This has been one of the nicest autumns we’ve had in awhile, but its official . . . winter is coming. Mother Nature has been giving us all of the signs, so it’s time to start getting the gardens ready for bed (pun intended!)
When it comes to getting the outside ready for winter, here is my personal list of things I make sure that I get done at this time of the year
1. Wrap those evergreens
Plants like boxwoods, yews and cedars stay green all year, which is why we call them evergreens. These plants retain chlorophyll in their leaves and needles. It’s this chlorophyll that works in producing energy and food for the plant. This process of photosynthesis also requires light and water.
This week I am wrapping the top 10 biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to their outdoor spaces. If you missed numbers three-10, I covered items like second-storey decks, red mulch, cedar hedges and backyards for children.
As a result, I’ve had so many emails and comments from readers that clearly I hit a nerve. For the most part, everyone seems to agree that they wish they had known this information before they made the costly decision to renovate.
Read more at the Chronicle Herald
When I started writing this four-week series about the biggest mistakes people make in their outdoor spaces, I never thought I would get so much feedback. I joked that my Grandma gave me trouble because I banned red mulch and she didn’t find it very funny that I shared this with all of my readers (guess I’m in trouble again).
This past week I received several emails from upset homeowners who have spent a lot of money on the second-storey decks with little to no privacy, which came in at number five in my list of biggest mistakes we make outdoors.
Let’s hope the next ones on the list don’t cause as much grief.
Recently I had an enlightening conversation with a PR agent and the head of a major landscape company about the future of the landscaping industry. Over the last 5 years, we have seen a major increase in project size and cost when it comes to outdoor renovations and the landscape trade had boomed because of it. Unfortunately it looks like rougher waters ahead however.
Now my editor cringes every time I talk about the generational gap between Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers. Unfortunately for her, these three demographics are changing the face of landscaping as we move into a new period for our backyards.
This week’s article is a continuation of last week’s 10 biggest mistakes homeowners make in their outdoor spaces. I’m doing this even though I got an earful from my Grandma when she read my #8, a ban on red mulch. (Sorry Granny, you haven’t convinced me that there is a place for colourful mulch in a garden.)
In all fairness, it has taken me years of trial and error to put together this list and I figure I’ve made every one of these mistakes several times on my own, which is why I feel safe sharing them with you.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of radio and television interviews around the upcoming filming of Home to Win 3 (on HGTV) and one question really stood out for me. I was asked what I believe are the biggest mistakes or missed opportunities when it comes to the backyard and outdoor design. This led to me creating a whole presentation on the 10 biggest mistakes homeowners make for the fall home-show circuit.
It’s big bad weed time in everyone’s garden and I’ve been getting a lot of desperate emails about homeowners needing help getting things under control.
So I’ve decided to tackle the top four weeds that are invading our lawns and gardens.
First up is the dreaded crab grass. Crabgrass (Latin name Digitaria) is a slender- bladed spreader that thankfully is an annual in our Canadian climate. Named after the Latin word for finger, digitus, this creepy grass sends long finger-like strands that mature into other clumps of grass in the lawn. Crabgrass is tricky to get rid of because it is part of the grass family. Any herbicides or easy fixes will also kill off your lawn at the same time.
As homeowners, we all want to make the best choices possible to protect our largest asset, but at the same time, there is a worldwide movement toward making the best choices possible for the planet. Sometimes, these two ideas don’t run parallel. Many decisions we make for the outside of our homes are good for us, good for our home’s value, but not so good for the planet.
As a landscape designer, I am always trying to find new ways to help my clients achieve their end goals for their outdoor renovations. Now more than ever I am also educating them on the best eco-smart choices to meeting those goals.
So if you are thinking about a deck this year, here are a few things you should know.
This is the time of year that I love and hate simultaneously. It’s summer vacation time and for me, that means time to check things off of the bucket list.
These are the jobs that I’ve put off because I could. We’re not talking about gardening or weeding or dealing with insects. These are the jobs that I would like to get done, but I don’t need them to be completed. Technically, these are my bucket list jobs for the vision I have for my own home.