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September 4, 2015 23 Comments

Outdoor kitchens are popular right now and it's not hard to see why. We've embraced food culture more than probably any other time in America's history, we have unprecedented technology to make our

August 31, 2015 0 Comments

You've heard the commercials insisting that you absolutely must call to mark utilities before you dig, every dig, no matter what. If you're hiring a contractor, he or she will call in the

August 27, 2015 0 Comments

When I took B out for her morning walk today there was actually almost a hint of a chill in the air. Fall is coming, which always triggers conflicting emotions in this seasonally-dependent

August 25, 2015 0 Comments

You've seen the pictures online or in magazines: beautiful people relaxing under the shade of a beautiful pergola, perhaps a rustic chandelier dangling from the cross members as a wisp of vine snakes

August 14, 2015 0 Comments

There are a lot of blog posts that extol the virtues of trees, but man! They are all soooo serious. I won't disagree that trees do a lot ecologically and even sociologically but

August 7, 2015 24 Comments

Over a year ago I wrote a blog post on why I think the internet's popular vinegar-based weedkillers are BS. I had sort of hoped that they'd go away like just another passing

August 6, 2015 0 Comments

Over the last several months I've become friends with Tim Murenzi, principal of Tumo Designs. They have offices in Tampa, FL and Los Angeles, CA and also offer online e-design services. I love

August 5, 2015 0 Comments

If I've been to your house you probably know that I'm not a plant disease and pathology expert. Outside of a narrow range of issues I've personally dealt with, the best I can

July 29, 2015 0 Comments

Every spring I'm treated to the wafting aroma of fresh mulch as I take Bonnie on her twice-daily walks. To me, mulch smells like money but I get that it doesn't have the

July 24, 2015 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_5640" align="aligncenter" width="500"] image source: (seriously I love the internet)[/caption] Who doesn't love running water in the landscape? From a delicately bubbling fountain to an impressive waterfall crashing several feet down