Improving Your Home Landscaping

Improving Your Home Landscaping

4 Alternatives To Grass For Your Yard

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For many people, having a perfectly landscaped lawn is exactly what they need in their life. It can improve both the aesthetic integrity and financial value of your home. However, for any number of reasons – due to everything from lack of time to severe allergies – many people do not wish to deal with having natural grass. There are no worries in this day and age, however. There are numerous  alternatives to grass for your yard. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about 4 specific alternatives to grass for your lawn. Sedge Sedge is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternatives to grass for your lawn. Sedge grows in clumps, which is different from grass, but it is quite similar to grass in the leaves that it bears; they are incredibly similar to grass leaflets. Sedge is also quite famous for its ease of growth. It can generally grow in most types of soil, and it is also easily grown in most USDA hardiness zones. Sedge can also be easily stylized, as well. You can mow sedge, in order to give it a style that is similar to traditional forms of grass, or you can allow it to grow much longer, allowing it to take on the appearance of a meadow. Moss Moss is highly recommended to people with soil that is present in shady areas and has a high acidic content. Moss is easily able to grow in such areas. Moss is also very easy to maintain, and generally looks good alongside evergreens and other types of perennials. Moss is quite resilient in some ways, but quite fragile in others. For example, it needs little in either sunlight or water to stay alive, but foot traffic can easily destroy moss. Moss is recommended if you live in a shady area and it is placed in a spot where foot traffic cannot so easily reach it. Clover Clover is another incredibly resilient alternative to traditional forms of grass. Clover is a type of legume that can thrive in only partial sunlight and needs very little in the way of fertilization or watering. Although clover can generally grow anywhere that it is planted, it thrives in areas with pH zones of 6 to 8, depending on the type of clover. Much like moss, however, foot traffic is not particular forgiving to it. Although it can handle foot traffic quite well if it experiences it in moderation, if it is constantly trampled under foot, then it could suffer from some severe forms of damage. It is not recommended if you have children constantly playing on your lawn. Mondo Grass The name is a bit of a misnomer, as mondo grass is not actually a grass, technically speaking. It does, however, bare an incredible similarity to grass. It is an evergreen cover and quite perfect for those wishing to achieve a no grass lawn. Mondo grass can grow upwards of six inches and provides excellent cover for your soil, as well. It is adapted to pH zones 5.5 to 6.5, and, although native to Asia, it handles itself quite well in areas in North America. Unlike clover and moss, mondo grass handles foot traffic quite well; although, it is not quite as resilient as traditional forms...

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5 Fruit Trees For Your Yard In A Hot Climate

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When it comes to beautifying your lawn and landscape, there is nothing quite as aesthetically pleasing as a fruit tree. If you happen to live in a hot climate, then you’re in for quite the treat. There are numerous fruit trees that beautifully blossom and bear delicious tasting fruit to boot. Although there are plenty of plants that don’t quite do so well in hot, and particularly dry, climates, there are numerous trees that can flourish in such environments. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about 5 fruit trees that can flourish in your yard in such hot climates. Apple Apples have been able to grow in hot – particularly hot and dry – climates for some time now. There is a general rule of thumb when you want to grow an apple tree in that sort of climate: the harder and tarter the apple is, the easier it will be to grow. Dorsett Golden and Yellow Delicious apples are great varieties to grow in hot climates, as not only can they flourish, but they can also cross pollinate other types of apple trees. It should be noted that young trees may take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to develop fruit. Figs Figs are perhaps some of the most common fruit trees you will find in hot climates. Figs are, after all, generally associated with the desert. As a warning, fig trees can develop into quite the beasts! Some fig trees have been known to climb to heights of approximately 30 feet. However, their height and scale can be kept in check by regular and heavy pruning. In order to ensure that fig trees look their best, it is best to commit yourself to a regular pruning schedule and to avoid the use of fertilizers containing a high nitrogen content. Grapes Although technically not a tree, grapes also flourish in hot climates. Grapes grown in hot climates tend to have a different flavor than grapes grown in more moderate or temperate climates. They tend to have a bit of a sweeter flavor than the usual fare. Growing grapes in a hot climate can be a bit of a difficult task if you want them to bear delicious fruit, as you will have to constantly prune them and be acutely aware of taking care of this year’s wood for next year’s harvest. However, if you simply want a beautiful plant to line your yard line, then you could do much worse than planting grapes. Apricots Apricots are another form of fruit that not only do relatively well in hot climates, but actually flourish in said environments. In more moderate or temperate environments, apricots tend to not grow in abundance and tend to have a bit more of a tarter, “harder” flavor to them. In hot climates, especially ones that are hot and dry, apricots have a delicious, juicy, sweet flavor to them that simply cannot be beat. Pears It is a little known fact that pears grow remarkably well in hot climates. They are generally considered the provenance of more moderate or temperate areas, but the fact of the matter is that pear trees do just as well in hot environments and pear trees are quite gorgeous to look at. Pear trees do remarkably well...

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