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Ready to scratch the grass? Here are 28 inspiring lawn-free yards

Ready to ditch your lawn and save water?<p>We've gone through our archives and compiled some magical turf-removal transformations.<p>In most cases, the homeowners we talked to experienced a renewed connection to nature and their neighbors after they removed their lawn and replaced it with a …

Modern-Concrete-Front-Yard-Design - Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

Forget The Traditional Look – Modern Front Yard Landscaping Ideas ← Back to article<p>Forget The Traditional Look – Modern Front Yard Landscaping …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Chinese Feng Shui Masters

Feng shui, the ancient Chinese system of arranging physical objects to create serenity and balance in a home, also offers lessons for modern …

Artificial Turf is the Best Drought Resistant Grass

Residents in desert regions are scrambling to find options for drought resistant grass. As you may imagine, living in a desert climate means that …

Landscaping

Home Remedies to Keep the Dog Off the Lawn

You love your dog, but you love your garden too. It hurts to see the damage dogs can do to a lawn, whether from running so much they wear pathways …

No green thumb needed: 6 drought-tolerant herbs that are almost impossible to kill

If you have dutifully swapped out your lawn and flower gardens for water-miserly cactus and succulents, you can be excused for feeling a tad nostalgic for the lush, the scented, the flowering.<p>"When I just see succulents, it can feel a bit sparse or stark," admits Kelly Fernandez. But she has a …

4 Rare (and Brilliant) Things Smart Leaders Do to Get Respect

The most unique leaders demonstrate some rather unusual behaviors not commonly seen in the corporate world. Is it any wonder they're so wildly successful?<p>Think about the great entrepreneurs who fuel success and make the business world go around. People like Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, Jeff Bezos, …

Leadership

Natalie Portman’s Stunning New House By Barton Myers

There will always be a deep curiosity about the private lives of celebrities. What do they do when they’re not in front of a camera? How do they act? …

8 Modern In-Law Units

You may recognize an Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU) by one of its many other names, including in-law unit, granny flat, laneway house, or sidekick house. Regardless of what term is chosen, building an ADU has become a popular way to house family members and other guests—or even to gain an extra …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Spain

Spanish gardening owes its traditions to centuries of invaders: Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Habsburgs (who infiltrated by marriage). Along with …

Elevated Design: 4 Houses with Walk-Up Roofs

Rooftop gardens and terraces are the perfect examples of turning underutilized spaces into hubs for recreation, relaxation, and food production, but …

Landscapers Desperate for Labor Help Call on Congress to Expand H2-B Visas - Small Business Trends

Landscaping businesses who heavily depend on foreign labor are begging the government to expand the number of visas available for workers, as lawns …

Gardening: 8 gardens you can build in one weekend

Gardening is fun, easy and a great way to enjoy the weekend outdoors.<p>Not many people realise that garden design is just as important as interior …

Landscaping

Common Backyard Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Many plants poisonous to dogs are very common in backyards. These toxic time-bombs range from being only mildly toxic (for example, causing vomiting) …

Daffodils

9 clever garden ideas for people who don't like gardening

We're going to be totally honest here and admit that we'd all love a fabulous garden, but we really don't have the inclination to spend endless hours …

Landscaping

Houses: 13 houses with gorgeous front entry paths

Who has never stopped the car to look at a house? Or admire houses that you pass by daily and think that you would like to have that for yourself one …

How Miami’s improving office market could affect your life

While the lack of affordable housing and the glut of luxury condos were getting all the attention, another segment of Miami’s real estate has started …

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

The son of a minister, Ohene Asare grew up poor. His family immigrated from Ghana when he was 8 and settled down in West Bridgewater, Mass., a town 30 miles south of Boston, where he was one of the few black students at the local public school. “It was us and this Jewish family,” Asare remembered. …

Housing

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

Photo: HouzzEverybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, …

Vietnam's "Forest in the Sky" apartment building is topped with 50,000 trees

This lush residential complex in Hanoi takes green living to the extreme. More than 50,000 trees, shrubs and colorful flowering vines were used to …

Vietnam

A Modern Townhouse with a Private Garden in Bangkok

Part of an 18-unit housing development designed by baan puripuri, this modern townhouse is situated in a lively area of Bangkok, Thailand. The …

Beth Chatto’s Garden: Shade-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest

Beth Chatto, the legendary plantswoman and nursery owner, invented the mantra “right plant, right place”–that is, choosing plants that are perfectly …

A Los Angeles Landscape Designer’s Moroccan Style Urban Garden

<b>Entering the central courtyard of Casa Nancina, garden designer Nancy Goslee Power’s Santa Monica, California urban garden, I was instantly</b> …

You'll have never seen a house like this one before! (with floor plans)

We love finding exciting and innovative new architecture to show you and today, we might have found the most unusual example of a luxury family home, …

Outdoor Spaces

These conservatives want to convince you that climate change is real

Understanding science doesn't make you liberal<p>“My co-author Paul Douglas has a saying liberals may not like,” said Republican Rev. Mitch Hescox. “Believing in science doesn’t make you a liberal; it makes you literate.” Hescox, a former coal industry engineer, heads the Evangelical Environment …

Cities Can't Fix the New Urban Crisis

Not on their own, at least. To address the ever-more-complex problems afflicting cities, we’ll need a regional approach.<p>Richard Florida’s book <i>The New Urban Crisis</i> contains a number of important truths about the challenges facing America’s metropolitan areas. Chief among them is the recognition that …

Privacy Landscaping: How to Use Plants in a City Garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden in a big city, you learn to accept the fact that while you’re out there, you’re in full view of everyone …

Landscape architect George Kessler's impact is still felt across Dallas

George Kessler is among the very greatest masters of American landscape architecture and has often been considered the most important figure in …

Texas

9 Super Chic Backyard Ideas to Elevate Your Outdoor Space

It's spring, and the weather is finally starting to warm, and you're probably thinking about getting outside, and maybe thinking about creating a …

More privacy in your garden: 17 wonderful ideas

Whether you enjoy a sunny afternoon in your garden playing with your children or organizing a barbecue with friends, or taking a short break on the …

Landscaping