Landscaping Solutions – Tackling Problem Spots in Your Terrain

Anyone who has ever undertaken a landscaping project knows that landscaping can present some unique challenges.  Even if you are fortunate enough to pull off your design without a significant hitch, it can still be quite a task.  Most aren’t so lucky, though.  Almost any installations scheme will run up against at least a few problem areas that just won’t conform to the ideals of the landscape design plan.  Fortunately, such problem spots can be...

Landscaping – Dealing With Pooling Water From Poor Drainage

Water pooling can occur for several reasons.  Water can accumulate in flat low-lying areas or in depressions.  Pooling may also occur because soil is highly hydric and retains water rather than allowing it to drain properly.  If pooling water begins draining toward the home it can become an even greater concern.  Pooling water can be a significant obstacle in landscaping, but not an insurmountable one....

Landscaping – Dealing with Runoff Erosion

One of the most common drainage issues facing landscapers is the problem of erosion caused by runoff from higher elevations.  This problems is prevalent for any sloping property, but becomes even more of an issue if the property lies below other, more highly elevated properties.  Evaluating the drainage of the property is the first step toward combating runoff erosion.  Simply observe the water flow across the property during the rain, taking special care to note...

Landscaping – Evaluating Drainage Problems

Just as the artist needs the right kind of paper to create his masterpiece on, the landscaper needs the right groundwork for building a successful landscape.  Unlike the artist, however, the landscaper doesn’t have the luxury of trotting down to the local arts and crafts supply store to buy the perfectly graded plot for building his landscape on.  We have to work with what we have.  That does not mean, though, that we have to...

Landscaping Personalities: The 7 Types of Gardeners

Landscaping appeals to a wide range of individuals.  As such, the types of gardeners one might encounter are almost as varied as the landscapes produced.  Some personalities produce landscapes that are a joy to behold and the pride of the entire neighborhood.  Others are anathema, and the bane of neighbors and homeowner associations everywhere....