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The purpose of a retaining wall is to hold back soil to prevent it from falling or eroding due to rainfall. They are also used around the perimeter of landscaped flower beds to hold the soil inside the bed. No matter the reason for installing a retaining wall, all of them require a flat soil surface
Cattails are an aquatic herb found in temperate and tropical climates. These perennial plants are distinguished by their velvety brown seed head and graceful green stalks. They are found along the edges of ponds, lakes, marshes and moisture-retentive soil. Cattails spread by seed and rhizomes, and c
An electric lawn mower requires the use of a heavy duty extension cord to supply power from an electrical outlet to the mower. Operation also requires that additional attention be paid to the mower in damp or wet conditions and that the extension cord be kept out of the way. An electric mower is sui
Contemporary Garden Design is an eclecticism of classical and naturalistic styles, reflecting boththe eastern and western traditions.The typical suburban plot (which has no sense of design) is locatedamong other plots of approximate size where the front yards run together to form a common park.Most
A curved fence may be a bit of a misnomer. The segment of fence between each post is always a straight line no matter what the building materials. If the posts are set following an arc or curve, the series of straight lines formed by each fence segment forms a curve. Building a curved fence involves
The soffit is a horizontal piece of trim located just under the eave of the roof, perpendicular to the fascia board. It can be either solid or vented. Soffit is available in wood, vinyl or metal and must be cut to size. Soffit is installed horizontally and slides into the J-channel at the top of the
A cement kiln is used to make cement.hops kiln image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.comCement kilns are used to produce hydraulic cement. The process involves the grinding and mixture of limestone and clay. The raw mixture is heated in the cement kiln to a temperature of 1,500 degrees...
Even the most well-built brick patios can develop cracks as they age. Repeated exposure to rain, sun and freezing temperatures can cause old bricks to crack or even split open, resulting in an unattractive patio and a tripping hazard. Fill the cracks to update your brick patio and make it safer.
Different grass types require different mowing heights.she's mowing the lawn image by mavrick from Fotolia.comConsider Grass TypeRaise your mowing height when air temperatures put your turfgrass under stress.lawn,grass image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comTurfgrasses are either a...
Ryegrass provides a great cover for lawns in several parts of the United States. Ryegrass is a low-maintenance lawn grass, therefore, it is desirable for those who do not enjoy constant lawn maintenance. Planting ryegrass, though, does require some preparation. If you prepare your soil sufficiently,
Cucumbers are a warm season crop, meaning they grow best after the cool weather of the spring has passed. For this reason gardeners plant cucumbers later than many of the cool season crops such as lettuce or radishes. Many of the varieties of cucumbers grow rapidly and produce vegetables in less tha
Cool-season grasses grow well in North Carolina in the spring and fall, maintaining their geen color until they turn dormant in the hot and cold seasons. Bluegrass, tall fescue, turf type fescue and perennial ryegrass have proved to be successful in North Carolina.
Compost is an incredibly useful and environmentally friendly way to make the most of the food you purchase. Not only does it reduce the amount of waste that gets disposed of, but it also converts it into something that is useful for all types of gardening. Composting also allows us to take a step be
Although it's not the cheapest way to start a lawn, sod can instantly give a patchy or weedy yard complete coverage in thick, lush grass. Perhaps the most important aspect in a new sod installation is soil preparation, which often involves grass and weed removal. It's important to be cautious with w
Wood stains protect and prevent the damaging effects of rain, ultraviolet radiation and fungi on exterior woods. Using a semi-transparent stain on your deck will allow you to see the texture of the wood. Maintenance for this type of stain is also easy since no stripping is involved and you just have