S19 E4: Landscapes Across America

Jenna Harris October 26, 2020 6 No Comments

S19 E4: Landscapes Across America

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In this exceptional episode of Ask This Old House, Jenn describes how many different ponds round the United States affect the design, maintenance, and upkeep of distinct landscapes, including talking USDA Hardiness Zones and indigenous plant species.

Kevin clarifies the USDA Hardiness Zone map and the way it can enable a homeowner determine which plants will work best within their own garden.

In any landscape layout, Jenn urges searching for organic cues in the surrounding region to recreate a controlled manner from your lawn.

In Phoenix, Arizona, Jenn learns which plants work best in desert climates.

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, she works with a rangeland ecologist to help a homeowner care for his prairie grasses.

Jenn returns to her home state of Florida to aid a homeowner layout a tropical yard.

For the unpleasant, New England winters, she works with a homeowner to pick foundation plantings that may endure the cold.

Jenn suggests breaking down a landscape into different segments and thinking up a game program for every segment, whether or not you intend to operate on that section immediately or not. That manner, as you add more to the landscape as time and budget permits, everything will relate well and never feel disjointed. Also, by dividing down the landscape into segments, it is a lot easier to provide each section a particular function or function.


Jenn heads to Phoenix to reestablish the desert at a homeowner’s front lawn.

Where to locate it?

In any landscape layout, Jenn urges searching for organic cues in the surrounding region to recreate a controlled manner from your lawn. In this scenario, she identified a wealth of little stones coating the earth, plants spread apart from one another, and undulating hills. Those cues advised the layout from the homeowner’s front lawn.

Jenn installed boulders, red yucca, lantana, bougainvillea, a couple of range of cacti, plus a Chilean mesquite tree. These are available in nurseries, especially in the Southwest area of the US and in zones 9 and 10.

Expert support for this section was supplied by Rod Pappas and Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc., A-1 Materials Phoenix, All Season Nursery, also Horizon Irrigation.


Jenn partners using an ecologist at Cheyenne, Wyoming to find out about various kinds of prairie grasses and how to take care of them.

Where to locate it?

Jenn discovered the local conservation district may rent lots of the tools needed for planting a lawn with prairie grasses. Some of those tools can be leased from home centres, also.

Expert help with this section was supplied from the Laramie County Conservation District, the University of Wyoming Extension and Wanda Manley.


Jenn returns to her home state of Florida to aid a homeowner designing a tropical landscape because of his backyard.

Where to locate it?

Jenn suggests breaking down a landscape into different segments and thinking up a game program for every segment, whether or not you intend to operate on that section immediately or not. That manner, as you add over the landscape as time and budget permits, everything will relate well and never feel disjointed. Also, by dividing down the landscape into segments, it is a lot easier to provide each section a particular function or function.

In Room 1, Jenn called for artistic concrete to be pumped to provide the terrace a more finished appearance. The artistic concrete was Pacific Tile in Siberian Haze, with Sandstone grout lines, which is fabricated by Creative Resurfacing. The shade sail they set up to cool off the terrace was made by Creative Shade Solutions.

In Room 2, Jacque attracted a wide array of Florida-friendly crops, such as coontie palm, nandina, smooth cordgrass, along with also an andonidia hand, which may be located in Zone 9 nurseries and garden centres. For mulch, Jenn and Jacque utilized pine straw, also for its paths, they utilized pine bark mulch. Both of those materials may also be found in nurseries.

Expert help for this project was supplied by Power Lawn Care in Winter Haven, FL, and Playground Services by David Bloom.


Jenn assists a homeowner substitute and enhance foundation plantings which were crushed by snow piles.

Where to locate it?

Jenn noticed that many of the base plantings the homeowner had about her walkway might easily be emptied from the snow once she shovels at winter, which likely explains why they were not faring well. To relieve this matter, Jenn selected plants that go dormant in winter for those regions most exposed to snow piles.

Jenn implanted many different plants, such as rainbow fountain grass, lady’s mantle, stonecrop, coneflower (echinacea), Blue Hill Salvia, Rose Marvel Salvia, along with windflower. These can be seen in nurseries and home centers.

The other materials and tools Jenn utilized to plant the base plantings, for example, wheelbarrow, shovels, and compost, can be found at home centers.

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Original Air Date: Oct 25, 2020 Season 19; Ep.4 23:43


Products and Services from this Episode

Concrete Pavers:
Creative Resurfacing

Shade sail:
Creative Shade Solutions

Expert assistance:
Xeriscapes Unlimited, Inc.
A-1 Materials Phoenix
All Season Nursery
Horizon Irrigation
University of Wyoming Extension
Laramie County Conservation District
Power Lawn Care in Winter Haven, FL, and Playground Services by David Bloom

Landscaping provides:
The Home Depot

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