Last spring and summer I spent an unspeakable amount of time re-landscaping our front yard. This ordeal was captured, in part, so Home Fixated fans could learn from my many “educational opportunities.” If you’d like to see how I pickaxed, shoveled and jackhammered my way through those months, have a look at our Yard Wars re-landscaping article 1 and article 2, along with the crowning jewel when we documented how to tile a new front walkway. One thing I learned very quickly is that in landscape work, using the right tool can be the difference between miserable, multi-week, agonizing work and far less agonizing, multi-hour work. If you’re getting ready to tackle a garden or landscaping project, read on to get the scoop on the most essential landscaping tools to maximize your results and minimize the anguish. Read More
I recently noticed that my hardy hibiscus was rapidly outgrowing its container. Like most gardeners, I find keeping my plants in adequately large planters can be a difficult endeavor. You finally think they’re all secure for the season and then one has a random growth spurt. As it turns out, the local garden center had a sale on neon blue plastic containers. I bought two, thinking to use the other for something else. But then inspiration struck. I could set matching containers at either side of my entryway for extra pizzazz. Sort of like a plant version of double mint gum. If you’d like to do the same in your front yard, read on for details for your own porch planters.