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A Change to the Fence Design & a Trip to the Garden Center

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A change order needed to be made for the new fence (I decided to use 6×6 posts instead of 4×4), and it was mailed to the contractor. Then a road trip to New Albany, Ohio to visit a landscape nursery was on the agenda, to check out what plants they had in stock for the […]

A Large Shade Tree Gets Cut Down

This photo is looking upward showing the tree's two main leaders.

Last week I had to have a large shade tree cut down in the front yard. It was a pretty nice tree, and had become a familiar part of the yard, so it was sort of sad to see it go. Several ash trees in the neighborhood had become invaded by the emerald ash borer […]

English Ivy – Is It a Good Idea to Let It Grow on Trees

English ivy begins to climb this brick wall and a near by tree. As it grows, we think ivy maybe be a lot easier to maintain on a wall than on a tree.

Many homeowners love seeing English ivy (Hedera helix) growing on structures, such as over the arched entryway of a house or on a wall in the landscape. It really can create a classic look, but there is one ‘structure’ in your yard that you may not want ivy to grow on. When ivy uses a […]

Even a Side Yard Deserves an Eye-Catching Design

A number of years ago, the side yard looked like this. It was tidy, but really there was no design.

We are in the process of renovating our Mom’s two side yards. Right now, we are working on the side along the wall of the garage. It’s been a process, with removing old shrubs, and relocated/reusing others. Even though it’s been a lot of work, it is exciting to see the improvements that the renovation […]

Do You Really Want to Install That Tree as a Shrub?

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We have seen this plant installation a number of times, and it is unfortunate, because landscape plants aren’t cheap, and this tree’s enhancement to the yard could have been so effective in the right location. Some homeowners may take a liking to a certain landscape plant at the garden center and buy it without giving […]

Mums – Fall Flowers in the Colors of Summer

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Yes, it’s that ‘back to school’ time of year, almost the end of summer. I don’t know about you, but I don’t let go of summer so easily. Really, the weather is still great and there’s so much outdoor living to do yet.   I like summer so much that I like to use its […]

How to Cut a Hanging Basket Liner and Get a Perfect Fit

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Have you ever tried to get a hanging basket liner in a decorative hanging basket and can’t quite get it to fit? Here is a quick and easy way to get a nice smooth fit and create a beautiful hanging basket to enjoy all season. This summer I discovered a really simple solution for getting […]

Landscape Design for a Small Space

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Landscape beds can have a many functions, in addition to providing beautiful surroundings for an outdoor living space. By using vertical elements like an obelisk, it’s possible to create a small sense of privacy. This raised plant bed is in our Mom’s backyard. It had been built years ago, and over the years it seemed […]

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