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September 17, 2013 Off

Retaining Wall – Built Right!

By in Retaining Walls

     At Blue Dot Landscaping, we build retaining walls the correct way. This article will show you the basics of building a retaining wall that will last. Note the first attempt by this homeowner’s original contractor did not work..                               We take pride […]

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March 24, 2013 Off

The Real Dirt about Spring

By in Lawn Care, Seasonal

Spring is here! Although it may not feel like it just yet, the temperatures will be rising soon. Therefore, it is important to be proactive and get your lawn ready for the season. Whether you are beginning a large outdoor project, an edible garden, or planting one plant, the first thing you should do is […]

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March 13, 2013 Off

Covered with Groundcover!

By in Landscape Design, Planting

Groundcovers can be the most beautiful way to solve some serious landscaping issues. Groundcovers are plants that grow low to the ground and spread quickly to cover areas of land. All of these types of plants are recurrent and evergreen. In order to be an effective groundcover, a plant must be to durable and fast […]

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January 10, 2013 Off

It’s time to prune your Crape Myrtle – Tips on pruning

By in Lawn Care

Why do homeowners and landscapers like crape myrtles?  Crape myrtles make beautiful flowers that last all summer, have gorgeous peeling bark, and are graceful all on their own.  Crape myrtles are the perfect plant for South Carolina and the southeastern states because this plant favors our hot, sunny climate.  Our area allows the plant to […]

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September 27, 2011 Off

Retaining Wall Design

By in Retaining Walls

Thinking about adding a retaining wall to your landscape? These features can be used simply for decorative appeal or they can provide a real service. Either way, you want your wall to be structurally sound from day one or you will find yourself dumping money into repairs a lot faster than you think. There is […]

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September 26, 2011 Off

Drip Irrigation Systems and Their Benefits

By in Landscape Irrigation

Drip irrigation systems benefit you and your landscape on many levels. You may think this method is used only in desert regions, but they are popping up more frequently because installation and design are relatively uncomplicated and they have a lot to offer both do-it-yourselfers and professional landscapers. So how does drip irrigation work? This […]

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September 25, 2011 Off

Lawn Care: Lime Important to a Heathy Landscape

By in Lawn Care

You may not be aware of this, but the soil in your yard is most likely sour. And a healthy lawn finds sour soil a difficult place to grow. “Sour soil” refers to its chemical make-up and most yards in the Upstate have acidic soil, making them “sour.” In a nutshell, what is making the […]

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September 24, 2011 Off

Aluminum Fencing Benefits Homeowners’ Wallets

By in Fencing

When it comes to fencing a yard, homeowners face the dilemma of which fence will be the most durable, cost-effective and beautiful. Aluminum, wood and wrought iron are all able to provide a clear marker for property lines and can be great for keeping pets and small children safely enclosed in the yard. But not […]

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September 23, 2011 Off

Four Grasses to Give You a Beautiful Lawn

By in Grasses

Upstate South Carolina is located in what is known as the “Transition Zone” for growing grass. This zone, stretching from the central east coast to the eastern border of New Mexico, is considered the toughest place in the country to grow quality grass. The “transition” refers to climate zone. We are in the more southerly […]

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September 22, 2011 Off

New Plants — In the Fall?

By in Planting

While many folks associate new plants with spring, there are many who feel fall is a great time to establish new plants in your landscape. You may be hesitant to plant this time of year because of early cold snaps and because you may not see your neighbors doing it. But there are many benefits […]

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