Northern Red Oak - This is one of the fastest growing of oak trees (as fast growing as silver maple). Northern Red Oak is an excellent wildlife and shade tree. It grows in Zones 3-8. It shouldn't need any watering after planting if using the Waterboxx PlantCocoon (from www.dewharvest.com). Proper sized trees are available for a few dollars from Arbor Day Foundation.
Install a Walkway: 3 Delightful Designs Install a flagstone, gravel, or paver walkway in a weekend or less! Use these three DIY walkway ideas to add interest to your yard -- our easy how-tos walk you through every step of the process.
Gardening for Hummingbirds - California Native Plant Society The red tubular flowers of California fuchsia (Epilobium canum) are a hummingbird favorite. The plant loves full sun, and thrives on neglect. Cut to the ground during winter dormancy.
In many parts of the country, water resources are becoming scarcer. That's why it's a good idea to landscape your home using waterwise techniques. Called xeriscaping, this process will help you have a less thirsty backyard.