Upcycling Projects That'll Help You Attract Birds & Butterflies

There are lots of projects out there that will help you attract more birds & butterflies to your garden.  Basically, anything that provides the appropriate food, water, and shelter is going to do the trick!

But you can go a step farther with these kinds of projects by using recycled materials.  I've included three ideas that will get you started, and I am telling you there are gazillions more videos and tutorials where these came from.  If you have a particular animal for whom you want to provide food or water or shelter, do a little research to figure out their preferences, then see if someone has made it before!

5 Ways You Can Fight Back Against Invasive Species

Invasive species are a huge economic issue, costing the US alone $120 billion per year due to the damage they inflict on plants, property, and other native species. As a homeowner it can seem overwhelming to think about fighting back.  Invasives often have few to no natural predators, and may not respond to more earth friendly forms of control.  So, what can you do?

A lot, actually! Here are 5 ways you can fight back.

Inspiring Native Plant Gardens

Adding native plants to the garden is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason! Not only do native plants support their local ecosystem, they can look lovely in the garden.

If you're considering native plants in your garden, public gardens are a great way to get inspired and see how plants look all through the year.

Loving Your Garden During the Winter

When fall ends and winter starts, many people think the gardening season is over.  But that's not true!  Sure, the hard, outdoor work of planting, maintaining, and harvesting might be done, but now it's time to take stock and start dreaming about next year's garden or landscape!  

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Winter Garden Prep

Colder weather will be here very soon, and winter soon after, and that means it is time to prepare your landscape! There are some tasks that you should definitely take care of now for a healthier landscape next spring. . .while others? Might just harm your plants in the long run.  

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Planting Fall Bulbs That Thrive

If you want tulips, daffodils, and other early spring bloomers in your garden next year, now is the time to plant fall bulbs!  Just be aware that there are some steps you can take to help make sure what you plant this fall grows back healthy and beautiful year after year.

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Helping Hardy Mums Survive Cold Winters

The hardy chrysanthemum is a fall landscape staple, and greenhouses, big box stores, and even grocers know it, because starting in late August you see them for sale everywhere!

The problem is, even though hardy mums are supposed to be perennials in most zones. . .often what we plant in the fall doesn't make it through winter.  Here's why, and how you might just be able to get that mum to come back next year!

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A Garden Designer's Guide to Buying Perennials in the Fall

We spend spring in a flurry of ordering seeds, visiting greenhouses, and planting our gardens, then in the fall focus on cleaning up dead or nearly dormant plants, and prepping for the cold winter ahead.

I want to challenge (and even reverse!) this approach: fall is actually a GREAT time to purchase perennials and add them to your landscape, as long as you keep a few things in mind.

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