Professional Landscaping

Professional landscaping requires creativity, a sense of design and a lot of knowledge on plants, soil and irrigation. Professional landscaping involves manual labor, but the landscape design and the landscape architecture are the major components.

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Whether they're blooming through a crust of snow or showing off their vivid colors while temperatures drop, hardy plants are thriving as the winter rolls in. And these 10 will make you want to dig that green thumb into the snow.

By Sara Elliott

The yard should be a relaxing place where you can go after a long day of work and enjoy a bit of nature. Unfortunately, your backyard is anything but relaxing. Building a pond may be just the thing to bring serenity to you.

By Heather Kolich

Garden decor is one of those areas where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The fiercely trimmed lawns and clipped hedges of the 1950s have given way to a new interpretation of the garden as an area for self-expression.

By Sara Elliott

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No one wants to see their beautiful lawn wither up in a drought. But how do you keep grass green without breaking watering bans? Is the trick in how the grass is planted, or in how it's maintained?

By Maria Trimarchi

Most people wouldn't mind having a few butterflies floating through their garden, but the delicate insects are notoriously hard to attract. How do you build a garden that nourishes butterflies through all four life stages?

By Maria Trimarchi

When fish live in tanks, their waste builds up in the water. But what is one living thing's sewage is another living thing's savory meal. Can crops be cultivated on fish feces?

By Sarah Winkler

Aeroponics is a deceptively simple growing method that uses very little water and no soil. As counterintuitive as that may seem, aeroponics has yielded more crops in less space and in less time than traditional methods.

By Josh Clark

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You could find the perfect plant or tree to make your garden look larger. However, you might be surprised to find your problem isn't your landscaper. It's your brain.

By Josh Clark

Fall can be a little depressing, but you can plant these lovely fall blooms for a rejuvenating burst of color and scent. With a little planning, you can create a vibrant garden to help you survive the winter doldrums.

By Josh Clark

By selecting flora that harmonizes with the climate conditions of the region in which you live, you don't have to engage in an uphill struggle to force unwilling, exotic plants to thrive in your garden.

By Cristen Conger

Poison ivy is the dreaded scourge of many a summer camper, hiker and even Batman. Once it makes contact with sensitive skin, a telltale blistery rash can wreak havoc on the body. So how do you get rid of this backyard bully?

By Cristen Conger

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These days, we're all trying to do our part to conserve water. But even if you've cut your shower time down from 15 minutes to five, you could still be committing a water sin in your garden. How can you keep your petunias perky with less water?

By Cristen Conger

A green lawn is a nice place to sip iced tea, relax in a hammock, bird watch. But to get to that magazine-worthy turf, you first need to till the soil. Here's how.

By Charles W. Bryant

Backyard maintenance can be time-consuming, back-breaking work. Believe it not, you can save yourself lots of time and energy with a little study and some planning.

By Josh Clark

It seems sort of redundant -- green landscaping. But, believe it or not, your yard and the way you keep it can hurt the environment. What can you do to green it up?

By Charles W. Bryant

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Some home and garden experts recommend spending between 5 and 15 percent of your home's value to landscape your yard. Well, we've got 10 tips to keep your landscaping budget in check -- and to ensure a lush, lively lawn.

By Cristen Conger

Trees are an important part of the Earth's ecosystem, and they do a lot for people. So what kind of people take care of trees? Arborists are a tree's best friend.

By John Fuller

What kind of yard never needs to be mowed? The kind that doesn't have plants. You can fill your yard with AstroTurf or attractive greenery instead.

By Josh Clark

It looks violent and involves spiky tools that seem straight out of the Mad Max movies, but lawns love aeration. Do you know how to let your little patch of green breathe?

By Robert Lamb

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There's a fable that compares the strength of an oak to the flexibility of a willow. The willow weathers the storm because it bends with the wind. But if you live in a storm-prone area, what type of tree should you plant in your yard?

By Cristen Conger

Tired of holes and doggie paths in your backyard? It's surprisingly easy to landscape your yard for Fido's benefit. Of course, you might be banned from your own yard, but it's worth the risk.

By Josh Clark

Imagine you're in a garden with a verdant ground that is punctuated by flowers and two pebble paths. When delicate flowers intersect with inanimate, structural objects, there are hardscaping design principles at work

By Jane McGrath

Substituting turf grass for ornamental grasses gives you more options than tidy green: Zebra grass stems have gold striped, blooming pink Muhly grasses look like giant puffs of cotton candy and Indian grasses sport proud cream plumes.

By Cristen Conger

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You wouldn't plant a banana tree in Wisconsin, would you? Or if you did, you'd expect to give it a lot of tender love and care -- it's far too exotic to thrive on its own. Sometimes, it just makes sense to work with what the natural landscape offers.

By Cristen Conger

How much water does a rock need to grow? That's a trick question. If your thumb isn't exactly green but you love the idea of having a manicured outdoor space, a rock garden might fit the bill.

By Jane McGrath