Your yard is a busy community, full of plants, animals, and insects that rely on each other for their survival. This community is also known as an ecosystem, and when it is balanced and working properly, it benefits us too!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More