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Evaluating the winter and summer sun angles, as shown in Figure 19-32, tells us where to leave the open areas that allow the winter sun's rays to heat the house and outdoor living spaces. Knowing the direction of prevailing winter winds is crucial in deciding where to place a windbreak, which can be particularly important in the mountains or on the coast. Understanding wind patterns is also important to avoid including structures or plants in the design that block summer breezes from outdoor living spaces.

Once again, magic is in the mulch. "In the spring, mulch everything, because it prevents weeds," says Chris. It helps the water go directly to the plants that need it rather than feeding the weeds. Have children? Or pets? Do not be afraid to give artificial gtake a shot. "People are still wondering how to run a court at the dogs' proofs and the children's trials, but there is no way because they will run and tear down your lawn," explains Chris. But if you give them an artificial lawn to play, they will not wreak havoc on the rest of your court. Moreover, it does not require any maintenance on weekends.

We are just waiting for spring so we can start landscaping. I love you advice to start small. It would be a shame to start a huge project and not be able to finish it on time. Wow! Your message was so informative! I would love to have your eye for landscaping. We have a house on 1 acre and I have a lot to do. Your contribution has been very helpful and has given me a lot of consideration. I like to start small, otherwise it would be too overwhelming to consider. Thank you for sharing it! Love this! We have no landscaping (our last two summer since we bought the house have been more focused on repairing the mess of people before our departure), so this is an excellent starting point! Hi Leslie! The way you write your messages, divided into small but very well described steps, makes gardening so easy.

Potted ferns are great additions to the base of the structure and they give an earthy accent to the threshold. Bringing the plants both closer and real on the walls of the structure will make it look like a perfect complement to the green space. Create a garden paradise, an escape, an oasis in your backyard by building intersecting trails, winding streams, inspiring views and hidden rooms. Design small shelters where people can gather to drink and try to mix formal and informal to stimulate visual tension. Each tower of the trail brings its own vignette of garden. You can also be creative and save the biggest garden surprise - a plant wall, fountain, statue, bench, or special flower show - for the location.

What good advice! I always fight to make my landscape what I want, even if it goes slowly. I have a garden bed that is a complete mess, but I want to turn it into a small Japanese garden. It gives me so much to consider! Thank you for writing such a good article. I am a complete beginner and I do not even know where to start. Most of the material I found online was recycled in photo galleries with very little information, but this message was what I really needed: good information on how to approach my yard and how to reimagine it, not just a pretty but unrealistic photo and a list of 10 generic plants that may not fit my climate!

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