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Naturalized Front Yards with Style

The primary element of curb appeal is your front landscaping. Usually, you will find traditional trees and flower beds next to the house and manicured lawn leading to the door.  Not all front yards need to be identical.  There are several effective elements you can add to benefit wildlife and still make your neighbors happy.…

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Why Pondless Waterfalls Are a Great Choice

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A pondless waterfall is nothing more than a water feature that has a recirculating stream of water but does not incorporate a larger basin like a pond.  It pumps water from a reservoir through the spillway and back again. There are any number of sizes and configurations so it will work just great in either…

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Koi Keeping Tips

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Adding koi to ponds is popular across all cultures.  They are playful and ideal for most backyard water gardens.  Many people report that the addition of these creatures aid in stress relief and relaxation.  As part of feng shui, the concept of bringing harmony into one’s surroundings, it will extend the feeling from inside to…

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Designing a Backyard Recreation Pond

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If you have been researching water feature landscaping options, you may have come across recreational ponds. We can all agree that they are a luxurious and functional alternative to swimming pools. They add the immense beauty of a water feature while remaining optimal for swimming and lounging. Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional? Anytime…

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Bee Friendly Landscapes

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Pollinators are responsible for reproduction in flowering plants.  These are not just the annuals you plant in your landscape, but vegetables, fruit trees, and other plants also produce flowers.  By transporting pollen from one plant to another, fertilization occurs and then fruits and seeds are produced. There are a number of pollinators including birds, bats,…

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Rainwater Harvesting and Re-Use

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Looking out your window on a stormy day, you may have wondered if it was possible to harvest that rain and save it for reuse during times of less frequent showers or even droughts.  The good news is that it is not only possible it is a very good idea. Technical Terms Although you may…

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What is a Natural Swimming Pool?

Imagine a garden pond filled with white and pink water lilies and purple irises and humming with a chorus of frogs and birds. Now imagine swimming in it. Alice Klein and Hannah Hislop take a dip in the world of natural swimming pools for your landscape ( article from http://www.theecologist.org/) Superficially, a natural swimming pool looks like…

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Why are trees so important?

THE BENEFITS OF TREES… (from http://landscapeontario.com/benefits-of-trees) Below are some quick facts on the benefits of trees and the equity value of landscaping. Trees improve health Trees improve moods and emotions, and they create feelings of relaxation and well-being. Trees provide privacy and a sense of security. Foliage helps to settle out, trap and hold particulate pollutants…

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