Steven asks…

Landscaping Ideas?

Can someone help me with some landscaping tips?

landscapeliving answers:

Go to Lowes or your local garden store they have racks of Landscaping books that aren't very expensive, or you can go to your local library.

Daniel asks…

Landscaping ideas?

I am fixing up my house and want some ideas of what to do with my lawn. I don't want grass anymore (can't add a good sprinker system because of the layout) and I was thinking of either bark dust or something else. If you know of a good website for this, I would appreciate it.

landscapeliving answers:

I am slowly eliminating my lawn; I am replacing it with brick walkways and large flagstone/pavestone areas and ornamental grasses/vinca and boulders. Most ornamental grasses and vinca, once established, needs very little watering and no mowing.

For some ideas, try http://www.lesslawn.com/

http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/PI/shrunklawn.htm

http://eartheasy.com/article_lawn_reduce.htm

You may also want to search for "beneficial landscaping", the current "correct word" for replacing your lawn with more eco-friendly (and wallet-friendly!) alternatives.

Linda asks…

What are some good landscaping ideas for my garden?

Do you know any sites that has good landscaping pictures to get ideas? I have planted 6 fruit trees, and now need to do the landscaping and the ground work to cover the dirt and make it look nice.

If i don't cover the dirt, weed keeps growing and dried grass. Pls help, thanks!

landscapeliving answers:

Go to bhg.com (Better Homes and Gardens). They have landscaping plans for all types of yards and conditions, along with substitute plants for the ones they list in some of them. They also have a program on their site where you can create your own plan by plugging in the dimensions of your yard and adding plants the size you want to see how it will look.

One good way to keep the weeds from coming through is to put down black plastic before you plant. Fasten it down well (we cut about 6" lengths of wire and bend them like staples), cut holes in it where you want your plants, and plant them through it. You can cover it with mulch once you've finished to hide the plastic. The plastic also holds in moisture and heat, so you won't have to water as often.

Carol asks…

Where can I find a good website with landscaping ideas/pictures?

I have been looking all over the internet and can not find a good website with landscaping ideas and pictures. The website has to be free of charge and have lots of photographic examples of flower/plant combinations, etc.

landscapeliving answers:

Television Shows
Sub links for the DIY Network below

Indoors Out
Yard Crashers
Desperate Landscapes
Grounds for Improvement
The Dirt On…
Fresh from the Garden
Garden Sense
Weekend Gardening
Ask DIY Gardening

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/gardening

Garden ponds click on pix for enlargement

http://pondmarketphotos.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=410

AZpondsjust click on the thumbnail to enlarge

http://www.azponds.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?categoryid=6

http://www.azponds.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?categoryid=7

http://www.azponds.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?categoryid=5

http://www.azponds.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?categoryid=4

http://madamebutterflygardens.com/

John asks…

Looking for landscaping ideas for a boggy, woody area with limited sun and deer?

Open pallet for landscaping that is wooded and very wet. I have also seen deer tracks, so I need things that are deer repellent. There is standing water that I would like to try minimize with planting and or stone. It is filtered, limited sun area. I am planning on putting up a privacy fence to the wood line then continuing with a chain link in the woods (needed to for my dogs). Any ideas

landscapeliving answers:

Unless you get a 10 foot tall or better fence forget keeping the deer out. I have seen them jump over 8 foot fences with ease.but if you keep the dogs outside that will deter the deer. As for the boggy wooded area if i had some pictures and the state you live in i could send you some ideas( dont need exact location it just helps with plant variaties).
For some reason i took horticulture in highschool for an easy class and it turned out i am quite good at it and enjoy it.
But as far as the boggy part if the ground isnt level i would have it dug down several feet then have sandy loam put in place topped with compost or high quality clean top soil. The sandy loam will aid in drainage and the top soil or compost is excellant for plants.
I will be more than happy to give you ideas if you send me a drawing of the layout of your yard with dimensions. Just send me a pm if you want to do that .

I dont know how big your lawn is but something else occured to me today. How about planting a weeping willow in the area that has the most water. They love water i have seen roots come through swimming pool liners to get to the water.that may help solve alot of the boggy part. If your lawn is large enough plant several.
Also try rhododendron's and trappers tea(groenlandicum) the last 2 are if you have a an acidic soil they love it. I have to ask this ,ist the ground always saturated with water from the ground or is it just stagnant rain water that is not getting soaked up by the soil. Here is a site that will also aid ideas.

Http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/natbltn/300-399/nb385.htm

if you need to cut down a few trees to make room for the willows. Go after the tree that don't look very healthy.there are several web sites that will show,or tell you what to look for. Google forestry,tree diseases.

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