Working with what you already have Deciding on your garden style Staying within your budget Setting up your garden plans Hiring a professional Consider your ideal garden. Perhaps you know you want a handsome woodland shade garden, but what'll it look like Or maybe you know you want a sunny cottage garden, but what's your vision Getting to this point in your garden planning is a bit like shopping for a blue shirt. You know you want a shirt and you know you want it to be blue, but you still have plenty of options. Now's the time to narrow in on your target. Observation That's the very first step. Forget for a moment what's growing in your neighbors' yards or other home landscapes around town that you see and may covet. It's time to take a broader view it's all part of the assessing process, a process that can lead you to a gorgeous, successful garden of your own. And don't forget that the garden is part of your yard in general. If you incorporate your garden plans into an overall plan...
But seriously, if you're not used to this work, you can do a lot of damage to you and your landscape. Don't be afraid to ask someone for help to create your vision somebody strong enough, experienced, and knowledgeable somebody certified, bonded, and insured as well. A reputable contractor has no problem demonstrating his or her qualifications. Getting help isn't wimpy it's only good sense.
The common spring-flowering bulbs include tulips (Figure 8-6), noted for their impressive range of flower types and colors daffodils, some of the most rugged and easiest to grow of all bulbs and lilies, which, by planting different varieties, you can have blooming from late spring to early fall. Check out the color insert for a look at some of these bulb superstars, and see the following sections for advice on how to let them take the spotlight in your garden plans. In this chapter, I also introduce you to some less-known players that are well worth your while.
After you've completed the initial drawing of your yard or garden plot to your satisfaction, you can move forward and add the elements for your garden plan. Here are some recommendations When designing your garden plan, you don't have to get bogged down in details, listing every plant by name. Instead, sun-loving perennials, blue and yellow bed, or pots of annuals may suffice. There are many ways to draft out your garden plan, but here are the tools you need to get started. There are many ways to draft out your garden plan, but here are the tools you need to get started.
In recent years, rose breeders have been working on groundcover and landscape roses (the Flower Carpet series are the most widely available). These plants are just lower-growing roses that tend to sprawl outwards rather than upwards. With dense growth, some thorniness, and scads of pretty flowers all summer, they're an outstanding landscaping solution if you love roses and have a broad, open strip in need of coverage a hill or embankment, say, or a sunny side yard, or an area you want to route foot traffic around rather than through.
Ah, beds and borders are surely the most popular and beautiful way to show off your roses. When you invite a rose or several roses into your garden, don't just plunk the roses into the ground at random. Instead, plan ahead to create splendid beds that incorporate roses into your landscape or mixed flower beds. Your plan can be as elaborate as the one shown in Figure 9-1, or as simple as creating a small bed of three or four types of roses.
Pruning a tree and pruning a bush are really quite similar processes. You can really prune trees any time. Prune to remove obviously dead or damaged growth, to keep the tree healthy and your landscape beautiful, and to remove potentially dangerous branches that could fall and create a lot of damage.
A lot of garden color flows from nature's bounty of green, and sophisticated garden designs often rely on green's infinite variety from rich mint green to apple green to chartreuse and every shade in between. Mix and match various greens within a groundcover display, and you can enjoy a rich tapestry
Sketch out your vegetable garden plan on paper ahead of time. Figure out how much space to allot to individual plants and don't forget to allow for space between the rows, or paths, so you can tend the plants. (Mature sizes of various vegetable varieties are noted on seed packets and often in catalog descriptions.) Garden plan showing succession plantings. Garden plan showing interplanting.
When getting ready to plant, the first rule is to pay attention to which items are cool-season vegetables and which are warm-season vegetables (see the earlier section on Growing vegetables by seasons ). You can start cool-season vegetables earlier and put them in the ground earlier because they're more tolerant of cooler temperatures (some can even go outdoors before the last frost). However, you should put warm-season vegetables out or sow them only after all danger of frost is past. After you figure out which veggies are which in your planting plans, you're ready to determine when to start planting. (For info on location, please refer back to Working with the sun Where to plant vegetables. ) And then, of course, you're ready to plant
Access may also be a consideration for you. If you dream of simply strolling out with a basket and gathering up fresh fruit, choose a fruit that doesn't require a ladder to care for and harvest from. Examples of favorite, more-compact growers include currant, gooseberry, blueberry (both high-bush and low-bush), strawberry, and some blackberry, raspberry, and grape culti-vars. Figure 15-1 shows a typical strawberry garden plan that allows easy harvesting. Strawberry garden plan aligned for easy harvesting.
As with any form of gardening, the cheapest road toward installing your water garden is to do all of it yourself, and many home and garden centers now stock everything you need to bring your garden plans to life. If you don't have a water-garden supplier near you, numerous mail-order houses can help and offer impressive, wide-ranging selections to boot. As for pondside landscaping, that of course varies depending on your taste and the style of the display.
Good for you for wanting to be different and more creative To make your landscaping look a little less thorny, take a look at native plants, ones that are adapted to your local growing conditions. View them in other gardens or public botanic gardens in your community. Find them for sale at garden centers that specialize in them, at large general-purpose nurseries (often off in their own section), or at botanic-garden plant sales. You may be amazed at the diversity and beauty available.
Throughout its range, hunted as food source. Seeds and pollen are spread with its activities as herbivore. Eats crop plants extensively, thus leading to significant agricultural loss. Burrowing through or consuming plants and vegetation in gardens and landscaping often is destructive. Can cause medical problems as well as injuries to humans and pets from contact with quills.
A garden plan featuring a garden backdrop for an in-ground pond. In-ground water gardens, of course, look more natural and thus are the best choice when you want to integrate a water garden into a lawn or garden. After the liner of your choice is in the ground, you can attractively edge it in stone or brick and some landscaping (picture some lush hostas or irises, or even simply some drooping ferns). The end result becomes an enchanting garden focal point or destination, and it can look like it's always been there See Figure 17-2 for a nice plan for an in-ground water garden. 1 Allow for a raised lip. Seat the lip an inch or more above the ground. Don't worry about its looking unnatural edging materials and pondside landscaping can hide the edge from view. A garden plan featuring a garden backdrop for an in-ground pond.
Outdoors you can take advantage of the natural sunlight to supercharge your garden. Outside you will have to consider the effects of the weather including temperature and heat cold. Direct sunlight will heat up the nutrient solution in your garden. Maintain the nutrient temperature between 65 and 75 degrees for best results - temperatures outside this band will slow the growth of your crop. Rainwater will cause the pH and concentration of your nutrient solution to drift if it gets into the system. Make provisions to keep rainwater out of your hydro-ponic system - This is more of a problem with the hydroponic planter design as it has a large exposed area to receive precipitation. Plastic skirts can be cut from plastic bags which when placed around the stems and over the grow sites will keep rainwater out of the other two hydroponic garden designs. To protect your nutrient solution from excessive heat and strong direct sunlight, consider using celotex or another type of reflective...
Whether it's rust on your roses or powdery mildew on your pumpkins, the ugly symptoms and disappointing crops caused by plant diseases have no doubt resulted in suffering for you (or rather, your plants). All kinds of plants, from mighty oaks to dainty annual flowers, are susceptible to the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that cause plant diseases. But that doesn't mean that you're doomed to diseased plants. You have lots of solutions, from disease-prevention planting plans to homemade remedies that can help you keep your vegetables, flowers, lawn, trees, and shrubs healthy.
So your garden is all planted, the lawn is mowed, everything is landscaped to your satisfaction, and now you're itching for something else to do to your yard. Don't fret you still have plenty of ways to make your yard even better and to help you enjoy it even more (preferably while sipping a cool lemonade). This chapter contains some fun ideas you can consider.
Help isolate and establish how features of the urban environment may affect health. Although examples of experimental studies in urban health are uncommon, a few examples have shown promising results. For example, in Chicago, specific housing projects were landscaped while others were not, through a natural experiment, and investigators were able to show that persons living in the upgraded housing projects had improved functioning, fewer episodes of interpersonal violence, and better concentration than persons in the control group (Kuo, 2003). Such studies can convincingly demonstrate the role that particular aspects of the urban environment play in shaping health and, perhaps more importantly, identify avenues for intervention.
Urban design comprises an important theme that guides urban planning research and practice, linking physical structures, (what planners refer to as built form), with social environments. Urban design has become a primary emphasis for public health researchers interested in the role of land use and development patterns in obesity and rates of physical activity (Handy, et al., 2002). In terms of urban health, the design of buildings, parks, and streets (e.g., sidewalks, streetscapes, bus stops), the location of these elements, and the interaction between people and these built environment elements influence, though they do not determine, the ways that individuals behave and interact with one another. Planners use urban design elements (e.g., building facades, street signage, lighting, landscaping) to encourage and facilitate economic activity (through e.g., farmers markets and street cafes), civic action (through e.g., areas for social gatherings), and physical activity (through e.g.,...
Keeping plants clean and disease-free is the backbone of Donna Carrier's job as owner of Organic Plant Care, an interior landscaping company based in East Swanzey, New Hampshire. Soap sprays are a crucial part of her strictly organic regimen, but they don't have to smell bad to work, she says. Donna concocted her own soap spray that's scented with fragrant herbs.
Homeowners Guide To Landscaping
How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.