Tuesday, October 4, 2022

EXPERT Curb Appeal Ideas for Front Yard // Bobby K Designs


Curb Appeal for Front Yard Landscape Design

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Decorative Rock : Salt & Pepper 3/8"

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Aggregate Base Materials : Pea Gravel 3/8"

Pea Gravel 3/8" Always popular and wide range of uses.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

DIY BACKYARD PATIO MAKEOVER ON A BUGET | SMALL SIDE PAVER FROM START TO ...


Completed our patio floor extension by using paver with decorative shadow rocks! Using pavers added to the appeal of your patio and created a new destination to the backyard! Creating destinations in the backyard is a KEY component to making your backyard look and feel like a place to get away from your everyday stress. I hope you enjoyed this video. Stay tuned for the next one.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Aggregate Base Materials : 3/4" Crushed Rock

3/4" Crushed Rock also called Crushed Drain Rock is used as a fill in areas where water needs to flow through such as drainage areas.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Aggregate Base Materials : AB Blue 3/4"

AB Blue 3/4" crushed rock is a mixture of ground materials and crushed rock that is easily compacted for use as an underlayment in roadbuiding and many other projects that require a good foundation.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

10 Cheap Landscaping ideas for Small Backyards


More details and credit-related to 10 cheap landscaping ideas for small backyards.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Pathfines & DG

Pathway Fines have become very popular with city landscaping as well as private landscaping. There are several different colors available. We carry the Sonoma Gold or Ginger Pathfines, Blue Pathfines, and Gold DG. Made from finely-ground rock. Compacts nicely and is not dusty. The best aspect is that it doesn’t turn to mud when it rains. Pick your favorite!

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Sand Products : Mason White Sand

Mason White Sand is a fine grain, clean sand which is excellent for masons and a number of other uses.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Cool Small patio garden ideas


Cool Small patio garden ideas.

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sand Products : Fill Sand

Fill Sand is a fine sand that meets specific PG & E requirements and can be used under cement slaps.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Sand Products : Paver Sand

Paver Sand is a course grade of sand typically used under pavers or bricks.

Due to variations in color and texture in natural products, we recommend that you see the material at our location prior to ordering.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

How to install a simple Rock landscape for a front yard


Inside scoop of the nitty gritty- also having fun along the way.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Palm Springs: Sunnylands Gardens


Join me as I walk the gardens at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, CA. Sunnylands used to be the winter home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg and it is just a short drive from Palm Springs. Since 2012, Sunnylands hosts visitors at the house and beautiful gardens.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Garden of the Week - Graceful Gardens Philly Rooftop


The times we live in have drawn millions of people into dense city spaces devoid of much contact with the natural world.  People long for a connection with Mother Nature and garden design and development serves that unspoken need.

Graceful Gardens of Philadelphia does just that.  They bring some humanity into places begging for greenery.  It is odd that we might think that humanizing a space means in part to bring plants into it.  But that is exactly what bringing beauty into city locations does, it humanizes the space.  Our garden of the week features the work of Grace Wick’s company Graceful Gardens.  They focus on beautifying the inner city spaces of Philadelphia.  We are focusing on their rooftop gardens this week.  But in the future we would like to give you a glimpse of their work with Containers, Planters, Entries, Window Boxes and the like.  They make a little space go a long way.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Flagstone : Chocolate Select 1" - 2"


Chocolate Select 1" - 2" This deep-colored flagstone will add beauty to any space.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Garden of the Week - Tom Deyerlee Carmel Valley


Garden of the Week visit the Carmel Valley in Monterey County to see the work of Tom Deyerlee. This secluded location features panoramic views of the valley. Located on a steep hill the landscape is a combination of tiled patios, cantilevered decks and walkways overlooking the countryside.  Tom has designed and built some amazing trellises and half trellises to support various cultivars of Wisteria.  He also incorporated food production in the design with fruit trees and raised vegetable planters. We lost Tom to a bicycle accident just a few years ago.His work and family continue on supporting a legacy of kindness and good will that we sorely miss.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Flagstone : California Gold

This beautiful colorful flagstone is available in 1"

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Flagstone : Raja Red

 

This colorful flagstone is available in 1"

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

DIY Patio Using Quikcrete Walk Maker


Basic overview of a simple patio project.  Used the Quikcrete Walk Maker country stone form to make a 133 sqft patio.  Stained the concrete using Eagle acid stain, and sealed it with Behr wet-look sealer.  Project cost around $500.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Flagstone : Bluestone (Imported)

This beautiful natural flagstone is available in 1" and 2"

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Flagstone : French Vanilla

This beautiful natural flagstone is available in 1" and 2"

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Garden of the Month - The Plant Goddess


PlantMasters garden tour this month is designed by The Plant Goddess Landscaping Company, namely Kelley Hanna.  Located in Sierra Madre, California, Kelley has taken an ordinary Southern California suburban front yard space and turned it into an extraordinary eye-catching showpiece!  She paints with bright oranges and yellows, succulents and plants with variegated leaves.  This garden will catch your eye year round.  All turf has been removed, and there is just the right amount of rock in the garden. The predominance of succulents makes this garden highly water efficient and a winding flagstone walkway branches off in two directions. The space feels like the entrance to a botanical garden even though its really an entrance to a home.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Flagstone : Antique Rustic Tumbled

This beautiful colorful flagstone is available in 1" and 2"

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

Flagstone : Antique Brown Tumbled


This beautiful natural flagstone is available in 2"

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Garden of the Week - Connie Lefkowits Los Altos


Garden of the Week visits Los Altos Hills in the Bay Area of California to take a look at a project designed by Connie Lefkowits.   This elegant front yard garden is designed for both beauty and practicality.  The space had to work for active children (evidenced by the basketball hoop in the drive way)  meaning lots of foot traffic and errant basketballs.  It is a long narrow front yard and Connie defined the space with some wonderful stonework near the street.  A massive Deodar Cedar dominates the area and the design weaves its tapestry beautifully around it.  The long driveway which would overwhelm most garden spaces is redefined in stonework and ground cover to soften the appearance. 

Connie Lefkowits Garden Design
Los Altos Hills, California

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Flagstone : Antique Black Tumbled

This dark gray flagstone is available in 2"

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Types of Lawn Plants

Lawns need not be, and have not always been, made up of grasses alone. Other plants for lawn-like usable garden areas are sedges, low herbs and wildflowers, moss lawns, and ground covers that can be walked upon.

Thousands of varieties of grasses and grasslike plants are used for lawns, each adapted to specific conditions of precipitation and irrigation, seasonal temperatures, and sun/shade tolerances. Plant hybridizers and botanists are constantly creating and finding improved varieties of the basic species and new ones, often more economical and environmentally sustainable by needing less water, fertilizer, pest and disease treatments, and maintenance. The three basic categories are cool season grasses, warm season grasses, and grass alternatives.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

How to Build a Simple Stone Walkway | Large Stepping Stone Pathway


This simple stone walkway was laid in a day using large stepping stones. I wanted to keep grass space in between each stone for a modern look. I also laid them directly in dirt with no gravel or paver base - I still think the pathway will hold given the stones are so heavy (70 pounds each!). This stepping stone pathway project can be done by a beginner - just dig up some dirt, level the area, and put your stones in!

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Origins of Lawns

Lawns may have originated as grassed enclosures within early medieval settlements used for communal grazing of livestock, as distinct from fields reserved for agriculture. The word "laune" is first attested in 1540, and is likely related to the Celtic Brythonic word lan/llan/laun, which has the meaning of enclosure, often in relation to a place of worship.

In medieval Europe, open expanses of low grasses became valued among the aristocracy because they allowed those inside an enclosed fence or castle to view those approaching.

Lawns became popular with the aristocracy in northern Europe from the Middle Ages onward. The early lawns were not always distinguishable from pasture fields. The damp climate of maritime Western Europe in the north made lawns possible to grow and manage. They were not a part of gardens in other regions and cultures of the world until contemporary influence.

The origins of the popularity of contemporary lawns comes from 18th century trends replicating the romantic aestheticism of grassy pastoralism from Italian landscape paintings.

Before the invention of mowing machines in 1830, lawns were managed very differently. They were an element of wealthy estates and manor houses, and in some places were maintained by the labor-intensive methods of scything and shearing. In most situations, they were also pasture land maintained through grazing by sheep or other livestock. Areas of grass grazed regularly by rabbits, horses or sheep over a long period often form a very low, tight sward similar to a modern lawn. This was the original meaning of the word "lawn" care, and the term can still be found in place names. Some forest areas where extensive grazing is practiced still have these seminatural lawns. For example, in the New Forest, England, such grazed areas are common, and are known as lawns, for example Balmer Lawn. Lawns similar to those of today first appeared in France and England in the 1700s when André Le Nôtre designed the gardens of Versailles that included a small area of grass called the tapis vert, or "green carpet".

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Lawn

A lawn is an area of soil-covered land planted with grasses and other durable plants such as clover which are maintained at a short height with a lawnmower (or sometimes grazing animals) and used for aesthetic and recreational purposes. Lawns are usually composed only of grass species, subject to weed and pest control, maintained in a green color (e.g., by watering), and are regularly mowed to ensure an acceptable length. Lawns are used around houses, apartments, commercial buildings and offices. Many city parks also have large lawn areas. In recreational contexts, the specialised names turf, pitch, field or green may be used, depending on the sport and the continent.

The term "lawn", referring to a managed grass space, dates to at least than the 16th century. Tied to suburban expansion and the creation of the household aesthetic, the lawn is an important aspect of the interaction between the natural environment and the constructed urban and suburban space. In many suburban areas, there are bylaws in place requiring houses to have lawns and requiring the proper maintenance of these lawns. In some jurisdictions where there are water shortages, local government authorities are encouraging alternatives to lawns to reduce water use.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Large Contemporary Family Garden with Stunning Terrace, Outdoor Kitchen ...


This large south facing London garden has a stunning terrace at its centre, with dining and seating areas as well as a wonderful bespoke outdoor kitchen unit. Privacy and shade has been created with the planting of mature trees and the terrace also has a sense of enclosure, thanks to the full planting style in the beds that surround it. There is also a gorgeous secluded fire bowl area that leads to the impressive garden room.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Pests

Garden pests
Garden pests are generally plants, fungi, or animals (frequently insects) that engage in activity that the gardener considers undesirable. A pest may crowd out desirable plants, disturb soil, stunt the growth of young seedlings, steal or damage fruit, or otherwise kill plants, hamper their growth, damage their appearance, or reduce the quality of the edible or ornamental portions of the plant. Aphids, spider mites, slugs, snails, ants, birds, and even cats are commonly considered to be garden pests.

Because gardeners may have different goals, organisms considered "garden pests" vary from gardener to gardener. Tropaeolum speciosum, for example, may be considered a desirable and ornamental garden plant, or it may be considered a pest if it seeds and starts to grow where it is not wanted. As another example, in lawns, moss can become dominant and be impossible to eradicate. In some lawns, lichens, especially very damp lawn lichens such as Peltigera lactucfolia and P. membranacea, can become difficult to control and are considered pests.

Garden pest control
There are many ways by which unwanted pests are removed from a garden. The techniques vary depending on the pest, the gardener's goals, and the gardener's philosophy. For example, snails may be dealt with through the use of a chemical pesticide, an organic pesticide, hand-picking, barriers, or simply growing snail-resistant plants.

Pest control is often done through the use of pesticides, which may be either organic or artificially synthesized. Pesticides may affect the ecology of a garden due to their effects on the populations of both target and non-target species. For example, unintended exposure to some neonicotinoid pesticides has been proposed as a factor in the recent decline in honey bee populations. A mole vibrator can deter mole activity in a garden.

Other means of control include the removal of infected plants, using fertilizers and biostimulants to improve the health and vigour of plants so they better resist attack, practising crop rotation to prevent pest build-up, using companion planting, and practising good garden hygiene, such as disinfecting tools and clearing debris and weeds which may harbour pests.

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Gardening vs Farming


Gardening for beauty is likely nearly as old as farming for food, however for most of history for the majority of people there was no real distinction since the need for food and other useful products trumped other concerns. Small-scale, subsistence agriculture (called hoe-farming) is largely indistinguishable from gardening. A patch of potatoes grown by a Peruvian peasant or an Irish smallholder for personal use could be described as either a garden or a farm. Gardening for average people evolved as a separate discipline, more concerned with aesthetics, recreation and leisure, under the influence of the pleasure gardens of the wealthy.[citation needed] Meanwhile, farming has evolved (in developed countries) in the direction of commercialization, economics of scale, and monocropping.

In respect to its food-producing purpose, gardening is distinguished from farming chiefly by scale and intent. Farming occurs on a larger scale, and with the production of salable goods as a major motivation. Gardening happens on a smaller scale, primarily for pleasure and to produce goods for the gardener's own family or community. There is some overlap between the terms, particularly in that some moderate-sized vegetable growing concerns, often called market gardening, can fit in either category.

The key distinction between gardening and farming is essentially one of scale; gardening can be a hobby or an income supplement, but farming is generally understood as a full-time or commercial activity, usually involving more land and quite different practices. One distinction is that gardening is labor-intensive and employs very little infrastructural capital, sometimes no more than a few tools, e.g. a spade, hoe, basket and watering can. By contrast, larger-scale farming often involves irrigation systems, chemical fertilizers and harvesters or at least ladders, e.g. to reach up into fruit trees. However, this distinction is becoming blurred with the increasing use of power tools in even small gardens.

Monty Don has speculated on an atavistic connection between present-day gardeners and pre-modern peasantry.

The term precision agriculture is sometimes used to describe gardening using intermediate technology (more than tools, less than harvesters), especially of organic varieties. Gardening is effectively scaled up to feed entire villages of over 100 people from specialized plots. A variant is the community garden which offers plots to urban dwellers; see further in allotment (gardening).

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Garden of the Week - Clement in Carmel


Garden of the Week visits the work of Michele Clement in Carmel California.   The fairyland foxglove courtyard is straight out of an enchanting children’s book.  Rockets of foxglove shoot towards the sky from every corner of the garden.  This pollinator and  hummingbird heaven is accented with Coleonema and Carex.   Carmel is known for its crazy asymmetrical fences. And unlike any other place I have ever visited Carmel has no street addresses. Such is their penchant for being a village and not a city. Those seeking directions receive hints such as "fifth house on the east side of Torres Street, green trim, driftwood fence" or by the legendary names adorning most houses, such as "Hansel" or "Sea Urchin."

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Gardening : Social Aspects

People can express their political or social views in gardens, intentionally or not. The lawn vs. garden issue is played out in urban planning as the debate over the "land ethic" that is to determine urban land use and whether hyper hygienist bylaws (e.g. weed control) should apply, or whether land should generally be allowed to exist in its natural wild state. In a famous Canadian Charter of Rights case, "Sandra Bell vs. City of Toronto", 1997, the right to cultivate all native species, even most varieties deemed noxious or allergenic, was upheld as part of the right of free expression.

Community gardening comprises a wide variety of approaches to sharing land and gardens.

People often surround their house and garden with a hedge. Common hedge plants are privet, hawthorn, beech, yew, leyland cypress, hemlock, arborvitae, barberry, box, holly, oleander, forsythia and lavender. The idea of open gardens without hedges may be distasteful to those who enjoy privacy. The Slow Food movement has sought in some countries to add an edible school yard and garden classrooms to schools, e.g. in Fergus, Ontario, where these were added to a public school to augment the kitchen classroom. Garden sharing, where urban landowners allow gardeners to grow on their property in exchange for a share of the harvest, is associated with the desire to control the quality of one's food, and reconnect with soil and community.

In US and British usage, the production of ornamental plantings around buildings is called landscaping, landscape maintenance or grounds keeping, while international usage uses the term gardening for these same activities.

Also gaining popularity is the concept of "Green Gardening" which involves growing plants using organic fertilizers and pesticides so that the gardening process – or the flowers and fruits produced thereby – doesn't adversely affect the environment or people's health in any manner.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Types of Gardening

Residential gardening takes place near the home, in a space referred to as the garden. Although a garden typically is located on the land near a residence, it may also be located on a roof, in an atrium, on a balcony, in a window box, on a patio or vivarium.

Gardening also takes place in non-residential green areas, such as parks, public or semi-public gardens (botanical gardens or zoological gardens), amusement parks, along transportation corridors, and around tourist attractions and garden hotels. In these situations, a staff of gardeners or groundskeepers maintains the gardens.

  • Indoor gardening is concerned with the growing of houseplants within a residence or building, in a conservatory, or in a greenhouse. Indoor gardens are sometimes incorporated as part of air conditioning or heating systems. Indoor gardening extends the growing season in the fall and spring and can be used for winter gardening.
  • Native plant gardening is concerned with the use of native plants with or without the intent of creating wildlife habitat. The goal is to create a garden in harmony with, and adapted to a given area. This type of gardening typically reduces water usage, maintenance, and fertilization costs, while increasing native faunal interest.
  • Water gardening is concerned with growing plants adapted to pools and ponds. Bog gardens are also considered a type of water garden. These all require special conditions and considerations. A simple water garden may consist solely of a tub containing the water and plant(s). In aquascaping, a garden is created within an aquarium tank.
  • Container gardening is concerned with growing plants in any type of container either indoors or outdoors. Common containers are pots, hanging baskets, and planters. Container gardening is usually used in atriums and on balconies, patios, and roof tops.
  • Hügelkultur is concerned with growing plants on piles of rotting wood, as a form of raised bed gardening and composting in situ. An English loanword from German, it means "mound garden." Toby Hemenway, noted permaculture author and teacher, considers wood buried in trenches to also be a form of hugelkultur referred to as a dead wood swale. Hugelkultur is practiced by Sepp Holzer as a method of forest gardening and agroforestry, and by Geoff Lawton as a method of dryland farming and desert greening. When used as a method of disposing of large volumes of waste wood and woody debris, hugelkultur accomplishes carbon sequestration. It is also a form of xeriscaping.
  • Community gardening is a social activity in which an area of land is gardened by a group of people, providing access to fresh produce, herbs, flowers and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. Community gardens are typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits.
  • Garden sharing partners landowners with gardeners in need of land. These shared gardens, typically front or back yards, are usually used to produce food that is divided between the two parties.
  • Organic gardening uses natural, sustainable methods, fertilizers and pesticides to grow non-genetically modified crops.
  • Biodynamic gardening or biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic gardening, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, such as astrological sowing and planting calendar and particular field and compost preparations.
  • Commercial gardening is a more intensive type of gardening that involves the production of vegetables, nontropical fruits, and flowers from local farmers. Commercial gardening began because farmers would sell locally to stop food from spoiling faster because of the transportation of goods from a far distance. Mediterranean agriculture is also a common practice that commercial gardeners use. Mediterranean agriculture is the practice of cultivating animals such as sheep to help weed and provide manure for vine crops, grains, or citrus. Gardeners can easily train these animals to not eat the actual plant.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

18th-century Garden Techniques


See the methods colonists used to help plants flourish in spite of the weather. Colonial Williamsburg gardeners Wesley Greene and Don McKelvey take us through the Colonial Nursery, located in the Historic Area across the street from Bruton Parish Church, to show us the 18th-century tools that enabled colonists to keep fruits and vegetables protected over the winter.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Gardening History : 18th century


In the 18th century gardens were laid out more naturally, without any walls. This style of smooth undulating grass, which would run straight to the house, clumps, belts and scattering of trees and his serpentine lakes formed by invisibly damming small rivers, were a new style within the English landscape, a "gardenless" form of landscape gardening, which swept away almost all the remnants of previous formally patterned styles. The English landscape garden usually included a lake, lawns set against groves of trees, and often contained shrubberies, grottoes, pavilions, bridges and follies such as mock temples, Gothic ruins, bridges, and other picturesque architecture, designed to recreate an idyllic pastoral landscape. This new style emerged in England in the early 18th century, and spread across Europe, replacing the more formal, symmetrical garden à la française of the 17th century as the principal gardening style of Europe. The English garden presented an idealized view of nature. They were often inspired by paintings of landscapes by Claude Lorraine and Nicolas Poussin, and some were Influenced by the classic Chinese gardens of the East, which had recently been described by European travelers. The work of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was particularly influential. Also, in 1804 the Horticultural Society was formed.

Gardens of the 19th century contained plants such as the monkey puzzle or Chile pine. This is also the time when the so-called "gardenesque" style of gardens evolved. These gardens displayed a wide variety of flowers in a rather small space. Rock gardens increased in popularity in the 19th century.

India: In India, in the ancient times, patterns from sacred geometry and mandalas were used to design their gardens. Distinct mandala patterns denoted specific deities, planets, or even constellations. Such a garden was also referred to as a 'Mandala Vaatika'. The word 'Vaatika' can mean garden, plantation or parterre.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Flagstone : Early Sunset


This is a colorful addition to enhance your space. Patio 1"- 2", 1"- 2" Select

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Garden of the Month - Katherine Greenberg


Katherine Greenberg’s garden was inspired by the oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral of the surrounding valley and the redwood forests of the East Bay hills. She started developing the 1.3 acre garden in 1980 after building her home on a Lafayette hillside. Mindful of the need to conserve water, Katherine selected California native plants that are natural companions in the wild and suited to the climate and conditions of the site. Once established, the plants receive little or no supplemental irrigation...

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Gardening History : Cottage gardens


Cottage gardens, which emerged in Elizabethan times, appear to have originated as a local source for herbs and fruits. One theory is that they arose out of the Black Death of the 1340s, when the death of so many laborers made land available for small cottages with personal gardens. According to the late 19th-century legend of origin, these gardens were originally created by the workers that lived in the cottages of the villages, to provide them with food and herbs, with flowers planted among them for decoration. Farm workers were provided with cottages that had architectural quality set in a small garden—about 1 acre (0.40 ha)—where they could grow food and keep pigs and chickens.

Authentic gardens of the yeoman cottager would have included a beehive and livestock, and frequently a pig and sty, along with a well. The peasant cottager of medieval times was more interested in meat than flowers, with herbs grown for medicinal use rather than for their beauty. By Elizabethan times there was more prosperity, and thus more room to grow flowers. Even the early cottage garden flowers typically had their practical use—violets were spread on the floor (for their pleasant scent and keeping out vermin); calendulas and primroses were both attractive and used in cooking. Others, such as sweet William and hollyhocks, were grown entirely for their beauty.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Flagstone : Gray Quartzite


This natural flagstone is available in Patio 1"- 1.5"

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Garden of the Week - Amy Whitworth and Lora Price


This design is a close collaboration between designers Amy Whitworth and Lora Price. The homeowner is an advocate for maintaining a landscape style befitting her neighborhood, and appropriate to her 1967 ranch home. Gracious lawn spaces are part of that aesthetic.

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Dixon CA 95620

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Gardening History : The Middle Ages


The Middle Ages represent a period of decline in gardens for aesthetic purposes. After the fall of Rome, gardening was done for the purpose of growing medicinal herbs and/or decorating church altars. Monasteries carried on a tradition of garden design and intense horticultural techniques during the medieval period in Europe. Generally, monastic garden types consisted of kitchen gardens, infirmary gardens, cemetery orchards, cloister garths and vineyards. Individual monasteries might also have had a "green court", a plot of grass and trees where horses could graze, as well as a cellarer's garden or private gardens for obedientiaries, monks who held specific posts within the monastery.

Islamic gardens were built after the model of Persian gardens and they were usually enclosed by walls and divided in four by watercourses. Commonly, the centre of the garden would have a reflecting pool or pavilion. Specific to the Islamic gardens are the mosaics and glazed tiles used to decorate the rills and fountains that were built in these gardens.

By the late 13th century, rich Europeans began to grow gardens for leisure and for medicinal herbs and vegetables. They surrounded the gardens by walls to protect them from animals and to provide seclusion. During the next two centuries, Europeans started planting lawns and raising flowerbeds and trellises of roses. Fruit trees were common in these gardens and also in some, there were turf seats. At the same time, the gardens in the monasteries were a place to grow flowers and medicinal herbs but they were also a space where the monks could enjoy nature and relax.

The gardens in the 16th and 17th century were symmetric, proportioned and balanced with a more classical appearance. Most of these gardens were built around a central axis and they were divided into different parts by hedges. Commonly, gardens had flowerbeds laid out in squares and separated by gravel paths.

Gardens in Renaissance were adorned with sculptures, topiary and fountains. In the 17th century, knot gardens became popular along with the hedge mazes. By this time, Europeans started planting new flowers such as tulips, marigolds and sunflowers.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Flagstone : Gold Quartzite

This golden flagstone is available in Patio 1"- 1.5" & 1.5"- 2", and 3/4"" Minus Stand Up

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Dixon CA 95620

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Understanding the Land


Construction requires both study and observation, and the process varies in different parts of the world. Landscaping varies according to different regions. Therefore, normally local natural experts are recommended if it is done for the first time. Understanding of the site is one of the chief essentials for successful landscaping. Different natural features and phenomena, like the position of the Sun, terrain, topography, soil qualities, prevailing winds, depth of the frost line, and the system of native flora and fauna must be taken into account. Sometimes the land is not fit for landscaping. In order to landscape it, the land must be reshaped to direct water for appropriate drainage. This reshaping of land is called grading. Sometimes in large landscaping projects for example, parks, sports fields and reserves soil may need to be improved by adding nutrients for growth of plants or turf, this process is called soil amelioration.

Removal of earth from the land is called cutting while when earth is added to the slope, it is called filling. Sometimes the grading process may involve removal of excessive waste (landfills), soil and rocks, so designers should take into account while in the planning stage.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Flagstone : Silver Quartzite

This stunning flagstone is available in Patio 1"- 1.5" & 1.5"- 2", and 3/4"" Minus Stand Up

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150 East H Street
Dixon CA 95620


Monday, April 25, 2022

How to Make an Outdoor Swing | HGTV


Add a relaxing swing to an outdoor pergola or porch with just a few DIY steps.

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Dixon CA 95620

Friday, April 22, 2022

History of Gardening

Forest gardening, a forest-based food production system, is the world's oldest form of gardening. Forest gardens originated in prehistoric times along jungle-clad river banks and in the wet foothills of monsoon regions. In the gradual process of families improving their immediate environment, useful tree and vine species were identified, protected and improved while undesirable species were eliminated. Eventually foreign species were also selected and incorporated into the gardens.

After the emergence of the first civilizations, wealthy individuals began to create gardens for aesthetic purposes. Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings from the New Kingdom (around 1500 BC) provide some of the earliest physical evidence of ornamental horticulture and landscape design; they depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms. A notable example of ancient ornamental gardens were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World —while ancient Rome had dozens of gardens.

Wealthy ancient Egyptians used gardens for providing shade. Egyptians associated trees and gardens with gods, believing that their deities were pleased by gardens. Gardens in ancient Egypt were often surrounded by walls with trees planted in rows. Among the most popular species planted were date palms, sycamores, fig trees, nut trees, and willows. These gardens were a sign of higher socioeconomic status. In addition, wealthy ancient Egyptians grew vineyards, as wine was a sign of the higher social classes. Roses, poppies, daisies and irises could all also be found in the gardens of the Egyptians.

Assyria was also renowned for its beautiful gardens. These tended to be wide and large, some of them used for hunting game—rather like a game reserve today—and others as leisure gardens. Cypresses and palms were some of the most frequently planted types of trees.

Gardens were also available in Kush. In Musawwarat es-Sufra, the Great Enclosure dated to the 3rd century BC included splendid gardens.

Ancient Roman gardens were laid out with hedges and vines and contained a wide variety of flowers—acanthus, cornflowers, crocus, cyclamen, hyacinth, iris, ivy, lavender, lilies, myrtle, narcissus, poppy, rosemary and violets—as well as statues and sculptures. Flower beds were popular in the courtyards of rich Romans.

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Dixon Landscape Materials
150 East H Street
Dixon CA 95620