Category Archives: Yard and Backyard

How to Grow Ornamental Grass

They're not the kind of grasses that you broadcast spread across your front or back yard. Hopefully, you will never run across them with the lawn mower either. Rather, Ornamental Grasses are decorative. They look great in the flower garden. They are used to add depth and texture to highlight rock gardens. They are mixed…
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Designing an Outdoor Dining Area

Always start with a goal! Here at Garden Design for Living, we always start the design process by defining a specific goal. Outdoor dining means different things to different people, so before going out and shopping for your dining furniture, start by defining your goal. Ask yourself what do you want from your dining area.…
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Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas

Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas Get design inspiration and expert tips for your backyard entertaining and outdoor living spaces. Backyards have become a true extension of the home. When properly landscaped, a backyard will provide additional outdoor living space where you can spend time with family and friends. Backyards have become areas for recreation as…
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St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine Grass A robust, warm season grass, St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) forms a thick, dark green carpet that can stand up to wear. It's a coarse grass with broad blades that establishes itself quickly. The coarse texture of the grass makes it a compromise choice, but St. Augustine grass has some powerful advantages…
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Fencing Materials Guide

Your fence can provide you with privacy and security or even act as a boundary to keep animals in or out. All of the following materials are commonly used in the construction of home fencing. Each one adds a unique architectural accent and is suited to your specific fencing wants and needs. Natural Materials When…
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Wonderful Mini Swimming Pools Ideas

Mini Swimming Pools In Your Backyard Everyone loves swimming pools. You don’t necessarily need a big yard space, mini swimming pools are also a great idea. Especially in the summer time when you need some cooling and relaxing time. When you get home from a long day at work or need to escape the busy life, you…
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Bermuda Grass Lawn Care

Bermuda Grass Lawn Care For any individual or family dwelling in a Southern climate who wants to have a hardy grass which is capable of enduring fiercely hot sun as well as living on smaller quantities of water, Bermuda grass proves to be a terrific choice. Bermuda is a low-to-the-ground growing, extra-tough variant of grass,…
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DIY – Easy Stone Path for Your Garden

Having a nice stone path in your garden can make a big difference. It is the first thing you see before entering a garden and can raise big expectations. That’s why a nice and clean pathway is really important, it reflects the outlook of the whole garden. You can make this stone path curvy or…
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Kid-Friendly Garden Ideas

If you love to garden and you have kids, then you know that the two don’t always mix. Even when they’re trying to be helpful, they rarely have the same interest in proper planting depths and gentle watering that you do, they can’t always tell a weed from a seedling. The other day, I looked…
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Things to Consider When Building a Swimming Pool

Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a real blessing, but before you start building a pool, there are a few things to consider. Do not believe everything people tell you, just because they had a bad experience does not mean you will too. However, you want to build a quality pool that suits…
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DIY – Summer Outdoor Sofa

Modern style meets DIY cool in this sturdy cedar outdoor sofa! With just some 2x4 boards, you could be seating in style this summer! Cut Your Boards: Cut all of your boards according to the cut list. A circular saw, chop saw, or compound miter saw is recommended for cutting. Build Seat Frame: To make…
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Inspiring Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Nothing does a better job of anchoring an outdoor living room than an authentic outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces continue to grow in popularity with the outdoor room boom fueling the fire. Magazines and web-publishers frequently post beautiful photos of large stone fireplaces and homeowners are now demanding fire places, not just fire pits in their…
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The Best Water Features for Your Yard

A swimming pool is not the only type of water feature possible for your outdoor living space. Not everyone has the financial resources or the amount of room available for a private pool. Not everyone wants a swimming pool. But there might still be that desire for water, that basic, innate attraction to the musical sound and…
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DIY – Modern Concrete Fire Pit

So, let's build our own DIY concrete fire pit, yes? This version is cast of affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. It's portable but sturdy, and uses gel fuel, making it possible to have a quick 30-minute post grill session fire. It take a bit of care and proper prep, but this…
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Buffalo Grass for Lawns

Buffalo Grass A native to the North American plains, buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) is a good warm season candidate for problem lawns. It's very drought-tolerant and prefers dry conditions. It will stand up to high heat and typically requires only occasional mowing and little or no fertilizing. Buffalo grass is an effective lawn grass for…
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10 Grasses for Your Yard

Choosing and maintaining a lawn can be a little like falling in love. You're more likely to be happy if compatibility is high on your list of requirements. When it comes to lawn selection, it's easy to be seduced by an expanse of lush, green outdoor carpet, but those beautiful, unmarred expanses are high-maintenance and…
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