Landscapes

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

So many of the beautiful homes in the magazines we read have gorgeous flagstone walkways or patios but it’s been tough finding the proper instructions for installing flagstones ourselves.

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 […]

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

Today DIY Maven takes on faux stone pavers: If you’ve ever laid pavers, you know how exhausting it is. And even though you did it yourself, it probably wasn’t cheap. Those bricks and stones add up! For smaller jobs, a viable alternative is going the faux route using molds and […]

BioHaven Floating Islands

BioHaven Floating Islands

If you’re looking for a way to enhance your pond or water element, then checkout these floating islands that promise to:

A Gateway to a Better Garden

A Gateway to a Better Garden

There are plenty of computer programs that can assist you in choosing the right plans for your home or even assist you in designing the home yourself but there are fewer to help you with the curb appeal of your home. That’s where the Better Homes and Gardens Landscape and […]

Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home

Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home

It’s proven that curb appeal counts a lot towards how soon and for how much your home will sell. With just a few minor and inexpensive changes to the outside of your home, you’ll raise the value that will most certainly result in a net gain when selling your home. […]

Pool to Pond Conversion

Pool to Pond Conversion

Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type of water fixture, a pond. This homeowner didn’t need a “natural” swimming pool but rather a minimum-maintenance pond that […]

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping Plan

Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]

Xeriscaping Your Yard

Xeriscaping Your Yard

Xeriscaping (zer-i-skap) is a buzzword used throughout the Southwest and is defined as landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment; utilizes native plant selection, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, and mulches and appropriate maintenance (Green Alliance). Here are some examples of how you can apply this eco-landscaping plan in […]

Weed Burner

Weed Burner

Forget leaning over and getting your hands all messy, from toolspotting comes a foolproof way to remove weeds instantly, by burning them! The Weed Burner is propane fueled and will burn weeds to the roots, it can also melt ice patches along pathways quickly and easily. We wish we could […]

Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler Systems

From the big-box DIY centers we’ve found a plethora of resources for installing your own sprinkler system. For a simple solution you can go with a fixed or oscillating sprinkler that connects directly to an outdoor hose, but if you’re more ambitious and seeking a long-term lawn irrigation system then […]

Planning Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

Before you go organic and grow your own tomatoes, herbs, and flowers, follow these steps to ensure your garden has the greatest chance for survival.

Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that the weathers warm and the days are longer it’s time you put some effort into your outside space. Start with performing a thorough cleaning of your front, back, and side yards. Remove anything from your yard that isn’t absolutely necessary. This includes old mulch piles, leaves, sticks, trash, […]