5 Landscaping Ideas For Transforming Your Flat Front Yard

5 Landscaping Ideas For Transforming Your Flat Front Yard

Many people pay more attention to the interior part of their houses and less to the exterior. However, landscaping ideas that are well carried out can increase the aesthetic value of your house.

Appropriately placed shrubs, flowers, plants and garden edges can enhance the whole appeal of a flat front yard.

In addition to the ideas presented in the article on Carve Your Creation, here are some easy-to-implement landscaping ideas for your flat front yard:

1. Rocks

Flat Front Yard Landscaping Ideas - Rocks

You can landscape with many different types of rocks, including smooth rocks found in edges of water bodies.

When placed in various heights and lengths, they can enhance the curb appeal of the outdoors of a home. Rocks can be placed near the entrance to the house and can be used to line the driveway.

2. Flowers

Hanging flower baskets in the front yard will give a fresh and elegant appeal to your home, although they do have to be changed now and then to maintain that fresh look.

Flowers can be planted around the house and pruned to the desired shape and style. A wide variety of flowers can be used to create a perfect look, but care should be taken to avoid overdoing it.

A flower bed border can be included.

3. Water Features

Flat Front Yard Landscaping Ideas - Rocks

A pond in the middle of the yard can evoke a cozy and inviting feel. Lining it with rocks and water plants will give it a natural look.

Some small fish can be added for curious visitors. You should take care to maintain and keep the water clear and free from silt.

A fountain can be used as an alternative; including a bubbling feature should turn some heads.

4. Paths and Walkways

High-traffic areas should be marked, especially those leading to the garage.

Lavender can be used to line pathways. This flower is very hardy and comes in a variety of beautiful hues.

Gravel can be placed on the pathway and potted plants can be added at periodic intervals.

5. Climbing Plants

Climbing plants can add a homely feel to your landscape. Different species can be used, but climbing moon flower is recommended — it has white flowers that open from dusk to dawn.

Pruning will have to be done to prevent them from overgrowing and turning wild.


All the best with your front yard landscaping!

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Can You Overwinter New Guinea Impatiens?

Can You Overwinter New Guinea Impatiens?

As the name already suggests, New Guinea Impatiens originate from Asia, to be more exact, from New Guinea. In nature, it appears in almost all colors and shades except true blue and yellow.

New Guinea Impatiens
Some impatiens

Tropical plants such as New Guinea Impatiens are usually cultivated during spring because the soil needs to be rich and warm in order to support the life of the plant. This is because they are used to growing under heat and warm conditions, and therefore summer heat and the warm conditions are the perfect fit for them.

As it is already understood, winter can be a threat to the life of the plant; however, it is only a threat at worst as long as a few measures are taken. It is possible to overwinter Impatiens.


Overwintering Impatiens

Over time, when the summer season comes to an end, this tropical plant starts becoming woody. Because of the lack of heat, it starts getting crowded in its pot. Various gardeners suggest a few solutions in order to tackle this problem.

Take Cuttings From The Plant

Some choose the path of taking cuttings from the plant so they can use it to ‘restart’ the plant when it heats up again.

Make cuts 4-6 inches below the bloom and place them in water. Once roots have formed, you can transplant them to a pot with a soilless potting mix.

Bringing The Plant Indoors

Others prefer to bring their plants indoors so they can be supported by indoor temperature and care. By putting the plant inside, they can follow one of two possible paths:

First, gardeners can attempt to keep the plant alive so it can bloom and grow.

The second group tries to keep it alive for a time in order to take cuttings and to ‘restart’ it down the road. These people may have a beautiful setup outdoors which includes a garden and some tree landscaping, which you can find more information at carve Your Creation.

There are many gardeners who own a large amount of New Guinea Impatiens, and they indeed choose to bring some indoors for design and hobby and also to take cuttings on the remaining ones for the prospective generations of the plant.

Have a look at this video:


Overall, it is possible to overcome the difficulties of winter conditions and give your New Guinea Impatiens a year-long life by following a few guidelines such as the above.

3 Of The Best Edible Mushrooms To Grow

3 Of The Best Edible Mushrooms To Grow

Mushrooms are some of the best foods out there, but don’t let that fool you; they can also be some of the most dangerous. Indeed, eating a poisonous species of mushroom could be life-threatening.

It is therefore imperative to identify the edible species from the inedible species even before you think of growing them.

In this post, I’ll explore some of the best edible mushrooms to grow.


Shiitakes

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Shiitakes are arguably the easiest mushroom species to grow.

Scientifically referred to as Lentinula edodes, this mushroom is native to Southeast Asia. It is cultivated in groups on decomposing woods of deciduous plants, of which the most popular include oak, maple, chestnut, beech, poplar, mulberry and shii (from which it derives its name).

The mushroom contains up to 90% water content with a carbohydrate composition of 7% for energy supply. The protein content is 2% and it has less than 1% fat content, making it an ideal mushroom for the weight-conscious people out there.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of growing this mushroom is its longer shelf-life as compared to other wood-eating mushrooms.

Generally, growing conditions for shiitake should be warm and moist (1).


Oyster Mushrooms

Contained in the mushroom genus known as Pleurotus, oyster mushrooms borrow their name from the fact they resemble oysters in appearance.

Just like shiitake, they can also be cultivated on hardwood trees, and one great advantage is that they thrive in temperate and tropical climates, a fact that explains their distribution throughout the world.

In addition to hardwood trees, they can also be cultivated from weed trees, coffee grounds and straw among other waste products.

Oyster mushrooms are packed with lots of nutrients, and like shiitake, they are mainly comprised of water with a sizable amount of carbohydrates. They contain twice the amount of proteins in shiitakes and have a balanced content of amino acids, as well as significant traces of minerals and vitamins.

When preparing them for cooking, Oyster mushrooms are not sliced but instead torn up due to their thinness.

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Maitake

Maitake (2) is a Japanese name for a mushroom whose scientific name is Grifola frondosa.

Though it is common in Japan and many parts of China, maitake can also grow in North America. As a matter of fact, the mushroom thrives better in higher and drier regions and can easily be cultivated in hardwoods such as oak.

Maitake is not only used in cuisine in Japan, but is also commonly used as a medicinal herb to treat certain infections.

There are two facts to remember with maitake:

  1. The mushroom is a polypore which means that it toughens with age and eventually turns inedible.
  2. There are cases of allergic reactions associated with maitake.

I’ve just discussed three edible mushrooms that you can easily grow for your benefit. Pick any or all of them, and get to it!

By the way, in addition to mushroom growing, if you’re interested in some great budget ideas for your small garden, you should go here!

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The Best Landscape Fabric For Weed Control

The Best Landscape Fabric For Weed Control

Best Landscape Fabric For Weed Control Weeds

Gardening can be fun, but when it comes to pulling weeds? Not so much.

I have the answer for you: it’s called landscape fabric. In this article, I’m going to talk about the best landscape fabric for weed control, why and how it’s used.


What is landscape fabric?

You have a garden. There is some extra space in it, and you are planning to grow plants and flowers in them.

But not so fast. You need to consider landscape fabric; this is a type of fabric that is laid down over the soil to prevent weeds from growing. It is a bit plastic-like but in the texture of a mesh.

The best landscape fabric for weed control isn’t enough, though. Many gardeners and landscapers put mulch or gravel on top of the fabric to improve its effectiveness.

Now, what if you have a yard full of weeds that you want to get rid of? Do you just lay down landscape fabric?

You can, but it is not as effective as pulling weeds by yourself. Weeds that are strong enough can grow through the fabric.


Why use landscape fabric?

As I discussed above, landscape fabric is used to prevent weeds.

You may want to use it if:

  • you want to reserve a soil area to grow plants on.
  • you want to use landscape fabric to save some time pulling weeds.

Another reason why you should use landscape fabric is to prevent strong weeds from growing around your plants. How?

Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Use a rake and hoe to pull any gravel or weeds out of the soil.
  2. Fertilize the soil.
  3. Lay down the landscape fabric. Some fabrics are 3 inches wide, so if your area is wide you need to overlap it. 3 inches is the minimum overlapped length because some weeds are strong enough to poke through.
  4. Position your pot with plants and cut a hole. I suggest not cutting an X and folding the flaps underneath because it can prevent the roots of your plants from spreading and lead to plants dying.
  5. Plant your plants.
  6. Put some gravel or mulch on top of the landscape fabric.

This method is good for growing trees as it helps the tree grow without competing with weeds.

Landscape fabric is better than plain mulch, gravel, and black plastic; unlike black plastic, for example, fabric lets the soil breathe and lets water pass through it.


The Best Landscape Fabric For Weed Control

One of the best landscape fabrics for weed control – one that I use and recommend – is the SCOTTS 25-Year Pro Fabric, which you can find here.

Its tight-weave form is so tight that it will not let weeds pass through it. Another benefit is the fact that it helps to evenly distribute moisture to the soil.


The Final Verdict

If you like gardening, then landscape fabric is highly recommended for keeping your weeds under control. It helps you save time and keep your plants healthy for the long-term.

For great ideas on turning your garden and any other part of your yard into a beautiful landscape, check out the landscaping articles on Carve Your Creation.

Happy gardening!

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Top 5 Best Bushes For Your Front Yard

Top 5 Best Bushes For Your Front Yard

The first request among most landscaping clients is always to improve their front yard curb appeal and landscaping.

If you have a modern home then you need a modern design. Thankfully, with a variety of shrubs and bushes available, there are many possibilities for achieving this.

In addition to adding the perfect bushes to your front yard, I’d also suggest taking a look at these ideas for landscaping small front yards.

Now, here are my picks for the top 5 best bushes for your front yard:


1. Dogwood

Best Bushes Front Yard Dogwood

Also known as Arctic Fire, Dogwood are not only tough but also shade-tolerant. As compared to the traditional red-twigged dogwood, these are much more compact.

Once they’ve reached a certain height, it’s recommended that you trim them so that they have a nice shape.

2. Rhododendron

If you are looking for glossy green leaves and showy spring flowers then these are some of the best bushes to use in your front yard. Apart from blooming with funnel-shaped pink flowers, they require less maintenance.

3. Blue Shadow Fothergilla

These are the kinds of shrubs that usually maintain unique blue foliage throughout the year. Their combination of great fall color and unique blue foliage usually make them the ideal choice for your front yard.

Growing up to 3-4 inches tall and 3-4 inches wide, they are also capable of maintaining an ideal size. As compared to other shrubs, they can be a bit slow in growing but once they’ve matured, they usually make the perfect shrubs.

4. Viburnum

Best Bushes Front Yard Viburnum

As small trees and shrubs, viburnum are among the most sought after plants because they are versatile, beautiful, and easy to grow.

They also have some prime features that contribute to their beauty throughout the year. These include their leaves, flowers, and colorful fruits. They are, therefore, some of the best bushes for your front yard.

5. Boxwoods

When it comes to decorating your front yard, boxwoods are perhaps the unsung heroes. Although they don’t even flower they are still a terrific bush.

Unlike other bushes, they can remain green throughout the year. Apart from using them to decorate your front yard, they can also work great as short hedges. As a matter of fact, they are expected to remain on trend for several years to come.


If you are looking to decorate your front yard, then you need to choose some of these bushes.

By settling on at least one, you will end up with a beautiful home and a great curb appeal.

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