ELY 021-Don’t Get Busted! HOAs and Municipal Zoning Regulations

2020-07-29T17:28:38-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Low Maintenance Landscaping|

Show Notes

Today, we talk about how to live in an HOA or municipal zoning area with regulations… without getting busted!

We want to be able to enjoy our low maintenance landscaping without having to work on it all of the time.  Here’s how you can have an easy landscape and enjoy it too!

  • HOA
    • Homeowners association
    • Regulate appearance and design of properties
  • Municipal codes
    • Codes written to regulate property design
    • Setback requirements, easements
  • How to […]

AE 018 – How to save time mowing your lawn

2020-07-29T17:28:05-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Low Maintenance Landscaping|

Show Notes

Today, we talk about how to save time mowing the lawn.  From how often should you mow your lawn to how to save time mowing.

Mowing time saving hacks

  • Mowing – #1 time drain for maintenance
    • Inflexible
    • Takes away from what’s important
    • Weather dependent
    • #1 issue with neighbors
  • Main piece to “keep up with the joneses”
  • First – How to save 27hrs on yard work
    • Really get ninja time savings through habit changes
  • Three […]

AE 013-Healthy Low Maintenance Lawn Care

2020-07-29T17:28:16-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast, Organic Landscaping|

Show Notes

In this episode, we talk about how to have a healthy lawn and a low maintenance lawn.  Is it possible to have a low maintenance lawn that your neighbors envy?

Topics:

  • Grass: Love/hate relationship
    • Aesthetics
    • Work
  • Maintenance
    • Mowing/growth
    • Feeding
    • General grass health
    • Weeds
  • Health
    • Chemical residues/exposure
    • Exhaust
      • Epa:
        • 17 million gallons of gas
        • 5% US air pollution
        • 600 million gallons used
      • Health
        • Highest heat time
        • High respiration
        • Inhalation
  • Easy steps to take control of lawn […]

AE 012-Dealing with Weed Problems

2020-07-29T17:28:01-04:00By |Easy Living Yards Podcast, Low Maintenance Plants|

Show Notes

In this episode, we discuss what to do with weeds.  Why are weeds there?  What can you do about weeds in your yard? Are there healthy ways to remove weeds?

Topics:

  • What is a weed?
    • Wrong plant, wrong place
    • Repairing the soil
    • Taking advantage of unused resources
      • Space, nutrients, sunlight, etc
  • General approach
    • Pull
    • Spray
      • Instant kill, short term
      • Long lasting preventers
        • Residual
  • Why are weeds there?
    • Gather data – indicates corrective action
    • Weeds […]

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 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 003-Low Maintenance Landscapes Part 2

2020-07-29T17:28:20-04:00By |DIY Landscape Design, Easy Living Yards Podcast|

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk further about how to make a low maintenance landscape.

Topics:

  • Low resource plants
  • Full coverage
  • Reduce lawn maintenance
  • Low maintenance lawn
  • Good transitions
  • Maintenance plan

Links for today’s episode:

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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:

AE 001-The Right Mindset for your Yard and Life

2020-07-29T17:28:24-04:00By |Easy Living Yards Podcast, Landscaping Priorities|

Show Notes

On today’s episode, we discuss how your life is more important than your yard.

  • how to focus on your life first
  • how to adjust your maintenance routine
  • how to reduce yard maintenance
  • why prioritization is important

Links for today’s episode:

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