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How To Lay a Retaining Wall

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Step One

Dig a trench a little wider than the retaining wall you are using 3 – 6 inches, fill with slag sand and tamp with hand or power tamper.



Step Two

Start with the first layer of retaining wall making sure to use a level as you go. Depending on your design you might need to make some cuts. Proceed until you have a finished product.


Step Three

For more than one layer, or when you are using a cap, it’s recommended to use a retaining all adhesive. Proceed until you have a finished product.



How to Care for an Emerald Green Arborvitae

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Averaging 10 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, Emerald Green arborvitae can become natural privacy fences. Once established, they require only basic care to maintain.

If you are thinking about putting Emerald Green arborvitae in your landscape, here are some tips on how to get them properly in the ground so they live a long and happy life.

  1. Plant Emerald Green arborvitaes approximately 2 to 3 feet apart when planting more than one to create a natural hedge. This spacing allows mature plants to spread out slightly, but prevents roots crowding and competition of nutrients and water. The Emerald Green grows 6 to 9 inches a year once established.
  2. Position the arborvitae in full sun; while it can live in partial shade, the evergreen cannot withstand full shade and will begin to turn brown, eventually dying from lack of sunlight.
  3. Provide well-drained soil, and water the tree thoroughly at planting. The soil can slightly dry out between water applications, but this variety of evergreen is not drought resistant and must receive plenty of moisture during the growing season. Water more frequently and deeply during drought conditions.
  4. Apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer — the number indicated the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the product — in early spring to boost the arborvitae’s health for the coming growing season. Fertilize it again in mid-fall after the summer heat is over. Avoid fertilizing when the tree is being planted, as well.
  5. Prune only the sides of the arborvitae if stray branches become too long, or a dead stem needs removed. Pruning the top of the tree is not recommended, as this can ruin its natural, pointed shape. However, it can be done to control the height of the plant. If deer mar the evergreen’s look, pruning can be used to reshape the arborvitae, but do not over-prune.




Picking the Right Mulch

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Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or just starting your first garden, these tips will help you select the right mulch to help keep your plants and flowers health all season long.


  • One cubic yard of mulch (or nine 3-cu. ft. bags) will cover a 100-sq.ft. area to a depth of 3 inches.
  • Choose organic mulch if you want to both cover the soil and enrich it.
  • The faster the type of mulch percolates water, the longer it lasts. Pine nuggets are a great choice for flat areas because the particles tend to take a long time to decompose.
  • Mulch nuggets easily wash away on slopes. For hilly terrain, choose mulch that contains a mixture of many sizes.
  • Plan on applying shredding bark mulch about 3 inches deep. Spread very finely shredded hardwood no more than 2 to 3 inches deep; coarse nuggets, 3 to 5 inches; loose straw, up to 6 inches deep for wintertime protection of sensitive plants.
  • Avoid buying cypress mulch. The harvesting of cypress trees for this purpose has threatened valuables wetlands, primarily in the coastal areas of Louisiana. Cedar, pine bark, and pine needles are excellent alternatives.
  • Rock mulches migrate. Use rocks or other inorganic mulch in area where you don’t plan to do any replanting and where foot traffic won’t scatter the stones.
  • Dark bark mulches absorb heat from the sun and radiate it back up to plants. If you’re choosing a dark bark mulch for a sunny area, select heat-tolerant plants. Don’t create “volcanoes” around trees. Leave a space of 8 inches between mulch and tree trunks.

Gardening New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

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Happy New Year! As you start planning your garden this year, keep in mind these good gardening practices that save you time, money and resources.

Here are eight New Year’s Resolutions to consider:

1. Reduce Footprint: From limiting chemicals in the garden to using eco-friendly equipment, there are many ways to reduce your environmental footprint outdoors. Instead of reaching automatically for an ….


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Winter Snow Removal Tips for the Garden

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Winter came a little sooner than expected this year, but it’s not too late to take some defensive measures and be prepared for another snow day.

Click here to read some suggestions from Josh Kane, president of Kane Landscapes, and a member of PLANET, the national landscape industry association. He discusses how to protect your property before the next heavy snow arrives, as well as safe, practical methods for dealing with the after effects of a major snow event.


Do you have any tips of your own? Let us know in the comment section below and we’ll feature you in our next eBlast.

A Guide to Indoor Gardening

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The cold weather is here, and your garden is put to bed, but fret not fellow green thumbs — now is the time to start your indoor garden!

If you are just stating out, this Guide to Indoor Gardening, from, is full of useful tips, such as what exactly moderate sunlight means, and what size pot is perfect for your new plant.

Are you a seasoned gardener? It’s always good to get a quick reminder of some basic tips — who knows, you might learn something new, too!

Be sure to stop in if you have any questions concerning your new indoor garden and be sure to check out our indoor irrigation, lighting, and organic fertilization options.

Do you have any advice? Leave them in the comment section below and we’ll feature them in our next eblast!

Gardening In October

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Gardening in October is totally dependent on the weather, but it is also the perfect time of year to start getting your garden and potted plants ready for winter — it’s not too cold and not too warm to be outside getting dirty.

We have found some great tips from to help you prepare your green friends for the winter. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or just starting, these tips will hopefully help you get your garden to bed easier and have a better starting ground for next season.

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Inspiration for Front Entry Decorating for Fall

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Need some inspiration for decorating your front entry for fall?

Look no further!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons of the year! We love the beautiful changing colors, the sweet smells of the mums, and the beautiful decor. Decorating your home each year can be a task, and coming up with new things each year can become harder and harder — but that is why we are here to help.

We have come across 43 creative ways to spruce up both your interior and exterior entryways for the Fall season from Better Homes and Gardens. Whether it is just a strategic placement of a few pumpkins, or you go full out and Fall seems to be bursting off your front porch, we hope this inspires you to get your home into the Fall spirit.

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Take a look at our decor and be sure to stop in soon to get started!

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