I am a firm believer that it is very, very difficult to prune a plant to death. However, I also believe there are MORE beneficial and LESS beneficial times to prune, and I would say that fall falls firmly in the "less beneficial" time.
Although fall is usually associated with beautiful crimson, orange, and yellow leaves, sometimes, as the weather cools, days shorten, and leaves turn brown and fall off. . .our own landscapes can look dull.
There are, however, a lot of options to create a very beautiful late season landscape! And fall is a great time to buy and plant. You can find some great deals, and you have the benefit of knowing exactly what that plant looks like in the fall--if it has beautiful foliage, or berries, or even flowers.
Did you know that only 1% of allllll the insects we've identified are considered harmful? Yep! That means that the majority of the bugs in your yard or garden aren't causing any problems, and they may even be beneficial to you or your plants!
Wondering which bug is which, and how to deal with the "bad" bugs?
When the hot days of mid-summer start, it can be really difficult to keep your landscape thriving. Plants may start to wilt and turn brown unless you provide enough water, and for homeowners that live in areas with water restrictions (or who just want to be more earth friendly), that can be a challenge.
Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your garden thriving during the hottest summer days while conserving water!
The hot months of midsummer are typically a slower time for garden maintenance companies. The early spring rush to clean up and plant is over, and it's not yet time to plant some colorful fall plants or prep for winter.
Plus, let's not forget. . .it's hot out there!
Even though summer's heat makes working outside pretty unpleasant, there are still some crucial landscape tasks that need doing if you want healthy, thriving plants. Here are few I recommend:
Usually, keeping your plants watered is a good thing! It keeps them from wilting, allows them to absorb nutrients, and just in general helps them stay healthy!
But sometimes, there can be too much of a good thing, and water + plants is a good example. While the right amount of water helps a plant thrive, too much water is defintiely a bad thing!
I love using native plants in my designs, because they not only look lovely, but also support the birds, bees, and other insects that live all around us. They do this by providing shelter, food, protection, and a place for many animals to lay their eggs.
Although they are becoming more popular, identifying native plants for your area and then finding a nursery or greenhouse that sells them is kind of a challenge. Here are some resources I use when I design that make the process much easier!
Summer is almost here! I don't know about you, but for me that means sunny days, vacation time, and. . .well, weeding. Or at least, trying not to get overwhelmed by all the weeds that call our gardens and flower beds home over the summer.
Fortunately, there are a few simple, organic ways to keep the weeds under control!