Plants for Summer Color

The heat of summer can be stifling here in the Dallas area. It is also a difficult time of year to find plants that can perform well without melting. A couple that I've found that seems to take the heat well are the Texas bird of paradise or Caesalpinia gilliesii and dragon wing begonia a begonia hybrid. The Caesalpinia gilliesii requires full sun. It starts blooming in July and through the summer...
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Kick Board

The final component in updating the back yard for the kids' new interest was a kick board to practice soccer.  We built the kick board using cement board supported by 4"x4" posts and treated lumber framing on the back side.  White painted border is the outline of a soccer goal.  Artificial turf provides a year round smooth surface where the grass won't grow.  Perfect for the kids to practice kicking...
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Artificial Turf

I had not been a fan of artificial turf... something about it just didn't sit right with me. Perhaps it was too similar to a rug? But now I'm beginning to see the benefits of synthetic grass. It is a great solution for areas where you want and need a surface that can be walked on, stays green and can be used by pets. Due to...
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