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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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Designed for Heat – Stunning Succulents & Cacti

Summer’s heat and water restrictions stress most plants in our garden. Some, however, were designed for this weather – the camels of the garden, cacti and succulents. If you have a dry or sunny location where little else wants to grow, these may be the perfect, low-maintenance option. Where to Plant Succulents (all cacti are also succulents) require little. Well-drained area, perhaps with a bit of slope Soil lightened with sand or a cactus-specific mix Light layer of mulch, such…

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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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5 things to do now for a beautiful spring landscape

A little tender loving care in your yard now,will sprout a healthy spring landscape. Here are five things to do now. Stop weeds Tackle weeks now, before they being to sprout. Start by inspecting your lawn for trouble areas. Pull or dig out weeds by hand, cover bare spots with sod and spot treat brown areas for fungus. This is also a great time to spread pre-emergent treatments like corn gluten. Pre-emergents stop weeds from germinating, which means that they…

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