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Member Inspired Landscaping Ideas & Garden Ideas

Made For The Shade

One of the main reasons a lot of us do not spend more time outside is the heat. No matter how great your yard is, who wants to go hang out and get battered by the blazing hot sun? Shade is a necessity for any landscape that’s meant to be enjoyed. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that there’s a part of your yard right now that you would use more often… if only there was some shade overhead.

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Go On, Be a Pot-Head

So you finally created that perfect little spot in the backyard, just in time for summer. Maybe it is a big flagstone patio for parties, maybe it is a brand new deck, or maybe a cozy little terrace made from tumbled pavers. Looks great. Lots of room. Nice seating. Can’t wait to use it. But isn’t something missing?

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Front Yard With a Side of Veggies

My daughter came home from kindergarten announcing that we needed a vegetable garden. The class had dropped a few seeds in some plastic cups and set them on the windowsill. A few days later, I’d been recruited to become Farmer Brown.

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Lawn Gone!

A sprawling, lush carpet of thick, green grass is as much a part of the American Dream as white picket fences, cul-de-sacs, and minivans with built-in DVD players. When everything is right, lawns look awesome.

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Plant Selection For Your Yard

There are two sides to this equation that need to work together for your landscape to work. One, will it grow in my yard? Two, will it look good with my overall landscaping plan?

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Weekend Project: Teak Maintenance

One of the items on my pre-summer to do list is to sand and oil our teak patio furniture. We’ve had this set for 4 years now and this is the third time I’ve done it. For those thinking about purchasing outdoor teak furniture, let me lay out the pros and cons for you…

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Know Your Zone!

It’s time for me to let you in on a little secret…I’m not a landscaping or gardening expert! I’m learning this along with you guys! For example, prior to starting YardShare, I had no idea what a “zone” was. Thank goodness a few of you have patiently explained it to me.

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How to Put In a Flower Bed

A bed line not only separates the lawn from your flower beds, a well designed bed line gives form to the yard. It shows that thought was put into the beds and landscaping, and that the shrubs weren’t planted just anywhere. It’s a great way to turn a bare corner of the yard into a beautiful flower bed.

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