Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?

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One of the hallmarks of autumn is the beautiful array of leaves changing color. But why do leaves change from green into reds, oranges, yellows, and browns in the first place? Trace has all the answers on how mother nature preps for winter.

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Why do leaves change color and turn red?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/leaves-turn-red.htm
“Enthusiastic snowball fights in winter or lazy summer days at the beach notwithstanding, autumn might be the most beloved season of them all.”

Why Leaves Change Color
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm
“If you are lucky, you live in one of those parts of the world where Nature has one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep.”

Why Autumn Leaves May Be Dulled by Climate Change
http://www.livescience.com/39820-climate-change-fall-leaves.html
“Every year, New England and other northern regions reliably burst into a blaze of fall color.”

Why Do Leaves Change Color in Fall?
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/why-do-leaves-change-color-0909
“Most simply, to survive the winter, deciduous trees need to store nutrients in their roots, which means they must absorb the nutrients in their leaves.”

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Beautiful Backyard Landscaping Designs

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Simple Backyard Landscape Ideas For Small Yards

If you can’t get enough of beautiful terraces then here are some more small urban garden design ideas for you. I’ve gathered as much good pictures as I could find and hope to hear your thoughts about them. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Do you wish your garden looked like one of these gardens?

Landscape Border Ideas

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Looking for some ideas on the landscape border around my house. The current situation is in need of a serious reboot! Cost-effective, yet functional is what I am in search of. I’d rather not absorb the cost of a retaining wall or not put some type of border around since weed-wacking, trimming and grass cutting would be impacted by a non-elegant solution.

Thank you for your help!

Learn How to Pick the Right Tree for Your Yard

Picking the right tree for your yard can be daunting. Garden plants will come and go in your yard, but trees are there to stay. Follow these tips for picking the right tree for your yard and you will be the new plant expert for your neighborhood.

  1. Where will the tree be planted? Near the house, garage, garden, etc? Unlike shrubs that have narrower root growth, the root system for trees expands often as far as the canopy of what the mature size of the tree will be. If you want a maple tree near your house, you’d have to remember that maple trees mature in the 50 to 70 foot height range, which can develop a canopy of approximately a half to the same in width. You would need plant that tree no closer than at minimum 50 feet from any foundation due to potential damage in the long term. On the other hand, a Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae can mature in the 50 to 70 height range, too, but it’s mature spread is only as wide as 10 to 15 feet, which means that it can be planted closer to a foundation than it’s height. So…plant a tree as far away from a building/house/etc as it spread in width allowing for expansion of the root system.
  2. What is the purpose of the tree? Is this to be a shade tree, seasonal flowering, fall foliage, privacy, wildlife, or a specimen tree?
  3. What limitations are there to inhibit the tree’s growth? Is the area sunny or shady? Are there power lines in the planned site area? Septic field lines or other underground utilities? Many local utility companies have guidelines on planting around those areas. Many recommend not planting any trees within 50 to 70 feet of underground utilities. When planting near or under power or phone lines, most utilities require plants not grow over 12 feet in height.
  4. What type of growth rate do you want for this tree? A fast growing tree generally means a short lifespan, while a slow, stead growth rate, means a long-lived tree to be enjoyed by you and future generations.
  5. Maintenance? How much time do you want to spend in seasonal care for the tree? If you’re looking for maintenance free trees, then you will want to make sure that your tree choice doesn’t fruit, drop large seeds or require lots of shaping.

Once you can answer these questions, you will be able to quickly narrow down your search for the perfect tree for your yard. Visit Greenwood Nursery where you can easily and quickly search for your tree by height, light, growth rate, and more.

 

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Ornamental Grasses Are Low Maintenance Plants!

Ornamental Grasses are the perfect low maintenance plant for any landscape!
Our favorite ways to use Ornamental Grasses:
  • For privacy hedges
  • To define property lines
  • As lawn substitutes
  • Soften corners
  • Create interest within a landscape
  • Small grasses make good border plants
  • Great backdrop plantings
  • Create informal hedges
Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental Grasses
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How Home Landscape Design Affects the Real Estate Value

Home landscaping is simply, transforming, rearranging, and improving the curb appeal features of the grounds around your home into a more pleasant piece of property from the aesthetic standpoint and for practical use. For example, the garden should have plants or grasses; or the big tree in your backyard needs to be trimmed; or planting complementary foundation plants along the foundation of the house. These decisions can provide a big boost on the value of your real estate. This is especially useful if you plan to list your home for sale.

A neat, attractive home landscape design can increase the value of the home by as much as 15%. So if you have a $300,000 piece of real estate, you’ve just earned another $45,000 by just adding well designed landscaping. The increased value of your home will not be seen until you decide to place it on the market. The viability of your home does not only lie on the home itself but on the taste of the potential buyers. In other words, an overly personalized home landscape can be expensive but not really viable compared to simple yet attractive design.  The more detailed the landscape, the more work involved in maintaining it.

It is, therefore, important to make sure that you know what type of home landscaping design is more appealing to homebuyers in a span of years so that you keep the value of your home up and at the same time, you attract homebuyers whenever you do decide to sell it.

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English: Part of a landscape and design project by M. D. Vaden of Oregon, in Beaverton, Oregon, with a tree, shrubs, ground covers and ornamental grasses (including blue fescue, Japanese snowbell tree and Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take note of the following tips to learn the best home landscaping designs for the market:

  •  Internet, books, magazines, and television shows provide great information about the kinds of landscaping designs that are currently selling.
  • Observe home landscapes of other homes in similar neighborhoods. Don’t over landscape for your neighborhood.
  • Seek professional help from people in the landscape design business. Hiring a landscape architect for a do-it-yourself landscape design can be well worth the hourly fee.
  • If you don’t want to hire professionals, then research and read articles on the basics of landscape design.
  • Ask your real estate agent what is normal landscape for your pricing range and what are the latest gardening trends on home design.

You may have followed these tips but you cannot fully guarantee that your landscape design will help your home sell. Take note that your potential buyers seek other factors other than design:

  • Special elements, such as waterfalls, fountains, and artificial ponds are some of the most sought after landscape elements that buyers look for. It is surely an attention grabber.
  • Low maintenance home landscape design. Different buyers will have different tastes when it comes to the design, but they will surely look for one thing: a low maintenance home landscape design.
  • Year-round visual interests. Shrubs, evergreens and other plants that grow all year round are great addition to your garden since buyers usually look for homes that grow plants that never fade during the winter.

Selling your home must start from the outside with curb appeal. That is why it is very important that you have a good landscape design to increase not only the value of your home, but also the viability of it.

How Home Landscape Design Affects the Real Estate Value by Greenwood Nursery.

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