Content tagged "landscaping"

What is a windbreak?

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

A windbreak is a row or group of trees, shrubs, or structural elements (e.g. fences) that are used to block and direct the wind. Vegetative windbreaks are...

Is there a specific type of tree that is good to plant for energy conservation?

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Different types of trees can help to conserve energy in different ways. Deciduous trees (trees that lose all of their leaves each fall) save energy in summer...

If I don't have space for a large tree in my landscape, are there other ways to create shade and conserve energy with plants?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways to create shade and conserve energy in your landscape without planting a large tree. You may use large shrubbery or small trees to cast...

Guide wind - Maximize summer cooling

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 23, 2016

Strategically positioning vegetation in landscapes can maximize energy benefits and save money for homeowners, commercial properties and public facilities....

Firescaping - Landscape Design for Wildfire Defensible/Survivable Space

Fire safety must be a major factor in landscape design when homes are built in wildfire-prone areas. Appropriate landscapes can make a significant...

Landscaping: Design and Plant Selection

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 13, 2014

Landscaping | Design and Plant Selection | Construction and Implementation | MaintenanceLinks to external web pages are followed by the source's name in...

Using Landscaping Shade to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Home Energy Updated: October 17, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013Landscaping for Shade in the SummerSummer shade is best provided by strategically locating plants along the sunny borders...

What types of cactus will survive outdoors in Colorado?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 16, 2011

Varieties of cactus that will thrive in Colorado include brittle prickly pear cactus, plains prickly pear cactus, ball cactus, and hedgehog cactus (also...

Landscape Design: Do it yourself or hire it done?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 27, 2010

Author: Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Iowa State University[1]Creating a landscape design for the front or backyard of a residential lot may well be within the...

Do I need to add lime to my compost?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 14, 2009


Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 26, 2008

Landscaping | Design and Plant Selection | Construction and Implementation | Maintenance Millions of dollars are spent each year designing, implementing,...

What is the best way to secure landscape timbers when building raised beds? The timbers are 3 1/2 inches thick.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 02, 2008

What is an appropriate distance from the foundation of a house to plant a flower bed? Is it recommended to place rock or mulch 2 feet before the bed to protect the foundation? Is rock better than mulch, or vice versa?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 13, 2008

My lawn is a mess. What is the best way to kill my grass and start over?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 07, 2008

I'm wondering if I should use landscape fabric under mulch to control weeds. I really don't want to because I was always under the impression that it trapped moisture and restricted the growth of the plants.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: December 19, 2007

I bought nannyberry bushes, which I plan to plant along a mixed sun and shade property line. I want a dense privacy hedge. I read that the nannyberries will grow up to 20 or 30 feet. How close do I plant them?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: December 17, 2007

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