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Avoid These Landscaping Mistakes

Jan 19, 2018 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Grass, Green, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Lawn Maintenance, Lawns, Plants, Yard

You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms. Well, at least you can picture it with your eyes closed. With your eyes open all you see is a bit of patchy grass and a few scrubby shrubs. Yuck. You need some color, stat. That desire, though, is often what causes so many homeowners to waste money and time. Keep disappointment away by avoiding these seven […]


Connect Your Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

Dec 13, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Grass, Green, Health, Home Improvements, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Lawns, Plants, Remodel, Yard

How do you go about establishing a harmonious link between inside and outside? Think first in terms of interlocking the spaces of the garden with the spaces of the room that adjoins it to create a flow between in and out. If you can also keep spaces in scale with one another, you will be much of the way toward the desired effect. How you style the outside space can then be used to strengthen […]


How to Create Interesting Curb Appeal

Dec 1, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Grass, Green, Home Improvements, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Lawn Maintenance, Lawns, Plants, Staging

All of us know how important curb appeal. It affects property and neighborhood values; it affects how your guests react and feel upon arrival; it affects your peace of mind and attitude. Curb appeal is important! If you choose not to hire a professional, licensed Landscape Architect like me, you can use the following tips to interesting curb appeal. frame your house with trees Trees here lead you to focus on the house. There is […]


How to Start Your First Landscape Project

Nov 24, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Grass, Green, Home Improvements, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Lawn Maintenance, Lawns, Plants, Remodel, Staging

    The creativity and experience you invest in when hiring a Landscape Architect like me can pay big dividends in the look and feel of your new yard. Sometimes, however, you may want to take a more hands-on approach, whether it’s for monetary reasons or because you enjoy getting in the dirt. Paying for a design consultation is helpful, but there are many professional strategies you can use yourself, leading to an attractive, functional […]


Easy Fall Decorations

Oct 18, 2017 0 Activities, Blog, Decorations, Garden, Green, Holidays, Staging

Just a few easy fall decorating ideas we put together for you. We would love to see pics of your finished pieces. Enjoy!   This one will have you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Simply turn over your wine glass, place a votive on the stem and a simple holiday or seasonal item under the goblet. You can just imagine the possibilities for uses throughout the year! What about Christmas ornaments, birthday trinkets, […]


Don’t Make Volcanoes When Applying Landscape Mulch

Oct 6, 2017 0 Blog, Garden, Green, Landscape Architecture, Lawn Maintenance, Lawns

According to Gary R. Bachman with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, people aren’t using mulch properly, and this can cause damage to your trees. Adding a layer of mulch around the base of your trees can reduce weeds, cools the soil and most importantly, conserves precious water in the tree’s root zone when done correctly. Bachman suggests the following for proper mulching: The ideal mulch thickness is 2 to 3 inches, but some gardeners […]


Add an Indoor Garden Using Lego-like LeGrow Modular Units

Aug 14, 2017 0 Garden, Green, Health, Home Improvements, Plants, Succulents

In all honesty and with full disclosure, I have not used this system, so I can’t recommend purchasing it. That said, I think it’s an interesting idea especially for people with limited outdoor space whether you live in an apartment or a dorm or work in an office. This is designed by a new company from Singapore, and the garden is named LeGrow. Basically, you can arrange your garden in any manner you like using […]

8 plants that can make your home smell better and/or take away bad odors

8 Plants to Make Your House Smell Good

Aug 6, 2017 0 Garden, Green, Health, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Plants, Staging

Here are 8 plants that can not only make your home smell good, they can actually mask some of your home’s less-than-pleasant odor. Even better, 4 of these plants can remove the toxins that cause those awful smells like paint fumes and cigarette smoke. And, even those with the brownest of thumbs can’t kill them! Infographic courtesy of

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9 Plants to Avoid If You Have Allergies–And What to Grow Instead

Aug 1, 2017 0 Blog, Garden, Health, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Plants

Do allergies or asthma keep you from enjoying your garden? The trick is to use plants that give you the look you want without causing you problems. Naturally, people are allergic to different types of plants, and they can experience a myriad of symptoms depending on the allergy. You might think a garden full of flowers would be your allergy’s culprit, but you would be surprised to know that this isn’t usually the case. The […]


Why Deadhead Your Garden

Jul 31, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Landscape Architecture, Plants

An often overlooked maintenance for your gardens is deadheading or removing spent flowers. Your garden will thank you and provide blooms longer and more beautiful if you take the time to deadhead. We deadhead flowering plants for several reasons. It extends the bloom period, removes the seed source of species that could become weedy, and maintains the health of our flowering garden plants. Many plants will bloom again if the flowers are removed. This is […]


How to Cool Off in Your Garden

Jul 19, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Plants

With these hot Mississippi summers, who doesn’t want to feel cool and refreshed? Lelia Scott Kelly, Ph.D., is a Horticulture Specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension office, and she offers the following advice to help you create a cooling, serene feel to your garden. Cool colors are considered relaxing and peaceful and colors such as reds and oranges are considered active, energetic, and hot. So, you need to decide if the overall atmosphere of […]


July 4th Decorations for under $4!

Jun 30, 2017 0 Blog, Decorations, Garden, Holidays

Great, inexpensive patriotic ideas to decorate your yard, deck and home for July 4th. Easy and quick ideas that even the kids can help out on. All projects less than $4 each! We hope you like these ideas and would love to see you post pics. Star Spangled Yard   Photo courtesy of  Most homeowners choose to have Independence Day celebrations in the backyard, and what better way to decorate than use the yard […]


Grow a Succulent Garden in Your Side Yard

Jun 29, 2017 0 Blog, Curb Appeal, Garden, Green, Home Improvements, Improvements, Landscape Architecture, Plants, Staging, Succulents , ,

Although you and your family may not spend as much time along the side yard as you do in the back, that part of your property may be noticeable from the street – and how it’s viewed is a reflection on you and your tastes. And if that’s not enough to get you caring about the state of your side yard, remember these two little words: curb appeal. Real estate agents are especially attentive to […]

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