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If you want to create an immersive leak, this is a surefire way to start. As an added bonus, plants like the good drainage and the air that raised planters provide. Baskets Guide Each basket should contain three types of plants: a spiller (something that hangs around the edges) such as bergonias and variegated sage, a fill (something that lodges itself and fills), and a thriller (something that is big and eye-catching for the center) as purple cordyline. Chinese Snowball Planting Guide Where to Plant: Find a prominent place where there will be room to grow. How to grow: Give it full to partial and fertile sun, well-drained soil.

The micro-irrigation systems apply water directly to the soil, so that the evaporation of the water is low. For more information, see Microirrigation in the Landscape, available online at . Use artificial habitats - such as bat boxes and nest boxes - to encourage natural control of insects. See Backyards Landscaping for Wildlife: The Top Ten Tips for Online Success at Plant appropriate trees on each side of the house. Shade trees to the east and west will block the seasonal sun and the deciduous trees on the south side will let in the sunlight into the house in winter and block the sun in summer.

Collecting water with rain barrels is an extremely easy (and environmentally friendly) way to water your plants. "We have a rain barrel and it's fixed on the downspout, so all the water comes out of the roof of your house," says Peyton. Or it could be as simple as letting a trash can fill with water. For a low-maintenance outdoor cooking space, invest in appliances that last. "If you want something that will stand the test of time, opt for a built-in barbecue with a stone veneer on the front," says Peyton. A sturdy granite countertop is also a durable feature, and it is ideal for resisting varied weather conditions.

A key part of rain garden design is to choose the right plants for the soil conditions. Typically, native plants with deep fibrous roots work well. Learn more about how to build a rain garden in your garden. One of the best ways to get rid of water from a low point is to simply flush it through an underground pipe. For this to work, you need a zone to unload water that is lower than the input. Exhaust pipe must be at least 1/8 "per foot. If you had a discharge exit 100 ft from the entrance, it should be about 1 ft down. To create the drain, you will need to dig a trench gradually tilted from the source to the outlet.

Create the landscape you dream of. Plan and design your outdoor living space with terrain features, gardens and plants that allow for a quickeasy nd customization so that you can visualize your finished yard in 3D. Choose from more than 3,600 botanically-accurate flowers, trees and shrubs - from tropical to desert. Use the Plant Breeder to get detailed information about the plant, including hardiness and growth. Use pre-arranged 3D library landscaping beds to quickly add visual appeal to your creations. Create gardens, trails, hills, valleys and ponds for the perfect landscape. Alleyways and sidewalks automatically follow the contours of your terrain.

Then, bury a plastic collection basin at the source and connect it to the drain with a PVC drain pipe. This system has some advantages over a French drain (see page 46). Since the pipe is solid and not perforated, it is not necessary to provide gravel for drainage along the drain pipe. In addition, the smooth-walled pipe evacuates water quickly, and if it is plugged, you can use a drainage snake to clean it. Drain Hose Discharge: The drain end of your drain hose can be connected to an automatic emitter that is flush with the lawn when water is not flowing. Drain Hole: Place the intake sump at the low point of your dipped area.

For example, use wooden shingles on a gazebo roof that fit the roof of the house on a wooded site, or select a stone for retaining walls that reflects a stone fireplace in an area where stone is found naturally. Natural building materials often combine well with resource-rich landscapes. Weathered wood, natural stains, concrete and earth tones in the brick generally melt with existing building materials and relate to the natural environment. Landscaping materials can contribute to sustainability when we select renewable, local and low-energy raw materials. Explore options for using recycled materials and energy-efficient materials in the landscape.

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.

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