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Re-engineering your yard takes planning

Re-engineering is a popular buzzword. Corporations use it to describe changes they are making. Basically, it means reassessing what you can to capitalize on what you have. This also holds true for re-establishing landscapes.

Green-minded green thumbs recycle plants

I’ve heard of recycling paper, compost, grass and other things but a gardener recycling plants? That’s how Robin Huhn and Gary Solomon landscaped their yard. They were one of the winners at this year’s SNWA Landscape Awards in the do-it-yourself category.

Couple's five tips for growing vegetables

Green-thumbers Janet and Don Knight from Northern California became brown-thumbers when they started gardening in Las Vegas, but now they’re green-thumbers again. In fact, they are producing vegetables year-round to sell at the farmers market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday at 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Got a water-smart yard? Enter this contest

For the past 14 years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has celebrated innovative and water-efficient landscape designs through its Landscape Awards Competition. Homeowners, landscape architects, landscape contractors and the like have earned awards for their efforts to help promote water conservation through designing and creating landscapes that are colorfully spectacular.

Desert-friendly landscapes benefit valley

It has been hard watching once-lush lawns, shrubs and trees die in abandoned landscapes. It’s also heartening to see water-conserving plants suited for our climate continue to survive even though homeowners turned off the water.

Cactus show brings blooms to behold

The Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada and Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens are hosting the Cactus Show and Art Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 21 at Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens at 6430 McGill Ave. in Las Vegas.

Flowers are easy way to play with color

Flowering annuals bring dramatic color and variety to any landscape. Vibrant pinks of petunias, shimmering reds of zinnias and glowing yellow marigolds stand out over any other flowering plants with little cost. Here are some favorites:

Landscape designer has eye for yards

Most of us when we consider developing a landscape are happy with trees, shrubs and lawns. But not Amy Zeldenrust of Avant Gardener. Her yard has garden art, statues, painted walls, mirrors, bird feeders, a curving pathway and unusual containers she’s picked up over the years. It’s inviting, causes excitement and is pleasing to the eye.