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Create a cozy winter patio with fire

Days are shorter and nights are crisp making this a great time to gather around a fire in the backyard. Creating a cozy winter garden is easier than you think with options for every size yard and every budget. Safety first Before you start playing with fire, consider safety. Make sure your have a space where flames cannot reach plants or structures. Approximately 10 feet from your house or your neighbor’s yard is a standard recommendation for large fire elements…

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Leaf season is coming! Try these smart leaf solutions

Leaf season will soon be upon us! Before you get frustrated or start to burn them, consider these smart solutions to eliminate and reuse those carbon rich leaves. Mow them No need to rake – mowing the leaves on your lawn is by far the easiest solution. The dispersed leaves gently settle into the lawn where they decompose adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Keep in mind that for mowing to work best, the leaves need to be…

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Yes money grows on trees! – 5 amazing reasons to plant trees

We know that trees make our communities more attractive, but they do so much more. From adding value to our homes, making our neighborhoods cleaner and safer and protecting the environment, they are valued members of any landscape. And the bigger the trees and their canopy, the greater their positive impact on our environment. Whether you are deciding to keep a mature tree or plant a new tree, keep these five amazing facts in mind. 1 Add value to your…

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Beat the heat! 5 Tips to protect your lawn and garden from the scorching heat

Summer may not officially start until June 21st, but for us it has already begun. Temperatures are on the rise and Accuweather predicts that this June could be one of the hottest five on record. Since summer’s scorching sun and extreme heat burns and dehydrates our plants just like us, you need to protect them with these 5 tips.   1 Water early Set your alarm for an early morning watering before the sun pulls the moisture out of the…

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The secret to a greener, healthier lawn – top dressing

As the heat rises and the rainfall disappears, there is one thing you can do now to help the health of your lawn – top dressing.   Why Top Dress? Top dressing is like a deep conditioning treatment for your lawn. By applying a thin layer of compost or manure across your lawn you will bring nutrients back to the roots of your grass encouraging strong growth and healthy soil. It can also help even out a lawn with low…

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5 Fun Events to Celebrate National Garden Month

April is National Garden Month, a time to celebrate the many ways that gardening unites people to nature and to their communities. And what better way to celebrate than with one of the many great events in Austin this month. Here are some great events to get inspired, learn from experts and join the community in celebration of all things green!   East Austin Garden Show – April 14 This community event features all types of hands-on activities about Earth-Kind…

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3 Cool Garden Trends for 2018

What’s hot and what’s not in 2018? It doesn’t matter as long as your garden gives you joy. We looked at some of the garden trends this year, however, and we found 3 cool ideas you might want to consider. Wabi-sabi in the garden Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of imperfection. Embracing the less that perfect in your garden means relaxing, having fun with experiments gone wrong and making space for a more naturalistic approach to gardening.   Creating a…

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Give the Gift of Gardening

Amazing organizations across Austin use gardens and their harvest to transform lives and communities. This season of giving, share the transformative power of gardening with others by donating your time or financial support to one of these groups: Empower Youth with Gardening Urban Roots engages youth in underserved communities to transform their lives and their communities through farming. You can help their effort to develop future leaders and good citizens with your support.   Grow a Community Sustainable Food Center…

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7 Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Rethink Garden Design

Whether salvaging or recycling, all up-cycling activities benefit the environment by reducing landfill. And since these seven found objects are one-of-a-kind, they ensure that your landscape will not look like your neighbors 1 Coke Bottle Landscape Think Coke bottles have an attractive, iconic design? So did we, when we sculpted the edges of a pathway and patio with them. Interspersed with stone, the bottles capture the light and turn ordinary into extraordinary. 2 Pallet garden Discarded shipping pallets make stunning…

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Time to Grow Wild!

Want bluebonnets and butterflies in your garden next Spring? Then this is the time to sow your wild seeds! Why go Wild? Fall is the best time to plant in Austin. And, if you want to do something to benefit the environment, help struggling butterfly and bee populations, and cover a barren patch of lawn with color and life, this is also the best time to plant your wildflower seeds. Consider the addition of a wildflower border or garden to…

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