How to Install a Near Perfect Sod Job. Part one

In answer to many requests, Johntheplantman has prepared an illustrated guide showing the steps in a sod installation. Part one–preparation

Tree forming-Landscaping from the inside out.

Using Bonsai techniques to prune and shape overgrown shrubs and trees in the landscape

I have always thought that a good landscape design should provide pleasing views from the inside out as well as just from the outside.

Planting a flower bed with leftovers, or, “Happy wife, happy life”

Planting a flower bed with leftovers, or, “Happy wife, happy life”  She said, “I want my yard to look like a landscaper lives here.” I replied, “It does look like a landscaper lives here. Remember the cobbler’s shoes.”  I plant a lot of flowers every spring.  Actually, I plant a lot of truckloads of flowers […]

Renovating an overgrown landscape-part three

Renovating an overgrown landscape-part three of a series. One of the lessons I learned the hard way in my years of building and rebuilding landscape projects has been to realize that the project will generate a lot of waste that must be dealt with.  During my initial talks with Holly (the client), I asked if […]

Renovating an overgrown landscape, part two of a series

Renovating an overgrown landscape-part two of a series  The back yard of the house is dominated by a delightfully whimsical pool, jacuzzi, and a terraced deck.  The back side of the deck is bordered by a lovely brick retaining wall on two levels.  There are a lot of nice azaleas, sasanquas, and lorapetalums planted for […]

Renovating an overgrown landscape-part one of a series

Renovating an overgrown landscape-part one-tree forming.  Today’s article begins a series on renovating an overgrown landscape planting.  I have been asked to turn an over planted and neglected landscape garden into a work of art.  We started this project the first week in February, 2011, and I was kicking myself for forgetting the camera on […]