Here in AZ, we hire Mexican immigrants when we can, although a…well, let’s use the word: racist program to push them out of the country is in full swing. I’ve found them to be hard workers, sometimes amazingly skilled, and usually honest. I try not to pay them slave wages, even though they sometimes offer to work for that. A man (or a woman!) should be paid an honest wage for honest labor.

Building large retaining walls is not considered a DIY project. If you need a tall wall, chances are you have an erosion problem just waiting to happen and need to call on a professional. By contrast, though, simple terracing jobs are excellent DIY landscaping projects for beginners. After building small stone retaining walls, you can plant behind them, as you would for a raised bed.
Now let's look at the compost: compost is wonderful, magical stuff. But in this case, you've just added nitrogen to an excess nitrogen problem. Further, seeds don't germinate well in a high nitrogen medium like compost. The germinate better in something like pH adjusted peat moss. Or plain topsoil. The plants like nitrogen after they've gotten past the seedling stage.

Install new grass: aerating and reseeding doesn’t have to be handled by a pro. If your grass needs a boost every spring and fall, consider renting a small tiller (if you don’t have access to one) and church gently through your yard at a depth of about an inch. Follow tilling with pre-treated seed and straw. Water daily. Fertilizer can burn seedlings, so wait until the grass stand is about a month old before feeding it chemical fertilizers. If switching grass species, till the yard at a 3-inch depth and make sure to rake the yard well after tilling to avoid cross contamination with old clippings. Sodding a yard is slightly trickier, only because it requires that the ground beneath be cleaned and prepared to accept the sod. Consult your local garden center to see if you’re up for the task.
Most inexpensive landscape ideas always seem to include little lights – and for a very good reason. You can do so much with outdoor lights these days, and since most of the outdoor lights you find today are LEDs, you can add so much “glow” without putting a huge increase in the electric bill. This is a great way to decorate your front or backyard area and add a level of class and fun. Even better, outdoor lights can remain festive no matter the time of year or approaching season. They just always look great and are party ready for any occasion!

A hardened or toughened lawn, attained through less frequent, deep irrigation, often withstands minor drought and generally has fewer disease problems. It is important, however, that the turf not be allowed to become overly drought-stressed between waterings. This weakens the turf and makes it more susceptible to insect and disease damage and to weed invasion.
Dress up your balcony with an adjustable railing planter box! These innovative boxes make it easy to add a beautiful garden to your apartment’s balcony. Each railing planter box has sturdy brackets that adjust from 1″ to 4-1/4″ to hold tight to a variety of railings (not suitable for rounded type rails), and a removable water reservoir tray. The adjustable railing planter box is durable and weather-resistant so you can use them all year round!
Tougher than Clint Eastwood, lantana parties in heat, chortles at drought, and blooms in a slew of sunny colors from spring to fall. Plus, its nectar-laden flowers attract pretty butterflies like moths to a flame. This beautiful plant is native to America, so if you want to focus on plants that will attract or entice wildlife, this can be a good choice. Lantana is also generally resistant to deer—they don’t find it particularly attractive, even though you will. So plant a container or two of this wonderful, durable plant, then sit back and wait for your fluttering-winged visitors to arrive.
If you’re putting in a few flowers or plants, it’s tempting to load your shopping cart with bags of expensive potting soil. Certainly this is important to give your plants the nutrients they need, but you don’t have to do it with soil alone. You can cut your soil costs in half by making the most of your family’s leftover organic scraps. Mix a bag of potting soil with equal parts backyard compost for a nutrient-dense mixture that your plants should love.
Or opt for hard non-gardening materials to contrast with the softness and monotony of nature’s green. “Make a table using an oversized flower pot or lobster trap filled with something that represents your passion — golf balls, sea shells — and cover the container with a wood or glass top,” says Fraynd. “These can be fun to talk about and give a unique personality to your yard.”
If variety is the spice of life, mixing tones and textures certainly brings both variety and life to this gorgeous small-scale container garden. Within a design scheme that could best be described as clean-rustic meets semi-modern, smooth metals and natural woods all combine into one harmonious whole. Rather than stick to a rigorous, single-plant approach, here a series of textural leaves gives a more modern look. An assortment of plants in shades of green anchors the backyard corner and adds depth in the small space. Settle in on the comfortable bench and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this incredible container garden wonder.
I am trying to discourage cats from leaving “gifts” on my front lawn. Coffee grounds seemed to work, but I need more grounds that we generate daily. I got too aggressive and tried straight vinegar which worked great to discourage the cats, but has killed the beautiful green that we had growing. It has interesting designs where I have used the vinegar. How do I get rid of both the designs and the cat visits?

Julie Moir Messervy's vision for composing landscape of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. With over three decades of experience, eight books (incuding Home Outside and Outside the Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka), and numerous high-profile lectures, Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice. Her landscape architecture and design firm, JMMDS, is located in Saxtons River, Vermont.
Having a container that looks immaculate does not have to mean sourcing an antique or making an expensive purchase—although you may want to look at some of the beautiful, historical containers that remain available to the present day. If a simple approach that only looks like it cost a pretty penny is more your style, there is always a way to update your standard plastic planter. A gel stain was applied to this pot for a richer finish. It was then filled with a selection of Ivy, Ferns, Impatiens, and Caladiums, for a bold, multilevel container design that is both elegant and affordable.
From a simple penchant for yellow flowers as a child to becoming a full-time gardener, nature advocate, and garden designer, I am extremely happy to finally have a platform for me to successfully spread knowledge and expertise in the garden. After highschool graduation, I took many courses related to garden design to feed myself with more knowledge and expertise other than what I learned from my mom growing up. Soon as I finished courses, I gained more experience through internships and most especially, garden shows! I also tried to join as many garden design competitions locally. For any garden design inquiries, ping me!
Even if container gardening isn't to your liking, take note of the aforementioned perennials—they're often the backbone of most low-maintenance gardens. Unlike annuals, perennials can bloom multiple years before they need to be replanted. These slower-growing and long-lived garden residents are less work and typically require fewer nutrients and water.
As you can see, there are so many cool ways to transform a landscaping job into a fun, cheap process everyone will appreciate. Whether you have a tiny side garden that needs a fixer upper or a giant yard that needs a major renovation, surely some of these great ideas will spark some creativity within yourself to give it a try! So which ideas are your favorites? You can easily pick and choose which elements from which photos you’d like to try and use them to create your own awesome landscaping job. It’s really not that hard, it just takes a little bit of imagination and elbow grease! Good luck with creating your perfect outdoor space!

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Shallow, frequent watering encourages "thatch" (the grass propogates with above-soil runners (like strawberry runners) rather than rhizomes under the soil - there gets to be so many runners that they weave a mat that chokes out water and air). Since the roots are in the top inch or two of soil, a hot day will quickly dry the soil and much of the grass will brown. Weeds and weed seedlings looooove a daily watering. It's just what they need for a good start.
Sprinkle a little sawdust on the spot and give the spot a little attention from your hose. The sawdust will hide the poop and it will counter the excess nitrogen. Combining with the nitrogen, it will, in time, turn into compost - enriching the soil. The sawdust will also reduce any odor by about 95%. The water will wet the sawdust and dilute the nitrogen source a bit, thus helping the beginning of the composting process.

The most efficient time of day to water is late evening and early morning (between 10 p.m. and midnight or 8 and 9 a.m.). It generally is less windy, cooler and more humid at this time, resulting in less evaporation and more efficient use of water. Water pressure is generally better and this results in optimal distribution patterns. Contrary to popular belief, watering at night does not encourage disease development.
Go-to grasses and can't-fail lantanas mark the advent of a bright new season. And the coming of fall doesn’t mean the end of container garden beauty. It simply means you have to pay new attention to what needs to be planted—and where. Consider moving your planters indoors; consider plants like fountain grass, which is sun-loving and forgiving; and add in some lantanas, or some sweet potato vines, for color, thrill, and excitement. Focus on your fall containers too. Use bright pops of color, particularly if you plan to bring your containers inside. Or, use a clean neutral, like black, or white, and let the flowers and foliage truly shine. 
Finally, when mowing, be sure to leave the clippings on the lawn. It adds organic matter and nutrients back into the soil. If you don't leave the clippings, your soil will begin to look more like "dirt" than soil. Soon it will be a form of cement that nothing will grow in and you will have the world's most pitiful lawn. Some people are concerned about "clumping" - that only happens when you mow too short or when you don't mow often enough.
With so much refurbishing and repurposing going on these days, you can pretty much make a cute little garden planter out of anything. Take this wheelbarrow for example, you can use it to fill with actual dirt and seeds, or just use it as a holder for other pots or planters. Not only is it adorable, but it’s a great way to find new life in something either old or just worn down. Again, a little paint or wood stain goes a long way and you can easily recreate this to look fantastic in any landscape.
Along with crevices, most gardens have narrow strips that lack soil and moisture. Rather than fighting the conditions, work with them. One of the landscaping ideas you can implement is to plant some tough, vining groundcovers and let them sprawl over the area. Use ivy in shady areas, succulents in sunny spots. A mulch of gravel is a nice low-maintenance addition that keeps plant foliage clean.
When selected thoughtfully, and planted judiciously, a living arrangement of succulents demands little care and will last for years. The color of these containers, with the sandy, natural colors of the cast concrete and the blues of the chipped fill, bring out the colors in the plants. The strict geometry of these containers creates a subtle tension with the organic shapes of the plants themselves. Succulents enliven any space, but they work particularly well in hot, dry climates. They are also drought-tolerant plants. Consider echeverias, sedums, and other succulents when planning a mixed succulents container. They will all become even more beautiful with age, so anything you choose will give you great pleasure.
With a raised garden bed or table, you can enjoy comfortable gardening nearly anywhere. And the best part is, it won’t take up a lot of space. The sturdy raised planter’s V-Shaped design allows you to grow deep-rooted vegetables like tomatoes in the center, with shallow-rooted plants around the edges. The comfortable waist-high working height allows you to tend your garden without bending or kneeling. Having an elevated gardening table can also help to reduce the number of weeds and ground pests that afflict standard gardens. The wood raised garden table is crafted of plantation-grown fir so it’s built to last!
Container gardening is an easy and fantastic way to add a bit of pizzazz to your backyard, especially if it's on the smaller side. While container gardening may sound like a lot of work, you can minimize upkeep and the frequency of re-potting with the right plant and pot choices. Low-maintenance cacti and succulents are obvious options, but perennials, herbs, and shrubs can also thrive in a container. As for pots, choose something larger (colorful or sculptural pots also add personality) and a good potting soil mix specifically made for container plants. Overwintering your pots is also a possibility provided the pot is frost-resistant.

There is nothing more natural in a landscape than grass. If you’re wanting to save some money on a landscaping idea, try incorporating this natural element into the scene as heavily as possible. Grass doesn’t get enough credit. It’s a gorgeous color, it grows easily and odds are, it’s already existent in your landscape. In this funky scene, stepping stones are used to create an interesting pattern in the grass. The brilliant green just cuts between the stones creating a fun shape that is definitely an eye-catcher.
The real difference between a project that you do yourself and one that is professionally done is performance, speed and repair. If you are looking only at how much money you can save, what does that matter if what you’ve done isn’t right? A landscaping project is one place where this thought is made clear. The act of sodding, planting trees, and creating flower beds, among other things, is back breaking, but doable. The knowledge can be learned by reading several books and studying up on different schools of thought, but you don’t need to know codes, understand how to calculate soil compaction, or cubic water pressure.
Add vibrant color to your yard without sweating in the garden. "I like to always have color, so I try to have plants that flower all season," says Chris. "When something's always blooming in the yard, there's a sense of added life." Black-eyed Susans are a good summer choice because they bloom throughout the season. In the autumn, consider Montauk daisies.
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