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Garden Tips

These are my ideas and thoughts to inspire you for your own yard and garden projects.  Each little step brings you closer to your dream landscape.  In the same way, each blog post is a stepping stone in the designing, planning, or installation of  your new garden.

I hope you enjoy finding inspiration and guidance in these posts.

Shallow rooted lavender plant heaving as the ground warms.

Plant Heaving

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013 |

Plant heaving occurs when the soil has extreme temperature changes. The soil pushes upward lifting the plants and exposing the roots. If you mulched well in the fall, your plants are less likely to have this problem. This has happened in my garden in the late winter when we have those temperature fluctuations. It’s an easy fix!…

Planning and Notes

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013 |

Mid-summer is a great time to take notes! Spend some time walking around your garden assessing what you like and what you need to change. Maybe some plants need to be moved to a different location. You might need to add more color for next summer. You might even need to add a new garden. Make…

Newly Planted Seeds

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013 |

Keep your newly planted seeds moist but not soaked until they germinate. It is important to give them consistent moisture during their germination period. Once they have sprouted, continue to give them adequate water.  It is best to spray the soil and not the young plant when watering. Young leaves are very tender.  Follow the directions…

Mulching

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013 |

Spring and fall are perfect times to add mulch to your garden. Small and large gardens alike benefit from this practice. Mulch keeps the weeding to a minimum, holds the moisture to help with water conservation, protects the plants, and makes your landscape look clean and well kept. Mulch comes in a variety of mediums.  I prefer…

Cut Ornamental Grass

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013 |

Mid to late winter is an excellent time to cut your ornamental grasses back. I try to cut them as low as possible. Make sure you have a good sharp tool to do this work. Otherwise you will be frustrated and very sore from your struggle. All perennial ornamental grasses will benefit from a good…