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5 Dos And Don'ts Of Backyard Landscaping

HomeAdvisor | Posted 05.21.2015 | HuffPost Home
HomeAdvisor

It's important to keep the purpose of the space in mind when you landscape. You should also consider climate conditions and any other concerns before digging in and planting new flowers or shrubs. Here are the main dos and don'ts of backyard landscape design to guide you.

9 Gorgeous Additions Your Spring Garden Still Needs

Hometalk | Posted 05.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

Now that your gardening work is paying off and all that patio furniture is cleaned up and back in place, your outdoor areas are just about done. What are you still missing? Well, here are nine gorgeous garden details and plants that you might want to think about adding.

7 Affordable Landscaping Ideas for Under $1,000

HomeAdvisor | Posted 05.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
HomeAdvisor

Landscaping doesn't have to be an expensive investment. There are a lot of affordable projects that will make your garden look beautiful this spring.

Give Peas a Chance

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

There's no way to tell what will unfold when you start to do something, even the smallest thing. Actions grow and expand, sort of like the way our peas started out small, crawled past their trellises and are now getting tangled up into each other.

Top 10 Neighbor Issues

Andrew Lieb | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Andrew Lieb

Your Neighbor Killed Your Trees by Over Pruning: How do you even know that the trees that were located on your boundary line were yours and not your n...

6 Expert Tips For Getting Your Backyard Ready For Summer Parties

Dering Hall | Posted 05.23.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dering Hall

Good planning of outdoor areas is essential to maximizing relaxing, enjoyment and entertaining and making sure the space fits all of your needs.

Lawns Gone Wild

Lance Hosey | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

The total area of American lawns is approximately 50 thousand square miles, about the size of New York State. To keep it well watered takes about 200 gallons per person per day, and nearly a third of all residential water use goes toward landscaping, according to the EPA.

An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I'm sure that because of what I've allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

7 Secrets to Creating a Country Cottage Garden

Hometalk | Posted 08.31.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

A country cottage style garden can transport you to a place of beauty and tranquility, no matter where you actually live. They look natural, not overly manicured and trimmed.

The Untapped Savings in California's Water Supply

Steve Fleischli | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

California is facing a historic drought. But a new report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute highlights a lot of ways we can help protect ourselves from water shortages while using water more wisely.

Is Your Garden Good for Hawaii?

Jason Rushin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

Helping people discover which plants are better versus not-so-good is one of the goals behind Ulu, a new sustainable garden project, located at the back of Manoa valley amidst a tropical rainforest and screaming cockatiels.

Green Homes Go Mainstream

VisualNews.com | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
VisualNews.com

In light of rising produce prices and food-safety scares, most homeowners noted they're ready to trade in their lawns and ornamental outdoor installations for fruit and vegetable gardens, reducing water and resource consumption.

How to Tune Up and Maintain a Lawn Mower

Angie Hicks | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Home
Angie Hicks

Many homeowners strive for the perfect, emerald-green lawn, which often means that their lawn mower suffers considerable use and abuse. And without regular, preventive maintenance, there's a good chance an overworked lawn mower will sputter out just when you need it most.

The Edible Bus Stop: Guerrilla Gardeners Transform Neglected Corners of London

Tom Moran | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

Have you ever considered combining a trip to a major world capital with a spot of guerrilla gardening? If so, The Edible Bus Stop project, launched last week in London, could be the ideal opportunity.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.12.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In his later years, you could find Dan Kiley with his wild hair and pants hiked up to his waist always brimming with opinions and ideas - or as the ce...

How To Deal With Annuals In This Heat

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Annuals in Heat: Q: It's been pretty warm on my patio lately, and I've noticed some of my plants have lost their oomph, I'm seeing a little more gree...

Meet The 'Perfect House Plant'

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Ok, so the name of the Nong Nooch vine is a little bit of a tongue twister. This tropical vine is a rare one to find at your local nursery but if you ...

How Much Water Do Plants Need?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: I know my plants need water, but how do I know how much they need? A: Each plant has different needs but, most importantly everything wants to hav...

The Tree With The Prettiest Flowers You'll Ever See

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

When you're talking about bringing color into your home with plants, the options can sometimes be slim. Blooms can be small and on the feeble side an...

"Is My Tree [Plant] Supposed To Look Like This?"

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: I bought a fiddle leaf fig ficus tree and my friends keep giving me "help" and "good advice" concerning them. It all seems a little contradictory c...

Read This Before Planting Hydrangeas

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Many of us have childhood memories of huge hydrangeas lining the neighborhood. When you're young their giant mop head blooms seem almost Alice-In-Wond...

Turn Your Garden Into A 'Hot' Spot

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

I was with a client the other day and when I asked her what she wanted her garden to 'say' she responded "I want to feel warm when I am in this space ...

Is This The Most Beautiful Flower Of All Time?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Growing up, my grandmother's backyard was full of peonies. And, visiting her in the spring and early summer the first thing I wanted to do was pick th...