5 Things a Gardener Can Do On a Snow Day


I've lived here long enough, you wouldn't think I'd keep falling into the trap of thinking I can bang out my backyard projects in a mild late winter timeframe. I can't take my truck anywhere right now because I have approximately 3,000 pounds of stone slabs in the back. I can't get them out without a machine, and I can't justify renting a machine until I can also start my patio … [Read more...]

Come see me at the Capital Remodel and Garden Show today through Sunday!


It's as if I blinked and suddenly boom! It's home show season again. I will be speaking at the Capital RemodelĀ and Garden Show at Dulles Expo Center , talking about easy tips to create YOUR perfect backyard. Want to know when to find me? FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27: 1 pm SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28: 3 pm SUNDAY MARCH 1: 5 pm You can buy your tickets here, and use the coupon code … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Reduce Maintenance in Your Landscape Design


I'm a lazy gardener. With the hours I work (for which I'm grateful, of course) it's hard to find time to putter around the yard for hours. I recognize that many of my clients are in the same boat, but with the added problem of not having over a decade of experience caring for plants. As a result I make a low maintenance landscape design a priority for my clients throughout … [Read more...]

Kickstarter Watch: A Solution to Trimming Around Obstacles?


Welcome to another installment of Kickstarter watch, also called "what I find while surfing the internet during breakfast"! Today's project submitted for your approval is called Wackanomore, a garage invention designed to solve a common problem. If you have street signs, fire hydrants, or other fixed (non-living) objects in your yard you either have to trim around them when you … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Landscape for Under $1,000 – by New Year’s!


New Year's Eve is coming quickly, and if you're planning on having friends over to watch the ball drop you have two choices. You can spiffy up the landscape, or you can turn off all the outside lights until after the champagne starts to flow. Follow these simple tips and you'll be able to turn on the lights with pride. 1. Freshen the mulch Winter is a time of blah and gray, … [Read more...]