Showing posts with label yard design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yard design. Show all posts


The Cusp of Summer and a Scorched Lawn

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The cusp of summer is upon us again in Southern Canada. With it has arrived the usual high soaring temperatures, very little precipitation and the dry, gusty winds of summer. These three factors combined can be extremely damaging, and even fatal, to green areas of the yard, garden, or newly introduced plant material in the region. As I quickly learn the vast differences between growing in a cold, mountainous climate and the sweltering desert heat of the valley bottom, my garden has overcome me (in the best of ways, of course…).

The weeds are in no short supply, of course. The hot pepper plants and corn are almost at eye level. My snap peas and radishes are long gone. Mystery plants have popped up here and there over the season, and the welcomed have simply become part of the landscape. The lawn… well, the poor lawn. I have tried my best to keep it green without straying from my “low consumption” water behaviors. Sadly, some areas of the yard have definitely suffered. These will be my first areas of attack for the new landscape installs. This means new raised beds, more edible plant material, rock, mulching, and a few new trees and shrubs for next year. 

This year is a learning experience and a great chance to plan out exactly, the best way to landscape the yard and plant the gardens. I look forward to the gardens of next year and transforming my high maintenance lawns into a manageable, low maintenance, dry land yard design.

Stay tuned... for more information on low impact landscaping, plant selection and gardening!


House Plants and Garden Designs

It always seems to be winter by the time I find a few quality moments to get back to my blogs. This year, more the case than others!

After a very busy few months of packing, cleaning, moving, and then attempting to find everything once again, finally I have come to a garden in which I can stay for a while. The winter can now be used to layout and create the new garden and landscaping design plans for my spring time renovations. The new space is private, well kept, and at this point very simply landscaped. Best of all, there is unlimited potential and I plan to make the most of it!

This brings me to my winter plans for the site… 

Considering the time of year, and how nice it is to brighten up the house with greenery as the days get shorter, indoor gardening and house plants are a great place to start I think. Some of the topics I want to discuss over the next few months are: kitchen herb gardens, oxygen producing plants, air purifying plants, as well as the many other types of plants are great to include inside a home.  

The second project that will be focused on is a feature on garden and yard design as I research and design my upcoming garden, yard, and patio. As I am planning to blog myself through this project, several new posts relating to my garden and yard space are slated throughout the upcoming months.

These posts will include articles, how to guides, photos, and informative links relating to dry landscape yard and garden design, vegetable gardens, herb and kitchen gardens, greenhouses, flowers, potted plants and patio areas. Primarily I will be focusing on organic methods of gardening, low impact and self-sustainable practices.

I am very excited about the upcoming projects and look forward to sharing the information. If any of these topics are of interest, make sure to check back periodically or subscribe by email to receive new posts as they are published.


Grass Free Landscaping, The Future for Yard Design.

Hot temperatures, changing climates, water shortages, water usage regulations in many areas and simply, the necessity to preserve water, are all significant reasons grass free landscape designs are becoming growingly popular and will be beneficial in the future of yard and landscape design. This does not mean that we have to sacrifice a beautiful yard or a breathtaking landscape though. There are so many options that exist today to replace the use of grass that has become notorious for a need of constant water and regular maintenance, while not having to give up the functionality or comfort of the space.