All gardeners want to be green — except when it comes to water. Whether you have a fountain, pond or a small reflecting pool, chances are good that at some point you'll have to deal with nuisance algae.
Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec, ripped out their lawn to install a stylish raised-bed garden in their front yard in 2012. Little did they know it would trigger an international controversy. In a slideshow, see the transformation of their front yard from grass to garden.
Dreaming of a backyard berry patch? An asparagus bed? Start with a raised bed. A raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. All have shallow roots that don't compete well with weeds and that can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools.
Lawn has long enjoyed its unique status as our country's default groundcover — rolled out like wall-to-wall carpeting around every house. But the reign of grass is being challenged. Garden Designer Pam Penick shows how to design spaces with less lawn.
With some thoughtful plant selection and placement, you can reduce the amount of lawn that you maintain by at least 25 percent, and enjoy a lower maintenance yard that still looks neat and well cared for.
Here are some of our favorite perennials that tolerate dry conditions. Drought-tolerance varies from one region to the other, so be sure to get advice from good gardeners in your area. For more ideas, check with your local Cooperative Extension office.
During the hottest part of the summer, it’s especially important to make the most of every drop of water. With so much information available it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Learn the five common myths about watering.
Water is the key to a healthy, productive garden. With our Snip-n-Drip automatic watering system, you can get water directly to the plants, without wasting a single drop. It makes irrigation easy, whether you have a large garden with rows or a few raised beds.
Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen.
Tired of spending time every weekend with a noisy lawn mower? Here’s an alternative: slow-growing turf. These fescue turf grasses are green and lush, but naturally slow-growing, so you mow only four to five times a year.
Extreme cold isn't the only challenge faced by woody plants; in fact, plants hardy to your region should endure normal winter temperatures just fine. However, winter can wreak havoc on landscape plants in other ways.
Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.
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