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Having a pool house is better than having a pool boy – the house is just as attractive and much less hazardous to your marriage. Let’s explore some of the different themes you can choose. First, there are traditional pool houses that are designed to look like miniature versions of a regular home. That’s the route Brian chose to take for his pool side shelter in Canada (brrr). Read More...
Tropical plants are prized for their lush foliage, brilliant flowers and bold, exotic appearance. Typically grown outdoors where winters are mild and humidity is high, their ideal climate and growing conditions can be duplicated almost anywhere by moving them inside near a south or southwest facing window during the colder months. Read More...
If you’ve ever tried to grow a lush, productive vegetable or flower garden in your yard—which you hoped would be the envy of your neighbors—only to have pale, lifeless plants emerge from the earth and struggle to hang on, then you may need to practice composting. To add compost to your dirt is simply feeding the earth. Although there is currently a composting revolution in the USA and other parts of the world, it is not a new idea. Before population growth began to claim miles and miles of forest land, there was fertile soil to be found because of composting—leaves had piled up on forest floors and decayed. The rotting leaves were returned to the soil, where they fed the soil with their nutrients. Nomadic travelers dumped their food wastes in piles near their camps, and these wastes rotted and also fed the soil. So, simply said, compost is the breakdown of plant materials and other once-living materials which can feed and make our dirt a dark, enriched, crumbly soil that is easy to wor Read More...
Potted plants make wonderful additions to the yard right through the year—even in winter. With a small army of pots of various sizes tucked away in the garden shed or behind the garage or barn, you can create a moveable garden of potted plants for each season. These portable gardens get their start “out back” somewhere, where they wait backstage for their grand entrance when it’s “curtain call” time for them. The key to success in these seasonal potted gardens is planning and timing. Make your plans on paper for the varieties of plants you want to display for each season, then “plant ahead” so those particular plants will be ready for display in conjunction with their season. Read More...
Local resource for tree planting services in Atlanta, GA. Includes detailed information on local tree planting services that give access to tree planting of types like shade, ornamental, and evergreen trees, along with services such as tree transplant services, tree trimming, tree pruning, and tree removal, as well as information on tree care and tree maintenance. Read More...
To have a sturdy building, you’ve got to have a good foundation. The same could be said of plants – having good soil can make or break your garden. Before you can improve the quality of your soil, you first need to know what good soil is. Good soil has neutral pH balance, good structure and texture, and enough organic matter. Good soil is the key to flourishing gardens like this one. Read More...
Building a backyard fire pit is a favorite DIY project. You dig a hole, put some bricks and sand in the bottom, and install a decorative pit border with some rocks or bricks. Sounds simple, right? Read More...
Growing tomatoes is easy, but growing the picture-perfect tomatoes we all want isn’t. I remember when I began growing vegetables; I had visions of big, shiny, juicy, red tomatoes. Unfortunately, the tomatoes I grew didn’t measure up to this ideal. After a lot of research and experimenting, I’ve learned to grow consistently picture-perfect tomatoes. Here are my five top tips for those chasing that perfect tomato. Read More...
Arborists are professionals who specialize in the health and safety of plants and trees. See below to find local arborists in Atlanta that give access to related tree services such as tree pruning, tree fertilization, tree injection, and urban forestry consulting, as well as advice and content on plant care and hazardous tree evaluations. Read More...
We all yearn for a room of our own, a little shed located outside, away from the main house. It could be an alluring destination for both practical and passionate endeavors, a place to escape from the demands of daily living, a place to meditate, to create, a place for personal enjoyment. It could be a hideaway retreat, an art or writing studio, a place to work on projects without interruption, an elegant or funky potting shed—just dream it and then make your plans. Read More...
Looking for a tasty twist to traditional barbecued chicken? Hit the soda aisle of your grocery store. This cola-tinged twist has become a summertime favorite at our house. It’s perfect for a cookout, with a few unusual techniques that will have your guests crowding around the grill as it cooks and talking it up long afterward. Read More...
Since the dawn of man, people have gathered around fires. Fire has protected us from wild animals, kept us warm, and cooked our food. While most of us no longer need protection from wild animals, a back yard fire pit can be a great place to keep warm on a chilly night, roast weenies and marshmallows, or just relax and enjoy a quiet conversation with your family and friends. Read More...