How to Create Your Own Residential Landscape Design

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Growing up in Brisbane I was held responsible for keeping the grass cut.  It seemed that every single weekend throughout the spring and summer months I spent a few hours outside getting hot and sticky mowing that lawn.  It didn’t have to rain.  Back there we couldn’t keep the grass from growing!  In fact, many of us (particularly those of us who spent our free time mowing ) would have spent our own money to kill every blade of grass we saw and never deal with it again.

When I moved out west to the sun and DRY it came as a total shock to see people intentionally watering their yards.  I mean, people actually WANTED their grass to live?  Clearly these desert dwellers had no real concept of mowing, or so I assumed. I understood so well, in fact, that I became one of those crazy people standing in the yard watering her grass!

Unfortunately, having to water the grass and knowing HOW and WHEN to water it completely separate issues.  Yes, for those who live in wetter climates where mother nature tends to the lawn, there are rules that we drier-climate folks should follow.  These rules not only help conserve our precious natural resources (water) but they also help ensure that our lawns get the proper amount to drink when it is most needed.

Without further ado, here are the rules:

Our experts Tree Lopping Caloundra suggested that watering should only be done first thing in the morning. “First thing” means before the sun starts heating us up.  By watering early, you not only give the grass a healthy drink to help it survive the day in the heat; you also provide less opportunity for the water to evaporate as a result of the heat.

If you’re thinking of watering at night to be tricky, don’t. Watering at night is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The absence of the sun means the grass is more likely to sit in wet soil overnight, providing plenty of opportunity for various fungus and molds to develop.

Watering should only penetrate roughly 1 inch into the ground. Anything more than that is a waste. Grass has very shallow roots and therefore can’t access any resources below the 1 inch mark. Slow, light watering is most effective. Avoid using such a heavy flow that the water actually runs off into unwanted places, i.e. the driveway or the street.

Grass does NOT need to be watered daily. Typically every second or third day will suffice.  Here’s how to test whether or not your lawn needs a drink:  walk across the grass with your shoes on.  If you can see where your footprints are, your grass is thirsty and you should water appropriately.

That’s it!  All you really need to know about watering the lawn.  Pretty simple, eh?

Flagstone For Your Landscape

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Flagstone can be used to create appealing, yet practical patios, magnificent fountains, unique pool environments and interesting paths. Steps created in flag stone offer an enchanting way to enhance the entrance of your home, gazebo, pool house, or a raised garden. Flag stone, with its varied shapes and sizes, can turn pretty much any outdoor surface into a canvas for the creative arrangement of this flat, but personality filled rock.

Because the varied shapes of flag stone offer the opportunity to create curving walk ways and paths, and because of its strength, use the flag stone to accent a large backyard. Do this by weaving a flag stone formation through dense trees areas, gardens, or even around the perimeter of a yard to set it apart from the other in the area. Since they can be easily placed upon any existing concrete, installation can be a smooth process, changing the entire look of a yard with one simple upgrade.

How simple? First, make a plan – draft out a general design on a piece of paper. You can’t get specific because the flagstone will act as a jig saw puzzle. You’ll place each piece into the overall pattern as it best fits. Flag stone is easier to handle than the larger, bulkier types of rock, so as long as you give yourself plenty of time and do your work when the sun is low, the labor end of the job won’t seem all that back breaking. You can get pattern ideas from do-it-yourself-magazines or create something completely original.

Then, all you have to do is prepare the area you will be placing the flag stone in, and fill it with three inches of compacted, crushed gravel. Over the gravel, spread 1 ½ inches of sand and then cover. You are now ready to install flag stone, manipulating the sand and the flag stone as you design your surface so the final product is level.

As for landscaping the areas around flag stone, tall designer grasses and wispy perennials create a natural, earthy look. Roses and similar types of flowers planted in defined, organized rows lend a stately, elegant look to the yard. When used as an element in a rock garden, flag stone is best enhanced with flowers like lavender, primrose, and columbine, with boxwood, firethorn, or Oregon grape shrubbery. Moss can cleverly be added in arrangement that make your flag stone formation seem as though it has always been a part of the land around it.

Creating a Great Cut Flower Garden

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Florists will not be needed once one has created a great cut flower garden. A cut flower garden will allow one to grow fresh beautiful bouquets many times over a course of a year, and a lifetime. Cut flower gardens can be everything you want them to and more, or they can come short if not cultivated properly. This article looks at how to keep your cut flower garden looking the best it possibly can.

Choose a design for a cut flower garden that meets your needs. Typically regardless of specific need cut flower gardens should have a path adjacent to Cut Flower Gardenthe flower beds that will allow for one to stand while cutting flowers. Also the design of the cut flower garden should offer the flowers natural sunlight, with some protection of flower killing elements like snow, and wind. You want to create a natural barrier that will keep the cut garden out of harms way. Some of the best barriers include rocks, fences, and shrubs. The more you keep out of your garden the more you can get out of it in the end.

Imagine your bouquets and what they will look like for your cut flower garden. Create your garden based upon your vision of use for the cut flower garden. If you are one that sees many a roses growing from the ground, you should make adjustments for that. If you on the other hand like the idea of tulips or sunflowers growing, you might make your garden smaller to accommodate such a need. Always think in terms of expansion of your garden.

Chances are if you plant and grow your cut flower garden for a few seasons, you’ll want to do it again bigger and better the next time. Always give yourself enough room to expand, so you are not limited in your space. Make sure you also make each row wide enough for any large plants or flowers you plan on growing in the garden.

Plant your flowers together for an even growth time table. By planting all your flower seeds in their beds at the same time in the cut flower garden, you will have similar times of growth. This will allow cut flower garden owners to pick entire bouquets when the flowers bloom together. You can also plant flowers for each season together. If Christmas is coming up, plant some red and green Christmas flowers. If Easter is on the way, feel free to plant some Easter lilies. You can also plant larger flowers in your cut flower garden alone to allow maximum room for growth. Make your cut flower garden shine by picking out what is going to be planted in advance.

Choose plants to cut that have long shelf lives. Such plants that will last a long time in a vase in a home, like lilies or snapdragons. By selecting such plants the owners will reap longer term benefits from each flower they cut. In the end your sweetheart will love you for being so selective about your cut flower garden choices.

Landscaping Flowers and Plants

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Creating a beautiful yard with landscaping flowers and plants can be a daunting task. There are many natural elements that will be out of your control by doing such a thing. Much of the time you will only be able to structure your garden when you are not at work, or on the weekends. Below are a few tips to help you when landscaping your flowers, and plants.

Pick a good location for a flower garden, or a planter’s patch, or even just a place for grass. Location is key because if you are not careful your dream can turn into a muddy mess. Choose a landscaping location that is not usually traveled by human feet. Preferably choose a landscaping location that is fenced in, so the general public won’t stomp on your hard work. Always look out for busy spots on your yard. These spots are the tracking spots where feet most often go. Typical busy spots include yard near driveways, walkways, and where the pet stays. You can locate the busy spots and make a note not to plant a garden or flowers near there for fear of ruining it. Also you can locate areas that usually no one walks around, these are the best for your landscaping flowers and plants.

Take time to get the right soil for your landscaping project. Landscaping flowers and plants grow better in certain types of soil than in other types of soils. Be sure to do your research and cater your soil choice to the type of plants and flowers you are planning on landscaping. Also look at a weather almanac and determine how much rain you are expected to get this coming year. Some plants need more water than others, so for those with busy days this could cause a problem. By finding out the approximate amount of rain you are to get in a year you can figure out which plants to purchase and plant. Also you can use general information like humidity levels to determine if a dry spell will occur. Like anything else, landscaping plants and flowers are an investment, and you don’t want to waste your money on something that won’t create a healthy return for your investment.

Go for variety in your landscaping flowers and plant choices, so you create a diverse plant and flower kingdom. Don’t be afraid to mix things up, it’s okay to plant a tomato plant, and a sunflower side by side. You want your garden to express you, and your landscaping choices can help this come to life. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Enjoy the process and plan out in advance what you want the theme of your garden to be.

Be sure to tend to your landscaping flowers and plants daily for optimal results. If you are constantly on the go, headed to work, and running errands make it a morning and night routine. Just splashing some water over the plants, with a pinch of miracle grow can help tremendously.