Adding Color To The Fall Landsape

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.

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Earth Friendly Pest Control

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? 

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Hot Outside? 3 Tips To Protect Your Plants

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!

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4 Important Midsummer Landscape Tasks

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:

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What's Wrong With My Plant: Powdery Mildew

If the leaves of your plants look like they've been dusted with flour, or you notice small, circular black dots on the leaves, then. . uh oh, you might be dealing with powdery mildew!

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Could Watering Your Plants Kill Them?

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!

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Resources for Finding Native Plants

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!

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May DIY Video: The Cicadas Are Coming

The cicadas are coming!  Brood V will emerge this May, and if you live in certain areas of the Northeast you'll be impacted.  Here's what you need to know, and how you can protect your landscape or garden from damage.

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Organic Weed Control in 3 Simple Steps

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! 

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