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How to: Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden

by Green Couch Design

How to: Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden

When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants,  smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.

For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.   

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You Have Too Much Lawn, and It's Driving You Nuts

by Bruno Bornsztein

It sounds almost un-American ... is there such a thing as too much lawn in a culture that glorifies riding lawn mowers and robotic grass trimmers? The overwhelming feeling about lawns seems to be "the more the better". And if they're more uniform than your wall-to-wall carpeting, even better.

Well, Evelyn Hadden, an award-winning gardening author and speak, is on a quest to change that. I came across her Web site, LessLawn.com, a few weeks ago...

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How To Build Lawn Aerator Sandals

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build Lawn Aerator Sandals

Here we go. Build your own lawn aerating sandals and take a laps around the yard to open up the thatch, let the air, water and sun in there. Better yet, make a few pairs for your your kids and pay them a quarter to stomp around out in the yard. You'll be treating your lawn, employing your kids, saving money on the rental fees and avoiding those suspicious little earth plugs scattered about the yard.

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Stripe your lawn like a major-league park.

by DIY Maven

 

Stripe your lawn like a major-league park.

Don't you just love the look of a patterned grass on a baseball field? This year, since our Twins christened a new and gorgeous outdoor ball field, we will be able to experience this work of vegetal art in person. And now, thanks to the Lawn Stryper, we can get the same look in our yards. Basically, the Lawn Stryper is a dealie that you attach to the back of your walk-behind mower and it

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Undulating Lawn

by DIY Maven

Undulating Lawn

This penthouse apartment renovation, conducted by Design Systems, is located in Shenzhen, China and features a terrace that has an undulating lawn. Hard to mow? Probably, but it certainly does make one rethink the flat lawns found in the 'burbs.

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How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

by Chris Gardner

Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.

How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

  • Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
  • Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
  • Water your garden early
  • Clump...

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DIY Sprinkler (Using Recycled Materials)!

by Chris Gardner

I recently was given several boxes of ball-point pens, so here's the first of several projects towards their re-use.

DIY Sprinkler (Using Recycled Materials)!

Materials:
    1 20oz plastic bottle with cap
    1 universal male hose attachment (about $1.25 at the hardware store)
    15 used ball point pens
    Plumbing contact adhesive and sealant (such as Plumbing Amazing Goop)
    Electric drill
    3/8” drill bit
5/8” (or other) spade bit
Calipers or measuring tape
Utility Knife

Total Cost: $4.49...

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We Wish You a Tacky Christmas

by DIY Maven

This is the time of year when your neighbors can exercise their god-given right to be tacky, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.

The Snow Globe Phenomenon

We Wish You a Tacky Christmas

This pimple popped up down the street from me, and although I wouldn’t necessarily choose to erect one in my yard, there’s something about it that makes me smile when I drive by. It probably has something to do with the ever-constant swirling snow inside, which will cease to be...

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