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Some Good Gardening Advice to Make the Most of Your Garden

Architecturally, today's house is much more a part of the outdoors than was yesterday's. Large picture windows, glass walls, glassed-in sun porches and terraces all combine to make the garden a part of the house.

Consequently, the view becomes that much more important. A beautiful garden, a luxuriant turf and healthy blossoming trees all add as much to the interior of your home as your draperies or wallpaper.

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The effort and time you spend on your lawns and gardens will repay you in every way, indoors as well as out. When you buy a new house or decide to improve your old one, you are, of course, concerned with every foot of ground that goes with it, for modern living and modern gardening can make every inch of your property usable and desirable.

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Planning On Setting up a Bird Feeding Station In Your Garden?

If you really appreciate how beautiful birds are and would like to look at them up close in nature, you need to learn the techniques that birdwatchers use – making themselves unobtrusive as they get close to watch them.

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If you don't have that kind of patience, there's a great alternative - turn your garden into a bird feeding paradise. They will come into your garden, get use to humans and you'll be right there to watch them.

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Natural native landscaping is the only way to go if you want an interesting garden

About 50 years ago, to say that something was "natural" was kind of bad. After centuries of living with the natural, people were excited about having a say.

Native Landscaping

If for instance, your garden was full of exotic plants from Japan and Korea and if you had to apply all kinds of pesticides and fertilizers to keep them alive, that's when you felt good about it.

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Try Xeriscape Landscaping. It can be just as beautiful as a regular garden If you live in a part of the country that has desert-like landscapes and where the local government comes in and confiscates your hose if they catch you watering your lawn every drought-hit summer, you could say that xeriscape landscaping was for you. People tend to think that xeriscape landscaping is all about decorating your garden in a depressing fashion with rock, gravel and cactus. Certainly, that's one way to go about it but this isn't the way it was intended. Xeriscape landscaping is just a fancy term for the art of landscaping an area in a drought-resistant way. While cactuses can certainly be a part of that, there's no reason to limit yourself to them. You'll find you don't have to landscape your garden in a way that you attract nothing but lizards and iguanas. Look around at all the choices available to you in drought-resistant plants and you'll find that they can be every bit as beautiful and colorful as a regular garden, as well as attract butterflies and birds the same as any garden in a more water-rich area. To start your xeriscaping, choose a part of your land that gets a lot of sunshine every day. If you live in a hot and desert-like region, it might seem intuitive to think that your plants need to be protected from the hot sun. That's not how these plants work though. Drought-resistant plants need a good, healthy dose of sunshine every day. You also need to be aware of how drought-resistant plants can't take too much water. In other words, you need to make sure that the area you've chosen to start your garden in has good drainage. You don't want the water to stand either at the surface or below. To make sure that the area has good drainage, you need to dig a couple of feet below the topsoil to see that there isn't any hard rock. Some desert-like regions have this – a sheet of rock or calcium carbonate all over the place. If you see something like this, you'll need to break it up. Now that you have chosen a good spot, it's time to actually prepare the soil and to plant. Since your plants have to make do with very little water, try to compensate by giving them good, nutrient rich soil. Seed the whole area with a rich mulch and compost. Mulch is great because it holds moisture and it'll be great when it's really dry and your mulch holds water like a kind of sponge. You can choose from among all kinds of great drought-resistant plants. If you're looking for flowering plants, try the canyon sage, the purple coneflower or the rose cancan. The canyon sage puts forth brilliant blue flowers twice a year. The rose campion is a beautiful magenta. Once the plants you've chosen are actually in the ground, water them very well for the first [...]

Create a fabulous, low maintenance garden display with ground cover plants! Some gardeners enjoy spending every spare moment tending their gardens, but these are probably in the minority – while we all want a lovely garden, our busy schedules often don't allow us the luxury of spending hours each day maintaining, watering, weeding and pruning to keep up that lovely view. In addition, providing our gardens with adequate water can be an issue during droughts. If you're getting older and have physical limitations, such as arthritis, all that bending and kneeling may prevent you from indulging in your favorite activity to the extent you'd like. So, is there a solution? Can you "have your cake and eat it" too? Yes indeed. More and more gardeners are turning to ground cover plants as a practical way to enjoy a beautiful, colorful garden that doesn't require lots of time to maintain. Here, we've got some landscaping tips you'll find tempting. Your choices in ground cover plants number in the thousands, available in almost every color of the rainbow, in a vast array of textures and heights, with which you can create a varied landscape of which you can be proud, while conserving water and your valuable time. Low, ground-hugging plants which will withstand foot traffic are ideal for use in high traffic areas, such as pathways. For example, creeping thyme, catnip and sweet woodruff make excellent ground cover plants between stepping stones, which comes with the bonus of releasing a lovely fragrance when stepped on. These plants also spread quickly and do double duty in keeping the weeds down. Need more convincing of their value in your garden? Their dense habit also keeps your watering chores – and water bill – in line. To make the most of the low-maintenance aspect, the fact that many are perennial makes landscaping with ground cover plants even more inviting. Interplanting with bulbs adds yet another festive seasonal note to your garden display. When the bulbs are spent, they virtually disappear until next year, leaving your landscape with a changing display that remains attractive throughout the year, with very little effort on your part. These versatile plants can be used to cover large swaths of ground, and are especially attractive when planted in interlocking patterns of different colors, textures and heights. With careful planning, you can have an ever-changing, attractive display that sees you through all of the seasons, again, with but little effort on your part. So where do you begin your design? A good book on ground cover plants and a trip to your nursery is the place to start. Choose plants that are hardy in your growing zone. Mapping out your garden on paper or with computer software allows you to get a sneak preview of color and height combinations before you ever purchase a plant. The key to an effective ground cover planting is all in the planning. Once you start planting, you're on the road to a low maintenance, lovely garden [...]