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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - LANDSCAPING TIPS

Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesDo you need an edge for a finished look?

The edge can be simple plastic or more expensive stone. It is important to have a distinctive line between lawn and other plantings.

Did you know there's more to mulch than meets the eye?

Mulch is primarily used to maintain soil moisture, but it is also decorative. It comes in many colors, darker mulch will really make flowers pop.

Your plants are only as good as the soil they are in.

Make sure the soil is well tilled and full of nutrients. If your soil is poor dig it out and replace it with a mixture of two parts top soil and one part compost.

A good landscape is not perfectly even.

Group plantings in odd numbered groups of three or five. Within the group have plants with different blooming times. This way from a distance it will always look full and interesting throughout the year.

If water can flow, your plants will grow.

Make sure all plants have good drainage. If there are low spots build them up with more soil.  Pay attention after watering. If you see any puddles, these are areas to build up.

Know the sunlight needs of your plants.

Not all areas of your yard receive the same amounts of sunlight a day. There are many attractive plants that will thrive in shady areas. Hostas come in many variations of cream and green.

Have a plan.

Draw an idea of what you want your landscape to look like. Check out plants that you think will work at the garden center. The label on the plant will tell you everything you need to know - height, width, sunlight, feeding and planting instructions. Set the plants in the proper arrangement before digging.

Happy Gardening!

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 6:24 AM by Dean's Team

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