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Birdscaping

As wildlife habitats are threatened by development, the creation of a bird-friendly environment that provides food, water and shelter is crucial to the existence of our wild bird population. Caring for our feathered-friends is an educational and enjoyable activity for the entire family that brings beauty and song to our lives. Benefits of Wild Birds […]Read More...

Autumn: Why Plant Now?

Although many gardeners plant trees and shrubs in the spring, knowledgeable gardeners plant in the fall to take advantage of all this fabulous season has to offer. But why is fall planting better than spring planting? Stress Reduction Transplanting causes stress as plants are removed from containers, balls. or established locations and changed to new […]Read More...

Shrubs for the Fall Landscape

Fall is an excellent time for gardening, not only for your own comfort, but for the comfort of your plants as well. Summer vacations are complete, nights are cool, days are warm, and there is morning and evening dew for suitable moisture and the soil is warm to stimulate roots. This is the perfect recipe […]Read More...

King of the Cold: Ornamental Cabbage & Kale

Looking to add interest to the fall and winter landscape? This year, plant ornamental cabbage and kale for bold textures and vibrant colors. About Ornamental Cabbage & Kale Unlike most other annuals and perennials, these two hardy plants improve in appearance after a frost or two, which bring out more intense and brilliant colors in […]Read More...

Why Lime?

You’ve fertilized your lawn meticulously, but it is still weak and thin. What else do you need to do? Lime may be the answer. Why Lime Works Better Than Fertilizer How do soils become acidic? Over the years, calcium and magnesium, the alkaline components in the soil, become replaced by hydrogen and are lost in […]Read More...

Winter Pond Prep Checklist

Your pond can be an attractive and valuable focal point of your landscaping, but it can also be a delicate one. As winter approaches, certain steps should be taken to ensure plant and fish survival so your pond will still be at its best next spring. Clean Out Debris Use a skimmer net or your hands, and, […]Read More...

Deterring Deer

Deer may be beautiful and elegant, but they aren’t always welcome in the garden. Even just a few visiting deer can tear up a landscape, eat an entire crop, destroy a carefully cultivated bed and cause other havoc, such as creating a traffic hazard, damaging bird feeders or leaving behind unwanted “gifts” on sidewalks and […]Read More...

The Great Squirrel Battle for the Bulbs

Autumn is the catalog time of year, when gardeners devour and drool over the spring-blooming bulb catalogs, eagerly fantasizing about next year’s flowerbeds. We picture drifts of crocus and gaily swaying tulips, lush daffodils and glorious hyacinths. Snowdrops, irises, daylilies… Ah, the garden will be great this next spring. Then we remember last spring – […]Read More...

Bring Birds to Your Backyard

It’s amazing how many birds you can attract to your garden if you invite them with the right plants and shelter to meet their survival needs. But wild birds are more than just pretty feathered friends to attract – they bring beautiful songs and efficient pest control to your garden as well! This makes attracting […]Read More...

Clay in the Garden

Clay soil is problematic. It is sticky, heavy, wet and stinky, making it tough to work with. It is slow to drain after a storm, slow to warm in the spring and difficult for plant roots to penetrate. When gardening in a site with clay soil you will need to decide whether to accept the […]Read More...