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6 Ways to Help Your Dog and Landscape Play Nicely Together
Keep your prized plantings intact and your dog happy too, with this wisdom from an expert gardener and dog guardian
"structures. We mulched the runs with wood mulch (which keeps the mud from splashing on the... shell-mulch.aspx O-K...where can you buy a used fire hydrant? Shock collars keep... can also buy a pee stick vs. getting a fire hydrant which is scented to attract curious... cocoa mulch? I have a client who just spread this everywhere for his very large... Cocoa mulch is poisonous to dogs so it should never be used around them. Daniel -..."
15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard
End the turf war for good with hardscaping, native grasses and ground covers that save water and are easier to maintain
"Maybe mulching your garden beds with either a medium shred mulch or pea gravel (leaving... can also mulch it with wood (shredded or bark, just not cypress) mulch--next year, spade... about mulch! I know not all mulch is created equal, and some kinds feed the soil... hardwood mulch from a nearby source and avoid Cypress [it is cheaper but not a sound... wanted to mulch with the tree trimmer guys shredded stuff. But I can't find ONE tree..."
Houzz Call: Are You Letting Go of Your Lawn?
Many facing a drought are swapping turf for less thirsty plantings. If you’re one of them, we’d like to hear about it
"over the mulched garden. After a few years our garden now makes sufficient mulch that... back is mulched. I get a truck load of free mulch ever year or so from a tree cutting... ecstatic to buy a home on a small cliff side lot with no lawn what so ever. Sold the riding... Then mulch everything else. couldnt be easier or cheaper. Crickmaster, love the... covered with mulch, but have two wonderful storage sheds updated and letting natural trees..."
The Case for Losing the Traditional Lawn
"collect or buy seeds. I can't make my lawn smaller because my dog need space, high or... wood chip mulch, which helps conserve water and keeps the weeds out. I like the idea... have a mulching mower and have never put grass clippings out for trash pickup. In... Why buy bagged stuff when you have the basic ingredients? I've noticed that bagged... topsoil, mulch, etc. typically has weed seeds, so why pay for more problems? Going..."
10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers
Get glorious veggies and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix
"variety. Mulch to keep the soil surface cooler, and hold in more water, a good organic... pain to buy four or five different things and mix them together in volume. After... to just buy a bagged mix and tweak the drainage. I usually do 50-80 large pots a year... cheaper to buy in bulk, and mix my own. And I get a much better potting soil than you... you can buy at big box stores. I also grow organically, so I mix all the organic..."
Pet-Proofing Your Home: A Room-by-Room Guide
Not all pet dangers are obvious. Keep furry friends safe and sound by handling all of these potential hazards
"wonderful mulch and are much better for the soil and plants than a heavy mulch. I've... it all mulch or just the cocoa mulch? Trilliums Landscaping a comment about the cats... pieces of MULCH. There was bacteria on it and diseased his intestines and bowels. I've... piece of mulch from my yard, and will never use it again, since it's the bacteria is... bacteria in mulch. Plus one of my colleagues was very ill and spent months in hospital..."
5 Ways to Naturally Win the Weed War
"growth...mulch, mulch, mulch around your plants! Mulch helps to smother out weeds, suppress... rubber mulch doesn't attract bugs like wood mulch. Our 1/4 acre lot is almost weed... rubber mulch and Round Up in a $13 1 gallon sprayer. No back pain, kills the roots... cheaper than buying vinegar in bulk. Yikes! Excess salt in the soil is what caused Mesopotamian... straw mulch and plant right on top. Works great for that famous time money and energy..."
Get on a Composting Kick (Hello, Free Fertilizer!)
Quit shelling out for pricey substitutes that aren't even as good. Here's how to give your soil the best while lightening your trash load
"stay as mulch! I have 3 mulch bins where I fill one end, then turn it over into the... recycling mulch container. It doesn't take long before the white pieces turn color and... great for mulching, but I'd be careful using it for plants that can't tolerate the high-acid... here, buying a pH testing kit is the precise and inexpensive answer to this question... used as mulch won't create this problem. It's only when they're mixed into soil that..."
Summer Crops: How to Grow Tomatoes
"When you buy a tomato seedling, take it home and let it get some growth on it, about... http://buy-compost.com/ Patrick, this technique works better in you dig a deeper... ground. Mulched and caged. They have blooms from sitting on the back porch and I set... did you mulch with? I've read that plastic is the way to go with tomatoes but I'm looking... plastic mulches that increase ripening in cool-summer gardens, but unlike plastic mulches..."
7 Things to Do Before You Move Into a New House
Get life in a new house off to a great start with fresh paint and switch plates, new locks, a deep cleaning — and something on those windows
"always buy a new toilet seat. Wish we had removed the popcorn ceiling before we moved... do it. Buy new smoke detectors!!! Old ones wear out. We didn't realize all the detectors... I'm buying my first home today (so excited!!), and that's exactly what I'm going... after buying a home and may have to wait to do some of these things that require... love to buy a new cd/playlist to unpack to (which also means having speakers handy)..."
How to Replace Your Lawn With a Garden
New project for a new year: Lose the turfgrass for energy savings, wildlife friendliness and lower maintenance
"do for mulch. with mulch it is less often. Takes the same amount of water, for better... had to buy any plants for ages. As ground cover we have wood chippings from trees... cardboard/mulch but unfortunately my favorite neighbors don't. I've been planting as... cardboard with mulch in the paths, grass paths in a few places. I will gradually cover the... since we mulch all the beds, it doesn't require much work at all. And I've been careful..."
Great Design Plant: Retreat to the Shade of Hardy Catalpa
Big foliage and a towering height provide a shady respite in summer, but that's not all hardy catalpa offers dedicated gardeners
"friend who buys a house, I buy them a tree for a housewarming present and plant it for... buy them to start the catalpa worms in their own catalpa tree but most would buy... lucky to buy a house with a Catalpa in my Colorado backyard after years of coveting... and they mulch and the leaves are easy to rake because of their size although I will... them to mulch my gardens. The earthworms turn them into beautiful soil over the Winter..."
10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for Beginners
Green up your landscape even if you're short on time, money and knowledge, with these manageable steps for first-time gardeners
"purposes of mulch is to hold moisture, so get the mulch down before it gets too hot and... you can buy it fairly cheaply at a hardware store or a garden centre. Thank you very... Sheet mulch that lawn, pull out those ornamental and plant fruit trees, bushes, herbs... layer of mulch applied late spring every year. It gradually broke down and loosened... perennials you buy that are a couple of zones higher than yours can end up being very expensive..."
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
Encourage gorgeous blooms year after year with this time-tested advice on how to prune your rosebush in winter for health and shape
"And mulch, mulch, mulch! Dogmom5~ Dove is correct, try to gently tie the new... when you mulch to keep the mulch a 6 inches from the rose trunk. Thank you Booksareus... before buy a rose is to consider its hardiness. My husband says we may move to California... You can buy roses on line that are grown on their own roots. I think this is the best... adding mulch. It seems that's when most problems arise and the root stock produces..."
15 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Better
Does your community lack ... well, a sense of community? Here's how to strengthen that neighborly spirit
"Depot and mulch culture. Lets say this: I'd far rather live next door to a mulched beauty... suburban "mulch culture" or making your house look like the cover of a home depot ad... minus her mulch and her continual care and presence. That's for you, mnoswad. Last fall... criteria for buying a house people can impose, before it becomes impossible to find anything... person may buy when they have a lot in common with the neighbors, it's possible that in..."