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Yard Art in the Snow

Revel in These Charming Snowscapes

Landscapes are usually most stunning during those times of the year when you can actually see the ground. But there is an eerie beauty to a yard covered in freshly fallen snow as well. ...

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How To Create an English Cottage Garden

Tips for Designing an English Cottage Garden

One of the most charming landscape styles is the English cottage garden. This type of design works particularly well around older, smaller homes with wood, brick, or stone facades. This isn’t your frightfully well bred and proper formal British garden....

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Patio on a Budget

Achieve Patio Perfection On A Budget

Vonnie from Texas has the right idea when it comes to creating a private patio space that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Planning an affordable outdoor living space requires looking beyond the initial stages and having an idea of how things can look once you’ve added all the embellishments. ...

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country western yards

Home on the Range? Country Western Yards

Grandpa, tell me ‘bout the good old days, sings Wynonna Judd, reminding us of days that never were. We’ve all got a tendency to romanticize lifestyles of the past – and cowboy culture is no exception. ...

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Little Yard of Horrors

Little Yard of Horrors

We see quite a few yards in need of a makeover here at YardShare, and this one is probably in the top 10. Owner George Graf describes his yard as downright “scary”. It’s littered with rotting wood and broken stone....

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Wall Water Fountain

Fountain, Fountain On The Wall

It’s rare to find a painting that’s sufficiently weather-proof to hang on an exterior wall. So, you’ve got to find other ways to deck these spaces with art. Metal work is nice, and so are tile murals. But there’s nothing like a fountain to add sound and motion to your outdoor décor....

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Trees Near Outdoor Kitchen

Pros and Cons of Trees Near Your Outdoor Kitchen

One of the most pleasant aspects of having an outdoor kitchen is being able to spend time in the fresh air. On cool days, it’s also nice to have the sun shining down on you. But most people want some shade over their cooking area to help beat the heat during the prime BBQ season of summer....

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Dramatic Waterfall

How To Add Drama To Waterfalls

For many homeowners, having a small waterfall that dribbles gently into a pond or pool is enough to satisfy their need to watch the interaction of water and gravity. But for others, that’s just not enough drama. Some of us like to make more of a splash. ...

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tree transplant

Chop or Transplant - How Much are Your Trees Worth?

Trees are a long term landscaping investment. There’s no hardscape feature that can fully replace the natural beauty and shade of a living, “breathing” tree. Unfortunately, the decision about where to plant a tree is often made by the builders or original owners of a home....

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small yard

Take Your Yard From Tiny to Terrific

Are you self conscious about the size of your...yard? Having a limited lot isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Lots of people have this issue and still manage to live happy and fulfilling landscaping lives....

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Kids Treehouse

Keeping the Kids in Mind

I grew up next door to a vacant lot. On any given weekend, it was a football/kickball/wiffle ball field, home to dawn-to-dusk “capture the flag” marathons, a BMX test track, an obstacle course, hide-and-seek homebase, or the site of our neighborhood Olympics. Maybe vacant lots are just rare these da...

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snow

Let It Snow!

Winter eats up a full quarter of the calendar, but too many gardeners give it exactly zero percent consideration when planning their landscapes. It’s a time when the garden just shuts down under a blanket of white, right? I mean, why landscape for the winter when Jack Frost automatically gives you t...

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Are You Water-Wise? A Look at Xeriscapes

There is no commodity more precious to us yard lovers than water. But with many areas around the country experiencing severe drought conditions in recent years, professional landscapers and backyard gardeners alike have had to find ways to make the absolute most out of every drop....

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Mow, Blow, and Go

Most of us have an established yardwork routine. This is especially true for mowing. We start in the same spot every week, take the same paths, cut the same rows in the same order, and end in the same spot every time. Then maybe if you're up for it, you break out the trimmer and take down those scra...

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Drainage Dilemma

Drainage is a huge consideration when it comes to almost any landscaping project. One professional landscaper I know has told me that drainage is far and away the top item that he fields calls about. Seems like everyone thinks they have some sort of drainage problem… but do they really?...

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