From the category archives:


Having trouble growing grass in the shade?

May 21, 2008

Excerpt from my eBook GROWING GREAT LAWNS. Available here at Rainforth Home and Garden. What follows is a basic guide to growing and maintaining a successful grassy lawn in shady areas.  I’m going to be blunt in telling you that shade and grassy lawns do not sit well together.  The combination of deep shade and [...]

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How to kill Poison Oak and Poison Ivy

May 17, 2008

Poison Ivy is one of the worst enemies to gardeners and hikers. In the drier western states, its rude cousin Poison Oak is just as bad. The techniques for eradication of Poison Oak and Poison Ivy are the same are. You basically have two options, one mechanical and one chemical. The mechanical is friendlier to [...]

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Here are some ideas for plants in hot locations.

April 27, 2008

Some Like it HOT!!!! If April showers bring May flowers what do the May showers bring? Summer flowers of course. April May and June are the most well known months for prolific blooms but if you select the right plants the summer heat  can bring lots of color too. Here are few summer bloomers that [...]

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Do you have a problem with weeds in the garden?

April 14, 2008

I get this question all the time…….How do I keep weeds out of my garden? Weed= any plant that is out of place in a garden. I once had a beautiful oak tree that grew naturally from an acorn that found its way to my garden. When it was still a young seedling, my helper [...]

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Are your Daylies covered in rust?

April 9, 2008

I was touring a local nursery yesterday and had decided to add about ten yellow daylilies to my garden but then was told by the sales lady that they had just been quarantined by the regional agriculture inspector. “Huh, what? But I want buy them” My pleading fell on understanding ears but she was serious. [...]

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Trying to sell your home? Add some “curb appeal”

March 23, 2008

Remember when your mother told you the importance of making a good first impression? Well, the best realtors understand the importance too. The first thing a potential buyer sees is the presentation of the home from the street and a big part of that is the landscaping. A well planned and maintained garden will go [...]

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Should you hire a designer?

March 7, 2008

For me, much of the fun of creating a new garden is the design process. It gives me an opportunity to ‘think through’ a landscape on paper before I begin planting. Beside the enjoyment I get from drawing, a plan saves money, time and provides myself or a client with a better understanding of what [...]

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Collecting rainwater

March 6, 2008

In many parts of the country there are critically severe droughts and thirsty plants are not happy plants. Eventually rains will come so why not capture some of that rainwater to be used later? I’ve been searching collection methods and this guy has taken it to a whole new level. If you’re interested in check [...]

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Trees for small spaces.

February 27, 2008

Here are a couple of my favorite trees for small scale gardens. Acer palmatum- Japanese maple- No flowers on this tree but look for a a nice fall display of color. The reason I included this here is because, for a small space where the tree will be seen at close range, the fine feathery [...]

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Extend your living space with Garden Lights.

February 26, 2008

Almost every garden can be improved and living areas extended with the addition of an illumination system. For the most part these systems are pretty easy to install and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are some lighting basics for you. Garden lighting can be divided into two basic categories: Low Voltage or [...]

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