The fence is the simplest way to divide boundaries and to create privacy in your yard. The difficulty with fences, however, is that many municipalities only allow for the construction of fences that are 6 feet in height. This limits to the amount of privacy that can be achieved with just a fence. If you would like to have anything taller, there are a few simple ways in which privacy can be achieved. The best such way being, with plants!Read More
From a reclaimed pallet filled with herbs to a 15-story building covered in over 10,000 plants, living walls are becoming more and more popular—and for good reason. Whether indoors or out, they offer much more than just beauty. Living walls improve air quality and increase overall well-being, but can also absorb sound and help insulate your home.Read More
Outdoor living has made a recent surge in popularity, prompting many people to ask themselves, "How could I get an outdoor living room in MY backyard?".
Minnesota seasons are ever changing and there is a degree of preparation that is necessary to enjoy your time outside. When crafting your backyard into an outdoor living space it is important to think about the functions. What do you want in your backyard? A swimming pool? Modern contemporary look? BBQ grill? Pizza oven? Planting Beds? Fireplace? After deciding what you will put in your outdoor living space, then decide how you will install it. What is important? When do you use each space? How can we make the order of events in the space seem natural? After relaxing in the porcelain surrounded hot tub, where are you going to dry off? Do you enjoy an evening cigar while watching the sunset? What kind of outdoor furniture do you imagine within the space? Do you and your honey have a drink of wine on your favorite swing at dusk when the kids go to sleep? Great backyard design becomes great not because it is close to "perfect", but because it is close to you.
So often the clean lines of steppers are lost to overgrowth or remain too severe. Sagina subulata is the perfect infill for such situations but it does not transplant very well in our climate. However it is very easy to seed in place as these before and after pictures demonstrate. The above picture was taken eight weeks after the area was seeded.
Minnesota has a garden and landscape culture unparalleled in most other states, here are 4 reasons to get your children involved!
1. A garden encourages you to spend time together outside
Life is hectic! Between sports practice and their ever growing social life, finding quality time with your kids is an ongoing struggle. Having a garden outside can be a simple way to connect with your children. Gardening is a rather arbitrary task that allows for you to engage in conversation while being outside and in nature. Leave the phone inside and take this time to have meaningful conversation with your child!
2. Grow vegetables that your child wants to eat
Nothing is more difficult than getting a picky eater to eat healthy food. Children are far more likely to be receptive to new or weird foods if they had a hand in the production itself. Perhaps bring your child to the store and let them have a say in what vegetables are grown! Everyone likes to be in charge of something, consider have your child take care of their own section of the garden. This will ensure your kids are glowing with anticipation for harvest time.
3. Teach your children valuable work ethics
Children, even as young as 3 or 4, can participate in tasks around the garden. From an early age a child's understanding of work gets formed. Children want to contribute and do things that make them feel valuable. Chores plant the idea that service is expected in the family. Giving a child a task such as "picking tomatoes" can be a win/win for children and parents. The child gets to be outside learning about plants as well as snack on tomatoes, all while the parents are instilling positive work ethics.
4. A garden is an outdoor classroom
One of the best teaching styles is the "hands on approach". One proven approach is to learn unique and fascinating facts about the garden and how food grows. This will get your child interested, and their inquisitive nature will do the rest. Soon enough you wont be able to stop the "Mom, why do_____?" questions. From the importance of earthworms to how to grow green beans, you could be planting the seeds for a lifetime love for biology and nature.