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Fresh Hardscape Designs: 4 Front Yards That Went From Sad to Stunning

Got a boring front yard? These new hardscape designs can boost your property's self-image and transform your landscape into the envy of the neighborhood. The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought.
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How to Buy Top Soil and Compost in Bulk

Sometimes you need more soil or compost than a couple of 40 lb. bags. A lot more. Maybe your new yard has poor soil or you're putting in raised beds. When you need a large quantity of soil or compost, it's quicker and cheaper to buy it in bulk.
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Permeable Pavers

Although concrete lasts a long time — creating durable patios, driveways, roads, and foundations for houses — the production of concrete takes a lot of energy. And that's not the only problem with concrete: Whenever the ground is covered with it, rain doesn't seep into the soil. As the rain accumulates and water starts flowing…
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Driveway Pavers

Choosing the right product for your driveway is an important decision. Driveways are subject to a lot of use and abuse by vehicles, people, equipment and chemicals such as de-icing salt,…
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River Rock vs. Mulch

Applying mulch to your garden and landscape can provide a number of benefits, including reduced erosion and water loss, improved soil nutrition and a more balanced soil temperature. Different kinds of mulch provide these benefits at different levels. The river rocks and other small stones often used to prevent weed growth in landscapes are attractive,…
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Calculating Gravel Amounts for Your Driveway

Calculating Gravel When estimating the amount of gravel you need to cover your driveway, your estimate will depend on the type of gravel you choose, like pea or crushed gravel. Different grades are found in particles from fine to course, ranging from 2-64 mm. The volume of gravel must also be calculated according to the…
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Adding Gravel or Stone to a Dirt Driveway

A hard-packed dirt driveway works fine until it rains. Then you have a muddy mess. Adding stone or gravel to a dirt driveway is a simple solution to the problem. You already have the dirt pathway established, so you simply build onto it. A stone driveway lasts for many years with little maintenance other than…
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Site Excavation Suggestions

I can understand your apprehension. Backhoes, excavators, track loaders with toothed buckets are not too far removed from prehistoric dinosaurs. The giant yellow machines can tear into soil and some animals shred flesh with their talons and sharp teeth. A giant gash in your lot where trees and bushes used to be can absolutely shake…
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Buying Topsoil in Bulk

Sometime you need more soil or compost than a couple of 40 lb. bags. A lot more. Maybe your new yard has poor soil or you're putting in raised beds. When you need a large quantify of soil or compost, it's quicker and cheaper to buy it in bulk. What is "Top Soil"? Top soil…
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Top Rock Landscape Ideas

Rocks are a very attractive addition to any landscape. They make the landscape appear more natural. Here are some ideas for rock placement. You can use small stones for mulch. This is one of the choices for in-organic mulch, meaning, it doesn't break down like wood chips or leaves. Sizes are from 1/4 to 4…
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Choosing the Right Paving Materials

Would you believe me if I told you that your choice of paving material could be the single most important decision in building your garden? Think about it: You may occasionally touch a plant, hold open a gate, or relax on a piece of garden furniture, but your feet are almost always in contact with…
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Symmetry is Vital in Putting Together an Outdoor Landscape

Whether it is around your new home or a makeover to the place you've called home since the children were young, facing a new or revitalized landscaping design can be an intimidating task. "Where should we put this and that?" "Which materials will provide lasting beauty with minimal
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The Pros and Cons of Palm Trees in Ocean County

Do you want your yard to look like an oasis? Or maybe like a tropical escape? The best tree to bring this kind of appeal to your yard is the palm tree. Palm trees are typically associated with tropical and warm regions, but there are many species of palm tree that can weather a great…
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Mulch is Mother Nature's Blanket

One of the most important part of gardening is mulching. It keeps down weeds by blocking the light that allows weeds to germinate. Mulch will slow down the evaporation of moisture from the soil, which also will keep the soil from drying out and creating a crusty soil. Earthworms love organic mulch, they eat the…
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How Hardscaping Works

Most agree that good hardscaping does wonders for beautifying an outdoor space. But hardscaping can also make the space more livable. After all, if you've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a piece of property, you should make the best of it and enjoy it all your space — inside and out. There…
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January Gardening Tips Ocean County, NJ

Planning: Begin to use garden notes, photos and sketches to assess areas which need plants Determine types and quantities of plants to order Order plants from seed and nursery catalogues Chores and Maintenance: Inspect ornamental trees and shrubs for scale insects If a thaw occurs, apply an antidesiccant to newly planted narrow-leaved or broad-leaved evergreens…
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Upscale Your Curb Appeal Ocean County, NJ

We all know the saying "you only get one chance to make a first impression." The same is true when selling a house. The front yard is usually the first view a potential buyer has when shopping for a new home. In a slower housing market this impression can be what intrigues or attracts a…
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HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS TREES

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter.Discover the history of the Christmas tree, from the earliest winter solstice celebrations, to Queen Victoria and all the way to the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree. HOW IT ALL GOT…
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