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 Plant Nutrition in Mediterranean Climate Gardens – The Importance of Feeding in the Spring - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/2/2009
Summary: Spring is the best time for feeding your plants, and in most cases, adding organic compost is the best way of doing so, especially in dry climate gardens. . . . more

 Petrol Garden Tools – Simple Maintenance Tasks for the Home Gardener - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/28/2009
Summary: Many home gardeners are deterred from purchasing a gas-powered lawn mower or garden strimmer, because they think it entails expensive and complicated maintenance costs. In fact, as this article points out, a gas-powered tool usually turns out to be a far better buy than an electric powered garden tool. . . . more

 Ground Cover Plants – The Benefits of Growing Junipers as Ground Cover, Landscaping Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/15/2009
Summary: Junipers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from large trees to prostrate ground covers. Their drought-resistance, ease of care, and attractive appearance, make the ground cover species particularly essential for dry climate gardeners. . . . more

 Spring Garden Care – Pruning Landscape and Fruit Trees in Mediterranean Climate Home Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/11/2009
Summary: Spring is the season for pruning broadleaved, evergreen trees, and cold sensitive species of tropical or sub-tropical origin. While pruning, the home gardener should treat the fruit trees as though they were ornamental landscape trees. . . . more

 Home Garden Care – How to Prune Your Garden Plants in the Spring - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/9/2009
Summary: Spring is the season for pruning many but not all garden plants. Knowing what, when and how to prune, is a critical factor behind the success of your garden plants. . . . more

 Home Garden Care in the Spring– Aphid Control Guidelines for the Home Gardener - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/4/2009
Summary: Ideally, pest control in the garden is a case of creating a balanced eco-system. In practical terms though, it is sometimes necessary to act promptly when pests occur on the scene. . . . more

 Drip Irrigation – How Professionals Lay and Space the Drip Irrigation Pipes - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2009
Summary: Drip irrigation is an essential tool for managing water as efficiently as possible. In order to get the most from your system though, you should know how to lay and space the pipes, as would a landscape professional. . . . more

 Drip Irrigation – A Simple But Essential Maintenance Task Before the Onset of the Irrigation Season - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/14/2009
Summary: Drip irrigation is probably the most important tool at the disposal of the dry climate gardener, interested in conserving as much water as possible. Here then is a simple task for increasing the system’s life expectancy, two or three times over. . . . more

 Landscape Garden Design – Using Santolina in a Mediterranean Style Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/7/2009
Summary: In landscape garden design, the low-growing bedding plants should have as much in common as possible with the trees and shrubs. With this in mind, Santolina is one of the best choices for a Mediterranean-style garden. . . . more

 Metrosideros (Pohutukawa) – An Excellent Landscape Tree or Shrub for a Mediterranean Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/3/2009
Summary: Metrosideros or Pohutukawa, as an evergreen tree or large shrub, is both a useful screening plant, and a beautifully decorative landscape bush. Its tolerance of drought, pests and disease, make it a must for many gardens in dry, Mediterranean climates. . . . more

 Pomegranate – How to Prune Landscaping and Fruiting Pomegranate Trees - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/28/2009
Summary: Correctly pruning a Pomegranate tree is a question of whether you are growing it as a landscape tree or just for fruit. Read on if you want to get the best of both worlds! . . . more

 Garden Power Tools – How to Use Petrol Strimmers Safely and Ergonomically - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/21/2009
Summary: The gas-powered strimmer is one of the most useful tools at disposal the disposal of the gardener, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Here are some essential tips for the safe and ergonomic operation of the garden strimmer. . . . more

 Electric Garden Tools or Petrol Garden Tools: Which are Better for the Home Garden? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/18/2009
Summary: Although the initial outlay for petrol garden tools is 2-3 times that of electric ones, in the long run, it makes more economic sense to buy gas-powered tools. . . . more

 Crape Myrtle – How to Prune this Very Special Landscape Tree - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/17/2009
Summary: While Crape Myrtle is generally pruned in order to produce more and better blooms, do not forget that too much pruning can weaken a tree and cause its premature decline. In any case, Crape Myrtle has immense value as an landscape tree, irrespective of its fabulous floral display. . . . more

 Growing Roses in a Dry Mediterranean Climate – Is it Compatible with Water Conserving Gardening? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/11/2009
Summary: Roses are still the “Queen of the Garden” but unfortunately, they are also heavy water consumers, a fact that makes them problematical for gardeners in a dry climate. Here are some tips for growing roses on less water. . . . more

 Pruning Trees and Shrubs – How Pruning Affects the Health of the Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/11/2009
Summary: Pruning, however necessary it may be, always exacts a price from the trees and shrubs in terms of their long-term health. Here are some tips for minimizing the damage. . . . more

 Pruning Roses in a Dry Mediterranean Climate – The Purpose of Annual Pruning - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/4/2009
Summary: Being clear as to why we prune roses, should help you get better results from your roses. . . . more

 Bedding Plants – How to Integrate Bedding Plants into the Overall Garden Composition - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 2/2/2009
Summary: To get the most from bedding plants, they should be suited to the style of the garden as a whole. Here are some tips for matching them with the rest of the garden plants. . . . more

 Plant Nutrition – Chemical Fertilizer and Compost Compared - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/31/2009
Summary: With manufacturers of fertilizer products proclaiming that compost is not fertilizer, you may be confused as to the best way to feed your garden plants. . . . more

 Fertilizers – The Real Reasons Against Using Chemical Fertilizer on Your Garden Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/30/2009
Summary: There are some perfectly valid reasons for not using chemical fertilizers on your garden plants, although many of the commonly held objections are more myth than reality. . . . more

 Sage – Successfully Growing Sages in Mediterranean and other Dry Climate Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/28/2009
Summary: Despite the large number of species and their wide geographical range, most Sages require similar growing conditions. Most are suitable for dry climate gardens. . . . more

 Sage – Wisely Choosing Ornamental Sage Plants for a Mediterranean Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/26/2009
Summary: While Sage is usually associated with herb gardens, there is a wide variety of species that are excellent purely as ornamental garden plants. As many Sages are also drought resistant, they are a crucial plant for the gardener in a dry climate. . . . more

 Herb Gardens – The Benefits of Growing Garden Sage in a Mediterranean Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/24/2009
Summary: While many species and varieties of sage are of great ornamental value, the Garden Sage, Salvia officinalis, is not only beautiful, but an immensely useful herb, culinary and medicinal plant as well. . . . more

 Pruning Roses – Crucial Tips on Rose Pruning for Mediterranean Climate Gardeners - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/21/2009
Summary: The mild winters common to Mediterranean climates means that pruning woody plants in general, and roses in particular, ought to be carried out differently than in cold, temperate climates. . . . more

 Lawns in a Dry Climate – Artificial Grass and Real Grass Compared - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/18/2009
Summary: Artificial grass is not a viable, long-term alternative to a living lawn, but there are a number of objective arguments that are legitimately used in its favor. This article puts the differences between the two into perspective. . . . more

 Winter Garden Care – Planting in a Mediterranean Climate Winter - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/16/2009
Summary: It is commonly thought that the winter is not the right time for planting. This may be so in cold climates, but not in the mild winters of a Mediterranean one, where the benefits of winter planting far outweigh the drawbacks. . . . more

 Winter Pruning in a Mediterranean climate Garden – Why You Should Postpone Pruning Until the End of Winter - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/16/2009
Summary: Pruning trees and shrubs in the right season is essential for satisfactory results, no more so than in a mild winter, Mediterranean climate, where pruning too early or too late can cause serious long term damage to the garden plants. . . . more

 Winter Garden Care in a Mediterranean Climate: Why Mulching is Better than Hoeing - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/12/2009
Summary: There are numerous benefits to the healthy growth and development of garden plants by hoeing the soil, but these are all matched by mulching. Despite its initial cost, mulching is preferable to hoeing. . . . more

 Growing Roses in a Mediterranean Climate – Winter is the Season for Transplanting Rose Bushes - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/10/2009
Summary: Transplanting a large rose shrub seems at first sight to be a daunting task, but this is not so if the correct procedures are carried out, and at the right time. . . . more

 Planting Roses in a Mild Winter Climate: The Benefit of Planting Roses Bare-Root - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 1/3/2009
Summary: Despite the inconvenience of planting roses in the winter, the benefits of bare-root planting far outweigh this drawback. Read on to find out why. . . . more

 Container Gardening – Installing a Professional Drainage System Will Help You Get the Most from Your Outdoor Pot Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/31/2008
Summary: There are a number of factors behind successfully growing container plants, but supplying adequate drainage has to be one of the most important. That is why you should consider installing a professional drainage system, especially if you garden in a dry climate. . . . more

 Patience: Do You Know Why Patient Gardeners End Up With The Best Garden? Read On To Find Out - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/28/2008
Summary: Patience is not only a value in itself, but is the main reason why some gardeners achieve enviable results and others do not. . . . more

 Drip Irrigation – How Many Separate Taps Should You Install for Maximum Water Conservation? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/26/2008
Summary: For drip irrigation to save as much water as possible, it is necessary to know how to use it. One means is to have a separate schedule for each different plant group. . . . more

 Saving Water in the Garden – Do You Have to Rely Only on Slow-Growing Plants? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/25/2008
Summary: Slow growing plants are often synonymous with water-conserving ones in many gardeners’ minds. Some Species of Rhus though, develop quickly, requiring modest amounts of water at the same time. . . . more

 Conserving Water in Your Garden – How to Grow Australian and Other Dry Climate Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/22/2008
Summary: Many water-conserving plants have fallen into disrepute in recent years, because of a relatively high failure rate. The answer is know how to grow them . . . more

 Grevillea – Fine Landscape Garden Plants for a Dry Climate - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/20/2008
Summary: Grevillea shrubs are not the easiest landscape garden plants to grow, but their immense ornamental value, combined with their tolerance of drought, make them vital ingredients in the dry climate gardener’s cookbook. . . . more

 Garden Pests And Diseases – Do You Always Have To Spray? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/18/2008
Summary: Most home gardeners are unhappy about using poisons to control pests and disease in the garden. What they should know is that the use of pesticides is largely unnecessary in any case. . . . more

 Morning Glory Ground Covers – Excellent Plants for Mediterranean Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/14/2008
Summary: Gardeners in dry, Mediterranean climates should always be on the look out for water-conserving ground cover plants that are attractive and easy to grow. One such plant is the Morning Glory, Convolvulus sabatius. . . . more

 Ground Cover Plants for Replacing Lawns in Dry Mediterranean Climate Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/13/2008
Summary: Ground cover plants should not be seen as a substitute for grass, but rather, as having design value in their own right. Considering they need far less water than lawns, their use in dry Mediterranean climates is essential. . . . more

 Garden Design Ideas – Landscaping Gardens Using Less Grass - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/12/2008
Summary: The need to save water in dry climate gardens, involves reducing the size of the lawn. This is best achieved by changing the way we approach garden design. . . . more

 Artificial Grass is not an Alternative to a Real Lawn - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 12/6/2008
Summary: While the quality of artificial grass products have definitely improved in recent years, and while there is a place for them in certain public situations, the home gardener should think twice before installing a synthetic lawn. . . . more

 Chrysanthemum – Excellent Perennials with Landscaping Uses as well as Flower Color - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/29/2008
Summary: Perhaps you associate Chrysanthemums with cut flowers. You should know though, that there are some excellent perennial “Mums” that have landscaping uses as well. . . . more

 Tree Planting – Do Not Plant The Right Tree In The Wrong Place - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/25/2008
Summary: The tree cannot only make or break the garden, it can affect how members of the family function and feel. It is not enough therefore, to choose the right tree type, but also to avoid planting it in the wrong place! . . . more

 Weed Control in the Garden – A Surprising Alternative to Using a Weed Killer - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/22/2008
Summary: If you have an unplanted part of the garden and wish to keep it clean of weeds, consider controlling them by mowing, as opposed to eliminating them with a weed killer. It may pay handsomely in the future. . . . more

 Why A Garden Mulch Is Better Than A Pre-Emergent Weed Killer For Preventing Winter Weeds - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/15/2008
Summary: The use of a pre-emergent weed killer may be tempting, but in the small garden situation, an organic mulch is far safer and more beneficial to the garden as a whole. . . . more

 Why Laying Turf In The Autumn Can Lead To Serious Lawn Problems Later - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/8/2008
Summary: While laying turf in the autumn is possible in Mediterranean and other mild winter climates, the temptation to do so should be resisted. It is far better to sow a temporary lawn for the winter instead. . . . more

 Lawn Treatment In the Autumn – The Right Time For Feeding And Dethatching - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 11/1/2008
Summary: During the autumn in Mediterranean and similar climates, you may be waiting for the lawn to go to sleep for the winter. Make sure though, that you do not, as there are plenty of lawn tasks to carry out at this time. . . . more

 Pruning Trees And Shrubs In The Autumn Is Often A Costly Mistake - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/29/2008
Summary: Gardeners in Mediterranean and other mild winter climates are sometimes tempted to prune their trees and shrubs in the autumn, when the weather is still warm. This can sometimes prove a costly mistake. . . . more

 Mediterranean Gardening Care In the Autumn – A Perfect Time To Feed Your Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/21/2008
Summary: Home gardeners in Mediterranean climates tend to forget that their plants need nutrients through the winter. Feeding in the autumn is probably the best time to ensure they receive what they need. . . . more

 Should Plumbago auriculata Be Grown As A Trimmed Hedge Or A Regular Landscaping Shrub? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/18/2008
Summary: Plumbago auriculata is one of the most useful landscaping shrubs available to the Mediterranean and dry climate gardener. It is often planted in the wrong place however, which gives this fine plant a bad name. . . . more

 Viburnum tinus – A Fine Landscaping Bush Not Only For Mediterranean Climate Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/14/2008
Summary: Viburnum tinus is usually a fine choice for a landscaping bush and for screening. Although native to the Mediterranean, it is suitable for many other regions as well. . . . more

 Container Gardening – Choosing The Right Potting Soil For Optimum Results - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/11/2008
Summary: To supply the best possible conditions for your container plants, you have to use an artificial, or soilless growing mixture. The question is, which type is best? . . . more

 Container Gardening – Watering Pot And Container Plants For The Best Results - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/11/2008
Summary: Correct watering is usually the key to successfully growing plants in containers, especially in hot, dry climates. Here are some guidelines for the home gardener. . . . more

 Container Gardening – The Best Way To Feed Your Pot Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/11/2008
Summary: Plants growing in pots and containers are especially dependent, on a consistent and efficient feeding regime for their growth and development. Here are some guidelines for the home gardener. . . . more

 Guava – A Fabulous Fruit Tree For A Small Mediterranean Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 10/11/2008
Summary: Guava, being highly ornamental and easy to grow, can be an excellent choice for a fruit tree in a small, Mediterranean garden. . . . more

 Container Gardening – Can Your Balcony Take The Weight? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/27/2008
Summary: When making a roof or balcony garden, do not forget, as many people do, the weight limits imposed by the building codes. . . . more

 Pruning Flowering Shrubs And Bushes – Some Essential tips for Success - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/20/2008
Summary: Pruning is the key to successfully growing shrubs and bushes. When it comes to flowering types, the techniques are somewhat different as compared to purely landscaping species. . . . more

 Designing With Landscape Shrubs And Bushes – Learning To Choose Them Like A Garden Designer - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/20/2008
Summary: When choosing landscape shrubs and bushes, the home gardener is often overwhelmed by the range and variety available today. Here are some guidelines for thinking as would a professional designer. . . . more

 Pruning Landscape Shrubs And Bushes For Shape And Form - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/13/2008
Summary: Different types of pruning are suitable for different purposes and plants. Here are some tips for shaping landscape bushes. . . . more

 Shrubs And Bushes – Their Design Role In A Landscape Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/13/2008
Summary: Landscape shrubs and bushes are a vital part of garden design and composition. In order to use them most effectively, their design role should be clearly understood. . . . more

 Lawn Irrigation – How Much And How Often Do You Need To Water? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/6/2008
Summary: There are a number of reasons why a lawn succeeds or not. In dry climates, the most crucial factor is irrigation. . . . more

 Lawn care In Mediterranean Gardens – Maintaining A Neat Edge - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 9/6/2008
Summary: The lawn’s appearance can be made or spoilt by the quality of the edge. Keeping a neat lawn edge is especially difficult in Mediterranean and other hot, dry, climates. . . . more

 The Low Maintenance Garden – Myths Exposed Together With Some Important Tips - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/29/2008
Summary: A garden that is too time-consuming to look after, or expensive to maintain, is not going to stand the test of time. Here are some tips for the home gardener. . . . more

 Nandina domestica – A Wonderful Landscape Bush For Creating An Emphasis In The Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/23/2008
Summary: Despite originating from China and Japan, Nandina domestica is suitable too in Mediterranean and dry climate gardens. Here’s how to get the best from this most valuable landscape bush. . . . more

 Growing Roses – How To Succeed In A Mediterranean Climate - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/18/2008
Summary: Growing roses is not as difficult as some people make out, but there are some practices that are vital for success. . . . more

 Planting Rose Bushes – The Five Essential Steps For Success - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/12/2008
Summary: Roses can be such a magnificent part of the garden, yet the home gardener is too often disappointed with their performance. Correct procedures at planting, go a long way in ensuring decent results. . . . more

 Landscape Gardening - Selecting Rose Bushes For A Dry Mediterranean Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/10/2008
Summary: There are many things to consider when selecting the rose varieties most suitable for your garden. The starting point though is having a clear design direction from the outset. . . . more

 Growing Roses In A Dry Mediterranean Climate – Some Essential Water Conserving Tips - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/8/2008
Summary: Many home gardeners in dry climates are reluctant to grow roses largely because of their high consumption of water. Here are some tips for having your roses and some water to spare as well. . . . more

 How To Save Water In The Garden While Enjoying Amazing Color At The Same Time! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/5/2008
Summary: Saving water does not have to mean a dull, colorless garden. Here are some tips for an amazingly colorful garden, that is water wise as well. . . . more

 Catharanthus roseus – An Annual Flowering Plant That Can Save You A Lot Of Water - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 8/2/2008
Summary: The limiting factor in growing annual flowers in Mediterranean gardens is their high consumption of water. Catharanthus roseus, (Madagascar Periwinkle), can be grown on about a quarter of the water needed by most annuals. . . . more

 Garden Design – How To Get Great Results By Using Plants Of The Same Color - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/27/2008
Summary: It takes some courage, but planting a flowerbed with one color can make for a stunning focal point in your garden. . . . more

 Garden Color Design – How To Use Contrasts And Create Harmonies Effectively - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/26/2008
Summary: Using color effectively in the garden, as in the kitchen or sitting room, is largely a matter of getting the right balance between harmony and contrast. . . . more

 Color In the Garden – Do You Use It As Would A Professional Designer Or An Inexperienced Amateur? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/22/2008
Summary: Nothing can spoil a garden more than the random, haphazard use of color. How then does a professional garden designer approach the question of color? . . . more

 Choosing Shrubs For A Dry Climate Garden – How To Think Like A Professional Designer - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/19/2008
Summary: Understanding the design function of landscaping shrubs can help you make wiser choices when planning your garden, or adding some plants to an existing border. . . . more

 Designing Your Garden – Adopting The Professional Designer’s Approach - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/18/2008
Summary: Reaching the level of the top professionals in garden design takes years of study and experience. There is nothing stopping you though, understanding their approach and mindset. . . . more

 Weed Management – The Herbicides You Should Really Be Wary Of Using - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/12/2008
Summary: While one should be reluctant to use herbicides at the best of times, there are two kinds that are especially worth avoiding altogether. . . . more

 Garden Centers And Plant Nurseries – The Three Points to Look Out For - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/11/2008
Summary: Cheap is dear is a well-known and well-worn expression. Nowhere is it more relevant than in plant nurseries and garden centers. . . . more

 Choosing Plants In A Garden Center – Important Tips For Getting It Right - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/9/2008
Summary: The only decision you should make in the garden center concerns the quality of the plants in the pots. What constitutes a good plant, and what should you be looking to avoid? . . . more

 Landscape Gardening – Choosing Plants With Colored Foliage - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/5/2008
Summary: While there is no shortage of plants with colored leaves, the home gardener does not always choose them wisely. Here are some tips for getting the best out of them, and avoiding some of then pitfalls. . . . more

 Agapanthus africanus – An Essential Perennial For A Mild Winter Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 7/4/2008
Summary: Agapanthus is one of the loveliest and easy to grow perennials available to the gardener in a dry, Mediterranean climate. Used in a certain way, it can be stunningly exciting as well. . . . more

 Garden Design In Dry Climates – Reducing The Size Of The Lawn - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/28/2008
Summary: The gardener in a dry climate where water is at a premium, may look jealously at garden books from wetter climates, and dream of growing acres of lawn. In fact, reducing the amount of lawn invariably leads to better design solutions. . . . more

 Garden Design – How You Can Learn From Books And From Visiting Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/25/2008
Summary: The best way to derive inspiration from a garden design book, or from walking around a fine public park, is to relax, enjoy the sights, and try to understand the principles behind what you see. . . . more

 Garden Pest Control – The Two Sides Of the Coin For Effective Pest Management - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/21/2008
Summary: The essence of effective pests control is to do two things that seemingly contradict each other. One is to be constantly on the ball, and the other to try to do as little as possible! . . . more

 Landscape Trees - Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing One For Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/17/2008
Summary: Many home gardeners choose a landscape tree based on spectacular flower color or some other showy feature. The professional garden designer however, considers flower color at the end not at the beginning of the design process. . . . more

 Pest And Weed Control – When Using Pesticides Can be Justified - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/13/2008
Summary: The use of pesticides in gardens is unwelcome and from every point of view, should be reduced to a minimum. However, there are circumstances when their use is both necessary and justifiable. . . . more

 Garden weed Control – How Best To Deal With Oxalis - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/11/2008
Summary: There are uglier weeds than Wood Sorrel, (Oxalis) but not many as difficult to treat. Within a bed of ground cover plants for example, it can be disastrous. . . . more

 Rose Bush Care And Maintenance During The Winter In A Mediterranean Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: To avoid disappointment from your rose bed, it’s important to know how to care for the plants in a Mediterranean climate, especially during the winter. . . . more

 Irrigation – Carrying Out Routine Checks On Your Garden Irrigation System - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: It sounds routine and boring. Yet checking your irrigation system well before the end of winter is a good habit to get into. . . . more

 Phosphorus For Your Garden Plants – Its Crucial Importance And How To Apply It Correctly - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: It is absolutely necessary that the garden plants have an adequate supply of phosphorus. It is not always straight forward to apply it effectively though. . . . more

 The Pampas Grass – When And How To Use It In The Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: The problems associated with growing this most spectacular of plants, often deter the home gardener from planting it. Here’s how you can overcome at least some of them. . . . more

 Feijoa – A Fine Dwarf Fruit Tree For A Mediterranean Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: Feijoa is small tree or large shrub that has everything – appearance, excellent fruit and ease of cultivation. . . . more

 Pest Control – What You Can Do About The Citrus Leaf Miner In Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: If the damage caused by a pest is not too serious, then it is often better to do nothing at all, rather than apply chemical pesticides. . . . more

 Weed Control – The Worst Garden Weeds And How To Deal With Them - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: Getting rid of weeds is a part and parcel of the gardening schedule. There are some weeds though that are so vigorous, that special attention is needed to deal with them. . . . more

 Importing Soil Into The Garden – What You Should Never Do - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: Bringing in garden soil from an unknown source could ruin your garden. Remember that cheap is dear! . . . more

 Pest Control - Mole crickets In Your Lawn And Garden And How To Control Them - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: To use pesticides against mole crickets is the easy way out. In order to reduce their damage in the long term though, it’s better not to rush in with the poisons. . . . more

 Mowing the Lawn – Is It Always Necessary To Remove The Clippings? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: If you mow your grass correctly, you’ll have a better lawn, and can save time by not having to collect and empty the grass clippings. You’ll be doing your bit for the environment too. . . . more

 Lawn care – Why It Is So Important To Remove Thatch And How To Do So - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: While watering, feeding and correct mowing are pre-conditions for growing a successful lawn in a hot climate, the periodic removal of thatch could make the difference between a great lawn and a cabbage patch. . . . more

 Nolina - A Most Special Plant For A Dry Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/9/2008
Summary: There is a plant that takes along time to grow, but could make your garden a special one. . . . more

 Sustainable Gardening – The Main Five Points To Bear In Mind - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/8/2008
Summary: If anyone needs convincing about the need for sustainable horticulture, you can just ask one simple question. Do you care if your children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy gardens and gardening? . . . more

 Ash – A Forgotten Landscape Tree For Private Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/7/2008
Summary: When choosing a landscape tree for your garden, don’t focus too much on showy blooms or edible and decorative fruit. The Ash has none of these, but can be one of the most beautiful additions to your private landscape. . . . more

 Garden Care And Maintenance – Tips On How To Get Value For Money - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/6/2008
Summary: An essential part of a viable garden design, is considering the costs involved in care and maintenance. Ignoring this is like buying a great sports car, only to find afterwards, that you can’t afford the insurance! . . . more

 Garden Irrigation – Watering Trees And Shrubs During A Drought Year - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 6/3/2008
Summary: During drought years, it is more logical to think that the lawn and flowers have to be watered, while the trees and shrubs, can get by without. In fact, the reverse is true. . . . more

 Oaks For Your Private Garden – Why You Should Consider Them As Landscape Trees - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/31/2008
Summary: Oaks should be considered as serious candidates for landscape garden trees. In dry climate gardens, the appropriate species are an essential part of water conserving gardening. . . . more

 Garden Lawn Care In The Summer – The Extra Tasks For A Great Lawn - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/30/2008
Summary: The additional summer tasks that can mean you have a great lawn. The third of three articles on garden lawn care during the summer in dry climates. . . . more

 The Garden Soil – Look After It If You Want To have A Garden In The Future! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Caring for the soil, ought to be the number one priority of anyone who owns a garden . . . more

 Sculpture In The Mediterranean Garden – How To Have One For Next To No Money! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: An ornamental plant of distinct shape and form should almost always be included in a planting scheme. . . . more

 The Strawberry Tree And Other Great Slow Growing Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: We all want our garden plants to grow quickly, but having the patience to wait for slow growing plants goes along way. . . . more

 Garden Design – What Approach To Take When Designing Different Areas Of The Same Plot - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: If you have a lawn surrounded by flower beds shrubs and a fruit tree in the back garden, do you need the same thing in the front? This article raises a number of garden design issues. . . . more

 Melaleuca – An Essential Plant For A Mediterranean And Dry Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Why you should consider growing one of the best shrubs for a dry Mediterranean climate. . . . more

 Mulch In The Garden – The Different Types And How To Use Them - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Despite the many benefits associated with mulching garden beds, its use is not always desirable. To get the most from a mulch, it’s necessary to choose the right type and to use it correctly. . . . more

 How An Attitude Of Gratitude Can Help You Get The Most From Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Good design and sound horticultural practice are necessary to create a fine garden. A good attitude is crucial too. . . . more

 Ornamental Grasses – Their Place In A Dry Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Decorative grasses and grass-like plants are so versatile in their potential to solve design problems, that they are suitable to most garden styles, and especially to dry climate gardens. . . . more

 Garden Design – The Role Of Emphasis Plants In Creating A Composition - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: Creating a satisfying garden composition is a question of applying correctly the universal rules of design. . . . more

 Iron As a Plant Nutrient – In What Circumstances Should Iron Fertilizer Be Used? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: What causes iron deficiency in plants, and when and how should it be treated. . . . more

 Asparagus, Liriope and Ophiopogon – Excellent Perennials For a Dry Climate And Mediterranean Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/29/2008
Summary: If you're looking for a group of plants that look good 12 months in the year, are appropriate to a number of design situations, and are easy to look after, then read on. . . . more

 Lawn Care – Regular Mowing Through The Summer For Excellent Results - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/28/2008
Summary: While there are many essential, lawn care tasks, regular mowing is the key to successfully growing a beautiful grass. . . . more

 Turf Irrigation – How To Save Water And Your Lawn During Drought Years - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/25/2008
Summary: In principle, the best way to save water in dry climate gardens is to reduce the area of grass. Here is a way of saving water in drought years, without killing-off the lawn. . . . more

 Watering Lawns During The Summer In Mediterranean And Dry Climate Gardens - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/23/2008
Summary: There are many factors behind growing a successful lawn. Suitable irrigation is the most crucial of them during the summer in dry, Mediterranean climates. . . . more

 Garden Weeds – Proudly Presenting The Worst Weed In The World! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/21/2008
Summary: If you’ve never heard of the Dodder weed, this would be good place to start. For if it gets into your garden, it could ruin it! . . . more

 Weed Control – The Best Garden Plants Can Be The Worst Weeds! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/19/2008
Summary: We usually think of a weed as an unwanted plant in the garden. However, a far greater problem is caused by garden plants that escape into natural habitats. . . . more

 African Daisy – Excellent Bedding Plants For An Arid Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/17/2008
Summary: African daisy plants are not suitable for every location, and may not be to everyone’s taste. In the right place though, they are an important ingredient in dry and Mediterranean gardens. . . . more

 Duranta – A Must Landscape Bush For A Mild Winter Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/16/2008
Summary: If you live in a warm, frost-free climate, you may wish to consider planting the landscape bush, Duranta erecta in your garden. It goes well with a number of other shrubs, and has some characteristics unique to itself. . . . more

 Attracting Birds To Your Garden Could Make Gardening More Attractive To Your Children! - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/14/2008
Summary: There are many reasons for attracting birds to the garden. On of the best is the educational potential for children. . . . more

 Pest Control – Why You Should Be Attracting Birds To Visit Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/11/2008
Summary: Despite the fact that some birds may nibble a bit at the fruit on your trees, attracting birds to the garden is vital for effective and sustainable pest control. . . . more

 Solanum rantonnetii – A Worthy Substitute For Bougainvillea - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/10/2008
Summary: If you are one of those people who would love a Bougainvillea in your garden, but are put off by its thorns, mess, and untidiness, then you may wish to consider planting Solanum rantonnetii as a replacement. . . . more

 Jacaranda – A Great Landscape Tree For A Mediterranean And Warm Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/7/2008
Summary: The Jacaranda tree is probably unmatched for spectacular, seasonal color. It is not suitable though for every plot and location. . . . more

 Drip Irrigation – The Three Factors That Mean Success Or Otherwise - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/6/2008
Summary: The immense benefits of drip irrigation are often lost because of a few avoidable mistakes. Here are some tips for getting the most from your dripper system. . . . more

 Why Drip irrigation Is The Best Way Of Watering Your Garden Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/4/2008
Summary: There are some drawbacks with drip irrigation systems as opposed to sprinklers, but the advantages are so overwhelming that the gardener, especially in a dry climate, should consider installing one. . . . more

 Ground Cover Plants – A Wonderful Combination For Small Spaces - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/2/2008
Summary: While ground cover plants are used in a variety of situations, not all types are suitable for every location. Here are some plants that are excellent for small, intimate spaces. . . . more

 Growing Roses In Dry Climates – Preconditions For Success - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 5/1/2008
Summary: There are a number of aspects to success with roses such as designing correctly, and pruning professionally. It’s important as well, to know their basic growing requirements. . . . more

 Selecting Roses As Part Of A Landscape Garden Design - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/30/2008
Summary: Successfully growing roses has much to do with preparing the soil properly, and maintaining the plants correctly. It all starts though with clearly understanding the roses’ design function in the garden composition. . . . more

 Flower Garden Design - Bedding Plants That Have A Fine Leaf Texture - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/27/2008
Summary: The naive gardener thinks of the flowerbed exclusively in terms of color. The professional garden designer takes into account other factors as well. . . . more

 Annual Flowers-Ideas To Aid The Gardener In A Dry Climate - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/25/2008
Summary: Growing annual flowers is not easy in dry climates because of the water shortages. Here are some tips for enjoying flower color, without using too much water. . . . more

 Garden Tools-How To Choose And Use A Vital Lawn Care Tool - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/23/2008
Summary: A clean, neatly trimmed edge plays a big part in growing a lawn to be proud of. Should you choose an electric or gas powered tool for the purpose? . . . more

 Garden Care – Do Perennials Need Less Maintenance Than Annuals? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/22/2008
Summary: Many home gardeners equate the growing of perennial plants with low-maintenance gardening. There are some excellent reasons for preferring perennials to annuals, but saving time and maintenance costs is not one of them. . . . more

 Garden Design – Planning An Herbaceous Perennial Flower Bed - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/21/2008
Summary: The term flowerbed usually evokes images of dazzling color. In practice, the flowerbed often ends up as a disappointing eyesore. Here are some thoughts on how best to plan this part of your garden. . . . more

 Spring Lawn Care –Special Tasks That are Essential for Success - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/17/2008
Summary: The key to growing a great lawn is to carry out the “ordinary” tasks, like watering and mowing properly, and to remember to perform the special tasks on time. . . . more

 Garden Irrigation - What Does Over-Watering Really Mean? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/16/2008
Summary: Most home gardeners realize that watering too much is a bad thing. But do they know that what it really means is the opposite of what it seems to be? Here are some important tips for efficient and effective irrigation. . . . more

 Star Jasmine – A Different Type Of Climbing Plant - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/15/2008
Summary: Many a home gardener has been tempted to include rampant, climbing plants in the garden. While these definitely have their place in some circumstances, they often turn into an unmanageable mess. In small spaces, it is probably far wiser to choose less showy and slow-growing climbers like the Star Jasmine. . . . more

 Herbs – The Perfect Plant For Your Own Herb Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/14/2008
Summary: It is not often that a garden plant has interesting form, delicately textured leaves, striking foliage color, and keeps pests away from neighboring plants. The time has come to meet the aromatic herb, Artemisia arborescens. . . . more

 Kumquat – A Lot More Than A Beautiful Dwarf Citrus Tree - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/13/2008
Summary: The more we dig deeper into the hidden potential of the garden, the more value we extract from it. The beautiful Kumquat tree serves as a good example of this. . . . more

 Sage, Lavender And The Role Of Silver-Leaved Plants In Garden Design - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/11/2008
Summary: Garden plants whose foliage color is some variant of silver, grey or bluish-green, are an important resource for the garden designer and home gardener. . . . more

 Garden irrigation – Why It’s So Important To Grow And Water Different Plant Groups Separately - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/9/2008
Summary: In dry climate gardens, a professional irrigation system is a pre-condition for successfully growing the garden plants and managing water responsibly. It also makes good design sense. . . . more

 Garden Irrigation – How Often Do You Need To Water? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/9/2008
Summary: In order to manage water in the garden both responsibly and effectively, its necessary to understand that different groups of plants, not only require different quantities of water, but also need the water at different times. . . . more

 Pruning Evergreen Trees In The Spring – Important Tips For The Home Gardener - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/6/2008
Summary: The way your garden trees grow and how long they will live, are to a great extent a reflection on how they have been pruned. Considering that the tree is the single most precious item in the garden, it is worthwhile knowing a few things about pruning. . . . more

 Landscape Trees – 4 Excellent Species For A Private Mediterranean Climate Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/4/2008
Summary: While it is tempting to be carried away by the spectacular flowers of a particular tree, remember that the blooms are invariably short-lived. Instead, it is advisable to choose a tree primarily for its landscaping properties. . . . more

 School Gardening – How Horticultural Work Can Bolster A Young Person’s Self-Esteem - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/3/2008
Summary: Many social ills among young people can be traced to the unrelenting power of peer-group pressure and low self esteem. Can gardening projects in schools go some way in resisting these twin evils? . . . more

 Garden Irrigation – Which Type Of Electronic Water Timer Is Best For A Private Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 4/2/2008
Summary: Installing a professional irrigation system is essential in dry climate gardens, not only to achieve the best results possible, but also as a tool in the correct management and use of water. Make sure to get a decent electronic water timer as well. . . . more

 Lawn care In A Dry Climate – Rejuvenating A Worn Out Grass - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/31/2008
Summary: Growing a fabulous lawn is largely a question of carrying out the routine maintenance correctly. Sometimes though, extra measures are required. . . . more

 Garden Design - Which Bedding Plants Go Best With Junipers? - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/28/2008
Summary: Bedding plants are most effective in a garden composition when they combine well with the rest of the plants. This particularly the case when junipers form the heart of a planting design. . . . more

 Pruning Herbs, Herbaceous Perennials And Small Shrubs In The Spring - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/27/2008
Summary: Home gardeners are often disappointed with the performance of their perennial bedding plants and the appearance of their herbs and sub-shrubs. Pruning at the right time is usually the key to successfully growing such plants. At no time is this more important than in the spring. . . . more

 Carissa macrocarpa – An Excellent Shrub For An Arid Climate And Mild Winter Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: When choosing bushes for a dry climate and Mediterranean garden, give a thought to the Natal Plum,Carissa macropcarpa. It has to be one of the most useful and versatile shrubs available. . . . more

 Planting Trees – Where To Place Landscape And Fruit Trees - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: The full potential of a great lanscape or fruit tree may never be realized if it is planted in an incorrect location. Avoid making this needless but potentially costly mistake. . . . more

 Beautiful Ornamental Plants That Can Ruin Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: In order to avoid disappointment with your garden, it’s important to be aware of the types of plant, that for different reasons, can spoil your plot, and ruin your dream. . . . more

 Garden Plants - The Type Of Plants You Should Avoid Putting In Your Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: There are many garden plants that could be extremely poisonous and nasty. Are you aware of all the dangers lurking in your backyard, for yourself and your family? . . . more

 Ground Cover Plants – How To Prevent Them Being Smothered By Weeds. - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: All to often, ground cover plants do not fulfill their promise and end up being a major disappointment for the home garden owner. The biggest single reason for failure is weeds growing out of control, so here are some tips for protecting your new plants. . . . more

 Garden Design Issues – Planting Under A Magnificent Tree - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: Throwing flowers around a magnificent old tree is not usually the best way to give it the dignity it deserves. Here are some ideas to enhance the splendor of the tree. . . . more

 Soil Testing – A Necessary Task Before Planting A New Garden Or Border - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: If you’re planning to spend a lot of money setting up a new garden, or re-planting a run-down border, you may wish to consider hiring a reputable company to conduct a far-reaching soil test. It might make the difference between success and failure. . . . more

 Fertilizing Outdoor Plants Growing In Containers – Which Type Of Fertilizer To Use - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: While adding organic matter in the form of compost is essential for the health of the soil, feeding plants growing in containers generally requires the use of chemical fertilizers. Here are some tips especially for Mediterranean climate gardeners. . . . more

 Plant Nutrition – The Crucial Importance Of Trace Elements For Your Garden Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: Do not be fooled into believing that the trace elements are any less important for plant nutrition than nitrogen or phosphorus. This article shows the dry climate gardener in particular, how to ensure that the garden plants receive what they need. . . . more

 Pruning Trees And Shrubs In The Spring – What You Should Be Pruning And What You Should Not - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/26/2008
Summary: Pruning at the right time is crucial for the growth, development and long-term health of your garden plants. This is what you should and should not be doing in the spring. . . . more

 Chinese Hibiscus And Family – Excellent Landscaping Shrubs For Gardens In Mild Winter Climates - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: In mild winter climates, Chinese Hibiscus has to be one of the most useful landscaping bushes available, as it combines screening functions with spectacular flower color. . . . more

 Junipers In Mediterranean Gardens - Design Issues to Consider - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: Junipers if used correctly can form the basis of an extremely satisfying garden composition. For gardeners in dry and Mediterranean climates, they are especially relevant. . . . more

 Caring for Junipers in Mediterranean Gardens – The Most Important Points To Remember - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: Junipers can be such an important part of the garden in a dry climate, that it’s a pity to get poor results because of some easily avoidable mistakes. . . . more

 Junipers and Ice Plants - A Phenomenal Plant Combination - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: Home gardeners in a dry climate, sometimes think that saving water and having a stunning garden do not go together. Here’s an idea that can allow you to have both. . . . more

 Flower Bed Designs – The Benefits Of Choosing Plants From One Botanical Family - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: To create a flower bed composition that really works, it is necessary to take factors other than flower color into account. Here is a tip that can put you in the right direction. . . . more

 Potassium – How to Apply This Essential Nutrient To Your Garden Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: The problems surrounding the application of potassium fertilizer, demonstrate that plant feeding cannot be separated from the health of the soil. In dry climates where soil salinity is increasingly acute, the issue is of particular importance. . . . more

 The Crape Myrtle Tree – How To Prune This Wonderful Ornamental - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: When it comes to growing and particularly to pruning Crape Myrtle, it’s necessary to think somewhat outside the box. . . . more

 Nitrogen – When How And In What Form To Feed It To Your Garden Plants - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: Nitrogen deficiency will significantly stunt the growth and development of your garden plants. Throwing on soluble fertilizer will give you immediate results, but at the price of polluting lakes, rivers and the water table. . . . more

 Climbing Roses – A Special Way To Grow A Special Plant - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: Growing a climbing rose involves some work and expense. When trained according to the espalier technique, the results can be spectacular. . . . more

 Garden Design – Creating A Natural Garden In A Small Space - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: While many home owners want their garden to have a natural style, just sticking plants in the ground in a random manner is not the way to achieve it. . . . more

 Garden Care And Maintenance – Growing Plants To Create A Natural Effect - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: While the hard landscaping features of a garden should create clear shapes and strong lines, the plants can give us the feeling that they have been there for ever. Here are some tips for using plants to achieve a natural effect. . . . more

 Landscaping With Bedding Plants – Not Just A Question Of Color - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/25/2008
Summary: If you want to get the most from your bedding plants, look beyond the question of color, into the form, shape and texture of the plants, and how they fit into the overall garden composition. . . . more

 Compost – The 4 Reasons Why It Should Be Well-Rotted Before Use - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/22/2008
Summary: The purpose of adding compost to the soil is to improve and develop it over a period of time. Spreading fresh manure, or compost that has not properly decomposed, is liable to have the opposite affect. . . . more

 Pest Control – The Most Suitable Way Of Keeping Aphids In Check In A Home Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: As spring approaches in the Northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern, the home gardener should be alert for aphids preying on their garden plants. Here are some eco-friendly tips for controlling them. . . . more

 Venomous Snakes In The Garden - How To Avoid The Danger - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: A fear of poisonous snakes deters some people from creating a garden, while others choose to ignore the possible danger posed by snakes. Neither approach is justified and here’s how to avoid the pitfalls of both. . . . more

 Shade Trees – The Critical Points To Remember Before Choosing One - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Choosing a tree, especially one close to the house, is the most critical gardening decision you will have to make. Here are some pointers to help you get it right. . . . more

 Garden Landscaping – Thinking About Umbrella Shaped Plants In The Garden Design - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: A professional technique for choosing landscaping trees, is to consider first their form and shape. Trees and shrubs that develop an umbrella shape are a category particularly suited to a small home garden. . . . more

 School Gardens – As Much About Education As Gardening - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Other than the clear benefits of creating a beautiful landscape, and growing locally produced food, a school garden should be seen primarily as an educational tool of the first order. . . . more

 School Gardens – How To Involve Children In Setting Up The Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: The surest method of getting the best results when setting up a school garden is to involve the children as much as possible. . . . more

 Spring Lawn Care In Mediterranean Gardens – How To Save Water And Grow A Better Lawn - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Saving water and having a great garden are often seen as being mutually exclusive. Here is a lawn care strategy for a dry climate garden that can allow you to have both. . . . more

 School Gardens – Organizing The Children To Develop Their Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: From a strictly professional point of view, the school garden would best be maintained by a landscape gardening company. From an educational angle though, this would be missing out big time. On what lines then, should the children be organized. . . . more

 Gardening With Children – How To Get The Best Results From The Gardening Tasks - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: If gardening is part of the school curriculum, or you just want to involve your children in the up-keep of the home garden, you should see how to get the most out of each of the main horticultural tasks. . . . more

 Trumpet Vines – Spectacular Flowering Plants For A Mediterranean Landscape Garden - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: A sure way of creating a simple, unified, yet interesting and stimulating garden composition is to use different plants that nonetheless have a lot in common with each other. Trumpet vines, as spectacular flowering shrubs, are a fine example of this. . . . more

 Garden Care And Maintenance - Feeding Garden Plants In The Spring - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Due to the many crucial garden tasks that have to be carried out in the spring, it’s best to get the feeding out of the way as early as possible at the onset of spring. . . . more

 Choosing Plants For A School Garden – Guidelines For Getting It Right - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: In a school garden, there are some plants that should be removed on safety grounds, and others that can and should be tolerated. Here is a guide for the perplexed schoolteacher. . . . more

 Pest Control – Putting Integrated Pest Management Into Perspective - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Virtually all horticultural experts today adopt the holistic approach to pest control known as Integrated Pest Management or IPM. This article explains what it is, and how it can be applied. . . . more

 Soil pH – Growing Plants In Alkaline Soils - Category: Home and Family - Gardening 3/21/2008
Summary: Growing plants in soils that have a high percentage of lime, (alkaline soils) is more a case of managing the soil correctly, than of choosing lime-tolerant plants. Here are some guidelines. . . . more