Landscaping

Self Watering Planters

Garden Planters on WallThe concept behind self-watering planters couldn’t be simpler; the idea being that a wick draws moisture up into the earth from a reservoir inside the planter. Armed with that knowledge, any DIY home enthusiast can set about making their own self watering planters.

Programmable Sprinkler Controls

A sprinkler timer is used to turn a lawn sprinkler on and off automatically. If you just want to be able to have it come on at a certain time of the day and shut off again at a later time then an automatic sprinkler timer should do just fine. However, different areas of your lawn and garden have different water requirements.

Suppose that you need one part of your lawn watered every other day for twenty minutes and another part needs watered every day for ten minutes. This can be easily accomplished through programmable sprinkler controls.

Simple to Complex Controls

Landscaping a Steep Grade

Landscaping a steep grade presents a special challenge for homeowners. Erosion and water runoff are the two main problems that you must tackle. There are some techniques you can use to make your landscaped slope attractive and secure.

Retaining Walls

Garden Retaining Wall LandscapingTerracing a slope will create flat, good areas for planting. It will also prevent erosion as well as poor water absorption. This is achieved by building retaining walls. A dry stacked stone retaining wall will work best for slopes less than three feet in height.

Leaf Blowers

Light-duty electric blowers are corded, hand held models that usually weigh seven pounds or less. Designed for use with one hand, they have a convenient push button start. They are more powerful than their gas powered counterparts.

The light duty ones are the best for blowing leaves and dirt out of driveways. They are also the most quiet since they have smaller motors and fans. One drawback to this type of blower is the constriction of movement from the power cord coming up short or getting caught in tight places.

Cherry Tree Varieties

Cherry Trees in the SunsetCherries are related to plums, apricots, peaches and almonds. There are a vast number of cherry tree varieties. The small, round fruit of these trees vary from dark, burgundy red to creamy pale yellow.

Cherry trees are divided into two main groups. Both groups originated in Asia. These two groups are divided by the taste of the cherries they produce.