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DYR Contractor Landscaping Tips and Ideas

   Apr 10

Landscape in a Box: Miniature Landscaping

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Have you ever seen a small or miniature tree that has been growing in a low-sided clay pottery, tray or container? Looking at these wonderful masterpieces is like looking at a very beautiful sight of a garden or an eye-popping scenery or landscape of a faraway land. These wonderful creations and art are called BONSAI.

A bonsai is a Japanese art in the form of growing trees into miniature sizes in containers such as low-side pots or tray-like pots. The term “bonsai” came from two words, “bon” which means a low-sided pot, tray or container; and “sai” which means “planting or plantings” which when combined makes up the literal meaning “plantings in tray”. The tradition of bonsai art has been practiced for over a thousand years.

Beauty Never Measured By Size

Bonsai tree landscaping takes a whole lot different level of work and uniqueness. You are going to work out landscape scenery with the use of a little tree in a tray-like pot and try to miniaturize everything or in other words, make it fit into the pot.

The level of difficulty when working with a bonsai landscape is not as difficult as doing an actual landscaping or gardening. The test in this type of landscaping is your creativity in making things and tiny details look beautiful and lively as an actual size garden.

Mini-Garden Uncovered

Creating a bonsai tree landscape is an easy but meticulous and careful process. We do not want to overdo our landscape design to suffocate our bonsai tree and permanent damage to it. The bonsai tree is a delicate plant that we should make sure not to accidentally cut major branches and destroy its view and beauty.

Here are a few tips on making your own bonsai tree landscape:

Create an image of the landscape you are planning to make. It is better if you can sketch it out in a paper for a better description of your chosen design. You can also look for ideas in bonsai landscaping or pictures of bonsai landscapes in the internet.

Be sure that you can fit everything you want to place in your landscape in a small container or pot. Remember; do not overcrowd the bonsai landscape to make room for the bonsai tree to “breathe”.

Add touch-ups. You can also add up features like a mini-water fountain or wooden bridges to make your landscape even more lively and beautiful.

Use greens to keep it lively. Usually, when you want to create a landscape that has more “green” color in it or a grass-like area, you can use moss.

Nourish your mini-landscape. Maintain your landscape’s integrity by watering it daily and making sure that it receives enough but no too much sunlight.

   Apr 08

Gardening and Health: Plants VS Mosquitoes and Flies


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The issue with mosquitoes and flies are rising and it’s almost the time of the year where mosquitoes are on the go and ready to bite, and flies are everywhere and can spread diseases such as malaria and dengue fever and more. The diseases these mosquitos and flies carry can be, at some cases, lethal or deadly.

Are you familiar with the game PLANTS VS ZOMBIES? That game where you put plants in your lawn tp kill zombies and stop them from entering your house and eating your brain? Well, basically this is the type of gardening we will be talking about.

There are plants that stop mosquitoes and flies from entering your homes in reality just like the game PLANTS VS ZOMBIES. These plants cause an allergic effect to these insects that make them flee from the area where these plants are present. If you are not a fan of chemical pesticides, then this is definitely perfect for your garden.


Rue is a shrub that when planted in a garden, it helps repel fruit flies. The scent produced by this plant is irritating to fruit flies but is pleasant to the human smell. But rue should be handled with intense care because it can also cause skin irritations.


Aside from salads, basil has another good effect to the environment – it is an effective fly repellant. Planting basil in your garden will keep flies from entering your home and thus keeping your children and loved ones safe from the diseases that these insects carry with them.

Citronella Grass

Familiar with citronella oil? This is the plant where that oil is extracted from. Citronella oil is one of the main ingredients found in mosquito repellants. Just be sure not to plant too many of these because they grow up to six feet tall – not too good for the lawn!


If you want mosquito repellent that has an effect that exceeds DEET, a common chemical used in mosquito and insect repellents, then this is the best choice. It has been proven that catnip oil is ten times much better and effective compared to the chemical compound.

So there you have it, the perfect plants to help you beat mosquitoes and flies. Having these dirty and deadly insects is not healthy not just for your family, but also for your beautiful garden. Keep these plants handy and I guarantee you, no mosquito or fly will ever feed on your blood again!

   Apr 06

Growing Your Own Bed of Roses

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There is just nothing more romantic than seeing a garden filled with one of the mostly used flower to symbolize one’s feeling of love and affection – the beautiful rose flower. Roses are woody perennial plants that can erect shrubs, climb or trail with stems that often have sharp thorns also known as prickles. They are widely grown for their beauty and roses’ petals are fragrant.

Rose Gardening Tips

Growing roses in your garden can be easy and fun for as long as you have the right knowledge on how to grow them. You can cultivate and grow this plant in your very own garden and harvest flowers like a pro.

Here are a few tips on how you can improve your rose garden and grow them healthy and harvest wonderful bunch of fresh, sweet-smelling, lovely roses!


Growing garlic in you rose garden helps in eliminating harmful insects and pests. Garlic serves as a natural insecticide and pesticide to keep these harmful animals from infecting and spreading diseases to your rose plants.


If you want your roses to be free from diseases that fungi carry, try mixing cinnamon to your growing medium when re-potting.

Watering in the Morning

Roses are very susceptible to fungal diseases and that excess water on the leaves or blooms will increase the chances that your plants will be infected. Watering your roses in the morning will leave time for excess water on the leaves and blooms to dry up or evaporate.

Organic Fertilizers

It is highly recommended that you use organic fertilizers when fertilizing your rose plants that are grown in containers or pots because the use of synthetic and inorganic fertilizers highly contributes to salt buildup in the soil.

Sunlight, Plenty of Sunlight

When looking or selecting a spot or area to create a rose garden, you should always keep in mind that your rose garden should receive plenty of sunlight. It’s important to make sure your rose garden is placed in an area with direct sunlight. This will make your plants more healthy and free from fungal diseases.

These are just a few tips which you can take note of when growing your own rose garden. Roses never fail to create an aura of beauty and romanticism to a garden. Growing your own bed of roses is sure to make your garden look more beautiful and feel romantic. What’s more perfect than picking up a rose or two and breathing into their scent every morning?