How does Chip Wade's Atlanta yard stay so green and lush? The secret is an extensive irrigation system including an irrigation ring around each tree and in every pot. It costs more on the front end but saves time and money in the long run.
Many trees, especially fruit trees, produces water sprouts. These stems grow from the root system and typically don’t produce fruit, which is why they’re also called suckers. Sucker stems can grow large—even to branch size. To remove suckers, you need to dig down to find the starting point and cut it there. Clip suckers at ground level, and the next year two (or more!) will sprout where one grew.
As summer wears on and container gardens grow large, watering can occupy large chunks of time.
Easy Solution: Enhance soil’s ability to retain water by mixing in water crystals. These small crystals blend into soil and absorb water, turning into a jelly-type material that’s packed with water for plant roots to absorb. Follow package directions for application rates by pot size.
The Skilken home's organic glass shape, designed by renowned architect Bart Prince, shimmers in the sun, as seen on HGTV's Amazing Water Homes. Red potted flowers stand out in a line in front of the home's facade.
The faux-rock water slide of designer Scott Cohen's Robinson Crusoe landscape gives young "pirates" a good view of their terrain. All "boulders" were made on site: Bent rebar cages were hand-packed with concrete, hand-carved and textured with rubber mats.
The water feature provides a beautiful setting for the commissioned bronze sculpture, "Meadow." The water feature was a challenge because it had to be constructed in the middle of finished patios. The basalt pedestal had a concave and convex side, so late in the project the designer chose the concave side to bubble and the convex side to hold the sculpture.