About 75% of American landowners spend time or money - or both - on maintaining their lawns. Here's how to make yours better than ever without breaking the bank. Before filling the pots and containers with soil, line the bottom with paper towels or coffee filters to prevent water from flowing too quickly. Before filling the pots and containers with soil, line the bottom with paper towels or coffee filters to prevent water from flowing too quickly.
If trees are desired near the structure of the house, choose a tree with a small canopy at full growth so that the branches do not interfere with the porch or roof. Placing tall trees in the yard and medium or small trees on the sides and front makes the house stand out (Figure 19-37). The dogwood (Cornus florida), the Japanese flowering apricot (Prunus mume), the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), the deaf wood (Oxydendron arboretum) and the lettuce (Amelanchier) are examples of small trees in the canopy.
Often, these items end up on one side of the garage, behind the back porch or under the bridge. Put aside a certain amount of space for these necessities. Try to provide space for an outdoor utilitywhich is easily accessible (Figure 19 - 40). Remember to keep the back of the site accessible to vehicles. Access facilitates major tasks of landscape maintenance (such as tree removal) or the addition of new landscape features, such as a concrete patio or swimming pool. If you wish, spaces for gardening such as a greenhouse, vegetable beds or a compost pile can be provided in this area. As noted above, however, edible products can be integrated into areas of private use.
Not all square feet of the landscape must be filled. Most residential landscapes consist of limited space, so the number of tree and shrub species used should also be limited. It is more effective to incorporate groups of one type of plant than to install one or two of a wide variety of plants. Create simple lines and curves that add interest rather than irregular lines that could hinder design (Figure 19-22). Repetition in the landscape should not be confused with monotony. Repetition contributes to unity and simplicity. It provides a solid foundation for landscape design, such as the repeated refrain in a song (Figure 19-23).
BBC Gardener of The Decade, Katherine Crouch, shows how to plant and grow a vegetable garden in a small space. Katherine uses a grow bag and wooden poles to allow the vegetable plants and…