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Surprising Ways To Grow A Better Garden

Jun 17, 2016 | Gardens

How is gardening and landscape design changing? How is it staying the same? Just like anything else, advancements in technology, including convenient mobile apps and more, can help you spruce up the garden and enhance your landscape. And these advancements
may be just in time, too.

 

New Apps Help Gardens Flourish

Contemporary garden design — and, in fact, contemporary gardening, period — is not as straightforward as you might think. First, relax; it’s a good thing. New knowledge makes it possible to plant gardens that are more sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and drought-resistant than ever before. Homeowners are also making a point of planting gardens that look good and serve a practical purpose. In other words, more Americans are planting herbs and fresh produce. According to OANow.com, “More than 35% of American households are growing some of their own fruits and vegetables.” Now, free applications are available to help streamline the process. The apps advise homeowners about spacing, yield, location, days until ripe, video tutorials, and other details about specific fruit and vegetable varieties. Of course, when in doubt, it is always wise to consult a professional gardening or landscaping service.

 

Some Things Never Change

While apps may help homeowners grow more fruitful gardens, conventional wisdom and old tactics still stand. For example, if you are struggling with high air conditioning costs or noisy neighbors, some well-placed trees can solve your problems. Trees can reduce noise and air conditioning needs by 50% each. And trees aren’t a must. Any sort of elaborate garden or landscaping averages a return on investment (ROI) of 100 to 200%, Money Magazine writes. The right landscape can do wonders for your property. New mobile apps can help you plant gardens that bear plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, or planting a few trees can help immeasurably with A/C costs and noise pollution.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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