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Consider timing before you apply mulch. The best time to mulch is mid- to late-spring, after the ground warms up. If you apply mulch too soon, the ground will take longer to warm up and your plants will suffer for it. You may add more mulch during the summer to retain water, and in the winter to insulate soil. ) Spring is prime mulching time. tip If you have a dog, avoid using the cocoa hull mulch. Some dogs will eat it, and it contains the same dangerous-to-dog chemicals as chocolate. indd 42 42 (Ray) (Text) 4/13/13 4/16/13 12:01 7:13 PM JOB:04-30438 Title:Home Skill Landscaping #175 Dtp:228 Page:42 scaping Page:42 l andscaPInG wItH mUlcH 2 1 1 Remove weeds from the bed and water plants thoroughly before applying mulch.

Tip To plan a simple stepping stone path, cut pieces of cardboard to roughly the same size as an average stone you’re using. Lay out the pieces in the desired route, then walk along the “stones” to make sure the spacing is comfortable for walking with a casual stride. Leave the test pieces in place to guide the excavation and/or stone setting. indd 62 (Ray) (Text) 4/13/13 3:57 PM 4/13/13 4:30 PM JOB:04-30438 Title:Home Skill Landscaping #175 Dtp:228 Page:62 scaping Page:62 PL AnnInG L AnDScAPe STePS 1 2 Top of steps Riser height Tread depth Downward slope = 1⁄4" per foot Base of steps 3 4 Total run Total rise Tread depth Step rise (Timber thickness) 1 Landscape steps are best with a riser height (vertical dimension) of 6" or less and a tread depth (horizontal dimension) of 11" or more.

81 Dry Stone Wall .................................. 85 Interlocking Block Retaining Wall ................................... indd 58 (Ray) (Text) 4/13/13 3:57 PM 4/13/13 4:30 PM JOB:04-30438 Title:Home Skill Landscaping #175 Dtp:228 Page:58 scaping Page:58 A L AnDScAPe oF PL AnTS, trees, and shrubs is really only a partial landscape. The hardscape— walkways, steps, walls, or fences—guides the eye, demarks boundaries, provides backdrop, and allows for easy access. Small and large yards can benefit from thoughtful inclusion of each of these aspects.

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