ELY 047 – DIY Landscaping best from 2018

2020-07-29T17:29:22-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, DIY landscaping, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Landscaping Priorities, Low Maintenance Landscaping, Low Maintenance Plants|

Best DIY Landscaping tips from 2018 – Show Notes

Thank you for such an amazing year!  I’ve had a blast with launching this podcast, and have enjoyed helping you to make a positive impact in your yard and life.  As a reward to yourself, please take a moment to reflect on how you can live with more passion, and make tomorrow better than today! 

Today’s links: ely.how/episode47

ELY 022-I got busted! Property maintenance violations and what to do

2020-07-29T17:28:06-04:00By |DIY landscaping, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Low Maintenance Landscaping|

Show Notes

Today, you get to learn about how I got BUSTED!  Getting a property maintenance violation can be frustrating when you are trying to convert to low maintenance landscaping.  Here’s what to do.

  • Our story
  • Violations can be emotional and stressful
    • Frustrating
    • Infuriating
    • Embarrassing
    • Difficult
    • Want to retaliate
  • How to deal with one
    • Stay calm
    • Always context behind event – try not to use as an excuse
    • Investigate source of violation
      • Sometimes a deeper […]

AE 010-How to start a new garden bed

2020-07-29T17:27:58-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Landscaping Priorities|

Show Notes

In this episode, we talk about how to start a garden bed project.  What you need to do before planting!

Topics:

  • Overview
    • Site selection
    • Planning
    • Preparation
    • Planting
  • Site selection
    • Usually determined by architecture
    • If multiple spaces possible
      • Consider environmental features
      • Functional features
        • Access
        • Appeal
        • Value – make it worth it
  • Planning
    • layout
      • Ep 5 – design principles
    • plants
      • Ep 6 – planning checklist
      • Coverage
      • layers
    • Timing
      • Best times for each phase
    • Budget

AE 009-The right plants for your yard

2020-07-29T17:27:57-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Low Maintenance Plants|

Show Notes

In this episode, we discuss how to find the right plants for your space.  Are you overwhelmed with what to plant in your yard?  Does the nursery always seem to let you down?

Topics:

  • Reason
    • Right plant = less work
      • Happier
      • Fewer problems
      • Better growth
      • Better foliage & blooms
  • Know your conditions
    • USDA zone
    • Existing soil conditions
      • soil test
        • extension office
      • texture
        • clay, loam, silt, sand
      • structure
        • aggregates
      • Fertility
      • pH
      • compaction
      • depth
    • Water

AE 005-Design Basics for an attractive yard

2020-07-29T17:27:51-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast|

Show Notes

In this episode, we talk the basics of attractive design.  Use these design basics to increase your curb appeal and make your yard pop!

Topics:

  • Visual Aesthetics
    • Ensures pleasant experience
    • Desirable place
    • Sense of place, being
  • Unity – cohesive design plan – not random use of elements
    • Symmetry, asymmetry, form repetition
    • Balance
    • Plant unity across site
    • Geometry
    • Hardscape elements
  • Form – implementation of a theme
    • Repetition of a theme

Less important, but fun:

  • Individuality – […]

AE 004-Time Saving Hacks for your Yard

2020-07-29T17:28:19-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast|

Show Notes

Today, we discuss how to save time in your yard with tactics and practices.

Topics:

  • Design and Establishment
    • Right Plants
    • “Low Maintenance” Plants
    • Proper planting
    • Plan for future
      • Growth – roots, branches
    • Plant gardens that only need work twice a year
      • com/2xgarden
      • Good fertility
      • Dense planting
      • Low maintenance plants
        • Wide range of conditions
      • Consider clover
        • Natural fertilizer
      • Plant a naturalized space – less work, rugged beauty
  • Maintenance
    • Increase time between maintenance routine

AE 002-Low Maintenance Landscapes Part 1

2020-07-29T17:28:21-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Landscaping Priorities|

Show Notes

In this episode, we talk about what makes a low maintenance landscape.

  • Mindset – Life > Yard
  • Healthy plants
  • Healthy Soil
  • Right plant right place
  • Natives, adapted
  • Perennials
  • Grouped plantings vs isolated

Links for today’s episode:

How to save MASSIVE time on yard work!

2020-04-29T17:33:52-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Living with Purpose, Low Maintenance Landscaping|

Do you ever feel like you have to schedule in yard work?

Does mowing the lawn disrupt your weekend activities?

Have weed problems ever invaded your peace of mind?

Well, you’re certainly not alone.  But the good news is you can change your habits to better manage your yard for reduced work and reduced stress.  

Sounds great, huh?

The biggest piece to this […]

The Best Ohio Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs

2020-08-04T11:53:40-04:00By |Low Maintenance Plants, Native Landscaping|


If you live in or close to Ohio, this article is a must read for your tree planting ideas.

Get the expert opinion of low maintenance landscape designers from across Ohio on the top low maintenance trees they use in their designs for front yard landscaping.

Below is a list of easy landscape trees for Ohio, followed by the contact information of these designers .

If you’re looking for front yard design ideas to create a beautiful […]

The Best Ohio Low Maintenance Grasses and Groundcovers

2020-08-04T11:51:24-04:00By |Ecological Landscaping, Low Maintenance Plants, Native Landscaping|


If you live in or close to Ohio, this article is a must read for your landscape ideas on ornamental grasses and groundcovers.

Get the expert opinion of low maintenance landscape designers from across Ohio on the top low maintenance ornamental grasses and groundcovers they use in their designs for front yard landscaping.

Below is a list of easy ornamental grasses and groundcovers for Ohio, followed by the contact information of these designers .

If you’re looking […]

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