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How to incorporate limestone in your garden

Are you familiar with limestone’s tremendous benefits to a home garden? When it comes to acidity in soil and lakes, limestone is The Great Neutralizer. Agricultural and dolomite limestone are widely used by farmers and gardeners across the county to enhance soil conditions, with Ag lime providing calcium and dolomite adding magnesium to the mix.…

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Choosing the right gravel for different types of landscaping projects

Despite its rough and tumble appearance and origin, gravel is one of the most versatile landscaping materials out there. Not only is is it affordable and durable; gravel comes in all kinds of colors and sizes, and can be used for gardens, flower beds, drainage projects, pathways, patios, and much more. Gravel is also a…

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How to Create a Retaining Wall with River Rocks or Stones

How to Create a Retaining Wall with River Rocks or Stones   River rocks tumbled and polished by flowing water make for a beautiful addition to any yard.  When you want to add a hardscaping element that’s smoother and more approachable than rough hewn stones, river rocks are an ideal alternative. The question is, how…

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Tips for Using Boulders and Rock in Landscape Design

Tips for Using Boulders and Rock in Landscape Design   A lush, green lawn and abundant foliage are integral parts of any landscape design, but you’ll also want to add some hardscaping elements to your outdoor spaces.  In addition to practical elements like a patio and gravel walkways, consider what you can bring to your…

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Spring Rock Garden Design Basics

Creating a rock garden is one of the most creative and rewarding gardening projects one can undertake. If this is your first attempt, try thinking small so you can obtain a comprehensive idea of the basics and enjoy yourself a little. There’s no need to deck out the entire hillside on your first go. To…

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Landscaping With Rocks And Boulders To Increase Curb Appeal

Many people do not grasp the general importance of landscaping. The word itself brings images of a tidy front porch or immaculate yard to mind. However, landscaping is much more than that. In addition to providing something pleasant to look at, landscaping conserves natural resources, facilitates a comfortable living environment, and amplifies the surrounding environment.…

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How to create a unique Japanese rock garden in your yard

Japanese rock gardens – or Zen gardens – are meant to be oases of tranquility. They recreate nature in miniature, and often have elements of sand, stone, water, or plants. Rock gardens are meant to be representative of the ocean speckled with islands. Zen gardens are a wonderful project for the home gardener because they’re…

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Create a beach retreat in your backyard with sand and gravel

Using sand, gravel, and rocks is a great way to create themes in your garden. One theme that you might consider is a beach retreat. A lot of us love going to the beach – the feeling of sand beneath our feet especially. You can recreate this feeling at home by making your very own seaside…

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Hardscaping and the Best Uses for Pea Gravel

Hardscaping and the Best Uses for Pea Gravel Pea gravel is so named for its similarity to peas in both size and smooth, round appearance.  It makes for a wonderful hardscaping addition to a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, and even public settings.  This versatile material can be used for both utilitarian purposes and as…

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Different Crushed Rock Pathway Ideas for Your Yard

Different Crushed Rock Pathway Ideas for Your Yard Many elements make up a complete yard space, from lush landscaping, to task-oriented and ambient lighting, to patios or decks for placing lounge furniture.  You might even include extras like a fire pit or water feature for added use value. First, however, you have to make sure…

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