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March 31, 2009 0 Comments

When we bought the house, the fence didn't enclose the entire backyard. Instead, the big opening facing the main road just funneled the view into my yard. This year, with an ambitious garden

March 20, 2009 2 Comments

[caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="seeds started in homemade newspaper pots"][/caption] If you're like everyone else, you want to improve your home and garden, but you also want to get the most value for

March 17, 2009 1 Comment

I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of the above book, Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything in Between. I have to say, I'm

March 12, 2009 0 Comments

ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 4 minutes Landscaping, gardening, whatever you want to call it- it's pretty forgiving. I'm of the school of thought that you can't actually have flowers that clash with one another,

March 10, 2009 0 Comments

More plants for small spaces! This one here is Harbor Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo, or more accurately Nandina domestica 'Harbor Dwarf'. It's a compact, tidy little evergreen that, at most, will get 3 feet

February 23, 2009 0 Comments

Concrete pavers have come a long way in the last decade. Back then, they were essentially a compromise product: if the client wanted a patio and didn't want a concrete slab, but couldn't

February 16, 2009 1 Comment

MJ (my wife) reads this blog, and she made a good point about my last post ("Retaining Walls- Always Needed?"). Her point was that this blog is for a general audience, and since

February 13, 2009 0 Comments

I've been conversing with a new landscape designer in Ohio, and sharing with him some of my thoughts and work processes. He asked me how to determine when a retaining wall is necessary

January 15, 2009 0 Comments

Dealing with water where it leaves the property In Virginia, I've seen a few different scenarios for how water exits a property. In a lot of subdivisions, everyone's backyard pitches into a swale

January 14, 2009 0 Comments

ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 4 minutes Dealing with water in the landscape: So, we've successfully moved the water away from the house and into the landscape. Now what? To figure out the best course