Water directly and aim the watering cans near the roots of the plants, not from above. Watering the leaves can damage them, and the moisture that starts there can evaporate before reaching the ground. They attract valuable moisture away from plant roots, so be sure to pull them regularly. The soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. The GH Lab Nature's Care ($ 8, homedepot.com) comes with yucca and coconut, which work together to hold water and keep the plants hydrated.
Be sure to pay attention to the small label you get when you buy the plant and check Plant Finder for the needs of the plant. When it comes to planting trees, you need to remember how big they are and how much space they will need. Think of focal points too - pick something that looks good all year long. One of the fastest ways to kill a tree is to plant it too deep. Some people think that the more land around, the better. But it can actually muffle the tree because there is no air allowed to go to the root system. Going too deep can also encourage root rot.
These before and after photos come from a house we owned before. In the picture Before, notice the wall around the front of the house. When we bought the house all the neighbors we met asked what we thought of the wall. We removed the wall and created a small yard. Balance, rhythm, unit and form. Here is another "before" image from a different angle. We went down the wall, removed a dead ash tree and cut down the trees. This has created a lot more light inside and out. You are the artist here and the landscape is your canvas. Think about where you want the eye to move. Understanding terms like annual, perennial, deciduous, espalier, hybrid, spread and rhizome will prevent you from making costly mistakes.
Prior to this stage, plants in a design are abstract concepts that meet design specifications: a 30-by-20-foot deciduous shade tree or a 4-foot evergreen shrub. 4 feet. Define the environmental conditions where each plant will be placed allows us to select the kind and species for each place. Again, the NC state extension facility database is a valuable resource for identifying the recommended options. Once the specific plants are selected, they can be scaled to their adult size on the plan, as shown in Figure 19-51. The drawing of the plants at the plan scale is a precise way to determine the necessary quantities of each plant.
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