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Questions About Garden Design

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 4, 2011

Q. Amount of Hardscape

In landscape design, is there a ratio or way to determine how much hardscape you should have so that it does not look unbalanced? We have an acre and already a large pool hardscaped area, then we have a large play set area and soon to have a dock and sitting area down by our lake front. I still wish to incorporate a long sidewalk from the pool to the dock/lakefront area, and I still wish to have a large outdoor fireplace sitting area. Can’t put the fireplace down near the lake sitting arrea due to large mature trees. I feel like it will be too busy and too much. Should I wait for the kids to outgrow the play set and place the fireplace there, as it is level and a good spot? I just hate waiting as it may be 5 years more.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 5, 2011
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Asked by
wayne on
May 22, 2011

Q. What is the best way to make rows straight in garden

What is the best way to make rows straight in garden?

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2011
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You can place a stake at each end and then tie a string on the stakes. This will create a straight line that you can till down as a guide.

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Answered by
wayne on
June 1, 2011
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Ok how are you sure the stakes and string or in a straight line.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2011

Q. Garden Tiering

We have a sloping garden that we would like to tier (two levels). Can you give us some hints on how to go about this and what materials to use?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
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Answered by
pink on
June 12, 2011
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My back yard slopes so @ the top we made a vegetable garden, we used railway ties on three sides and dug them in on the second tier we had the one railway tie from the garden and then used landscaping ties for the other sides and front and that is where I planted my stawberries, it turned out good and it looks great, hope this helps you

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 13, 2011

Q. Direction of Rows in Vegetable Garden

Should the rows in a vegetable garden run north-south, or east-west, or does it matter?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 14, 2011
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Generally, north-south; however, it really doesn't matter that much as long as all the growing requirements are met.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 26, 2011

Q. How Do I Do It?

I have a small garden and am working on getting the soil right for next year. I want to begin my plants here at home and I want to mass plant for a more fuller and colorful look. How does one begin to mass plant? Does it take a certain amount of plants in one spot and how far apart do I plant them? How far apart do I plant the next mass? Any help/advice you can give me would be so appreciated.

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Nikki on
June 27, 2011
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Asked by
girl_gal28 on
October 10, 2011

Q. plants segregation?

What is country look decoration, traditional look, and electric look style decoration for plants?

Answered by
Heather on
October 12, 2011
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If you are talking about what I think you are talking about...

Country generally means hand made looking. So, decorations may be things like a hand painted sign, grapevine or straw wreaths or arts and crafts.

Traditional is formal. Straight lines, classical statuary and clearly defined. Think English formal gardens.

Eclectic tends to be artsy. Shabby chic, colorful and unexpected.

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Asked by
pepsiman on
October 27, 2011

Q. What Should Be Planted Where

Is there any rule or truth about what should be planted where in the garden?

Answered by
Heather on
October 30, 2011
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As far as design goes, technically, no there is no rule. But as far as individual plants go, there are as different plants have different temp, water and light needs. For example, you would not want to plant cactus next to marsh marigolds as cacti need dry, warm, bright sun conditions while marsh marigolds like shade, lots of water and moderate temperatures.

The best thing you can do is examine the conditions of your garden space. What kind of light do you get in different spots (and this may vary greatly in even one garden), what are your summer and winter temps, how much rain do you get and how much water can you provide, how is the drainage in your soil.

Once you know all these things, you can locate plants that like those conditions and plant them in the right spots in your garden.

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