• 14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

    From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his top 14 tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze. Here, the latest tips and tricks from Paul James, host of Gardening by the Yard: 1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it. 2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the Read More
  • Exterior Lighting Tips

    Curb appeal. It’s the favorable first impression others have of your home as seen from the street. You need it whether you are a builder marketing a home for sale or a homeowner welcoming friends and family. Your exterior light fixtures are one of the first things others notice when forming their first impression. Appropriately sized and styled fixtures add to curb appeal, provide a warm welcome, and safely guide visitors to your door. The most important factors to consider when making your selection are size, color, and style. General Size: The biggest mistake made in selecting outdoor lighting is choosing Read More
  • How To Start Composting At Home, A Guide For Beginners

    By Jennifer Stell Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your garden is feed it with nutrient-rich compost. This mix of decaying vegetable matter, grass clippings, and leaves may not be glamorous, but it improves soil structure and provides the nutrients your plants need to thrive. And it’s easy to create your own compost in your backyard or patio, at little or no cost. But don’t delay: it takes about a year for compost to be ready to spread on your vegetable patch. Ready to start? Here are a few simple steps to composting at home: Choose Your Read More
  • 7 ways to Design a Sustainable Garden

    Incorporate recycled materials and resource-minded practices for a stylish, earth-friendly retreat. Sustainable gardening has been a hot topic in the gardening community for some time now and more and more people are finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in their homes and gardens. Here at Greenridge Landscaping we are all about new and innovated designs and would love the opportunity to bring your sustainable garden dreams to life! Give us a call today or come in to our design center to see how we can use our start of the art design technology to create your outdoor paradise. Incorporating Read More
  • 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

    By EARTHEASY.COM Before reaching for the chemical sprays, try planting these easy-to-grow plants which have natural mosquito-repelling properties… As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today Read More
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