Backyard Landscaping

Tips and information about all aspects of landscaping to help you and your family boost your home’s value.

Best plants for hay fever sufferers

Best Garden Plants for Hay Fever Sufferers

You can still garden if you are a hay fever sufferer. Usually, you want to try plants with small blooms that bloom infrequently. But there are some flowering and decorative plants that you can still plant and have around without worrying about how they will affect your allergies. I’ve researched a list of plants that…

The Great Rake Comparison

Metal vs. Plastic Rake – Rake Those Leaves!

When the leaves start falling from the trees, there will be a lot to rake. It’s a landslide of leaves that just won’t stop – and I now live in a place that doesn’t even have any actual trees on the property!  We just happen to have trees behind us, trees across the street, and…

Landscape, Hardscape, and Softscape What are the Differences?

Landscape, Hardscape, and Softscape – What’s the Difference?

Hardscaping, landscaping, and softscaping are all ways of describing the features you add to your yard. But there are differences in each.  Hardscape is the hard, built structures within a landscape that contrasts with vegetation. Softscape makes up a landscape design’s horticultural, animate, and pliable parts. Both hardscape and softscape combined make up a landscape…

Winter Planter Ideas to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space

Easy Winter Planter Ideas to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space

Winter is a great time to create some beautiful planters for your outdoor space. Whether you have a small balcony or a large yard, there’s no reason why you can’t jazz up your outdoor space with some fresh flowers and herbs.  From reusing old items to making use of things never meant to be planters,…

What Should I Do About a Muddy Yard in Winter?

What Should I Do About a Muddy Yard in Winter? (Tips & Tricks)

You may find that your yard is becoming muddy after winter rains or melting snow. So, what can you do when your yard becomes a mud pit?  You can prevent a muddy yard in the first place by making sure the yard has proper drainage, a healthy lawn, and grass with deep roots. If you…

5 Simple to Stop Icicles from Forming on Gutters

5 Simple Methods to Stop Icicles from Forming on Gutters

When it comes to icicles, I have a love-hate relationship with them. They are beautiful and as an amateur photog, I love capturing them just right in the light of the sun. However, when they’re hanging from the Eaves of a house or from the gutters, they can be dangerous.  The five methods of stopping…

What Should I Know about Snowblowers?

What Should I Know About a Snow Blower? (Answered)

A good portion of us will never have to worry about snowblowers. I had no idea about them until I read up and did my research for this article.  If you’re ever going to need a snowblower, it’s helpful to know what they are, the basic types you might end up using, how they work,…

Do Weeds Die in Winter?

Do Weeds Die in the Winter? What You Should Know

So, what exactly are weeds? Well, in the simplest of terms, a weed is a plant that’s growing where it’s not wanted. Some people say it’s an “undesirable” plant. I like the thorny weeds out front because they make lovely fluted blue blooms that some of the hummingbirds like. But otherwise, yeah… they’re still weeds…

5 Tips for Sound Dampening Your Outdoor Space

5 Great Tips for Sound Dampening Your Outdoor Living Space

We have had our concrete patio poured and cured. The furniture and hot tub are being delivered piece by piece. We’ve decided to go with easy-to-assemble pergolas. I and the hubs walk outside and consider where to put everything when suddenly our peaceful moment is interrupted by the sound of the heat pump cutting on. …

How to Fix a Gravel Driveway Overgrown by Grass

How to Fix a Gravel Driveway Overgrown with Grass

I think one of my least favorite things to deal with while owning a home was the fight with grass over my gravel driveway. Also, the fight with grass over my gravel or rock-strewn landscaping. Or what’s going on right this minute in my backyard: the fight with grass over the firepit area. So, how…

10 Ways You're Ruining Your Lawn

10 Ways You’re Ruining Your Lawn (Beginner’s Guide)

Homeowners often battle to maintain a green, healthy lawn for their home and there is a lot of information that is wrong. An example of this is the question: Does watering grass in the sun burn it? Watering your grass in the heat of the day under a bright sun will not burn it. The…

What is Scalping?

What Is Scalping and When Should I Do It? (Explained)

People scalp grass in their yard accidentally, all the time. But did you know that there were times when you may want to scalp your yard on purpose?  Scalping your yard is when you cut the grass blades to the right above the crowns of the grass, usually by lowering your mower to the lowest…