How to Use Color in Your Perennial Garden

Written by Jeff Pozniak

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The very same can be true for a garden space. An organized, mass planting of white Tulip bulbs can provide a space in your yard to give you clarity of thought or purpose. Add some yellows and earthy tones to blend a nurturing feeling into that planting. It’ll give yourepparttar same feeling as you get with an early morning cup of coffee, watchingrepparttar 113310 sun rise to greet a new day; full of warmth, potential and purpose.

You’ve heard ofrepparttar 113311 power tie orrepparttar 113312 power dress, right? Take that flame red color torepparttar 113313 blooms in your yard and you may be filled with those same feelings of power and confidence. Are you morerepparttar 113314 strong, silent type? Blues and violets can lend a feeling of inner strength and serenity.

I believerepparttar 113315 first decision you should make when planning your color scheme for your yard is to decide how you want to feel when you’re taking inrepparttar 113316 beauty of that space. Once you have a sense for that, I recommend finding a book or two to help you make your selections. ‘Feng Shui in 10 Simple Lessons’ by Janet Butler-Briggs, is a wonderful beginning to learning that approach to using color. ‘Color Harmony’ by Bride M. Whelan, shows you hundreds of different color combinations with real-life examples of their use, to help you createrepparttar 113317 perfect space, indoors or out.

Jeff Pozniak is the administrator for the Ground Trades Xchange, a landscaping industry website. He is also a landscape contractor with nearly 20 years experience.

Control Snakes in the Garden

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Snakes need cover for protection. Don’t leave wood or brush piles sit in one spot for more than a month.

Keep leaves and other debris picked up.

Don't keep piles of rocks.

Stack firewood on a rack 12" offrepparttar ground.

Remove old lumber or junk piles.

Remove their source of food. Keeprepparttar 113309 insect and rodent population under control.

Place garbage bags in sealed trash cans away fromrepparttar 113310 house.

Repair cracks alongrepparttar 113311 foundation and fill holes around pipes. Snakes only need about a ¼ inch crack to get inside.

Sprinkle moth balls aroundrepparttar 113312 perimeter of your yard or garden. But beware that these can be dangerous to pets and children.

Sulfur from a garden center is said to keep snakes away.

Don't plant bushes and other plants too close torepparttar 113313 foundation ofrepparttar 113314 house.

Use mulch inrepparttar 113315 garden beds but not too thickly.

Trimrepparttar 113316 lowest limbs on shrubs and bushes so they are at least 12 inches fromrepparttar 113317 ground.

Construct a fence around your garden with heavy galvanized screening. Make it three feet wide with quarter-inch mesh. Be sure to buryrepparttar 113318 bottom of it six inches belowrepparttar 113319 soil surface.

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