Have an ash tree? Act fast to beat back the beetles who seek to destroy it. A little beetle is causing a big problem in North America where ash trees are prevalent. Government officials are working hard to fight off the the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the billions of dollars of damage the species is poised to unleash on the landscape. Identify your ash trees, watch for signs of infestation throughout the year, and treat the trees preventatively this spring.
This winter weather can give us a case of cabin fever. If going out isn’t in the cards, bust that boredom by bringing a bit of the outdoors in and starting some seeds inside.
Starting up plants from seeds is the least expensive method for populating your garden. It’s also a fun longer-term project for kids that teaches patience and careful attention to detail. Watching seeds grow is fun, and for that you can choose any seed; put it in a pot of soil and see what comes up. However, plants for the garden may take more planning.
The winter holidays may be fast approaching, but we can give thanks for the harvest season with these fall decor ideas.
Between the frightening fun of Halloween and the cozy, candied Christmas seasons, it’s easy to lose the best season of the year: Autumn. Thanksgiving is the culmination of the fall season where we celebrate all those small strokes of luck and big blessings that we’ve been fortunate to receive. All too often this decor gets lost between October holidays and the New Year’s Eve parties. Let’s bring back a bit of fall to the fireplace area and tabletops.
There are many elements to interior design. Color, light, lines, shapes (forms) and texture are all applied principles of design that are immediately noticeable in a room. These principles also apply when building and decorating exterior rooms. One design element that is often overlooked on the patio is texture.
Give guests a starting point for their exploration of your hardscape and garden. Gardens can tend to be pieced together bit by bit. One year a raised bed may be the new project, the next year vegetable stakes line the back fence. A year-by-year approach is a great way to add on to your landscape and patio, but a few elements can help the space feel more cohesive.
After your patio has been meticulously designed by the landscape architect and carefully installed by the contractor, the last step before you can enjoy the space is to choose the outdoor furniture and decor. Your patio project has been an important and valuable – not to mention expensive! – investment in your home, and you’ve hired the best to complete it. Why not ask for help with this one last step?
The spring rains are slowing down and it’s time to get out there and dig in the garden. This is the season gardeners wait all year for. Don’t let the poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac creepers interrupt a wonderful summer.
It isn’t a tough sell. Playing in the dirt is awesome and kids’ natural curiosity will get them interested. Here are a few tips for uprooting the children out of the game room and replanting them in the garden.
When it comes to patio design you’re going to see a lot inspiration out there. You’ll see everything from Beachy Paradise to Rambling Rustic. But what if that’s not your style? What if you want a patio with graphic prints in bold and bright colors?
It was once thought to be a solely European thing to dine al fresco, but more and more American cities are picking up on the pleasures of wiling away a relaxing meal out in the fresh air. The latest trend is pop-up beer gardens. Pioneering chefs or establishments take over a side lot for a short amount of time and turn it into a German-inspired beer garden, a place with long simple tables and benches, string lights, grilled foods and steins of beer from all over the world.
A bright young leaf in Spring reminds us of nature’s promise: that everything old will be new again. Pantone’s Color of 2017 gives a whole new meaning to “green development.”
The color is called Greenery, and it reflects that hopeful feeling one gets from making a fresh start. Pretty up your patio with its energetic-yet-cool spirit for a perfectly positive Spring season.
Many stone traditions are available to emulate in your patio design. The architecture of the Italian Renaissance or an American Colonial theme inspire many homeowners. But what about a little taste of the American Southwest?
If you live in the northeast US, you may be still waiting for a break in the rain. It’s been a soggy Spring, and your garden patio may not be as filled with beautiful blooms as you’d like. Early plantings may not have happened, as most perennials probably needed to be planted last month. And perennials are great: You plant them once and they come back every year (well, they’re *supposed* to come back). But even if you missed this year’s planting window there are still some perennial varieties you can plant now. An informed salesperson at your local plant nursery or home DIY store can help you find some perennials to plant now.
Some claim that the pergola was brought to us by the Italians during the Renaissance. This may be true considering the fact that Italy is famous for its green tunnels formed by the heads of plants bound together to form a spectacular arch.
A pergola is one of the most outstanding ways to decorate your garden, to create an exquisite outdoor living space, to show your guests you have an imagination beyond limits. A cozy place, aimed to offer peaceful shady moments, the pergola kit is a stunning feature in any garden.
Great, so you finally decided that you are going to have the patio of your dreams! Today’s outdoor living rooms are so much more than years ago; everything from pavers to pillows to plants are chosen to make your patio a true extension of your home.
While man-caves are still popping up all over the country, a newer and slightly clandestine movement is beginning to sweep the nation; She-Sheds. Also known as Lady Lounges, ordinary backyard sheds that once held rakes, trimmers and a mower are being transformed into peaceful and private paradises by the lady of the house.