You have trees of varying size and age. They’ll need pruning at some point to keep them healthy and to keep them the right size for the yard. Remove lower tree limbs to allow the trees to canopy, for visual appeal and improve views.
How much do I prune?
Rule of the thumb, never over prune! This may kill the tree, or make it ugly. Roughly, 25% of the tree crown may be pruned annually.
Cut the branches at a diagonal, following the same direction the tree bud is growing; and cut well above the bud. A tree that’s in poor health or weak will need little to no pruning.
Every year there’s a danger of your plants becoming injured during the winter cold temperatures. Damage can be caused by overnight frost or prolonged periods of cold weather. You may experience a loss of early flowers to leaf burn or the death of the entire plant. Here are several plants that resist freezing cold weather and that are recommended for cold regions of the US:
Here are 5 hardy, cold resistant plants for Indiana gardeners:
What you do in the fall will determine how lush your grass is the following year, whether your trees can survive a harsh winter, and how healthy all your plants are down the road.
Most people think only of removing leaves in the fall, but there is far more to do at this time if you want the best yard possible the following year.
Right before fall, is also the time when gardens are in full production and when critters are plentiful. It can be overwhelming to think about next year’s yard when you’re still dealing with this year’s yard.
Automatic sprinkler systems are a home improvement project worth investing in. When installed correctly the system will conveniently and efficiently water your lawn, conserve water and your money.
Irrigation systems are easily adjusted to protect against over or under watering when weather conditions change.
There are several types of irrigation systems to use based on the plants and area that requires watering.
Indiana has a wonderful climate for trees and shrubs. Take a look at some of these beautiful options to develop your landscape. Continue reading
In the fragile world we live in, the importance of gardening sustainably cannot be underrated. Gardening in your own backyard takes more effort than just watering the plants.
Environmentally sustainable gardening practices are aimed at creating a conducive environment for plants through taking care of the soil, vegetation, air and water around those plants. The following are a few ways to achieve this: Continue reading
If the area where you live has hard water, you’ve realized that it makes dishes dull, corrodes plumbing and leaves clean clothes looking dirty.
You may have seen retaining walls around your neighborhood, but not noticed what they actually did for the landscape. The functionality of a retaining wall is subtle, but it’s also of vital importance.
It provides a stable foundation for sloping grounds or hilly terrain that can sweep your house away over time due to soil erosion. However, there are many more reasons a retaining wall can help you.
Going organic is beginning to touch every part of our lives. No chemicals, no pesticides, no antibiotics, means foods that taste better, and with the newest studies, food is healthier too.
Of course, we all know about organic food, but what about lawn care? Is it possible to bring that same type of organic know-how when it comes to your grass? After all, the same chemical free, antibiotic and pesticide free environment means it would be a safer and healthier lawn, especially for kids and pets. And that’s what an organic lawn is all about. Continue reading
Unfortunately, far too many people over water their lawns and landscape areas unintentionally with the hope of making them lush. This is due to lack of knowledge of the amount of water your plants and grass need to thrive. Over watering your plants makes them prone to damage by fungus, weeds, and disease.