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How To Build a Brick Patio

Here’s a simple design plan to make laying brick patios easy for DIYers. This design is easy to build yet elegant. I give you all the instructions you need to lay the bricks in a striking pattern, but I don’t ask you to do any cutting (baby steps,...
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What Is the meaning of Hardscape?

“Hardscape” consists of the inanimate elements of landscaping, especially any masonry work or woodwork. For example, stone walls, concrete or brick patios, tilepaths, wooden decks and wooden arbors would all be considered part of the hardscape. But by extension, anything used in landscaping that is not part of thesoftscape can be considered a hardscape element, including...
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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses can play a part in most gardens, from providing calming accompaniments to more colourful flowering plants to being the sole focus of the design. There are grasses for damp or dry soil, shady as well as sunny situations. Many are great to add to the cutting...
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Lime and liming

Liming garden soil reduces the acidity of the soil by increasing the pH level.  Plants can’t get the nutrients they need from soil that is too acid, and some materials such as aluminium can be at toxic levels in very acid soils. The pH level is a number...
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Pond algae and blanket weed

Algae can be a major problem in ponds, causing discoloured water, green scum at the pond edges, or dense mats of green growth under the surface. If conditions are favourable, algae will spread quickly and can harm aquatic life. Quick facts Common name Algae Botanical name Chlamydomonas, Chlorella & Euglena sps. (single...
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Soil pH Test

  When designing and planting your garden, you need to know whether the soil is acid or alkaline, as different plants thrive in different soils. The soil pH is a number that describes how acid or alkaline your soil is. A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral. An...
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