Creating a Secluded Hot Tub with a Bubbling Wall and Landscaping


Posted by Ethan | Posted in In the Garden | Posted on 02-01-2015

Having a hot tub can provide an immense amount of enjoyment.

You’ll be able to relax in the bubbling water under the stars, solo, with friends or with that special someone. However, a hot tub can provide additional enjoyment when seclusion is provided by great landscaping and a bubbling wall.

To hide your hot tub behind foliage and your own bubbling wall, you’ll just need to allow your creativity to flow. Use the suggestions provided here for creating an envelope of lush greenery. Follow the provided steps to build a bubbling wall, that can be placed according to your preference. The steps provided will create a single wall, however you can always build more than one.

Measure and Cut all Bubble Wall Acrylic Pieces

  • 2 Acrylic pieces measured at 4’ X 2’1/2” – Front and back panel
  • 1 Acrylic piece measured at 3” X 2’ – bottom of panel
  • 1 Acrylic piece measured at 4” X 2’1” – Top of panel
  • 2 Acrylic pieces measured at 4’1/2” X 4” – Side panels

Prior to cutting acrylic pieces, be sure to remove paper backing. Cut all pieces with a circular saw equipped with a triple tooth carbide blade. While cutting, be sure to make consistent slow cuts. You’ll also need to consistently apply water to the saw blade to prevent the acrylic from melting.

Drill an Opening for Air Tubing

Using a 1/2” acrylic drill bit, drill a hole into one side panel 1” up from the 4” width base. The hole should be centered at the 2” mark across the 4” width. While drilling, be sure to consistently wet the acrylic and drill bit, to prevent melting caused by the drill bit heating up. Avoid applying extra pressure while drilling.

Once the hole has been made, use a 1/2” countersink to smooth out the edges of the drilled hole, this will prevent fractures caused by stress.

Applying Silicone to Acrylic Edges, LED Lighting and Air Tubing

Applying silicone caulking, is a relatively easy process provided that you follow a few caulking guidelines. Silicone caulking will connect all of the panels of a bubble wall and ensure that it doesn’t leak. Start by caulking the two sides of the bottom panel and attaching the side panels to the caulked area. The sides will extend 1/2” beyond the bottom panel on both ends.

When connecting the sides, the side that has an air tube hole will be connected so that the hole is at the bottom of the bubble wall. A bead of caulk should be ran on the inside and outside of the panel joints. Allow the caulk to fully dry before adding the front and back panels.

With the side panels connected to the bottom panel, you’re ready to insert the air tubing. A bead of silicone should be ran along the length of the bottom panel. Insert standard aquarium air tubing through the drilled hole and press the tubing into the silicone caulking. Close off the far end of the tubing with silicone, so that air is unable to pass through the end.

Use a needle to pierce holes into the tubing. This will allow air bubbles to rise within your bubble wall. Keep in mind, the amount of rising bubbles will be based on the number of holes made, too little or too many could affect the flow of your bubbles. Once you have finished piercing your holes, caulk the air tubing hole on the inside and outside to prevent leaks.

To attach the front and back panels, run a bead of caulk along the edges and press the panel into position. You’ll want to do one panel at a time, allowing caulk to fully dry between each panel. Be sure to caulk the inside and outside with silicone.

While the back panel is drying, you can add the LED lights. To add lights, add a bead of caulk around the back panel edges and press an LED light rope into the silicone caulking. For added effect, you can use a multi-colored LED light rope, providing a rainbow of colors.

Once all silicone has dried, you can stand your bubble wall up and add water. At this point, you’ll also want to connect an air pump to the air tubing. With the bubble wall filled with water, you’ll need to apply a final bead of silicone across the top of the panels and add the top panel.

Bubble Wall Variations

After creating your first bubble wall, you can set it along any side of your hot tub in any type of stand chosen. However, if you would prefer to create an entire wall, you can build a wooden frame that can house several bubble walls. If you choose this route, you may want to use single colored LED light ropes of varying colors. A variation of colored LED light ropes will allow you to have a different color for each bubble wall.

Adding a Little landscaping

To add landscaping, choose an area along your hot tub that doesn’t have a bubble wall. You can plant a variety of aloe vera plants, agave cacti and then throw in some wildflowers and succulents for added ground cover. This combination will create soft vegetation. An advantage to plant aloe, is that aloe will thrive throughout the winter.

Houston Landscaping Considerations


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 15-02-2013

Houston-GardenBeing a Houston gardener, I’ve dealt many years with the particularities of landscaping in the Houston, Texas area – and I’ve seen the best and the worst of it.

What people fail to understand sometimes is that successful landscaping is much more than the sum of its parts. Knowing the plant species that thrive in Houston, for example, does not guarantee that they will grow to their full potential in just any Houston garden, and there are numerous factors that may play into this shortfall.

Although the following does not claim to be a comprehensive list, it certainly outlines some of the major particularities of the wider Houston area that affect our choices in creating and maintaining a handsome landscape.

Houston Climate

Those of you, who have been residing in Houston long enough, know it well by now. Newcomers soon find out, inevitably: humidity is our permanent companion here. And this is a major factor that all landscaping plans should take into account.

Landscaping in the Rain

Climate in Houston can be divided into two main seasons: cold and humid, or hot and humid. Wet. Rainy. Sticky.

The warm southerly winds blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, heavily saturated with moisture, are responsible for this sub-tropical tinge of our climate. On the other hand, cold, dry air masses descending from the North will bring in the low temperatures that characterize our winters – with, perhaps, some occasional days of frost.

When the two wind masses collide, rain pours down, often for days on end. Combined with the flat Houston landscape, water tends to pool, either on the surface or below the ground. This is why proper drainage is a crucial element in Houston gardens; otherwise, a whole lot of problems may occur, such as:

  • root rot
  • fungi
  • mold
  • deterioration of hardscaping elements
  • soil erosion

Landscaping in the Dry

Then again, we can’t always be sure that it will actually rain. Extended periods of drought are also a trait of our unique climate. In order to amend for this whim of Mother Nature, a combined drainage and irrigation system, with aptly installed basins and pipelines, will channel excess water from where it may be harmful, store it, and direct it to where (and when) it is most needed.

Bay Area Gardening in Texas

While coastal areas benefit from a milder climate, with mostly warm winters and cool summers, at the same time they’re at the mercy of salty sea winds that can be very damaging to non-native plants. Lawns and tender-leafed plants are the ones running the highest risk.

During wet seasons, rain will adequately rinse out the salt layer overlaying plant surfaces. When drought settles in, though, and rain cannot naturally perform this essential task, it is absolutely necessary that you carefully wash this salt layer off from time to time. Or, better yet, you could plan your landscape in such a way that those sensitive species are protected from exposure to sea winds.

In addition, soil in Houston coastal areas is usually sandy – which means that adequate care should be given to provide the proper mixture of ingredients (e.g. humus, well-aged manure, pine bark, etc) that will improve the nutritious content of your garden soil.

Houston City Codes for Landscaping

Besides having a good grasp of the basics of landscaping (and much more, if you really want your garden to turn its full potential), you must also be aware that Houston City has set a detailed legal framework for what is allowed for gardening and landscaping projects. Did you know, for example, that removal of trees and shrubbery is governed by strict development regulations?

Plus, you will have to deal with all the usual permits from utility companies when digging, building, and performing other works that may interfere with the permanent structure of the ground and its subsurface are involved.

These are essential steps to take, if you want to avoid ulterior problems and additional expenses that may rise way beyond your initial budget.

Landscaping Materials

Whether for hardscaping (building permanent structures such as pavements, swimming pools, pergolas, patios, drainage, retaining walls, etc) or for softscaping (creation of flower beds, planting), you will need the appropriate materials with which to execute your project.

Finding the most cost/effective solution or the best quality for your exact circumstances is a time- and effort-consuming process, and nothing guarantees that what you pay for is what you’ll ultimately get – unless you are a dedicated amateur and a deep connoisseur at the same time.

Additionally, certain items (from plants to construction materials) cannot be found even in the best retail stores and are only available to professional landscaping firms and contractors – simply because they are not distributed through regular commercial channels.

Bottomline for Houston Landscaping

As I mentioned before, successful landscaping is a complex affair, with its constituent parts working together as a well-regulated whole. If one part goes wrong, it is more than probable that it will start a chain reaction affecting the entirety of your garden.

Finding an experienced, licensed, responsible Houston landscaping company or contractor is the safest way to go. You may be utterly surprised to find out that your initial plans had not taken into account several critical elements… or that you don’t have to pay as much as you imagined in the first place!

Photo Credit: Galaga Gal via Flickr

Some Things About Sage Seeds and Herbs


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Plants | Posted on 24-07-2015


9550229254_81afdc792d_kSage (Salvia officinalis) is a small evergreen shrub, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Although it can be seen everywhere in the world, sage is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used for centuries in medicine and in cookery.


There are many varieties of sage with different sizes, shapes and colors of leaves.

The most known sage grows to about 23 inch high and extends about 19 inch wide.

The leaves are elongated and slightly pointed at the tip. They reach sizes of 2 inch long and 0.6 inch wide. They have a gray-green color and are rough on the top side. The bottom side is nearly white. There are also varieties of sage with other colors for the leaves: purple, cream, reddish or yellowish.

The flowers appear in spring and are generally very similar to lavender flowers. They grow all around a high rod.

History Sage Herb Seeds

Salvia officinalis was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Sage is grown for centuries and known for its flavor but also for its medicinal properties. The name officinalis refers to the medical use of the plant. Officina was the name of a room in monasteries where they stored drugs and herbal medicines.

Sage was used for centuries by people to protect them from evil and snake bites, but also to increase fertility in women.

Theophrastus wrote about two different species of sage, a wild bush that he called “sphakos” and another similar species, cultivated, which he called “elelisphakos”. The plant was later called “saved” by the Romans. It was used for its diuretic properties, as a local anesthetic to the skin, astringent etc.

In the Middle Ages and during the Carolingian Empire, sage was intensely cultivated in the gardens of monasteries. Walafrid Strabo described it in his poems as having a bland flavor and said that it was useful in preparing foods.


Gardeners grow sage for two purposes: as an ornamental plant or to use it with other herbs in the preparation of various dishes.

Planting herb seeds directly in the soil or seedbeds can be done in early spring. The seedlings should be planted in the garden in late spring, 1 inch deep and about 15 inches distance between plants.

Sage needs a well-drained ground. Excess water can cause yellowing of the leaves. Also during the summer, take care that the soil is permanently wet. Sage should be planted in sunny locations.


Sage has a slightly sweet and peppery flavor. In Western Europe it is used to flavor roasts, served with some cheese, garnish different vegetables and for preparing sauces. Sage is also extensively used in Italian and Middle East cuisine.

It has been recommended as a medicinal plant since ancient times. Recent studies have shown that sage can be used in the preparation of antibiotics. It also has antifungal, tonic, astringent properties, and is a good hypoglycemic.

Sage is grown in some parts of Europe for extracting essential oil.

The Broke Gardener’s Cash Savvy Tips on Landscaping


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 18-02-2014

There is an adage that goes, “A man’s home is his castle.” Like many proud homeowners, you might be constantly looking for ways to improve your home’s appearance. One great way to highlight your home’s beauty is by maintaining a beautiful and creative garden.

For many homeowners, the garden is usually the focal point of their homes. True enough, having a little piece of Mother Nature in one’s own yard certainly adds up to a home’s aesthetic value. What does it take to have a garden worthy of being featured in one of those daytime television shows?

Unfortunately, in order to have that garden that would make a lot of people go green with envy, you need a lot of the “greens” as well, right? If you stick to the traditional mindset, you can hold that as true. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be so.

Be Realistic

Pay no attention to what the naysayers might say, “budget gardening” is truly possible. However, it is essential that you come up with a fixed amount when it comes to budgeting things. For example, you need to determine just how much you are willing to shell out on plants, shrubs and other gardening supplies.

Work with Improving Your Soil Quality

One effective way to improve your landscape while on a budget is by upgrading your soil’s quality. Buying imported and expensive plants will just be a waste of money if your soil is of poor quality. Invest in good quality soil first, and you will indeed see the glowing results.

You are the Hired Hand

Hiring a professional gardener can cost one an arm and a leg. With this in mind, you should understand that you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do a lot of the grunt work yourself. You might exert a lot of time and energy into this, but the fruits of your labor will surely be sweeter.

Know Where to Shop

In this economy, you have to be willing to sniff out a good deal. If shopping bores you to tears, think of it as an opportunity to scour out the buys. Remember that the best purchases are not limited to just your local plant store.

There are many plant and flower shows out there and many gardening enthusiasts out there who would be more than happy to share a few tips on landscaping. Not only will you be scoring a great deal, you will have made a new friend as well.

Go DIY with Mulch

Every good gardener knows that mulch is an essential ingredient to every garden. Buying a bag or two at your local gardening store can be costly, so it is best that you make your own garden mulch by recycling garden waste such as dead leaves, coffee grounds and grass clippings.  Not only is it cost effective, you will find that it does wonders for the environment as well.

Take a Crash Course on Garden Maintenance

One sure-fire way to go budget gardening is to make do with what you already have in your garden. Take some time to survey your garden, and take note of what plants need pruning. Read up on how to properly maintain each flower and plant you already have.

Be Creative and Think Outside of the Box

Just because you are on a budget does not mean that you have to stick to what is ordinary and boring. Why not leave out the odd lawn gnome and opt for some beautiful colored stones or seashells instead?

Decorate your own pots and jars, or shop for some in old thrift stores. Remember that you want your garden to be a reflection of your personality, so you surely would want to be anything but boring.

Keep in Mind that All Good Things Take Time

One of the best things about gardening is its therapeutic benefit. When you plant a seedling, you know that it needs time and a lot of your efforts for it to grow. When landscaping on a budget, you know that you cannot expect results overnight.

Owning a garden is a great way to distress. You can indeed reap the benefits when people come over and admire your garden’s beauty. And you did all that without breaking the bank! Imagine that!

But just in case you need a helping hand to better improve your garden, you can always ask assistance from experts who are great at what they do and won’t rip you off. Take for example Amarillo Landscaping which can surely help you have the best landscape there is in your town.

Borders Up: Designing your Landscape with Garden Fence


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 18-01-2014

Garden fence is both aesthetic and functional for your landscape. It does not only border your property but also make your garden natural and attractive.

Also another function of the fence is protecting your vegetables, flowers, shrubs or trees. They can also be used as support for vines, legumes and other plants that need a vertical support.

These fences come in different materials. The prices range depending on what they are made of and design.

So before you place your garden fence in your landscape, make sure to consider your location and your garden so you can determine if everything fits the whole picture. Here are some of the garden fence ideas and the some valuable tips when installing your garden fence.

Bamboo Fence

This is the new addition to the materials used for garden fence. Bamboo is an economical choice for many gardeners and it is even an eco-friendly option rather the next ones that will be mentioned. With little attention from other people, it can grow easy and strong and provides you with enough shade against the intense heat.

This plant is very sturdy which makes it a very good choice for your garden fence. It will definitely look good on your garden especially if you are aiming for tropical landscape.


Vinyl is less decorative in appearance but you can make different designs out of this material. It also reduces maintenance. This material is very sturdy than any garden fence materials. Although it is quite expensive, it is rather a good investment since it can last for years.


This is the most common choice because of the aesthetic effect it brings to the garden. For any centuries, it was used in many homes for different functions. Wood can be incorporated in different ways making it a very versatile option for your garden fence.

The material can easily be available, can easily install and you can paint it with colors that complement your overall property. Also the maintenance cost is reduced and like vinyl, it can last for a long period of time.

Stacked Stones

This one is a unique material for your garden fence. This is a durable and supportive material for your border. Also they have aesthetic value to your landscape. However, this material might be time consuming and expensive to build for some homeowners.

Aluminum or iron

Aluminum fence is coated with chemicals which makes it resistant to harsh weather. This material has been one of the demanding ones for garden fence but sometimes it does not fit the budget of some gardeners.

So before you incorporate your garden fence to your landscape, make sure the material complement the overall design of the house. This is very essential factor to consider.

Everything from your garden to your landscape and to the exterior of the house, your garden fence should fit your overall design. Make sure it blends in and make your house and landscape stand out.

Make sure to choose the material that suits your landscape very well. The materials above are good and popular choice by homeowners so make sure to be smart in choosing your materials. Also make sure the material can resist harsh weather which your fence is constantly exposed to.

Another factor to consider is budget. Wood and bamboo are the inexpensive choices but make sure to set your budget so you can save money while giving your garden a beauty boost.

Garden fence brings style to your landscape and security to your property. This could prevent any animals such as deer and rabbit that will eat your vegetable and fruits or damage your garden. Also a garden fence reflects your personality.

Garden fence keeps you away from the eyes of your neighbors and gives you a private or quiet time with your lawn. So you won’t be bothered by anyone when your fences are up. It also keeps the burglar away making you feel safe and comfortable inside your property.

Garden fence are definitely important element to your landscaping project so make sure to properly plan the placement of your fence around your property. Incorporating it in your garden can be a success if you consider the factors above.

Landscaping Ideas: Important Points to Consider


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 21-12-2013

Landscaping ideas for your home will always be good if they are realized according to your preferences. Most of the time, you may be imagining a paradise around your home. When you want to get such ideas done, the result may sometimes be undesirable.

Getting the right landscaping service will surely solve your problem. It is not because landscapers will always have better ideas. But with professional help, you can get the best out of what you have for your home.

To achieve this, there a few important points to consider. Your professional landscaper will help you match your needs and with this, you will enjoy a beautiful reality.

Architectural Design

Do you live in a Mediterranean style home? Lush garden and ornamental plants provide better ambiance. Try to match them with palm trees in the middle of your lawn – you will see the beauty that matches this classic home.

If your home is a Modern style home, you can enhance your surroundings by having your garden trimmed and shaped. Add to it some exotic plants for better accent. Artworks can also get along can also complement this kind of setting.

Climate and Weather Condition

Not all species of plants and trees survive under different weather conditions. It is better to be aware of the usual occurrence of rain and hurricane. In countries with four seasons, it is better to note which part of the year you should choose to place some species of ornaments.

In the tropics, things are lighter since your surroundings can always be green for the whole year round. But you need to consider if some imported ornaments suit the climate.

In hot places, an Oasis style garden will be more appropriate. Put a series of Cactus plants with palm trees around your home and this will surely be satisfying. If you live along coastal areas, some small coconut trees will complete your beach style ambiance.

Lot Size

Your garden should also be appropriate with the size of the yard. If your lot is too wide, a single mistake can make your garden look like a farm or a forest. You can maximize the beauty of your lot if you incorporate some amenities like children’s playground or picnic ground to make your big yard look like a park.

If your own yard is a little small, you can put some good flowers and vases. Asian style garden will be more appropriate. When it’s all set up, put some tables and chairs and have your coffee sessions there.


Your lifestyle is what affects your surroundings the most. Are you the type of person who likes to go for a walk along green garden while meditating? Are you the type of person who likes pets or farm animals?

When you answer all these, you will probably know what type of landscaping service you will need for your home. Imagine your children running and playing all day. Of course, a forest-like garden will become dangerous for them. What about your dogs? You may not imagine your dogs digging your favorite lawn. What is worse is if you have some goats there chewing your favorite ornaments.

In this case, identifying your lifestyle will help you find out the most appropriate environment for you. Your professional landscapers should also know what you do at home to fit what is best for you. You should also help your landscapers to help you.

In a nutshell, landscaping ideas are not only the fruit of our own imaginations. Good landscaping ideas are always based on these important points to consider.

Gardening Mistakes You Should Avoid


Posted by Ethan | Posted in In the Garden | Posted on 21-11-2013


In gardening, there are some habits that you need to be break. This article will discuss the different gardening activities that starters should avoid. Gardening is fun and exciting if you do what’s right for your plants. It is fulfilling to see them growing healthy every single day.

If you’re a beginner, it’s highly advised that as much as possible you follow by the book. Don’t make an experiment if you are not sure because that will just mess up your efforts. Asking assistance from an expert is always an effective trick before beginning your first garden venture.

Keep Away From Usual Mistakes

Gardening experts have their fair share of wrong habits. They tend to give less attention to simple details which results to complicated gardening scenarios in the future.

  • Keep control and don’t be overexcited – before starting a project, planning is needed. This can be crucial because your plan will either make or break the entire gardening venture. So don’t be overwhelmed by the tasks, choose the right plants and decide what design is perfect in your home.

  • Little knowledge of your location – before starting to plant on raised beds, do you know what plants are perfect in your area? Planting the wrong plants will void your time and effort. Also, determine if it is the right season to plant them, plants growing healthy in Texas might possible not to live in Arizona. Proper zoning is essential.

  • Stick to the list – everyone has this feeling of excitement to grow lovely flowers they have seen on movies, magazines or televisions without thinking if it will thrive best in their area. Plants that require specific environment to live will most likely disappoint you in the end. So when purchasing plants in the nursery, stick on the list and never go overboard.

  • No soil preparations – thinking that plants will just grow in any soil is wrong. Without a good soil a plant may either live poorly or die. Good soil means proper combination of clay, sand and organic materials. If you disregard this step, you might end up upset with the growth of your plants.

  • Avoid overcrowding – yes, just like people, overcrowded areas tend to intimidate one from the other. With plants, they will be competing against each other over their needs and soon you will realize their irregular growth. Overcrowding can stress plants out, making them susceptible to get diseases.

  • Overwatering – plants need water but not too much or else they will die. Starters might think that giving them more than what they need is good, it is actually not true. As long as you make sure that the soil is moist, your plants are safe.

  • Beware of invasive plants – if you are planning to grow horseradish or English Ivy, be careful because they are invasive – they tend to pop up all over the place. These types of plants are grown well in containers – easy management and limited space.

If you want your garden to thrive think of simple details that might possibly harm them. These kinds of lapses are avoidable and can easily get fixed.

  • Seek proper drainage – this will avoid your issue with overwatering.
  • Dig and weed – this can solve your issue with invasive plants. Weed consistently to keep away those seeds or adapt solarizing – dampen the soil and cover it with black tarp, keep it that way for a few months and the heat from the sun will heat up the soil and kill those weeds.

  • Keep the soil tested – each region may have various soil components, so before starting up the project have it checked. Also, keep equal amounts of compost in your beds to keep the plants growing healthy.

Simple mistakes in gardening are controllable and easy to deal with. Gardeners with beautiful growing plants do not disregard little things that might create harm to their plants. So to avoid future disappointments, start your garden right and give attention to all details.

Tips for Starters in Growing Perennials


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Garden Type | Posted on 02-09-2013

If you are planning to create your own garden, it is advisable to start with a perennial garden. This type of garden is easy to maintain and not as complicated as the others. Usually, you just need to give it a few hours a week to check on the plants progress. Perennial plants do not need too much attention compared to annuals that need to be replanted every spring season.

Perennials are available in wide selections so you can find the right plant that will grow well in your area and meet your standards. Going to your local nursery and talking to perennial growers can help you in your garden venture. Perennials like any other plants have substantial needs that have to be provided in order to grow healthy.

Choose Native Plants

For starters, it is advisable to start taking care native perennials. This type of plant usually grows in abundance in your location. It means that the soil composition and weather suits the plant needs. Also in choosing the right native plant for your garden, you must answer these questions: Is your garden steep or flat? Does your garden receive direct sunlight or is it partly shaded? and how’s the weather in your area?

Give Them a Drink

Perennial plants do not need to be watered regularly. If the plants go well with the kind of soil you have in your garden, then adding extra mulch is enough and you may not need to water them at all as long as you keep the soil moist. Also, when giving them a drink, always make sure that the water goes directly to the soil to keep away the foliage.

Enough Space and Division

It is important that plants have enough space for their roots to absorb all their needed nutrients. Also, think about what might be the possible outcome of your garden after a few years – it will become a jungle of crowded blooming perennials. That is not the goal; the purpose is to fill gaps in the garden with beautiful healthy flowers.

Perennials tend to grow fast and sturdy, making it possible for them to compete against each other. To maintain the balance in your garden, divide them every few years.

Check Their Grooming

These perennial plants also need proper attention once in a while. To ensure that they don’t get sick and are always at full bloom, deadheading is necessary. Eliminate spent flowers to induce re-blooming. Remove dead stems and marked foliage to keep them looking their best and to avoid possible plant diseases.

Mulching is a Must

Mulching is an effective way to cover bare soil and to avoid patches in your garden. But aside from that, there are more reasons why mulching is a must.

  • Keeps moisture – this helps perennials stay healthy even without being watered for days.
  • No weeds allowed – this is the reason why weeds keep away. And if they do germinate above the mulch, you can easily pull them out.
  • Keeps the soil temperature balance – with mulch, during summer soil are cooler while on winter – it is preventing the roots from total damage.
  • It is organic – nothing beats a healthy organic soil.

Weed Control and Edging

Nobody loves weeds in the garden. As much as possible, these weeds must be removed completely. Weeds tend to grow fast easily, the remedy is to keep your eyes on them, do not allow them to take over.

Edging on the other hand can stop these weeds from migrating inside your beds. This is a stylish way to add texture and sharpness in your garden. Also, this separates your lawn from your beds.

No time for gardening? Perennial garden is the answer – quite easy to maintain and not as laborious as other kinds of garden.

How To Build a Brick Path to the Yard


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 20-08-2013

landscape brick pathwayWhile crossing your yard to get the daily newspaper, you’ll face several obstacles such as slipping and getting your way through without making your feet dirty. Instead of wetting your socks in an aim of reading the daily headlines in Louisville, you can build a brick path to the yard.

Apart from making a style that never goes out of fashion and increasing the resale value of your home, they also provide a great sight for anyone that comes into your house. Your kids, spouse and anyone else who comes inside frequently will also appreciate it because the pathway doesn’t get dirty in case of rain.

You can imagine what would have happened to your feet and bottom wear in rain if there wasn’t a pathway in Berrytown Park, Louisville. The same principle applies to your house.

storage for landscaping equipmentFor this landscaping project, you’ll need to clear any objects that are in the way that leads up to the yard.

In addition, you can move the small sized furniture yourself or with the help of friends. Self-storage also keeps the furniture in an ideal condition compared to if you placed it out of sight and didn’t have it cared for during landscaping.

The materials required for the project include 210 4 by 8 inch pavers, 7 paver leveling sand bags, 23 sand paver base bags, string, shovel, stakes, measuring tape, paver wet saw, plate vibratory compactor, hand transplanting tool, broom, gloves and tamper.

Here are the DIY steps to follow:

Step 1: Find out the area of the project, the type of paver, its size and the quantity needed. You can find the number of square feet by multiplying the length with width. This gives an idea of the number of pavers needed.

types of pavers

Step 2: Plot out the path and eliminate grass deep by 3 to 6 inch. Now take the measuring tape and string and take a measure of the course. Clear the area with the shovel and prepare the edges of the path with the transplant tool.

Step 3: Cover the path with the base of paver using a shovel about 5 inches deep and this is done with the 23 sand paver base bags. Now settle the base with the use of tamper. Afterwards, place leveling sand for about 1 and half inch with the 7 paver leveling sand bags. For giving a visual appeal to the path, you can make the pavers smaller.

Step 4: Now start with the pavers and place them in the path. Combine the pavers you’ve made smaller as well as normal sized pavers. You don’t have to follow a certain pattern when placing pavers and you can just go ahead with random placement. However, you should focus on distribution of paver sizes. Use the pavers to cover most of the path, around 85 percent at least. A good way to follow this step is to lay one paver at one time rather than going at it all at once.

Step 5: After you’re satisfied with the layout of the pavers, use the small sized pavers to fill rest of the remaining gaps. If you require further cutting of the paver, just make an approximate shape according to the gaps left.

Step 6: After placement of the pavers is complete, place the paver sand on top of them. On top of the pavers, use a vibratory plate compactor. This will place them inside the ground and they’ll be leveled. Take a sweeper and place the rest of the sand into cracks.

Raise it Up: What is Raised Beds Gardening?


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Garden Type | Posted on 13-08-2013

Gardening has become one of the most loved hobbies and passions of homeowners today. It’s a good way to relax, a productive way to spend spare time and also, a great way to add beauty to your home. Through the years, various gardening types have been created and raised beds gardening is one of them.

What is raise beds gardening? This type of gardening is where you plant your crops in the elevated part of the soil. You can make use of planter boxes or you can construct the area by yourself.

There are numerous benefits that a gardener can get in using this gardening type. Here are a few:

Let’s Talk About Benefits

  • It allows you to have your own mix of the fertile soil elevated from the ground. This is appropriate if your soil in the ground is not in good condition. With raised beds, you can grow your own healthy group of plants.
  • It keeps you organized. You can easily plant one type of plant on one side and another plant on the other. You can plant tomatoes on the other side and plant pepper on the other.
  • Dead leaves or stems retain in the area, making it less difficult for you to clean the garden.
  • If you plan to grow plants that need a high pH level in the soil, then you can make use of one bed that specifically has the soil needed by the plants.  Through this, you can have various types of plants in various conditions in one garden.
  • There is a less possibility of soil erosion during heavy rains.
  • Pests do not have access to your plants.
  • If you live in an apartment, then you can easily incorporate this gardening type to your small space. You can have it on your patio or deck and you can have various plants such as herbs, flowers and vegetables.

This can solve gardening problems such as low quality of soil, low quality of drainage system and occurrence of various pests in a garden. If you are planning to have raised beds, you must consider if this is the type of garden that meet your needs. Here are some aspects you might want to consider before making your final decision:


Raised beds can be constructed from different sturdy materials such as bamboo, wood and rocks. From ingenious methods, one can make use of various materials to build their own beds. If you opt to choose wood, make sure it is not chemically-treated because it might damage your plants once you use it.

Soil Type

The type of soil can greatly influence the construction of your bed. If you have low quality of soil in your area then raised beds are the great solution. As mentioned, you can have various types of plant in just one garden.

When your bed is constructed, you can fill it up with the type of soil that is suitable for the growth of your plant. If you plants need acidic soil, then you can make one bed specially made for that certain condition.


The beds quickly dry out so you need to water your plants at least two times a day. However, you can solve this by placing your irrigation system in the perfect spot to minimize the water consumption.

Raised beds are very appropriate during rainy days. This could improve the drainage system and the productivity of your crops.


Space is really an essential aspect to consider. Make sure to determine how wide or how small the area you plan to put your bed is.

You might as well measure the area in order to build beds that will perfectly fit the spot. This can enhance the look of your beds and the area.

Many gardeners choose raised bed gardening because it is convenient and they have the freedom to choose their own plants. Make sure to consider the aspects mentioned above to make sure that your raised garden a blooming success.

Replacing Lawn With Turf


Posted by Ethan | Posted in Landscaping | Posted on 24-07-2013

Are you having trouble with your lawn?

One answer is to replace your current lawn with new turf. Although it seems wasteful to tear up old grass in favor of new turf and sod, replacing your lawn with turf is in fact an environmental practice, as the new turf is both calibrated to fit your lawn’s agricultural needs and climate requirements as well as aerated to ensure growth.

A full lawn of living turfgrass is much better for the environment than a lawn of patchy, dead grass.

Here are the steps you need to take to replace your current lawn with new turf:

1. Get to know your lawn

Surprisingly, few homeowners take the time to truly get to know their lawn. We’ve written about the steps you need to take to inventory your property and note your lawn’s key features like irrigation, sunlight, soil type, soil water level and other factors. Without fully understanding your lawn’s needs, you won’t know what type of turfgrass to install.

If you purchased a home in a housing development, chances are the landscapers who built your home didn’t take the time to get to know your lawn either. Poor landscaping is one of the common causes of bad lawns, especially when developers ignore drainage, fail to anchor the lawn with topsoil or mismanage any of the other important lawn practices.

However, your choice to replace your lawn with new turf is going to solve these problems.

2. Talk to a professional

Although it’s possible to replace your lawn yourself, you still need to talk to a professional in advance. Different areas of the country have different landscaping quirks and issues: for example, the soil in Denver, Colorado is mostly heavy clay, and you aren’t likely to know how to address that unless you talk to a professional from one of the CO aeration companies.

If you have the cash on hand, you might want to just go ahead and pay the professionals to replace the lawn for you. They’ll take care of all the steps and manage all the details like aeration, pH balance and irrigation, and they also pay follow-up visits to ensure your new turf is healthily growing.

3. Replace your lawn

Once you’ve surveyed your property and talked to professionals, it’s time to actually start replacing your lawn with new turf. This is often a multi-step process, as first you have to let the old grass die and remove the roots.

If you’re determined to replace your lawn yourself, make sure you search for a lawn replacement guide that’s specific to your city and state.

Here’s a video to help you learn how to remove your old lawn.

Following the Colorado theme: Colorado State University has created a step-by-step guide to replacing a Colorado lawn, taking into account the landscape’s particular issues and difficulties. Find a similar guide for your state and follow the instructions to the letter.

4. Follow up

Replacing your lawn isn’t enough. Turfgrass requires specific care and management, and a good lawn and garden store will tell you exactly how you need to water and fertilize your new lawn.

Even if you hire a professional to re-turf your lawn, it’s important to learn everything you can about your new grass, as you’ll be taking care of it yourself after the professionals leave.

Follow these steps to replace your poorly-installed, dying lawn with a new, eco-friendly bed of fresh green turf. Don’t forget to leave space for a flower or vegetable garden, and enjoy your new, lush lawn.