Prepare for the Garden Center!

When you walk into a plant retail establishment right now you will be totally overwhelmed by all the choices and all of the amazing colors! This can be a crucial time for you to use your self control because everything is going to look so tempting. One of the first things to do before you  … Read more

Plants to Use in Containers All Year (Part One)

Most of us automatically start pulling plants from their pots when the calendar turns to fall, we discard them or try to find a place to put them in the ground.  However this might be wasted effort as there are quite a few plants and shrubs which are happy to stay in a pot for  … Read more

Plants to Use in Containers All Year (Part Two)

As we continue the series about keeping plants in containers during the winter, there are a few more rules to know in order to be successful. Be sure to use a container which can withstand the freezing and thawing cycles during the winter.  The rule about soil quality is the same as always for pots,  … Read more

Plant Now Tulips For The Spring

Everyone loves tulips in the springtime, they are one of the true signs that the wicked winter weather is about to subside.  However, tulips do take a bit of planning because they are a bulb which must experience cold temperatures in the winter.  So it is necessary to establish them in the fall in order  … Read more

Pick the Best Annuals

Your garden will not be complete in the warmer months without some annuals added each year. An annual is a plant which will only be around for one season, they don’t grow back. But some of them will drop seeds as they dry out at the end of their season and will grow back from  … Read more

Finding the Positives in an Overgrown Space

If you have ever moved into a home where the yard seems like it is taking over the house then you understand the title of this article. Many of us have found homes we love which are overrun by the shrubs and trees that surround them. This is common to find in areas where the  … Read more

Native Plants Will Thrive

Most yards or landscapes generally come with some plantings already in place. This is a good thing if you like what is on the site, but changes might need to occur if you aren’t overly pleased with the present situation or if you have other tastes in plants. Of course it is typically easy to  … Read more

Mulch Basics

First of all any type of organic mulch is helpful in most garden bed situations. The majority of mulches are very beneficial because they break down over time and enrich the soil. But there are some exceptions, if someone uses rock or stones or the newer versions of plastic mulches, those won’t degrade. These are  … Read more

More Herbs

Previously we wrote about the basic herbs one can grow easily in a home garden, basically in pots. Of course herbs can be grown in the ground also but the majority of them need really well drained soil which is what makes pots a nice method for being sure their roots don’t stay too wet.  … Read more

Mature Tree Maintenance

For anyone who has ever lived through a big windstorm or even a good thunderstorm knows that the trees you love sometimes become perceived as the ‘enemy’. This problem can be minimized with good maintenance plans throughout the years, although some storms will take down trees no matter what you do. Hopefully most storms will  … Read more