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The Cheryl Alley home in Arroyo Grande: Eclectic meets equestrian by the sea

Cheryl Alley’s Arroyo Grande home is more than a place to hang her hat — it’s where she returned to her roots.

She fell for the 2002-built house for its coastline views that stretch from Point Sal to Pismo Beach. And having lived most of her life in small spaces, its 2,800 square feet gave her room to play with the interior.

Another major selling point was its 12 acres. Although Alley loves horses and collects equestrian art, she had not ridden since her youth. Her new home allowed her to acquire two Rocky Mountain horses, Kid and Maggie Mae.

When she purchased the contemporary Mediterranean home just over a year ago, it was simple and nondescript, Alley said. She hired Noel Allan of PBB of Arroyo Grande as her general contractor to tweak the floor plan and transform nearly every interior surface over the course of 10 months. Working closely with Allan and a team of artisans, she was able to create a space that honors her history, her passions and her lifestyle. Alley favors western decor, so she chose handscraped Virginia maple floors and traditional cabinetry. Wrought iron with intricate scrollwork accents repeats throughout the house, including on her front door custom-made by Baltic Iron Doors of Santa Ana.

“It took four guys to install. It weighs 1,200 pounds,” she said.

Landscape designer Tyler Addison of Addison Landscape continued the rustic theme outdoors with the use of stone and manufactured stone products. Addison and his crew installed more than 5,000 square feet of warm-hued, textured interlocking pavers for the front driveway, patios and pathways. He used rough-hewn, antiqued Celtik stones to build retaining walls. The home exterior was accented with Minnesota Fieldstone, a manufactured stone veneer made by Coronado Stone. And at the rear of the house, where a steep slope previously made most of the backyard unusable, Addison Landscape created a main patio and smaller terraced seating areas, with a fire pit in a spot with the best view of the sunset.

Setting the tone at the front of the house are two dramatic water features: a rock-lined koi pond, and a 4-foot-tall bronze fountain sculpture. It is a mer-horse — half horse, half fish — merging her fondness for horses and sea life. Orangevale sculptor Patricia Borum took 10 months to create it, and, Alley says, “She was well worth the wait.”

For the interior, Alley happily embraced eclecticism. She began with a foundation of western design, tempered with a romantic, feminine quality. Then she layered in personal elements. For instance, she inherited a large collection of Asian pieces from her mother. This includes several rugs, Chinese embroideries and cabinets.

She found novel ways to display these pieces. For instance, she acquired a kimono that her father, a World War II flight instructor, brought home from Okinawa as a gift for her mother. Alley hired Johnson Framing Studio to remove it from its frame. Because the back was destroyed by glue, Gail Johnson recommended hanging it on apole. Morro Bay teddy bear artisan Lori Simon lightly stuffed the shoulders and mounted it on an aged bamboo pole. On display in her bedroom as a three-dimensional art piece, the kimono is “a wonderful memory of the love my parents had,” said Alley.

She took care to integrate each piece into its new environment. For example, in the bedroom, she used an Oriental rug with a bold floral pattern that she calls “an attention grabber.” To keep it from stealing the spotlight, she combined it with a few pieces of painted, distressed bedroom furniture that are equally colorful and a touch whimsical.

Alley accessorizes with her personal collections. This includes equestrian pieces, animal-themed art, and ocean-themed art, some of which was handed down from her mother and grandmother. She is also an avid photographer and displays her work along one hallway.

Working directly with artisans allowed Alley to experiment with novel designs. Her team included Gary Thiessen, who designed and built custom cabinetry, and Joni Jackson of Valancing Act, who created custom window treat ments.

Jackson gladly indulged Alley’s creative instincts and concocted numerous imaginative draperies for the house. For instance, Alley wanted something dramatic for the music room to complement her beloved baby grand piano. They went with an “ebony and ivory” theme. Jackson created draperies from black silk velvet with a cream lining that wraps around from back to front. Sheer panels are off-white and have vertical lines running the length to represent the lines of the piano keys. She topped it off with an arched valance edged with black crystals to match the chandelier in the room.

In the master bedroom, Jackson was commissioned to create blackout drapes for the windows.

“I can’t sleep if there is any light, and on a full moon, this house is lit up,” said Alley.

After discovering that the 12 feet of blackout material required to cover her tall windows would not allow the silk drapes to hang properly, she and Jackson decided to instead hang blackout drapes on the canopy bed. Alley took the idea of a bed retreat a few steps further. She installed a sound system within the bed and had luxurious custom pillows made from Indian wedding saris purchased on eBay.

Alley wanted to be enveloped in purple, a color she has loved since she was a teen. Various shades of purple and mauve cloak the walls. And when she made an offhand comment to Thiessen that she wished her bathroom cabinets could be purple, he suggested purpleheart, which is a dense and water-resistant wood with a natural purple hue.

Alley balanced all the purple with accents in burnt orange.

“I’m told those colors together are royal colors. So I’m exercising my inner empress,” she quipped.

Most rooms accommodate the needs of her menagerie of beloved pets, which include miniature schnauzer Mia, standard poodle Serafina, two rescued stray cats, T.J. and Sinatra, and W.C., a California Desert tortoise. Her two conures, Izzy and Luis, enjoy the view from a shaded rear window. Alley had a large whirlpool tub installed by a picture window in the revamped master bathroom so she could enjoy a soak while watching her koi swimming in their pond at the front of the house.

She also spends ample quality time with her horses, which are learning cowboy dressage and starting to attend horse shows. Alley, who is a retired college professor, is learning her own new skill: how to live the lifestyle she had long hoped for.

“I lived in the Silicon Valley area for 19 years, so I was very used to that corporate fast pace,” she said, “It took almost a year to realize I could do what I wanted and take things much more slowly. It’s just so much better here.”

TIPS FROM CHERYL ALLEY

EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED Dead ends during a design project often lead to unexpected, and sometimes better ideas. Also, delays are a good time to re-evaluate your goals and design scheme. Home projects rarely go by the book, so embrace detours as opportunities to take a new look at what you are doing.

MIX IT RIGHT Diverse styles can play well together, especially if there is at least one element in common, such as color or shape. The Oriental rugs in Cheryl Alley’s bedroom work well with her new painted furniture because both have a similar color scheme and playful feel.

REIMAGINE HEIRLOOMS Family heirlooms can often be displayed in a new way to better fit into your space. Alley wanted to use a kimono passed down from her parents but wasn’t crazy about its frame. She had the kimono stuffed and mounted as a three-dimensional art piece. A framing expert can often make recommendations on how to preserve and display family mementos.

Article source: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/02/26/2944915/the-cheryl-alley-home-in-arroyo.html

Public weighs in on downtown landscape improvement plan

Public weighs in on downtown landscape improvement plan

Public weighs in on downtown landscape improvement plan

Tom Bentley, a consultant for the Omaha-based Dropseed Studios, presents the preliminary design of the Scottsbluff Downtown Landscape Design and Stormwater Master Plan during a public meeting Tuesday at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff. The plan contains several ideas for revitalizing downtown, including incorporating additional greenery throughout the 18-block area, adding bulb outs that extend sidewalk areas at intersections and creating a drop-off zone on 17th Street for bus access to the Midwest Theater or other downtown businesses.



Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Public weighs in on downtown landscape improvement plan

By BRANDON NELSON
Staff Reporter

Star Herald

As plans for a downtown landscaping project are finalized, city officials gathered additional input from the public Tuesday.


Consultants from the Omaha-based Dropseed Studios presented the preliminary design of the Scottsbluff Downtown Landscape Design and Stormwater Master Plan and gave area business owners and residents a chance to provide feedback during a meeting at the Midwest Theater in downtown Scottsbluff.

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Article source: http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/public-weighs-in-on-downtown-landscape-improvement-plan/article_cfb08ac3-e26c-5a6a-a09a-35b2bb7ae76a.html

Cocoa Beach hires consultant to help improve development

The city of Cocoa Beach has hired a consultant to improve development.

A1A and State Road 5-20 sit at the gateway to Cocoa Beach’s uptown, but, there’s not much at the intersection that tells visitors they’ve arrived in Cocoa Beach.

“Here, it’s kind of like you go through the parking lot, walk to the beach and that’s that,” said visitor Gus Ibrahim.

Cocoa Beach has hired a consultant that’s taking a closer look at a number of ideas generated by both the city and the public. Those ideas include everything from developing an empty lot, to urban landscaping and transforming cell towers into surfboards.

“We’re not going to become Coney Island or Myrtle Beach, but we can be more than a parking lot,” said Mayor Dave Netterstrom.

And the city envisions locations like Shephard Park might be more than a place to park cars.

“You know what we’re seeing are these buses of the cruise ships,” said resident Jerry Hanlon. “They’re going to draw more and more people here.  The port is growing. You have to get with the times.”

The city will spend roughly $160,000 on its uptown blueprint over the next two years. And it must tie into existing plans for downtown Cocoa Beach.

“I think once we get done with this plan, the private sector will be ready to do something with it,” said Netterstrom.

The city hopes to get a look at a preliminary blueprint in a couple of months.

Article source: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/cocoa-beach-hires-consultant-help-improve-citys-im/ndkfz/

Man in search of Palm Trees for landscaping project

More palm trees are set to go up in April at the foot of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

A Walnut Creek homeowner is hoping his tree is one of those that will dot the median on the Oakland approach to the bridge.

On Wednesday a crane will remove the 20-year old Canary Island Palm from the front yard of the home on De Laurenti Court.

The homeowner told KTVU he needed to extract the tree because it was growing too close to his house.

He was set to spend $3,000 for the removal when he drove across the new span and wondered if bridge officials would be interested in his tree. They were.

The man tasked with scouring the state in search of mature palm trees for the landscaping project paid $1,000 for the tree.

“I think that’s fantastic,” said neighbor Ann Hallett.

She’s lived in the Walnut Creek neighborhood for years and was there when the original homeowners added the tree.

“Best friends of ours from England moved here and I think it was 1979. We all helped plant each other’s gardens, so we helped them plant those trees,” Hallett said. “They were a little smaller than they are now.”

Before the now 20-foot tall tree takes its place on the bridge median, it must first be checked for disease.

It will be put on a truck and make the more than seven hour trek down Interstate 5 to Riverside.

That’s where Bay Bridge subcontractor, Landscape Center Tree Company, will replant the tree in a holding yard so it can be examined.

If it checks out okay, the tree will be brought back to the Bay Area and take its place along the bridge.

Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said while there is a lot of time, effort and cost associated with getting the trees, they are within the $900,000 dollar landscaping budget.

He said the palm trees, which end up costing about $10,000 each, were selected for a variety of reasons.

“They can withstand the somewhat harsh weather and conditions out here. They can stand up to the salt air and the wind and the fog,” Gordon said.

He added that the trees pick up on the vertical symmetry of the span.

“The landscape architect and the landscapers involved believed that this was the most appropriate tree for what we wanted to convey and what we wanted to do.”

22 additional trees are set to be planted in the spring, bringing the total number to 30.

If you have a tree you want to get rid email a picture to IBuyPalms@gmail.com and possibly get paid for it.

Article source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/man-search-palm-trees-landscaping-project/ndcZQ/

Pennsylvania Garden Show of York opens this weekend – The Patriot

York’s
Pennsylvania Garden Show opens its doors – and gardens – this Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, featuring 10 display gardens built by local landscapers, some two
dozen seminars, more than 100 home and garden vendors and a garden-club flower
show.
 

This
year’s show moves across the York Expo Center grounds at 334 Carlisle Ave.,
York, taking place in Memorial Hall instead of the larger Toyota Arena (now Utz
Arena).

Doors
are open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.

This
year’s theme is “Fairy Tale Gardens,” and many of the show activities wrap
around that idea.

Once
again, the Pennsylvania Garden Club Federation District IV will stage a judged
flower show within the overall show, focusing the floral arrangements on the
topic, “Once Upon a Time.”

york2013.judging.jpgView full sizeJudges evaluate the garden club flower show entries at the 2013 Pa. Garden Show of York.

At
Saturday’s Family Fun Night (5 to 8 p.m.), live storybook characters, such as
Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet and Little Red Riding Hood, will be on hand
during the hands-on activities.

New
this year is a Shoe Design Contest in which guests can submit shoes, slippers
or boots that they’ve transformed into fairy-tale footwear. The entries will be
on display.

And
show guests will be able to sign up to make their own teacup fairy garden
(Friday at 2 p.m., $25 fee) or learn how to plant a fairy-tale garden at home
in a Saturday seminar by Wendy Brister (1 p.m.)

The
new Memorial Hall venue splits the show into two main sections.

Enter
and turn left into the east section, and you’ll run into the 10 indoor display
gardens built by local landscape firms, including Cross Creek Farm, Hively
Landscapes, Inch’s Landscaping, John’s Landscaping and Strathmeyer Landscape
Development Corp.

Many
of these gardens include paver patios and walls, water features and
outdoor-living accessories in addition to gardens.

The
garden-club flower show is also in this section.

Turn
right into the west section of Memorial Hall, and you’ll find more than 100
vendors and exhibitors.

york2013.shoppers.jpgView full sizeGardeners shopping in the marketplace section of the 2013 show.

That’s
where visitors will be able to buy plants, get tree and plant questions
answered, check out new lawn mowers, peruse some curious garden art, sample
(and buy) gourmet foods and more. The full list of vendors is on the show’s web
site. 

A
third main prong of the show is the talks, which take place in two locations
throughout all three days of the show.

Author
and radio host Mark Viette will do a pair of seminars (Friday at 6 p.m. on
garden design, Saturday at 2 p.m. on garden makeovers) at which he’ll give away
50 daylilies at each. He’s also slated to broadcast his show live from the show
floor on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. York’s WSBA-910AM radio station carries the
program.

Author
Kate Copsey is scheduled to do two talks – on English gardening history
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and on vegetable gardening Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

Patriot-News/Pennlive
garden writer George Weigel will do two talks as well, both on Friday – at 11
a.m. on the questions gardeners ask the most and at 2:30 p.m. on the “20 Things
I Wish Someone Would’ve Told Me Before I Ruined the Landscape.”

And
ever-popular York florist Vince Butera is back again to do six flower-arranging
demos – two on each of the days.

Other
topics include beekeeping, growing roses, maintaining a healthy pond, growing
herbs and more. The full list with times is on the Pennsylvania Garden Show of
York web site.

Rounding
out the show are a host of other events, including music and dance
performances, working artists, a bluebird workshop (Friday at 5 p.m.), a spring
fashion show (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.), a Doggie Fantasies Fashion Show (Saturday
at 3:30), and a pair of three-course afternoon teas served by Red Lion’s Red
Brick Bakery and Tea Room ($15 fee, Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.)

Tickets
are $10 for adults and $9 for ages 62 and up. Children 12 and under are free.

Advance
tickets reserved online are $9, and multi-day passes are available for $15.

Seniors
get in for $5 Friday after 5 p.m., and family members get in for Family Fun
Night on Saturday after 5 p.m. for $5. 

Parking
is free.

Article source: http://blog.pennlive.com/life/2014/02/pennsylvania_garden_show_of_yo.html

Gardening & Landscaping at Sandyvale Greenhouse

Get into the spring of things with a hands-on-learning experience with the “Green Grower” Ron McIntosh.
 
Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy is offering a series of five seminars on gardening and landscaping. The seminars will take place at Sandyvale Greenhouse in Johnstown. The seminars will be hosted by Ron McIntosh every Saturday from March 15to April 12. The classes will run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each seminar is $15 per person.
 
Class size is limited to 30 people. To register, fill out this form and return with your payment. Make check payable to “Sandyvale” and return with the form to” Sandyvale, PO Box 41, Johnstown, PA 15907. Email for more information.
 
Seminar #1:  Success with Houseplants – March 15th
Seminar #2:  Vegetable Know-How – March 22nd
Seminar #3:  Creative Home Landscaping – March 29th
Seminar #4:  Herb Gardening 101 – April 5th
Seminar #5:  Backyard Fruit Production – April 12th

Article source: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/gardening-landscaping-at-sandyvale-greenhouse/38710/tFEsXJDAA0iRMXppHTE0XA

About Indoor Flowering Houseplants, Vegetable Seeds

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Article source: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/house/blog/gardening/2014/02/about_indoor_flowering_housepl.html

How To Grow Green Chillies: Gardening Tips

Agriculture is what ultimately prompted civilized man to settle near rivers. It was the birth of the earliest settlements in human history. Today we have come a long way from our ancestors.

We dwell in cities surrounded by skyscrapers and traffic. But, every once in a while we go out to the country and soak up the green trees and the pleasant smells.

How To Grow Green Chillies: Gardening Tips

There are many people born with green fingers. No, they are not Martians or other aliens. They are people born with the gift of growing any plant from the earth.

Gardening has been taken up as an interesting hobby by many people. Most, of course, are interested in growing bright and pretty flowers that beautify their garden.

But, there are some other people who like to grow vegetables and other edible plants. They have a vegetable patch by the kitchen door unlike those who depend on grocery stores for their vegetables. Green chilli gardening is an all time favourite of gardening lovers. There are many tricks and tips to know about growing such a green chilli garden.

Green chilli makes a spicy addition to your recipes and is given high regard especially in India, a land famous for its spices and condiments. Below we discuss some gardening tips for growing green chillies.

Warm climate: The ideal climate for green chilli is a warm tropical climate. So, if you live elsewhere, green chilli gardening tips involve keeping the plants indoors or in a greenhouse for best results.

Sunlight: Green chilli likes it hot. So, while doing green chilli gardening, remember to plant your chilli in such a position that they are exposed to sunlight. The place must not be one where the night temperature falls below 15 degrees.

Soil type: Plant the chilli plants in fertile soil. If you are planting them in pots, make sure to use organic compost which gives the same effect as a well drained fertile soil.

Sowing: Chilli gardening tips include sowing several seeds in nearly 3 inch deep earth. Once little plants put their heads above the ground, replant them in a pot or in a different part of the garden in suitable conditions.

Watering: When growing green chillies, remember to water the plants regularly, but do not soak the roots or flood them as this will cause the plant to grow in a cold temperature and will not give the desired results.

Support: Green chilli plants can grow up to 60 cm in height. When they are laden with chilli, they tend to topple over. Chilli gardening tips involve supporting the main stem with a stout stick to prevent this.

Pesticides: When you are growing green chillies, you need not bother about using any kind of fertiliser to get rid of pests. The unique chemical composition of the green chilli wards off most pests and makes this unnecessary.

Harvesting: Once the plants are mature, it will only take a couple of weeks before green chilli is formed ready for harvesting. Here’a chilli gardening tip: you can pluck them from the plant while still green or wait till they turn red.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2014/how-to-grow-green-chillies-gardening-tips-20140225164428.html

Winter garden tips


By Katie Marks
Networx.com


Posted Feb. 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am


Article source: http://gloucester.wickedlocal.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229702/12452/LIFESTYLE

Tips For Playing Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has arrived on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, with gameplay unlike anything the series has ever seen. It’s so wildly different, I thought you folks could use a few tips.

Since Garden Warfare is an online multiplayer game, we’re giving our review an extra day to see how servers hold up. Until then, here’s some helpful advice to get you started.

Play The Original Plants Vs. Zombies

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is an online multiplayer shooter, which is almost the complete opposite of the original game, an offline, mostly single-player tower defense variant. While there is a little planting to be done in some of Garden Warfare’s more elaborate game modes, for the most part it’s completely unlike the series that spawned it.

So why bother playing it in preparation? For one, it’ll help you appreciate the look and feel of Garden Warfare — it’s quite impressive, seeing the static locations from the lane defense series coming to life.

Playing Plants Vs. Zombies before Garden Warfare will also give you a leg up when it comes to some of powers the plants and zombies bring to bear on the battlefield. When you do get into a mode like Garden Ops, which requires setting up plant defenses, you’ll understand what each unit is capable of.

And finally, it’s a damn good game.

Where We’re Going There Is No Single-Player

Prepare to be one of many. When Popcap and EA said they were making an online multiplayer shooter based on the Plants Vs. Zombies property, those words were carefully chosen. With the exception of a split screen co-op Horde-ish mode, all of Garden Warfare is online and multiplayer. There is no story mode tacked on, no training area to practice in. The closest you can come is starting a round of Garden Ops — plants defending against 10 waves of enemies — and set the room to invite-only.

Know Your Character Classes

Everybody has their own particular play style, especially when it comes to multiplayer shooters. If you’re new to the genre entirely, go ahead and hop from class to class until you find one that feels right. If you’re coming in with a play style in mind, however, read on to see which plants and zombies are right for you.

The Plants

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The Peashooter: The cannon-fodder of the original game is a little bit front-line fighter and a whole lot of scout. The Peashooter can fire bombs, which is nice, but it can also briefly run super fast and jump super high. Coupled with the ability to root itself and become a fixed turret, the Peashooter’s primary role is to sit on roofs and be complete jerks.

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The Chomper: Possibly the scariest plant to see up close, the Chomper has the ability to burrow underground, popping up under enemy zombies and devouring them in one bite. Normally a player can be bursed back to health when they die — Chompers ensure they have to respawn back in a proper, out-of-the-way location. The trade-off is that once the Chomper eats, it’s slow and vulnerable for a brief period, so choose your targets wisely.

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The Sunflower: The sweet, innocent Sunflower? Not so much in Garden Warfare. While they do have the ability to heal other players and defenses, they can also take root and fire a devastating sun ray. Nice damage for what’s essentially a healer class.

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The Cactus: The Engineer of the Plants faction, the Cactus shoots spikes (of course), but he also places Potato Mines, the most curse-inducing ordinance in the game. One minute you’re chasing down an enemy low on health, the next you’re exploding into the air. And in case that’s not bad enough, they can also pilot remote Garlic Drones and place Tallnut Barriers that act as impromptu cover.

The Zombies

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The Engineer: The undead side of things is much easier to understand, thanks to the clear labels. The Zombie Engineer is your classic shooter engineer. He’s got a shotgun. He builds turrets and fixes equipment. He’s got a remote control drone. He rides a jackhammer into battle and lobs sonic stun grenades. His butt crack is showing. I love him.

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The Scientist: He’s not quite a healer, the Scientist. He can drop heal stations, which players on his team can use or not — he doesn’t care. He’s too busy using his warp ability to get in close so he can plant sticky grenades on his enemies. An odd duck.

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The All-Star: If you like slow-moving characters with heavy weapons, this one is for you. The All-Star carries a mini-gun, which can be downright devastating in the right hands. Get too close and he’ll drop a bomb or worse — tackle you to death. He’s got a lot of power, but not a lot of speed, which is why his ability to erect barricades comes in handy.

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The Foot Soldier: The Zombies’ answer to the Peashooter, the Foot Soldier has a rocket jump, allowing him to get up on those roofs to end their rain of terror. Along with the blinding zombie stink cloud and the ZPG — zombie propelled grenade — this little bugger is much more than cannon fodder.

Make Garden Ops Your First Tour Of Duty

If you’ve got a split screen partner you can test your mettle out against endless waves of zombies, but for the rest of you your first taste of third-person PVZ action should be Garden Ops.

Garden Ops is a co-op mode where up to four players take on ten random waves of zombie enemies before escaping in Crazy Dave’s flying motor home (play the original PVZ!).

This is where players new to online shooters can practice communicating and cooperating in a relatively safe environment. Those two factors are the key to success in other game modes, so getting a handle on them early is key.

It’s also worth noting that each class begins with only one ability unlocked. Unless you want to charge under-powered into a full-on death match, get your plants up to speed here.

Your zombies are out of luck.

Then On To Team Vanquish

Use those skills acquired in Garden Ops in Garden Warfare‘s version of Team Deathmatch to make yourself an invaluable asset. A single Peashooter charging into battle again and again is worthless. A single Peashooter flanked by Sunflowers with a Cactus providing air support? That’s a force to be reckoned with.

Last Stop, Gardens Graveyards

By following a path through co-op and team death match, you should be perfectly prepared for Garden Warfare’s massive objective-based battles.

Gardens Graveyards is about capturing territory on the way to an ultimate goal. Maybe the Zombies want to get into Crazy Dave’s mansion and destroy it. Maybe there’s a massive Sunflower to take out. Whatever the situation, communication and teamwork mean the difference between a complete rout and a triumphant win.

Cooperation and Communication Are Key

I guess I could have just said that in the first place.

Save Up Your Coins

In order to unlock cool accessories and character variants in Garden Warfare, you’re going to need to spend a lot of coins on stickers.

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Sticker packs contain all the magic in the game. There are cool new outfits and accessories, weapon upgrades, seed packets that grant additional troops in some of the more defensive game modes, and even character variants, unlocked piece-by-piece.

Somehow EA and Popcap have managed to not include a method for spending real money on coins in the game. The only way to get them is to play, and the only way to get the best stickers is to play long and hard. It’ll be tempting to just spend your coin on the lower priced packs first. Don’t do that. It’s silly.

Relax

Yes, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is an online multiplayer shooter, but we’re all friends here — there’s no need to get tense or call people names. This is cartoony fun, and you sound terribly silly bitching out a fellow player over chat because they possibly kept you from earning a new color for your houseplant.

Have Fun!

Because what’s the point if you don’t?

Article source: http://kotaku.com/tips-for-playing-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-1530688890