YardBusters! Featured Yard: Arnold Design

One of the great things about being a YardShare member is that you get to see examples of model yards created by professional yard designers. It is fun working with graph paper and a mechanical pencil to draw up a layout the old fashioned way; but the 3D imaging software the pros use is pretty cool! Read More

Landscaping with a Living Roof

A living or “green” roof is becoming an eco-status symbol with corporations across the U.S. A soil and plant-based roof minimizes water runoff, reduces the urban “heat island” effect, and helps protect against soil erosion. Some homeowners are taking the trend residential as well. Read More

What are Potager Gardens?

I love potager gardens! What are potager gardens, you ask? A potager garden is a vegetable garden that focuses on looks as much as taste. These quaint 16th-century French-style gardens have very recently become popular, and it’s easy to see why. Read More

What is Mulch?

Mulching is one of the easiest and most beneficial gardening practices. Mulching can help you conserve water, prevent weed growth, and return nutrients to your soil. It can also serve as a nice landscaping tool. Read More

Blend Wheelchair Ramps Into Your Landscape Design

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, it’s possible that we’ll see a shift in how residential areas are made accessible. It’s not hard to imagine McMansions with wide, elaborately decorated granite wheel chair ramps. Read More

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. Read More

Feed the Earth! A Guide to Composting

If you’ve ever tried to grow a lush, productive vegetable or flower garden in your yard—which you hoped would be the envy of your neighbors—only to have pale, lifeless plants emerge from the earth and struggle to hang on, then you may need to practice composting. Read More

What Is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management – sometimes called IPM or integrated gardening – is not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Simply put, it is an environmentally friendly approach to pest management that uses minimal amounts of chemical pesticides. Read More

The Not-So-Subtle Tropical Plant

Tropical plants are prized for their lush foliage, brilliant flowers and bold, exotic appearance. Typically grown outdoors where winters are mild and humidity is high, their ideal climate and growing conditions can be duplicated almost anywhere by moving them inside near a... Read More

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. Read More

About Yard Ideas

"Just another landscaping blog, right?" Wrong...sort of. The theme of the YardShare community has always been, Knocking Down Fences. So the Yard Ideas presented here are really our member's ideas, packaged into neat little articles. We use yards that the members have shared as examples of great ideas that will hopefully inspire you. Enjoy!