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How to Create a Bird Friendly Backyard

There are several reasons why people look to have wildlife frequent their backyard. Birds have a lot of benefits that can be maximized by people who know how to create a bird friendly backyard. Watching birds glide in and out of your yard can be a great way to relax and reduce stress. Our winged friends also help to reduce the bug population in your yard by eating the little pests and preventing them from making nests in the areas around your house.

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How To Water Your Plants

Both flowers and vegetables around are growing. With all this heat around some green leaves are revealing the indications of stress. How can we keep these plants healthy and growing, you ask? Simple, they have to be watered properly. Have you ever driven by somebody's home and see the water from the yard running off into the street? The cause of this is that the soil is either over filled and cannot take in more water or the volume of the water being used is too much and the soil cannot absorb it.

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How To Landscape Your Hillside Yard

There are plenty of challenges facing homeowners when it comes to perfecting their landscaping, but those who live in a hilly area usually have additional challenges that they'll have to overcome. Figuring out just how to deal with a large hill during your landscaping endeavors may seem like something that's better left ignored, but there are some ways to go about improving the look and feel of a large hill in your yard. A few tips can help you figure out just how to go about landscaping it.

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Does Your Yard Suffer From Lawn Damage

There are a lot of different issues that can affect the quality of your yard, including many things that can lead to damage. If you have noticed problems or are struggling to keep your lawn looking good, it might be time to figure out what is going on. If you have a little time, you can narrow down the cause and find an easy resolution so that you can get things looking great once again.

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How To Identify Common Lawn Pests

If you've ever spent time carefully plotting and planting the perfect lawn and landscaping project for your home, only to have pests invade and destroy your handiwork, you know how important pest identification can be. Fortunately, there are only a handful of pests that are responsible for most of the lawn and landscaping damage here in

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Follow These Steps For A Weed Free Lawn

Once established, weeds are extremely difficult to remove from your lawn. Weed seed can stick around for years, causing weeds to reappear years after you thought you had the problem whipped. The best way to avoid having a problem with weeds is to keep them from establishing themselves in the first place.

When it comes to weeds, the best defense is a good offense. A weed seed is not likely to start where there is already a good stand of grass. Therefore, a thickly seeded lawn in excellent health is the best way to keep weeds out of your yard. If you are starting from scratch or renovating an existing lawn, be sure to pick seed that is well suited for the area.

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Increase The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

The home selling season here in is rapidly approaching. Peak home selling generally occurs as soon as the school year ends and runs through the end of August. To help those homeowners looking to sell, read through this blog post for some great ideas to increase the curb appeal of your home.

A beautifully landscaped home has numerous benefits. In the long run, appropriately placed trees and bushes can reduce your energy costs as well as improve resale values on your home. Perhaps most importantly, landscaping can help you feel content and proud of the job you have done when you do it yourself.

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How To Restore Your Lawn

Is your lawn looking dry and brown after prolonged heat and lack of moisture during the previous season? The amount of time that it takes to breathe life back into your yard will depend upon how severely it is damaged and what types of grasses you want to re-establish. If you are noticing severe dead spots every spring in your lawn, it might be a good idea to restore the area by tearing up the entire existing sod and reseeding a hardier variety of grass.

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How To Prepare Your Soil For New Grass?

Your home should be your little oasis, but if you are sick and tired of looking at dead spots and clumps of surviving grass in your lawn, it may be time to start anew. There are two main options for starting over completely: reseeding or laying sod strips. While reseeding is often cheaper, laying strips off sod is usually more effective at achieving a beautiful, even lawn for your home.

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How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need?

There are plenty of different questions you will end up asking yourself as a homeowner, and one of the most common is just how much water your lawn needs to stay healthy. This is a more complicated question that it may seem since so many variables exist that can influence it.

The basic rule of thumb is that a lawn in the area will need between 1 and 2 inches of water every week. However, this also requires that the water reach a total depth of 6 inches into the earth. Additionally, the exact number largely depends on the type of grass you have on your lawn.

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Cutting Your Yard And The Correct Height

Lawn maintenance is a must, and a major part of keeping your lawn looking great is cutting the grass. Not only does cutting it keep your property from looking like a jungle, but it also helps ensure that your grass remains as healthy as it possibly can be. There are a few things to remember about cutting your yard, including the overall height you need to be cutting at as well as some other variables.

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The Best Sod For Your Lawn

There are fewer options that are more effective at turning your yard into something stunning than sod. By placing the right sod on your property you'll give yourself an instant lawn and avoid the long, difficult process of spreading seed and waiting for it to grow. However, not all sod is right for the area and it is important that you take the time to find the best sod for your lawn.

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Annuals vs. Perennials For Your Landscape

Keeping your outdoor space looking great involves a lot of different things, including taking the time to focus some of your efforts on landscaping and planting the right kind of vines, herbs, and flowers to enhance the overall vibe and look of your home. When doing so, one of the first decisions you'll face is whether to plant annuals or perennials. These are two very different types of plants, and each offers something different. Learning more about them will help you figure out just which type is right for you, when you need to use them, and where you should plant them.

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Winter Is A Great Time To Plant Trees in

Trees can add a lot to your property. Whether you plant a few fruit trees to add colorful blossoms and delicious fruit to your home, plant some shade trees to block out some sun in a few years, or just want to add a kind of barrier to your property line with fast-growing evergreens, there are tons of different uses for trees. Figuring out the best time to plant trees, however, is often trickier than some people think. While spring is usually when the gardening stores begin to stock their fullest selection of trees and when most people head outside with their spades and shovels, the fact is that winter in is a great time to plant trees.

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Preparing Your Plants For An Upcoming Freeze

Most gardeners in Texas dread the winter months. One stroke of cold, freezing weather can damage everything they have ever done in their yard. Plants may suffer from freeze burn, freeze cracks or freeze injury. Some plants and trees are sturdy enough to survive the crazy weather patterns we experience in . Most experts, however, believe that well-maintained plants have a greater chance of surviving the winter freeze and frost when compared to plants that have been neglected during summer and fall. It also depends on the severity of frost in your area and the soil type. You should consider all these factors before preparing your plants for an upcoming freeze.

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Composting Leaves For Your Lawn

Many homeowners are weary of the chemicals and synthetic fertilizers used to grow plants. The increase in incidence of chronic illnesses such as cancer has forced many of them to organic food. Compost is an important component of organic farming.

It is generally made from decomposed fruits, vegetables, leaves and other organic matter. Anaerobic bacteria, fungi and certain worms promote the formation of high quality compost. The organic matter has been used as a fertilizer, soil conditioner, humus and a natural pesticide. Now, you can make simple compost at home for your vegetable garden. In fact, it is a great way to make most of your fall leaves.

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Fall Season Lawn Care Advice For Your Texas Yard

Fall in the area brings great changes in the weather with it. Everything in nature, including trees, plants and grass need to prepare for the cold winter months ahead. Your lawn has to face some tough times ahead as well. Some additional care can help your lawn and landscape cope well during autumn and winter, and begin growing immediately when the temperature warms up during spring and summer.

Different varieties of grass we see in cope differently in the cold weather. Rye grass and bent grass thrive well in winter while Bermuda grass and Saint Augustine grass do not. The duration and severity of winter also determine the way you treat your lawn in fall.

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Proper Fall Season Tree Pruning For Your Trees

Many of you may think that your trees here in as sturdy and strong plants that can survive in extreme weather without any complications or problems. While it may be true to a certain extent, your trees also require some special care during the fall and winter months as well.

Pruning is an important aspect of tree care during this period. It can help create strong, healthy and attractive plants during the warm spring and summer months.

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How to Add Beauty to Your Fall Garden in Texas

Fall in is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The cold breeze and fallen leaves add a certain natural charm to the season. While some may not appreciate the amount of time you need to spend cleaning up the yard during this season, a little hard work can do wonders to the appearance of your yard.

Time spent in your outdoor landscape now can also protect your plants, trees and lawn during the upcoming cold winter months. Taking care of the plants during fall can prepare them for a great growing season during spring and summer.

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Monthly Landscape Calendar | October

As the season changes from summer and we move into fall, now is an excellent time for some cooler weather planting. Shrubs, perennials, trees as well as all sorts of fall vegetables can be planted at this time of the year.

October is also when we should prepare our yards for the potentially cold weather that lies ahead. Whether its reseeding or filling in large areas with new turf, a little work in the fall will go a long way in the spring growing season.

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