The owners of the Lake Austin remodel hired Tank Town, based in nearby Dripping Springs, Texas, to create their own rainwater-collection system. Led by founder Richard Heinichen, the company has installed hundreds of systems locally and even produces its own bottled water. On this particular project it assembled a roof wash tank and a sand filter to give collected water two major cleanings before being pumped into the storage tanks. The water then passes through a 2-mocron filter and under a ultraviolet light for further purification. To simplify maintenance, Tank Town kept the filters aboveground, concealed in outbuildings and behind landscape walls. The entire system lets the clients enjoy pure, clean water while conserving a natural resources–and avoiding a city water bill.
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A reader said he had heard of the practice of shredding leaves prior to using them as mulch but wondered about the reason behind it. Was it just to make it easier to dispose of the leaves, since, once shredded, the load would be more compact? Or was there some other benefit?
I would like to grow some “barometer plants” to use as an early warning system for my garden. What plants are first to respond to frost, first to bolt and first to wilt? Is this a waste of time? It’s not a waste of time, but I’m not sure you’d have to invest in any particular variety. I would use half-hardy annuals that are sensitive to frost, such as cosmos lobelia
What is it that you’re hoping to accomplish in landscaping your property line? Once you answer that over-arching question, many of the details will fall into place (with a little aid from the ideas I present here). As you’ll see from reading the information below, deciding on how to landscape a boundary largely comes down to sifting through your various options.
All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.
The best weapon you have against this annual weed is crabgrass preemergence herbicide (also called crabgrass preventer). You apply this product in the spring before the crabgrass seed sprouts. This granular herbicide works by creating a chemical barrier at the surface of the soil. As the seeds begin germination, they take in the herbicide and die.