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But owners with more property can enjoy beautiful topiaries and pergolas and high-design trellises in exquisite landscaped gardens, just steps from their front doors. Lemon, olive, agave and cacti are just a few examples of the unexpected greenery used to add texture and color to these gardens from AD archives. With warm weather around the corner, let these breathtaking scenes - designed by landscape architects like Louis Benech and Ronald van der Hilst - inspire your next plantings. Related:

Use compost and mulch to build healthy soil and improve plant resistance to pests and diseases. Limit the widespread use of gravel, rocks and other inert mulches. Although they work well for keeping weeds, these mulches do not return organic matter to the environment. Look for a certified mulch free of wood contaminants treated at the ACC. More information can be found on the website of the professional mulch association - the Mulch and Soil Council (http://www.mulchandsoilcouncil.org). â € ¢ Design paved areas so that paving modules (such as bricks or pavers) do not require excessive cutting and loss of material. Use bridges, patios, ponds, retaining walls, garden walls and rock gardens to add interest and create spaces, but find a good balance between these hardscape elements and the planted areas.

For trees, think of fruit trees and nuts. MostDeciduous fruit trees (including apple, fig, pear, cherry, peach and plum) come in a variety of sizes ranging from an adult height of 8 feet to a height of 30 feet . Select one to fit the space. Make sure to provide adequate sunlight as fruit trees need 6 to 7 hours a day. For seasonal color, instead of buying annual flowers, think of colorful vegetable plants. The bright stems of the rainbow chard embellish any planting bed.

Eco-friendly lighting systems use down-lighting and solar energy, and turn off automatically when they are not needed. Irrigation systems may include precipitation gauges, so they stop automatically when nature provides water. The heartwood of a rot-resistant species, such as soybean, cypress or western red cedar, is ideal for landscaping. . Various outdoor qualities of these woods are available, but all are quite expensive. Pressure treated wood is more economical and can be satisfactory for most wood projects. This wood must meet certain standards for various uses and is marked accordingly.

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