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Garage Design by Architects Belfast

garage design

What do you want the garage for? Perhaps you want to park the car in it or to store the lawn mower and a few garden tools. Maybe it will be used as the workshop you always wanted. A basic straight forward garage is not that expensive to build but as your requirements go up so does the cost of …

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Deciding What Shed Size is Right for You

garden shed

One of the first questions we get asked when someone calls to inquire about one of our fine shed models is, “How do I know what size shed I should get?” It’s an understandable dilemma. You don’t want to get too much storage shed space, but you certainly don’t want to find yourself with too little space, either. When it …

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Lily Varieties Bloom from Summer till Fall

lilies flower

Lilies come in several different varieties with blooming times from midsummer through early fall. Plant some of each variety for a continuous supply of blooms throughout the growing season. Although you can plant lily bulbs in spring, fall is the best time for planting as it gives them time to develop a strong root system before breaking into vegetative growth …

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Lupines Are A Beautiful, Versatile Flower

Lupines

Spring blooming lupines, Lupinus albus, were cultivated 4,000 years ago by the Egyptians. In the Americas, Lupinus mutabilis were brought into cultivation 1,500 years ago. Although we think of lupines as flowers, they are grown as a feed for livestock in many parts of the world. Because they grow well on poor, sandy soils and in fact improve the soil, …

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Honeysuckle – Prolific Vines and Fragrant Blooms

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle vines, belonging to the Lonicera species, are easy to grow, heat-tolerant, vigorous and nearly indestructible. They are commonly used to climb up a trellis, fence, or other framework. Less well known is their use as a ground cover for erosion control. Said to protect your garden from evil, honeysuckle is known as the “love bind” because it symbolizes a …

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Hydrangeas Can Change from Pink to Blue

hydrangeas pink

Hydrangeas are those large, bush-type perennials with the giant flower heads in either white, pink, or blue. They’re also called “mophead” or “lacecap.” Fossil records show that hydrangeas grew in North America between 40 and 70 million years ago, and about 25 million years ago in Asia. They bloom in mid to late summer and keep their flowers long after …

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Ornamental Salvia Grows Where It Wants To

Salvia

Salvia is a popular flowering plant for urban gardens. With a combination of over 700 annual and perennial species, there’s a type of salvia out there for everyone. They can prolifically reseed themselves, like the ones in the photo at left. These are growing in the cut out area of a sidewalk around the installation of a telephone pole. They …

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Pine and Evergreen – Prune in June

pine and evergreen

In Minneapolis today workers hoisted the last steel beam to the top of the new baseball stadium. Attached to the steel beam was a pine tree. The tradition goes back some 1200 years to the Vikings, (somehow appropriate). Scandinavian builders topped off their buildings with a sheaf of grain for the horse of their beloved god, Odin. For his part, …

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Know About Soil Moisture Meters

soil moisture meter

Soil moisture meters are devices used to measure the percentage of water found in potting or ground soil. They determine whether crops require watering or if their soil is over-saturated and require a drying out period to maintain the health of the plants. They are not expensive and can be found at home and garden shops. Typical readouts on the …

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The Toro ECxtra 6-Zone Sprinkler Timer

Toro ECxtra 6-Zone Sprinkler Timer

Toro has long been regarded as one of the best names in the business in regards to lawn care. There automatic sprinkler timers continue to add to their legacy and the Toro ECxtra 6-Zone Sprinkler Timer is regularly found to be one of the best Toro sprinkler timers on the market. It is reasonably prices and well reviewed just about …

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