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Gardening Apps and Pinterest

September 08, 2011
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dirr's tree and shrub finder

Plant guru Dr. Michael A. Dirr offers Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder ($15), a comprehensive database searchable by 72 criteria.

Outdoor Speakers

September 02, 2011
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Outdoor sound systems have come a long way since the boom box, and now there's no need to clutter your garden with unsightly equipment to get great audio. Landscape designer Paul Keyes recommends installing top quality speakers rather than the trendier designs that impersonate rocks or planters. “If you don't want to see them, order speakers in inconspicuous colors, then place them where the visual impact can be minimized.” Trees are ideal hiding spots (plant the speakers among branches and point them downward), as are flower beds and fencing.