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Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

In the past, hardscapes were traditionally utilitarian, a place to park the car or a pathway leading to the door, thus bringing a sense of order to the space. In today’s world, the attributes and the details of exterior landscaping are just as important as the interior spaces. Hardscaping can extend our living space to the outdoors effectively and beautifully. As a hardscaping contractor, Harmony Gardens Landscaping, considers the key elements that are required to create an attractive and functional outdoor living space. With so many houses looking virtually identical, the creation of an individualized

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Grubs in the Lawn

Grubs in the Lawn The grub is the larval stage of a variety of beetles: Japanese beetles, European chafer and June beetles are the three most common. Damage Identification: Grubs feed on grass roots thus causing your lawn to die. The key symptom of grub invasion is irregular dead patches which lift up quite easily if tugged on. These patches have had the roots severed off and thus there is nothing to anchor the sod or lawn in place. The lawn may also have patches that have been burrowed in or been turned over by

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Edible Gardening: The Tea Garden

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Edible Gardening: The Tea Garden In days gone by, tea was not just a beverage it was an event. Victorian tea or high tea was a time to pause, relax and enjoy a cup of tea, with little sandwiches and fancy desserts amongst friends. The tea was ceremoniously poured into fine china cups and sipped leisurely. The ambience, the visual delight, the aromas and delicate flavours were savoured and enjoyed as a simple pleasure. Things are different today and I am not suggesting we need to go back in time but we can include some

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Landscaping for quick real estate sale

curb appeal

Real Estate agents stress the importance of curb appeal when helping homeowners sell their house because a nicely landscaped and well maintained property makes a much better first impression for prospective buyers. It sets a positive tone before anyone sets foot in the house and leaves a positive lasting impression. Research has shown professional landscaping yields an average 109% return on the investment when a house is sold, significantly higher than other major home improvements such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Staging the yard and garden is just as important to improve the selling price

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Spring Cleanup

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Spring Cleanup A well planned spring cleanup will benefit your lawn and flowerbeds while ensuring a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole season. A spring cleanup which includes spring lawn care and spring flowerbed care is individualized and quite specific for what your yard needs. Contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping and arrange spring cleanup services. Now is also the time to contemplate and plan for summer landscaping projects. Spring Lawn Care: In April and May it is important to assess your lawn after the snow has receded and exposed your lawn. Assess if there are

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Edible Container Gardening in 8 Easy Steps

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Edible Container Gardening in Eight Easy Steps Nothing tastes quite as good as homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs picked fresh from your garden. Not everyone has the space and/or time for a big garden. An increasing number of people living in townhouses, condos, and apartments have discovered how to enjoy growing edibles in containers. First; Choosing the Plants: some tried and true vegetables suitable for containers include tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and so on. No matter what you decide to grow it is a good idea to look for varieties that include

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Edible Gardens

Edible Gardens

Edible Gardens Blend your fruits, vegetables and herbs with the flowers in your garden to create a potager. Potage: is French for soup. Potager: a garden where soup ingredients and then some are grown. It is a style that is presently enjoying a revival. A potager is a series of growing beds intersected by paths as space allows. There are two ways to grow food plants with aesthetics in mind. One is to add suitable edibles to existing flower beds such as parsley or red-leafed lettuce bordering perennials or roses, a patch of Swiss-chard or

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Fall Clean-ups

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Did you know a well-planned fall cleanup will benefit your lawns and flowerbeds? While most homeowners think of fall cleanup as leaf raking and disposal, there are numerous ways to give your grass and plants TLC in preparation for winter. These helpful hints can provide wildlife with shelter and food, weeds become easier to control, and plant diseases can be minimized.

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Q: Where is the P (phosphorus)?

phorphorous and gardens

The middle number on bags of lawn fertilizer seems to be disappearing. Why is that? Well, in addition to being one of the primary macro-nutrients needed to grow turf grass and most other plants, phosphorous (P) can be very harmful as a pollutant to surface waters. Phosphorous has very low downward mobility in soil and this low soil mobility can be further complicated by fine textured, heavy soils like clay (Richmond clay).

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Best Lawn Management Practices

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Right Product Use the correct fertilizer for your soil conditions. Your soil should be tested annually to determine what type of fertilizer nutrients are needed. Slow release nitrogen is preferable as an environmentally responsible choice Slow release nitrogen can be found in organic as well as synthetic fertilizers. Directions on the fertilizer bag should be followed to ensure the best results with that product for your lawn and the environment. Right Rate Use the right amount of fertilizer. Follow fertilizer rate recommendations. More is not always better. Too much fertilizer can result in burning and

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Gardening for Pollinators

bee gardens

What are pollinators? Pollinators are organisms that aid in the transfer of flower pollen to allow for the fertilization of plants which is essential to fruit and seed production. Some plants such as most grasses have very light pollen which is easily carried in the wind but most plants (80% of flowering plants) are dependent on pollinators to transfer their pollen.

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Top Dressing Lawns

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Top dressing is the process of applying compost, top dressing soil, garden soil, topsoil or composted top dressing pellets over the surface of your lawn. Top dressing is a way to restore balance to your lawn, build good soil and increase your soil flora. Good soil is living soil which contains billions of microorganisms.

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