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...
When you think of a “living fence,” what comes to mind? Perhaps a vision of towering evergreen trees, their branches swaying lightly in the wind. Maybe you picture a flock of cardinals, singing as they hop around a festive holly bush. Either of these scenarios would be right on track, because living fences give any landscape the perfect blend of diverse ecology and lively splendor!Natural fencing is very beneficial both for the homeowner and the environment. Fences made of shrubs, trees, and other such resources comprise a natural “edge habitat,” where various types of wildlife can find shelter and food. Living fences effectively keep away unwanted guests. Natural barriers also add charm to any landscape, and come in a range of beautiful, functional varieties. No matter what you are looking to add to your lawn – tall, wide trees, a short and neatly-kept hedgerow, or sprawling bushes...
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare must have known the worldwide love for
roses to mention their sweet fragrance in his writing. Roses are not only the
flower of love but are acclaimed to be the most popular flower worldwide. There
is no wonder why so many want a rose garden to be part of their landscape.
Maintaining a rose garden is an exciting activity but with many options for
fertilizers it can get overwhelming trying to choose the right one. Let us look
into a few different types of rose fertilizers so you can determine the best
option for your roses. Homemade Fertilizer There are a number of recipes for DIY fertilizer. SFGate
has a great article on homemade recipes using ingredients such as kelp,
molasses, coffee grounds, white vinegar, egg shells, Epsom salts, fish tank
water, and banana peels. Homemade fertilizers are a great ...