HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR SOIL TYPE

Recently, we've noticed more and more people are interested in growing their own food. Since growing yummy vegetables requires a fair bit of care, there's also been an increase in discussions about dirt. If you've tried to grow anything in soil that's hard and compact, or really sandy and dry, you'll understand what we mean. Soil quality is essential for everything you grow, not just vegetables. In general, we're lucky to have pretty high-quality soil in Indianapolis.

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CREATE A PRIVATE BACKYARD OASIS WITH A PRIVACY HEDGE

A while back, we talked about how to create more privacy in your backyard. There are so many options for hedging, whether you want to keep out prying eyes, block out noise, or just to create a quiet backyard escape. In our previous post, we mentioned Boxwood and Arborvitae, two classic and beautiful evergreen hedge options. These are excellent choices for the Indianapolis area, but they don't necessarily fit with the landscaping style of every yard.

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YOUR COMPLETE FALL YARD CLEANUP CHECKLIST

Fall is the perfect time for cozy flannels, pumpkin carving...and lawn chores. While there’s plenty to get done, the fall weather is perfect for working outside. If you’re still struggling to get off the couch, we’ve made it easy to get started with this complete checklist of fall yard cleanup tasks. Make your way through the list and set yourself up for a gorgeous yard in the spring.

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THE BENEFITS OF EVERGREENS FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE

Evergreens, which in Indianapolis are mainly conifers, are so good at their jobs that they hardly ever get the notice that they deserve. We appreciate them for their steadfast decorative features, but not only are they beautiful additions to our homes, they also add year-round utility.

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TOP 5 PLANTS THAT CLEAN THE AIR

Indoor air quality isn’t always as good as we think it is, since many of the bad things that we’re breathing in are invisible, odorless, and tasteless. Unbeknownst to us, many things in our home, like our electronics, furniture, carpets, and even walls, and activities, like cooking and cleaning, will leach toxic chemicals into the air. So what do we do? We have plenty of cleaning services here in Indianapolis, but none of them are exactly known for cleaning air! Well, thankfully, the solution is as simple as air-cleaning houseplants.

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COMPOSTING 101

Composting might seem like magic, but it’s actually one of the building block processes of the natural world that ensures vital nutrients are recycled and used again to keep everything green and thriving. But, for something so essential in keeping the world around us working, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around that we’re ready to solve. Is it difficult? Will it smell bad? Can I do it at home? We’re ready to help set the record straight!

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TOP 6 FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS

One of the greatest treats that our garden gives to us is beautiful blooms. They are a breathtaking way to beautify our space, giving us a mood lift that lasts all day. While flowers in our garden beds are nice, we don’t talk about flowering trees and shrubs quite enough. Here are some of our favorite flowering trees and shrubs for every garden.

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PROBLEM-SOLVING YOUR HYDRANGEA TROUBLES

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular garden plants for a reason - they’re hardy and easily bounce back every winter, they’re a classic, and they’re simply gorgeous. While getting them to work requires a couple tricks, it’s easy for even the most laid back or novice gardener to handle. Here’s how to get your hydrangea looking great again.

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