Landscapes

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

If you’re looking for shade in the yard, there are a few options to consider. Roofing structures, patio umbrellas and pergolas are all possibilities. But roll up awnings will provide extensive coverage when you need it and can be tucked out of sight when you don’t. Is an awning the […]

How To Transplant Spring Bulbs

How To Transplant Spring Bulbs

This past weekend my husband and I took on the daunting task of deconstructing three large, old planter boxes left by the previous homeowner (which included sledgehammering concrete to smithereens) and rebuilding a planter box with some of the materials where one … well, made sense. The old boxes, which […]

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh air. It’s also the time to get out on the patio and notice the toll that freezing temperatures have taken on your patio. Brick Patio Problems Maybe you left your heavy umbrella stand or BBQ out on your brick patio over […]

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

You heard it here first when we called this trend coming to the States! A Cup of Jo spotted San Francisco florist Flora Grubb’s vertical DIY panels. Here’s what they say: You can buy 20″x20″ trays that contains 45 slanted planting cells to support plants and soil once mounted on […]

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

Winter can be rough on your fence. As the frost leaves the ground and you start to wander around the backyard, you may notice that some of your fence posts have moved around. Is your fence leaning? Are their sections snapped off or threatening to? Does your gate take heavy […]

Late Winter Tasks Pave the Way for Spring Projects

Late Winter Tasks Pave the Way for Spring Projects

After a long, nasty winter, temperatures in Kansas City climbed near 60 degrees yesterday, causing a widespread outbreak of spring fever (which was soon remedied by the announcement of impending snow through the end of the week.) In the spirit of the coming warmth, there are a handful of late-winter […]

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

The beauty of a path is that it directs you (obviously). But a well built and properly designed path can do so much more for your home. Pavestone is the perfect material to use for your walkway. These handy, pre-formed cement pavers can give you the look of anything from […]

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Did you know that bamboo grows faster than any other plant on earth? The owners and tenders of this perennial evergreen understand this fact all too well. Not only can giant varieties reach heights upwards of 100 feet, but also bamboo has been known to surge two feet or more […]

Use Wasted Space: Install your Shed on a Slope

Use Wasted Space: Install your Shed on a Slope

If you have a sloped backyard, don’t despair. You won’t necessarily be destined for terraced gardens or mowing sideways for all time. Consider using some of the space for a shed. Transform barely usable lawn into much needed storage by following these six steps. 1. You need to start with […]

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

If you have the need to retain soil or prevent erosion, a wall may be just the thing. Any projects under 18″ in total height are simple and straightforward. Once you go over that height the project becomes more complicated, but with the proper machinery and prep, it’s still entirely […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Maintain a Green Lawn or the Grass Nazi Will Get You

We caught this week’s episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! in which they dive into the American fascination with lawns. We thought it appropriate to share this with you since we recently highlighted artificial lawns (which Penn & Teller show aren’t totally maintenance free). Beyond the ridiculous HOA restrictions that […]

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

We love the smell of fresh cut grass like the next person and taking pride in a well manicured lawn is an accomplishment, but in the current age of water conservation there are alternatives to natural lawns that outweigh the real stuff in every aspect (except being alive). Recently we […]

Gettin’ Dirty in the Yard

Gettin’ Dirty in the Yard

+ Sprinkler System Install + Laying Sod + Shear Willpower + Love the Golden Barrel Cactus + Water Saving Gadgets for Your Garden

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc is one of the most high-profile pioneers in the fantastic world of green walls. These vertical gardens are beginning to proliferate across Europe and it won’t be long before we see them across major US cities. Proponents argue that by infusing an exterior wall with a living organism […]

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

The much needed rain continues today in Southern California and it’s been a pleasant surprise as we know its only temporary. But the issue of rainwater runoff is pertinent in areas near the ocean as almost all of the water is diverted straight to the ocean and with it unknown […]

Laying a Flagstone Walkway

Laying a Flagstone Walkway

Flagstone walkways make a gorgeous addition to any home.

Tree Decision: Keep’em or Cut’em?

Tree Decision: Keep’em or Cut’em?

We are big fans of trees being used as landscape elements to add detail or shelter to your home. But many times the tree begins to overstay it’s welcome and the branches become unmanageable or the roots pull up the pathway or lead to damage to your foundation.

Landscaping for Energy Conservation

Landscaping for Energy Conservation

The art of landscaping can get lost in the chaos of remodeling or building a new home. The approach should start from the beginning with your architect and flow from the site plan and footprint of your home. Taking into account geographic elements around your site such as rolling hills, […]

Landscape Maintenance that’s Easy on the Ears and Earth

Landscape Maintenance that’s Easy on the Ears and Earth

Whisper Landscape Maintenance is creating a buzz. Located in southern California, this gardening service uses only zero-emission, solar-powered garden equipment that has also been modified to cut down on noise pollution (mowers are no louder than vacuum cleaners and leaf blowers like hair dryers).

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Now that most of us are enjoying the highly anticipated spring season, the focus turns to outdoor projects, including gardening. Yet depending on your yard space, time commitment and gardening skill, planning and executing an outdoor oasis can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you’re working with a blank […]