncategorized|

An 8-step program to kick the habit!

 

Have you noticed it?  You wake up one morning and find the cash in your wallet missing.  Then you get a call from the lawn guy.

“I need to come by and give you one more treatment.  I noticed a few grub spots that we should take care of now before it gets worse”

I thought he did that last fall, you think to yourself.

“Well you know, these things are normal.  […]

5 Trees That Look So Good You’ll Eat Them

2017-06-14T13:25:01+00:00 By |Design, Edible, Plants|

Edible Attractive Trees for Your Landscape

Man, I love me some pie.  That’s right.  Apple pie, banana pie, cherry pie, lemon merengue pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, you name it.

 

Yeah, so what gives?

As it turns out, most pies are made from some edible plant.  And most of them come from a tree fruit.

 

Who doesn’t love edibles?  Go to a supermarket and look for the space that seems most ‘alive.’  Odds are, you’ll end up in the […]

Bring Back that Wild Space!

2017-06-14T13:25:28+00:00 By |Design, Inspiration|

Add a wild space to your landscape, and learn how to murder your lawn

Back when I was a kid, I used to go to ‘Nature Camp’ at the local park every summer.  I would come home every day with some creation, be it a bowl made from creek clay or some woodland creature made from bark and leaves.  There, we also would get covered in burrs traipsing around the wild meadow trying to catch butterflies […]