We’ve all heard about municipalities that have crazy landscaping codes. Many of them date back to before the Model-T and remain law even while they go unenforced, but some codes that seem crazy can actually be important for ecological or public health and safety reasons. In this article, we’ll take a look at some crazy codes from around the country.
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There are a lot of gardeners who are quick to reach for a chemical solution to biological garden problems. One area where this is common is in the identification of garden pests and the application of pesticides. Nobody wants to see their roses covered with aphids or their trees covered with tent caterpillars. In order to fix the problem as quickly as possible, many gardeners forego eco-friendly gardening techniques and rush out to purchase pesticides.
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Identifying invasive plants in the garden can be a challenge. Some common weeds, like dandelions, are easy to identify. We know they’re weeds, but other plants that look like ordinary garden shrubs and perennials may actually be invasive plants. How do you know when a plant is invasive?
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Discussions on eco-friendly gardening usually list various landscape management techniques that can be used to reduce a garden’s impact on the planet, including things like protecting the soil, reducing our water usage, managing stormwater runoff, and limiting the use of pesticides and herbicides. However, you may be surprised to know that one of the best things you can do to make your garden more eco-friendly is to grow your own food.
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Stormwater is essentially water that falls during a rain or snowstorm. You may be wondering what precipitation has to do with making your garden eco-friendly and how you can possibly be responsible for an act of nature. However, the current problems of stormwater runoff are entirely human-created, and the way you design your garden can influence what happens to rain that falls on your property.
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An eco-friendly garden works with, not against, nature. What does that mean in terms of water? Ideally, it means you’re not using more water than the ecological system in which you live can provide. In other words, your garden plants will grow without supplemental water from irrigation. That may sound like a lofty goal, but by choosing the right plants and irrigating only as needed, you can have a truly eco-friendly garden that still looks great.
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Roses can be difficult to grow in some climates. They tend to be susceptible to black spot and powdery mildew, two fungal diseases that, even if they don’t kill the plants, can make roses look pretty dreadful and certainly not worthy of placement in a vase on your table. The following is a list of a half dozen roses for your garden. These varieties are known to be reliable and more disease resistant than other roses. Even if you’ve never grown roses before,
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As April showers bring May flowers, homeowners fire up lawnmowers, gardeners emerge to work in their flower beds, and irrigation systems get recharged for the season. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be covering eco-friendly gardening, from building and protecting the soil to drought-tolerant garden plants and everything in between. This week, we’re literally starting our eco-friendly garden series from the ground up by discussing the importance of soil.
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If you love to entertain, or if you just love the taste of barbeque, an outdoor kitchen could be a great amenity to add to your home. Like any other home improvement project, there are several things to consider before building an outdoor kitchen. In this article, I’ll cover the basic things you should consider before you run off to the hardware store, install a gas line, or
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