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Water Management

 

In the summer time, when we can have days and days of extreme heat, it’s very important to maintain water supplies for your lawn and garden. What can you do when water supplies are low or the rain is refusing to fall? There are lots of DIY projects you can do to keep your landscaping happy and healthy.

Water Barrel

Rain barrels are an easy fix, you can find rain barrel kits at Lowes or Home Depot or make them on your own using plans on Youtube or the DIY network. Plan for the summer all year long, using fifty five barrels to store plenty of water for the dry months, just make sure to include drainage holes near the top for overflow.

Another great way to control your water needs is to use container gardening. Planting in containers will limit the amount of water you need. Containers don’t need to be expensive either, you can get creative and use discarded building supplies, like gutters, which are very popular right now.

Gutter Garden

Summer time is vacation time, but don’t feel like you have to stay at home to water the plants. Fill 2 liter soda bottles or wine bottles with water and revert them into the ground nearby where you need water most. Your plants will soak up what they need leaving you to enjoy your free time and the gorgeous weather!

Wine bottle Water

Don’t have time to do it yourself? Give us a call at Algiere’s! We’ll put a plan together for you and help you keep up a routine of water management all year long.

 

For directions on how to build the heavy duty rain barrel above, check out this website:

http://rethinksurvival.com/how-to-create-a-heavy-duty-275-gallon-rain-barrel/

For a how to guide to build a self watering veggie table, click here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Veggie-Table/?ALLSTEPS

Focal Points Made Easy

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Last time we discussed different styles of gardens, and mentioned details such as fountains, sculpture, and shrubbery. While these elements look great in the background, sometimes you want something special to catch the eye that ties all of your landscaping plans together. This is the focal point, and choosing one can be easy when you have an experienced landscaper like Algiere’s to help.

The important thing is to keep everything in perspective. What is your budget like? Is your priority something large, or do you want to spread the money around? Do you prefer a plant or architectural focal point? How much time do you have for maintenance, do you want something that requires a lot of work, or would you prefer something more low maintenance? Consider your style of house and any elements you already have. You don’t want to clash or have anything stick out inappropriately.

 

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It might seem overwhelming, but a good landscaper will sit you down and ask the right questions to get the answers. For example, we might ask if you prefer lilies or daisies. It might seem simple, but the answer tells us a lot about you and your sense of style. Lilies are a more formal flower, while daisies take center stage in a more cottage style of gardening. We will show you pictures of different kinds of plantings and styles of gardens. We can accommodate anyone, whether traditional or more eclectic and funky. Just give us a call!

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Pictures for this week’s blog were taken in the Abbey Gardens in Culross, Scotland. The modern sculptures are by the British artist Julia Francis. For more information on her work, you can email her at julia@themercatgallery.com or visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/JFSculptures. 

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Who’s Blogging Anyway?

Who’s Blogging Anyway?

 

While you read the latest Algiere’s blog, Ben is in your backyard, putting in your brand new patio. Michelle has just stopped by to drop off his lunch and hand you an invoice. Before she leaves, she tells you that Jenn is taking pictures of a new flower bed Algiere’s just installed at the local high school. It makes you wonder, just who is writing these great posts?

Mystery solved!

 

Well, wonder no more. Helen R. Peterson, poet, author, and professional blogger, has been a friend of Michelle’s since college. They met in a poetry class at Eastern, and as the two oldest students in the class, immediately bonded. Eight years later, Michelle travels with Helen and handles the sales of her new book, Melons and Memory, and Helen writes the Algiere’s Landscaping blog for Michelle.

 

In addition to the Algiere’s blog, Helen writes a weekly blog to support her writing career, (http://mspetersonexplains.wordpress.com/ ) and one to promote her Etsy shop, Vintagepoetic (http://vintagepoetic.wordpress.com/ ). She’s currently working on her second book of poetry as well as her first novel.

 

Algiere’s Landscaping is devoted to promoting local creative and talented people on their staff, like Helen and Jenn. If you like the work we do here on the blog and on the Facebook page, take a look at what we do in our spare time. Thank you!

 

You can find Helen’s Etsy store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagepoetic

 

And you can buy her book either on Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Melons-Memory-Helen-R-Peterson/dp/1935656147/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344456896&sr=8-1&keywords=melons+and+memory

 

Or the publisher’s website:

 

http://www.littleredtree.com/