Mow the yard, get out the grill and raise the flag, the fourth of July is almost here! Yard games most everyone can play: badminton volleyball croquet horse shoes relay races corn hole riding bikes checkers on the porch catching fire flies What's on the grill? hot dogs hamburgers ribs chicken
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Prune or shape spring flowering shrubs Deadhead any spent blooms (shrubs and perennials) Thin out overgrown perennials and bedding plants Apply fresh layer of mulch (shredded bark, aged compost or aged manure mix) Clip off blooms on annual herbs (like basil) which will force more growth into the plant Look for ants and other garden pests and treat if necessary Check your drip line to make sure it's working properly with no leaks Pull weeds so they don't go to seed (weed seed can lie in the soil for 3 to 5 years before germinating)
One of the most common problems after hurricanes, severe storms and wildfire is soil erosion. Grass, trees, shrubs and perennials are often damaged and even uprooted leaving the top soil exposed and it ends up washing away. Ways to control erosion: Weed netting or weed barrier Mulch with straw Terrace hillsides or banks with logs, fallen trees, straw bales, large stones or other barriers Wattles Silt fences Berms Plant fast growing evergreen ground cover plants and cover with a light layer of straw Reseed with grass blends that will grow within that season Planting ornamental grass clumps...
Our favorite ways to use Ornamental Grasses : For privacy To define property lines Soften corners Create interest within a landscape Small grasses make good border plants Great backdrop plantings Create informal hedges Ornamental Grasses
Evergreen shrubs, and trees, help maintain your privacy as living fences. Plant shrubs in groupings of 3 to 5 for strong visual effects. Group 2 to 3 different varieties together for diversity and harmony of form, foliage and flowering times. Flowering shrubs give a sense of volume to a flowerbed and anchor accessories such as statues, birdbaths, fountains, sculptures and ornamental rocks. Large shrubs can be used to create an intimate corner or as a backdrop for other plants. Summer flowering shrubs attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Use evergreen shrubs as foundation plantings for...