Myths About Trees Around Your Artificial Turf @heavenlygreens

Trees add color and texture to your yard. They frame your property and give it a “horizon.” They provide a natural jungle gym for your kids and blessed shade for the entire family when it’s hot outside. Of course you want trees! But what if you want artificial turf, too? Maybe you’ve heard that trees and synthetic grass don’t mix. That’s a myth. And it’s not the only one.

Myth #1: Bulging tree roots will wreck your artificial turf

Generally speaking, roots grow downward, in search of moisture. That said, there are a few varieties of trees with very shallow roots that tend to push up the soil surface over time. It’s best to avoid these varieties in your yard where they will be surrounded by lawn. You don’t want to plant them next to your driveway or sidewalk or patio, either, because the roots will push up concrete or pavers.

But so what? Eliminating a few varieties still leaves you with hundreds of gorgeous, ideal tree options no matter the size of your space or your personal preferences. And if you have an existing tree with bulging roots, don’t despair. Read on.


Myth #2: Artificial turf will choke out your trees

There are dozens of synthetic grass products specifically engineered to ensure superior drainage. The barrier mesh keeps weeds from growing, but it doesn’t keep moisture from being absorbed by the soil where it can reach your trees.

Technically, you could install fake grass right up to the tree’s trunk because there is no worry about potential mower damage. This can give your yard a “naturalized” appearance, but your trees will be happier and healthier if you provide a well around their base instead. For one thing, trunks expand as trees grow, and you don’t want to have to adjust your artificial grass over later on to accommodate that.


Your “well” doesn’t have to be a hole or even a circle. Give it a more appealing free-form shape, and add some drought-resistant perennials, a ground cover, or a few spring bulbs to add color and soften the space. These provide a pretty contrast with your artificial grass, and the small plants won’t steal water from the tree.


This is also a great way to accommodate your existing, beloved tree that is prone to surface-breaking roots. Create an “island garden” effect that extends to include all visible roots. With ground cover or a natural mulch such as shredded bark, the roots won’t even be noticeable, let alone cause a problem. No artificial grass upheaval, no tripping hazards.

On hot, sunny days, fake grass can become warmer than natural grass. If you’re concerned about this over-warming the soil underneath, you can easily cool things off by rinsing the grass with a hose. (Your bare toes will love that cool, grassy feeling, too.)

Myth #3: You can’t rake artificial turf

In other words, you won’t be able to get rid of all the leaves your trees drop. This is ridiculous. You can use an air blower on fake grass, any number of rake types, or even a power broom. Leaves and debris no more!


Artificial grass is actually better with trees

Trees can create deep shade, acidic soil, etc. that make it impossible to grow natural grass. But you can plant artificial turf anywhere, regardless of soil or atmospheric conditions. That means you can have the yard you want instead of the yard you’re stuck with.

The bottom line? Both trees and Synthetic grass increase your home’s value. And that’s no myth.


Installing artificial turf in place of natural grass provides homeowners’ with numerous benefits. If you choose to use artificial lawn materials, you no longer have to spend an excessive amount of time or money to maintain your lawn.


Mowing is no longer an issue. When it comes to lawn care, mowing your lawn is probably the most costly factor to lawn maintenance. With artificial grass, you don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for additional expenses, such as:

  • The purchase of a new lawnmower
  • Gas and oil
  • Blade sharpening
  • Repairs

The time and money you save by not having to mow on a regular basis will more than cover the additional cost of the artificial turf over its lifetime.


Like mowing, trimming adds to the financial upkeep of the lawn. Having to repeatedly purchase oil, gas, trimmer line and pay for repairs can be a financial drain if you have a large yard. Mowing can be accomplished fairly quickly if you have the right size mower for your lawn. Trimming, on the other hand, can take several hours. Having to go around each ornament, tree, bush or around the boundaries can be quite time-consuming.


If you have a large yard, it is probably in your best interest to hire a lawn care company to come in and spray for weeds. If not, you may end up spending the majority of your time stooping over to pull weeds, only to have them reappear in a few short days. Artificial turf eliminates the need for either option and keeps your lawn looking green and clean 365 days a year.


Lawns need adequate water to remain green and lush. While some grass seeds are considered drought resistant, they may have to be watered occasionally, especially if you live in an area where high temperatures are common during the summer months.


Fertilizing your lawn will be a thing of the past once artificial grass is installed. In areas where extreme temperatures can affect the growth of grass and shrubs, applying fertilizer may be required if you expect to keep your lawn pristine. Artificial turf is ever-green and does not grow or die off. Extreme temperatures do not affect it. If you live in an area that can be arid during the summer months, watering and fertilizing can be done at the same time and whenever it is needed. Artificial grass eliminates the need for both, saving you time and money in the long run.


Most landfills no longer accept yard waste. A large majority of communities have started composting facilities where homeowners can take their bagged lawn clippings for disposal. It can take several hours to rake and bag grass clippings if you have a big yard. Even when you use a pull behind lawn rake/collector, the process can still use up a large portion of your day. With a lawn of artificial grass, you no longer have to worry about a lengthy clean up after you mow or trim.


Hot, dry seasons and high traffic ca where there is too much shade, not enough water or too many feet constantly treading to and fro. Pets can also cause brown areas to appear, especially in areas where they tend to “do their business”. Having to constantly apply grass seed to high traffic or damaged areas can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Having artificial turf saves your bank account. It also saves you time and prevents you from spending countless hours on maintaining your lawn. Instead of constantly working to keep your yard beautiful, artificial grass lets you spend your time outdoors enjoying yourself and your family


When trying to save money on your household bills you may come to a point when you feel like you cannot save anymore. Look again and think about trying to save on your water bill. There are many little tricks that you can do to help you save when you feel like there is no room for improvement. Try these helpful hints and come back in a month or two and let me know if your water bill has dropped.

In The Kitchen

  1. When cleaning fruits and veggies save your water and use to water your houseplants.
  2. Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
  3. Let your frozen foods defrost in the fridge overnight instead of using the running cold water method.
  4. When washing the dishes fill your first sink half full with hot soapy water and your second sink half full with hot rinse water. Do not stand there and leave the water running full blast the whole time you are washing dishes. This uses more water than you think.
  5. Keep a pitcher filled with water in your refrigerator for drinking water instead of running the tap every time you need a drink.
  6. Use the least amount of water when boiling something in the kitchen. Drain and reserve this water and use it to water your houseplants or outdoor potted plants.
  7. The garbage disposal in the kitchen can use a ton of water. Use it sparingly or better yet start composting!

In the Bathroom

  1. Take shorter showers…shortening them even by a few minutes can help you save on your water bill.
  2. Check your toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the toilet tank. If a leak is present you should see it in the bowl within 30 minutes. Fixing these leaks is fairly simple; just ask your local hardware store for help.
  3. Don’t let your water run down the drain while waiting for the water to get hot. Put the stopper in immediately and adjust the hot water after it starts filling up a bit. Filling the bath up only 1/3 of the way will make a big difference when trying to save on your water bill.
  4. Partially fill the sink instead of letting the water run while shaving or washing your face.
  5. Cut down on the number of times that you flush the toilet. Use the trash can for toilet paper that is used for blowing your nose or wiping up spills instead of flushing them.

In the Laundry Room

  1. Consider buying a water-conserving front loading washing machine.
  2. Make sure you adjust the water level to the amount of clothes you have in the washing machine or better yet only wash clothes when you have a full load.
  3. Try re-using your towels when bathing. Keep a different color for each member of your household and have them hang it to dry in between uses.
  4. Keep your hot water heater on a little cooler setting. This may not save you in the water department but can drastically cut down on your energy bill.


  1. Collect rainwater to water your plants. Use a barrel or bucket under your downspout or gutter.
  2. Water your grass in the evening to cut down on evaporation from the hot sun.
  3. Use soaker hoses to water your flower gardens and plants. This gets the water directly on the spot where needed.
  4. Put mulch around your plants to help hold the moisture in and cut down on the number of times your plants will need watering.
  5. When the heat is high and your kids MUST play in water outside to keep cool. Try only filling there wading pool halfway and turning the hose down on low with the sprinkler to help save on your water bill.


Mint Attracts Beneficial Insects (& Repels the Bad Ones)

Let your mint go to flower and it will attract bees, beneficial wasps, hoverflies (aphid eaters), and tachinid flies (parasitic on nasty bugs).

The smell of the mint plant will also repel houseflies, cabbage moths, ants, aphids, squash bugs, fleas, mosquitoes, and even mice.  Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

Mint is Good for Your Pets

Chickens love fresh herbs and mint is no exception.  The best part is that it’s also great for them and their coop.  It keeps bugs, flies, and parasites at bay, as well as being an antioxidant and digestive aid for your flock.

Be sure to plant lots of mint (as well as other herbs) in and around the coop and run for chickens to nibble on daily.

cosmo mint

Mint is also great for cats and dogs.  Catnip is actually in the mint family and is a favorite herb for kitties as well as humans.

While cats and dogs probably shouldn’t eat a whole lot of mint in one sitting, a little bit is great for them.  It is a natural flea repellent, and I often see Cosmo the kitty rubbing up against the mint plant.

Mint is Good Food

Of course, mint is an awesome culinary herb!  Cut it from the garden without abandon to make all kinds of delicious treats.  I particularly like to make tea with it, hot or iced!

mint iced tea 2

Turn it into mint pesto or add it to your favorite homemade cookies, brownies, or this decadent sounding fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting.

Get creative and make mint infused honey, a gallon of mint wine, or chocolate mint extract.

This rhubarb mint jam sounds delicious, so does this traditional mint sauce for lamb. You can also just simply chop it up and add to salads or use it as a garnish.

Have a mint julep or mojito party, you deserve it!

Mint is Good Medicine

Mint is also an amazing medicinal herb.  It is well known as a digestive aid and breath freshener and is also good for an upset stomach.

Peppermint is especially great for headaches, and the essential oil can be rubbed on the temples for relief.  It can be helpful for seasonal allergies, and can also be added to body care products like salves and lip balms, soaps, shampoo bars, and lotions.

Top 10: Greatest Bonsai trees


(#1) An 800 year-old Bonsai tree at Shunkaen, by Kunio Kobayashi

Kunio Kobayashi Bonsai Shunkaen

A remarkable tree which is well known for its extremely high age; the tree is reported to be over 800 years old, one of the most expensive Bonsai trees! Its owner, master Kobayashi, is one of the most well known Bonsai artists in the world and has won the prestigious Prime Minister award in Japan 4 times.

(#2) Goshin “protector of the spirits”, by John Naka

Goshin Bonsai by John Naka

Goshin (“protector of the spirit”) is a Bonsai created by John Y. Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina Junipers, the earliest of which Naka began training into Bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984, to be displayed at the United States National Arboretum; it has been there ever since.

(#3) Small Bonsai; a Shohin tree by Morten Albek

Shohin by Morten Albek

A gorgeous Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horisontalis). This is a picture taken in spring; the tree flowers in summer and has small red berries in wintertime. The tree is only 9,5 cm (4 inches) high and is planted on a miniature rock. The pot is made by John Pitt, a famous potter. The tree is about 20 years old on the picture and has been in training for about a decade.

(#4) Pinus Silvestris, by Stefano Frisoni

Pinus Silvestris

This tree is remarkably realistic, a character highly valued for Bonsai trees. As you can see, the foliage pads are very dense, as if it were clouds in the sky.

(#5) Chinese styled trees; a Penjing landscape by Yee-sun Wu

Chinese penjing landscape

This wonderful Chinese landscape belongs to the Man Lung collection in Hong Kong. The trees are Chinese Bird Plums (Sageretia Theezans) and together make up a very realistic scenery. In the collection Ficus Bonsai are also popular. In this landscape, the trees, rock and miniature figurines are placed on a shallow rectangular pot (made of marble), which in turn is displayed on an antique table.


(#6) Flowering Bonsai, by Wolfgang Putz

Flowering bonsai tree

This tree is an Azalea species of only 14 cm (5 inches) high. The picture is taken in late spring / early summer, the moment when Azalea trees bloom (shortly, but very vividly!). The tree is planted in a Japanese pot.

(#7) Brazilian rain tree, by Budi Sulistyo

Pithecellobium, brazilian rain tree Bonsai

This tree is grown from a small cutting and the result above is a picture taken 12 years later. A native of Central- and South America the Brazilian Rain tree is considered one of the tropical world’s most beautiful and also one of the most popular Bonsai subjects.


(#8) Mame Bonsai display, by Morten Albek

Shohin display

A Bonsai display (or in this case, a Mame display) normally consist of a central tree, a scroll and an accent plant. Together these objects create a powerful image, often a celebration of the current season.

(#9) Famous Bonsai; a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), by Walter Pall

Acer Bonsai by Walter Pall

One of the most famous Bonsai trees that belongs to the collection of an European Bonsai artist (Walter Pall), this tree is incredibly fine and realistic. The maple is big (almost a meter high, which is the maximum to be called a Bonsai tree) and over a hundred years old. A masterpiece without doubt, styled by an inspiring artist!

(#10) Bonsai master Kimura

Kimura Bonsai

Last but not least, Bonsai sensei Masahiko Kimura. His varied collection of Bonsai trees is world famous. Started at age 15, Kimura was an apprentice to master Hamano in Omiya Bonsai village. For more of his fascinating and sometimes unconventional work, visit Kimura’s Bonsai garden! Or read his Bonsai artist profile


Nothing beats fresh green foliage or bright sprays of flowers in the home, but the upkeep and expense of real house plants and flowers can put many people off displaying them. The greenery interior trend is only going from strength to strength and whilst there are many varieties that are easy to care for, many people are turning to artificial house plants and flowers to ensure their foliage is always looking fresh. Historically frowned upon for looking too fake, the interior industry has upped its artificial flower game in recent years and there are now wonderfully realistic options for those that want to welcome a touch of greenery into their home. But why should you opt for artificial house plants and flowers over the real thing?

1. They Stay Fresh All Year Round

The most obvious benefit of opting for artificial house plants and flowers in the home is that no matter the season, they will look as fresh as the day you bought them. Plants are not as susceptible to the climate and can be kept alive throughout the colder months, however, flowers are heavily dictated by the seasons so if you want to display your favorite blooms throughout the year, your only option is artificial versions. Fabulous finishing touches for any room, foliage and flowers add a vibrant and earthy feel wherever placed. Making sure these essential home accessories always look their best will ensure a cohesive look throughout the home.

2. Cost Effective

artificial house plants & flowers

Keeping your home filled with fresh flowers can be an expensive habit as they will need changing at least each fortnight, if not every week. Houseplants have more longevity but even these can be costly to replace if they aren’t looked after carefully. High-quality artificial house plants and flowers can be pricey to first buy, however, they are an investment which will see you through many years if cared for, therefore proving much more cost effective in the long run.

3. Hypoallergenic

artificial house plants & flowers

Hay fever is rife during the summer months, however many people suffer from plant allergies all year round which can put a damper on any indoor foliage plans. The only choice for plant allergy sufferers, artificial flowers will also ensure that any guests with allergies won’t get the sniffles when visiting.

4. Non-toxic to pets

artificial house plants & flowers

Another troublesome aspect of indoor plant keeping is that many varieties can be toxic to pets. From lilies to aloe vera plants, there is a large list of plants and flowers which can be harmful if consumed by animals and we all know a curious cat, dog or rabbit that will happily take a bite out of anything left unattended. Artificial flowers and house plants are the easiest and safest options for homeowners with pets and you also have less risk of arriving home to a destroyed bouquet.

5. Can Be Placed Anywhere in the Home

artificial house plants & flowers

The foliage trend has spread across every room of the home from bedrooms to bathrooms, however, many spaces in the home can be lacking in the key aspect which keeps plants thriving, sunlight. For darker or even windowless rooms as many bathrooms now are, artificial varieties are a must and the heat and steam from showers or cooking (if in the kitchen), has no effect on the stems. Artificial flowers and plants in bathrooms also give a beautifully fresh, clean and calming feel which make for a serene spa-like bathroom space.

6. Extremely Low Maintenance

artificial house plants & flowers

The key benefit of artificial house plants and flowers for the home is of course how low maintenance they are. Whilst real plants require constant care through careful watering schedules and direct or perfectly placed ‘indirect’ sunlight, faux plants are fabulously hassle-free. They can be easily styled with chic pots and vases and placed at will around the home to brighten any space. The only care required is light dusting and a wipe with a damp cloth if they are displayed in a particularly steamy environment to keep them looking fresh and full of life.


The garden bed is a low-maintenance way to grow vegetables, fruits, and plants in your garden. In addition, to prevent the weeds, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, it also decorates your landscape.

Vegetable Garden Design

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Raised garden beds are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. They keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails. The sides of the beds keep your valuable garden soil from eroding or washing away during heavy rains. In many regions, gardeners are able to plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer and better drained when it is above ground level.

Veggie Garden without digging

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 Log Garden Bed

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Brick Garden Bed

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Raised beds are not the same as garden planters. Planters are elevated containers which have bottoms to prevent the soil from falling out. Planter bottoms usually are slatted, with some type of semi-permeable cloth barrier which permits drainage. Raised beds, however, do not have bottoms; they are open to the ground, which offers the benefit of permitting plant roots to go further into the ground for available nutrients.

How to Attract Toads to the Garden and Why You Want Them There!

I bet you are asking yourself why in the world you want to attract toads to the garden, right?  If you love growing your own food, you really need to keep reading to find out!  We have a TON of toads in the garden and I am thrilled that they call my backyard home.  Toads eat garden pests like the dreaded hornworm caterpillar and squash beetles that like to attack my garden.  Learn how to attract toads and you will have significantly fewer garden pests!  But, can you just stick out a toad house with a for rent sign and hope they show up?  Not really!
How to Attract Toads to the Garden and Why You Want them there!

Garden Toads Everywhere!

Attracting toads is very beneficial because they eat slugs and snails, too. Slugs and snails are NEVER good for a garden! I spend a lot of time getting rid of snails and making homemade earwig traps so I am happy for the toads to eat them.

Are toads beneficial to a garden?

So, first off, let’s answer the question of WHY you want to attract toads to the garden. Are toads beneficial to a garden? Basically, YES! Because what do garden toads eat? BUGS!  Bugs are a gardener’s worst nightmare and toads like to eat them.  So, the more toads you have in your yard, the fewer garden pests you will have to deal with.  Sounds like a great plan to me!


Low maintenance, highly versatile and reassuringly green all year round, artificial turf is fast gaining ground. Here are some stylish ideas for gardening with artificial grass PLUS we show you how to install and care for No Worries Turf.

“Having the correct gradient to allow for water run-off is critical,”

“Without that the water stagnates and the turf will start to perish.”



Artificial grass can be an instant pick-me-up for small-space gardens and courtyards. This obviates the need for noisy mowing and maintenance and is ideal for lock-up-and-go homes.

Here, a custom-cut piece of 40mm Summer Cool was placed directly onto an existing tiled courtyard under partial cover. Heavy-duty Velcro is sufficient to keep it in place, an intentionally temporary solution should the owners want to revert to tiles.

Under trees


A major benefit of artificial grass is that you can have perfect lawn beneath shady trees – no more patchy areas due to lack of sun.

Here a 40mm Premium Elite Green was placed at the edge of the chosen area and then cut to fit snugly around the trunks. To finish off, try adding a textural element such as white pebbles to the base of your trees.



1. Lay a flat concrete screed and allow it to dry thoroughly.
2. Add your pavers and allow the cement securing them to dry.
3. Cut the turf to size and glue it down around the outer edges and between the pavers.


  • Major benefits include no watering, mowing or fertilising, plus high UV resistance. The longevity of artificial grass is around 30 years.
  • Expect to pay Depending on your application. (This excludes delivery, installation and cutting to size.) Available in 4m-wide rolls, there’s a wide range of grass types and shades of green to choose from, with tuft heights ranging from 10–40mm. Ask your supplier to recommend the best type for your specific site, usage and overall look.
  • When applying artificial grass to hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac and stone, it’s vital to ensure that you have the correct gradient for water run-off. The grass sheets are then loosely laid on top and secured with all-weather adhesive around the edges.
  • For garden applications, the existing grass must be removed to create a compacted recess. A mix of crusher dust and river sand is applied, plus a weed barrier to create a stable, porous base. Seaming tape is applied to the edges and the artificial turf is attached to pegs placed in the ground. Silica sand in-fills are then added to weigh the turf down, cool the surface and help keep the tufts vertical.
  • Keeping it clean: Artificial grass is made from tufted polyethylene; it contains fine holes to allow water to penetrate. To clean it, simply hose it down.


A compost heap is a great way to recycle kitchen waste and improve your garden soil for free. However not everyone has the space needed and depending on where you live, you may want to deter any unwanted furry visitors.

It’s not always necessary to compost kitchen waste before adding it to your soil. So here are a few tips on how you can improve your garden soil without a compost heap using three kitchen scraps you’d normally throw away.



  • Rinse out any egg shells you have and allow them to dry for a few days in a bowl on a sunny window sill or by a radiator. When they are dry they crush very easily. This will help them to break down quickly when added to the soil.
  • Crushed eggshells improve drainage and the addition of  the calcium is excellent for promoting plant growth and preventing blossom end rot in tomatoes and squash plants. If you have an old coffee grinder or food processor this will make short work of it.
  • They are also a good deterrent for slugs and snails.  Scatter a generous barrier around any young seedlings to keep the pesky molluscs away. Apparently this is the human equivalent of walking barefoot on broken glass.


  • Coffee grounds can also be added directly to the soil. They act as a general fertiliser, adding organic matter, improving drainage, water retention and soil aeration. As they break down they will continue to add nitrogen which is so good for plant growth.
  • Used coffee grounds will not affect the PH level of your soil unless used in very concentrated amounts. However unused coffee grounds or leftover coffee is always such a wonderful pick-me-up for acid loving plants.
  • Coffee grounds also work very well as a mulch around plants. This keeps earthworms very happy as they seem partial to a little caffeine hit too!
  • Don’t worry if they look a bit mouldy, this is just part of the natural breaking down process and a sign that it’s working.
  • If you’re not a coffee drinker, tea bags are good for the soil too


  • Adding banana skins is another excellent way to improve your garden soil. They can also be added directly to the ground as long as they are cut up into very small pieces. They’ll break down faster and offer all the micro-organisms in the soil lots more surface area to work their magic.
  • This creates plenty of new organic matter resulting in a light, well drained soil which is full of lovely earthworms. Once the banana skins have broken down they will add a powerful cocktail of nutrients; calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphates, potassium and sodium, all of which help plants to grow well and develop their fruit.