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Before undertaking major landscape work, identify the plants already in your garden that you like and that can be reused in the new garden. It’ll save you having to go out and buy more plants than you need.
Dig up and store those … Read More
Early autumn (September)
Do the first mowing as lawns begin to regrow with warmer weather. Remove weeds and moss from damp areas. Naturalized bulbs will be flowering (don’t mow these areas).
Autumn (October to November)
Mow … Read More
Many professional landscapers use specialized computer software to help their clients visualize exactly how their new landscape will look – and to tweak the design until it is just right. You can get the same results by buying your own… Read More
The easiest way to organically propagate the crown-forming ferns, such as shield fern (Dryopteris) and ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), is by dividing the crowns in mid spring.
To begin, carefully dig up a clump of ferns with a … Read More
The first step to creating a garden that’s both easy to maintain and rewarding is to put some simple design ideas in place. Whether you’re starting with bare earth or an established garden, formulate a garden plan.
Identify your … Read More
To create a container pebble fountain, you can start off with a kit, which is available at most garden centers now, and consists of a plastic bucket with a lid and a wide collar. You will also need a pond pump and a decorative disguise for … Read More
Persistent weeds, such as ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria), couch grass (Elytrigia repens), stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and brambles (Rubus spp.), are often widespread under shrubs and trees. They become tangled up in the root … Read More
The leaves of most herbs should be harvested for drying before the flowers open, when the plants are in bud. Gather on a dry day—early in the morning, once the dew has dried, but before the day’s heat starts evaporating the … Read More
Whether you’ve got a small bare patch or half a lawn to reseed, it’s best to do it in the late
summer or fall, when cool temperatures will give the grass a good start.
1. Rake off any dead grass and debris.
Loosen the soil in the… Read More
Yard-maintenance companies will tell you that only their experts know how to mow a lawn beautifully every time. But with these expert mowing techniques recommended by Bill Klutho, gardening guru at the John Deere tractor company, you can … Read More
How do you care for your plants while you’re away from home? One common solution is to pay someone to water your indoor and outdoor container plants. But you can greatly reduce the need for watering by taking a few steps before you leave … Read More
I’ve grown just about everything in my suburban backyard garden, but I’ve always avoided asparagus because of its finicky reputation. Heavy feeder. Touchy about soil pH and temperature. Years waiting for the first crop. … Read More
Whether your garden is a cramped backyard plot or a huge area of land around a country house, there are always jobs to be done when the weather starts to get warmer. Read on to find out how to clear out weeds, loosen the soil in beds, and… Read More
Now is the time to cut back fading stalks, leaves and weeds and to clean up the garden before winter.
Removing debris reduces the likelihood of future problems. Spent foliage, left to flop over or fall off on its own, and decomposing … Read More
Want a lush lawn come spring? Give it some TLC before the first frost.
Clean it up. The first of its kind, the Ames True Temper’s Clog Free Rake uses a wave design to prevent leaves from sticking to the tines — and you from constantly … Read More