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      How to Save Energy with Landscaping

      How to Save Energy with Landscaping

      Landscaping can save energy when planted with these strategic tips in mind. How to Save Energy with Landscaping Plant trees and shrubs for shade Tree placement can have a huge impact on air temperature and energy use. Strategically placed trees can provide shade,...

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      What to Do First When Designing a Backyard

      So, you've decided to design your backyard… Or maybe your front yard. Whatever it is, you're doing something on your property that's outside of the initial living area. Whether it's creating an outdoor living space, patio, retaining wall, fabulous garden, fruit tree...

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      7 Creative Ways to Add Privacy to Your Backyard

      7 Creative Ways to Add Privacy to Your Backyard

      7 Creative Ways to Add Privacy to Your Backyard - If you are trying to think of ways to add privacy to your backyard space, sometimes a little creativity is required. Of course, trees can provide shade and privacy eventually, but it may take a decade or two after your...

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      4 Unique Landscaping Ideas

      4 Unique Landscaping Ideas

      4 Unique Landscaping Ideas - If you are tired of looking at the same old bland yard, the fix may be easier than you think. All you need are a few unique ideas to create a more attractive landscape. With a little bit of planning and maybe a trip to your local garden...

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      How To Prevent Weeds In A Wet Climate

      How To Prevent Weeds In A Wet Climate

      How To Prevent Weeds In A Wet Climate - Although more rain eases the pressure when it comes to producing a healthy crop, it also encourages and accelerates weed growth in pastures and fields. The easiest way to deal with rainy weather weeds is to get a jump start on...

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      8 Great Ways to Keep Up With Your Yard

      Best Ways to Keep Up With Your Yard While there are certainly people who devote several hours per week to maintaining their yards, you don’t have to do so in order to keep your yard in excellent shape. By getting into the habit of doing a few routine things, you can...

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      2022 Garden Trends

      2022 Garden Trends

      As spring is just around the corner, there are new design styles and ideas for our outdoor spaces. The top garden ideas and garden trends for 2022 to steer you in the right direction. Spending more time at home means the search for style inspiration for outdoor living...

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      What Do Landscape Designers and Architects Do?

      What Do Landscape Designers and Architects Do?

      Landscape Designers are responsible for creating, presenting, and overseeing the development of landscapes for individuals and companies. They also provide maintenance services and landscaping designs. Maybe you have a pool or patio project that's bigger than you can...

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      Landscaping Maintenance-What is Important?

      The term “landscaping maintenance” can lead one to believe it includes a number of different services but is a fairly vague term. Landscaping maintenance services include mowing, pruning, tree removal, edging, cultivation, fertilization, and broadleaf application....

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      When Do I Need to Blow Out My Irrigation?

      What does it mean to blow out your irrigation? Your sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment that needs adequate care and maintenance. As the freezing winter season approaches, it’s critical to put your sprinklers to bed. Doing so prevents water freezing inside the...

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      What to Do With Your Garden in Windy Weather

      What to Do With Your Garden in Windy Weather

      What do you do with your garden when you live in windy weather? Rather than forgoing a well-planned yard altogether, gardeners in areas exposed to continuous or high winds should design the landscape with the weather in mind.  The ideas below are extremely helpful in...

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      Landscaping for HOA Common Areas

      Landscaping for HOA Common Areas

      HOA common areas need landscaping just as much as each individual parcel or loft. However, this type of landscaping should be relatively generic, easy on the eyes, and require less maintenance than someone's typical front or back yard. At FirstFruits Landscaping, we...

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      Best Curb Appeal Options for Home Sellers

      Best Curb Appeal Options for Home Sellers

      Best Curb Appeal Options for Home Sellers - Buying a house is an exciting season, whether for first-time homebuyers, investors, vacationers, or those simply looking to upgrade or downsize. There are a lot of homes hitting the market right now and curb appeal is the...

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      How to Have the Best Grass in the Neighborhood

      How to Have the Best Grass in the Neighborhood

      There are so many beautiful green spaces in southern Maryland and who says that you can’t have one of your own? There’s no need to hire professional help to have the best-looking yard on the block. With a little bit of routine maintenance, your lawn could look as...

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      Best Maintenance Tasks for March

      Best Maintenance Tasks for March

      Well, here we are 3 March and we're actually seeing a little bit of warmer days. Sure, it's still rainy, cloudy, and dreary, but that's the Pacific Northwest for you. However, you still might be thinking a little bit about landscaping, getting your yard cleaned up,...

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      What is the Best Kind of Landscape Paving?

      What is the Best Kind of Landscape Paving?

      Landscape paving can add elegance, texture, and structure to a garden or yard, but not every type of paver is appropriate for every climate. The wrong paver in a cold climate can spall, which means bits or pieces of the paver fall away because of the freeze-thaw...

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      What to Look for in a Well-Built Retaining Wall

      What to Look for in a Well-Built Retaining Wall

      If your property has any type of elevation change, your landscape may benefit from a retaining wall. It’s important to protect your land from soil erosion, which can result in loss of topsoil, drainage problems and possible structural stability issues. Or maybe you’re...

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      Simple Ways to Boost Your Commercial Landscape

      Simple Ways to Boost Your Commercial Landscape

      Commercial landscape is often full of concrete, and thus dull colors which can make your business look less approachable and far less appealing to potential clients. It is especially important to have great curb appeal within your commercial landscape when you live in...

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      What Does it Mean to Blowout Your Irrigation?

      What Does it Mean to Blowout Your Irrigation?

      What Does it Mean to Blowout Your Irrigation? Your sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment that needs adequate care and maintenance. As the freezing winter season approaches, it’s critical to put your sprinklers to bed. Doing so prevents water freezing inside the...

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      Dangers of Snow and Ice to Your Property

      Dangers of Snow and Ice to Your Property

      As I sit here writing this, there is still quite a bit of snow and ice on the ground. Typically, in the Pacific Northwest, we might get a day or two of snow somewhere within the winter months but any longer than that and it's quite rare. So, for temperatures to be...

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      Tips for Managing Weeds in Landscape Beds

      Tips for Managing Weeds in Landscape Beds

      While we all love the beauty of lush landscape, there’s a downside to the time entailed in managing weeds. Here are some pro tips to reduce, manage and eliminate this tedious time waster. Mulching  Not only does mulch assist in keeping moisture in the ground to help...

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      Is My Tree Dying?

      Is My Tree Dying?

      Is My Tree Dying? When you have a tree that isn’t doing well, it is normal to want to wait to remove it until you know whether it’s dead or could possibly pull through. Here are some tips to determine whether a tree could recover or if it’s time to say goodbye to your...

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      How To Protect Your Trees and Shrubs for Winter

      How To Protect Your Trees and Shrubs for Winter

      Many trees, shrubs and plants are dormant in the winter when temperatures drop, the sun appears less frequently, and windy, extreme conditions settle in. However, even though they’re dormant, this doesn’t mean they won’t need some extra care. How To Protect Your Trees...

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      When to Cut Down a Fruit Tree and Start Over

      When to Cut Down a Fruit Tree and Start Over

      Fruit tree pruning can enhance the crop when done properly, but it can be difficult to know when it's time to cut down a fruit tree and start over. Here are some tips to help you identify whether pruning or cutting and replanting is right for you. Effective Pruning...

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