Why and How to Turn Mulch in Garden Landscape Beds

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Turning, or cultivating, your mulch will alleviate the crust and darken the appearance of your mulch. Compacted mulch in garden and landscape beds does not allow air, water or nutrients to reach the plant roots. Mulch with a crust should be turned before applying new mulch.

How to Install a Waterwise Landscape and Drip Irrigation System

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You’ve planned your irrigation system, and now its time to install it. There are 7 steps to waterwise landscaping: Planning and Design, Preparing the Soil, Create Practical Turf Areas, Water-Efficient Plants, Using Mulch, Efficient Irrigation and
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Before you begin any project that involves digging, call 811 to contact your utility company so they can mark all service lines. Also check local landscaping ordinances.
To improve your soil, and allow for proper soil drainage, add organic material or compost. Test your soil with a soil testing kit to be sure you have a healthy plant base for growth.

Drought resist plants are placed near the front of the property in the arid zone. Plants requiring moderate watering are placed in the transitional zone. An oasis zone is created in an area that has natural drainage for plants that need the most water.

Avoid watering the entire landscape by hand, because a lot of the water evaporates before it reaches the roots. Install a drip irrigation system instead, using the step-by-step installation instructions available in this video.The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. During the day, too much evaporation occurs. Watering at night leaves too much moisture on the leave, promoting diseases.

Add mulch to garden beds to limit water evaporation and weed growth, and to regulate soil temperature. For information on planning your Waterwise landscape, watch How to Design & Plan a Waterwise Back Yard Landscape at

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Julian Raxworthy Overgrown: Practice between Landscape Architecture and Gardening

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Landscape architecture has a fraught relationship with gardening, despite having developed from it via landscape gardening, as it has sought professionalization by becoming more architectural. Raxworthy argues that as landscape architecture has become more representational it has lost touch with maintenance tools in gardening that allow for the optimization of the properties of change that landscape materials like plants have, such as growth. Here, Raxworthy presents an overview of his latest book, Overgrown: Practice between Landscape Architecture and Gardening which was supported by a Graham Foundation grant in 2016 and published by MIT Press in 2018. The book advances a new model for plant form: “the viridic”—from the Latin for green, virent, and growth, viridesco—a landscape equivalent of the tectonic, which has been undertheorized in landscape architecture, and encourages the discipline to engage directly with the garden.

Humphry Repton, the 18/19th century landscape gardener.

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In his day, Humphry Repton was equal in stature to Capability Brown or Gertrude Jekyll, but is now often-overlooked. However, he was once favoured by the Prince Regent (later George IV), drawing up plans for the Brighton Pavillion, as well as working at Woburn, in Londons Bedford Square, Sherringham in Norfolk and Ensleigh in Devon. The film features Michael Hordern, and John Savident as Repton. (1991).

Xeriscape Plants in the landscape, designer Lisa LaPaso (Avery Ranch Garden Tour)

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This video features my personal Xeriscape design style. I am not a fan of stabby and spikey, I design with the Rain Forest in mind and apply a layering technique to create a symbiotic relationship in the garden. This month Avery Ranch, Austin Texas had a private tour for over 3500 residents to demonstrate how Xeriscape can look. In light of our recent changes in landscape requirements by our HOA. Avery Ranch is setting a trend to allow a”Variance” of our original requirements. Now allowing 75% Xeriscape and 25% sod in the front yard and 100% Xerophytic back yards!! How cool is that? Please visit and “like” my facebook page at Lisa’s Landscape & Design.

Tips for Planting Annuals in the Landscape // Garden Answer

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Occupational Video – Landscape Gardener

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Landscape gardeners consult with clients and work with other trades to carry out landscaping operations and design in various environments, including residential, commercial and public grounds, playgrounds, golf courses, garden centres, tree nurseries, greenhouses and interior landscapes. For more information on this occupation see www.alis.alberta.ca/occinfo.

Award-winning garden and landscape designer visits Procter Cast Stone

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Matthew Wilson, is a renowned Garden and Landscape Designer. Mathew designed the “Welcome to Yorkshire” Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 that using Procter Cast Stone, won the prestigious “People’s Choice Award”. In this short video Matthew Wilson visits Procter Cast Stone to see the state of the art modern production facility where the cast stone for his award winning garden was designed and manufactured.

Landscape Enemies: Photinia Leaf Spot

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Redtip Photinia owners can learn the proper way to care for a plant with a common fungus disease called Leaf Spot.
Dr. Steve Vann, Extension Urban Plant Pathologist, shows the affects of the disease and shows control measures that should be taken.

Planting and Care of Landscape Trees Part I

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Part I of a lecture by Pam Bone, landscape horticulturist and former UC Master Gardener Program Coordinator, as she discusses the planting and care of landscape trees. Topics include preparing the planting hole, watering, and mulch. Series: California Master Gardener Lecture Series [8/2002] [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 6673]

Q&A How much to Charge for Landscape Plant Installation

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Garden Landscape – How to Design a Garden

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Ever wonder how the pros create garden plans and designs? Designing a garden is easier than you think. Watch as BHG shares five tips on garden designing. First, pick a color theme for your home garden — this will create a mood. After selecting your garden’s color theme, choose garden plants with varying height — it creates visual excitement and energy. Next, try to repeat a pattern when doing yard landscape — pick garden plants and flowers and repeat them throughout your yard. Next, use garden plants and flowers with different textures and shapes. Finally, incorporate colorful foliage to play off garden blooms. With these garden landscape ideas, you don’t have to be a garden designer to get the best looking home garden.

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Weed control using landscape fabric and mulch – UC IPM

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Most landscape plantings include turfgrass, bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees. The great variety of species and soil types creates the need for a variety of weed management options. A common technique to suppress weed growth is the use of mulch. The most common types of mulch are bark and other wood products and black plastic or landscape fabric materials. This video shows how to install a landscape fabric topped by an organic mulch.

Many Coleus Plants and Flowers with Zinnias Border Garden Landscape Partial Shade painted nettle

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Coleus is probably one of the easiest plants to grow and propagate. In fact, the plants root so easily that you can even start cuttings in a glass of water.

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They can also be propagated by seed indoors about 8-10 weeks prior to your last expected spring frost. Coleus can be added to beds and borders for interest or grown in containers.

They need fertile, well-draining soil and usually perform best in areas with partial shade, though many varieties can also tolerate sun. When growing coleus, keep in mind that these beauties can grow rapidly. Plant coleus close together as bedding plants or tuck them into baskets and containers for a fast growing and spectacular addition.

Care for Coleus Plant

Caring for coleus is just as easy. They need to be kept moist, especially newly planted coleus. Container plants also require more frequent watering than those grown in the garden. Although it’s not required, the plants can be given a boost of half-strength liquid fertilizer during their active growth in spring and summer. Their spiked flowers usually appear in summer; however, these can be removed if desired. You can also pinch the shoots of young coleus plants to produce bushier growth.

Another factor in coleus care is overwintering, as these plants, which are considered tender annuals, are highly susceptible to cold temperatures. Therefore, they must either be dug up, potted and brought indoors for overwintering or grown through cuttings to establish additional plants.

Plectranthus scutellarioides, commonly known as coleus, is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae (the mint or deadnettle family), native to southeast Asia through to Australia. Typically growing to 60–75 cm (24–30 in) tall and wide, it is a bushy, woody-based evergreen perennial, widely grown for the highly decorative variegated leaves found in cultivated varieties. Another common name is painted nettle,[3] reflecting its relationship to deadnettles (Lamium species), which is in the same family. (True nettles and their close kin are in the family Urticaceae.) The synonyms Coleus blumei and Solenostemon scutellarioides are also widely used names for this species.

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Common Mistakes People Do While Choosing Landscape Plants For Your Garden

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