Category Archives: Yard and Backyard

The Water Garden – Care & Feeding of Pond Fish

Keeping fish is a natural part of having a water garden. In addition to their appeal as pets they are a part of your pond's ecosystem. In order to maintain the health of your fish some basic precautions are necessary. It is important to keep the right amount of fish for the pond size, feed…
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Lawn Mowing Tips – How To Mow a Diamond Grass Pattern

Mowing your yard in a pattern can enhance curb appeal and upgrade your lawn to beautiful. The most common path is to either mow straight lines or mow around the perimeter finishing in the center of the yard. But with a little extra time, you can create diamond pattern in your grass that stand out…
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Green Landscape Techniques

Landscaping adds curb appeal and can boost a home’s value but it also takes its toll on the environment. On a global level, magazine-worthy landscaping efforts require seven billion gallons of water per day and three million tons of fertilizer annually, not to mention the herbicides to control weeds and pesticides to keep roses, peonies,…
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DIY – Building Paths with the Walkmaker

Tools Excavation and site preparation tools QUIKRETE Walkmaker form wheelbarrow or mixing box, shovel level margin trowel or finishing trowel Materials Concrete mix or crack-resistant concrete mix liquid cement color plastic sheeting polymer-modified jointing sand A well-made walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape…
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Topdressing – Level Out Your Lawn

Areas of a lawn can become uneven over time, due to "settling" and other factors. In the least extreme cases, you will want to solve the problem by "topdressing," which allows you to level out your lawn. Is this problem new to you? If you have never experienced it, you may need a brief introduction…
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Stunning Rock Garden Design Ideas

Why cultivate a rock garden? They’re low-maintenance. They’re in season all year round. They add variety to the landscape. Need another reason? Rock gardens can bring a natural, rugged beauty to any yard, including those with steep hillsides or other difficult growing conditions. Organic and natural materials should be anyone’s first choice when decorating the…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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DIY – Stone Fire Pit for Your Garden

Heat up your backyard with the addition of a stone fire pit. Materials string spray paint landscape fabric mortar stone concrete rebar fire brick black stove paint Tools rake jointer level utility knife tape measure trowel hammer spade wheelbarrow stiff brush shovel Purchase Stone Determine the size, shape and location of the fire pit. Take…
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Great Deck Design Ideas

An outdoor deck not only adds beauty to your home and extends your living space, it also adds resale value. Outdoor deck can be a small or large area. The decking design can be simple or elaborate, just as long as it suits your taste and provides the additional outdoor space needed for entertaining, relaxing…
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DIY – How to Make a Pebble Mosaic Pathway

For this project you'll need: Wheelbarrow Hoe or shovel Garden hose and spray nozzle Mortar mix, 60# or 80# bags Crushed gravel For straight paths: 2x6 lumber and stakes. For curved paths: plastic lawn edging or bender board and stakes Pebbles Whisk broom and wire brush Dust mask Rubber gloves Muriatic acid and rags (optional)…
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DIY – How to Build an Outdoor Shower

Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer DIY project that you’ll find yourself using even more than you imagined. Of course, the easiest installation is one involving a garden hose, shower head, and tree branch, but you can make a free-standing one just…
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How to Make an Easy DIY Birdhouse

Want to see how a small shopping list can yield big results? Make this DIY birdhouse from a single pine board! Tools Miter saw (or handsaw with miter box) Painter's tape Wood glue Power sander and various grits of sandpaper Drill with bits Clamp Materials 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft pine board, #1157 1/2-in poplar…
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How to Grow Ornamental Grass

They're not the kind of grasses that you broadcast spread across your front or back yard. Hopefully, you will never run across them with the lawn mower either. Rather, Ornamental Grasses are decorative. They look great in the flower garden. They are used to add depth and texture to highlight rock gardens. They are mixed…
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Designing an Outdoor Dining Area

Always start with a goal! Here at Garden Design for Living, we always start the design process by defining a specific goal. Outdoor dining means different things to different people, so before going out and shopping for your dining furniture, start by defining your goal. Ask yourself what do you want from your dining area.…
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Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas

Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas Get design inspiration and expert tips for your backyard entertaining and outdoor living spaces. Backyards have become a true extension of the home. When properly landscaped, a backyard will provide additional outdoor living space where you can spend time with family and friends. Backyards have become areas for recreation as…
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St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine Grass A robust, warm season grass, St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) forms a thick, dark green carpet that can stand up to wear. It's a coarse grass with broad blades that establishes itself quickly. The coarse texture of the grass makes it a compromise choice, but St. Augustine grass has some powerful advantages…
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