Autumn is a beautiful time of year... The leaves take on spectacular colors, painting the earth with vivacity and charm. But did you know autumn leaves can do more than just look beautiful? These little gems can do so much to help your garden, decorate your home, and improve your health and well-being. There are a number of ways autumn leaves can be used in your outdoor space.Mulch Dried leaves can be shredded and used as a top layer on your soil. Mulch made from leaves works effectively by adding moisture, improving fertility, and preventing weed growth in your soil. The great thing about using leaves as mulch is that it is 100% organic. Be sure the leaves are shredded before laying them as mulch; non-shredded leaves can result in either blocking moisture or adding too much. Shredding, luckily, is a simple process and can be achieved by a lawn mower or leaf shredder.Compost Dried leaves work well as c...
We all love our dogs.As a pet owner, you want your dog to be able to enjoy your backyard, but as a homeowner you also want your yard to be in top shape! If you have a canine pal, there are certain things to keep in mind when looking to spruce up your yard or start a garden. With a little planning and training you can keep the damage to a minimum, while still allowing your dog safe yard access.Landscaping Your Yard and Training Your DogYour dog’s normal habits have the potential to do a number on your yard.Create a Potty AreaEncourage your dog to pick one area for urinating. Dog urine is acidic, and while you can tweak their diet to keep the pH balance healthy, it is a good idea to train them to urinate in a smaller area. If you want to go the extra mile, you can build a dog potty area, or purchase special “turf” for a potty area.Break the Bad HabitIf your dog likes to search for treasur...
Landscaping and cutting-edge fashion have something in common.They can both put organic textiles to use and create beautiful, useful, and eco-friendly consumer options. There are so many uses for biodegradable materials, including fabric, eco-friendly shoes, home decorations, and even compost piles. It is worth researching a few common (and uncommon) textiles and their benefits. Whether you are into greenscapes that are free of weeds, or looking to reduce your carbon footprint starting at home, organic materials can be an invaluable help!What Are Organic Textiles?Essentially, these textiles have been produced without the use of harmful toxins, like herbicides and pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As with food, many people choose organically-sourced over inorganic fabrics because they improve quality of living. For example, who would not want to swaddle their newborn in a 100% non-to...
Summer is drawing to a close... Your garden might be looking a little barren in the days leading to autumn, but just because the seasons are in transition does not mean your garden has to come to a standstill.Here are five easy ways to perk your garden up as a last hurrah before the coming chilly months!1. Plant MumsChrysanthemums, or “mums,” are a timeless fall classic, beloved for their colorful blooms that match autumn’s fiery foliage. Mums are the perfect transition plant from summer to fall and they are easy to care for. Plant your mums in containers or in an area where they will have well-draining soil and partial sunlight, and water them frequently. Nothing screams fall like a beautiful assortment of welcoming mums!Mums are often not expected to last through the winter, and provide short-lived color to garden beds, porches, or patios. But if you are determined to have your mums survive to ...
What do phrases like “edible garden,”
“self-sustaining landscape,” and “productive ecology” have in
common? They are all real benefits of one all-encompassing,
fast-growing system: Permaculture. A combination of the words
“permanent” and “agriculture,” permaculture does not have one
specific definition; however, this method usually denotes the
adoption of farming and gardening practices to enhance
sustainability, productivity, and harmony in your landscape. Working
with benefits found in nature, permaculture takes various gardening
tactics, (composting, mulching, plant placement, etc.), and
transforms any lawn into hearty and sustainable land. If your garden
is not yielding hoped-for results, it may be time to try
permaculture and not just organic gardening.
If you are into working harmoniously with your landscape and
producing all kinds of delicious plants through your own efforts,...