Tag Archive | plants

Sustainability. It’s more than a buzzword

The search for sustainability is creeping into all corners of our lives, not the least of which is our landscaping. That’s because living plants lend themselves to sustainability better than inanimate environments. The Cambridge dictionary defines sustainability as the ability to continue at a particular level for a period of time. Applied to landscapes, sustainability […]

How To Keep Your Thumb Green This Winter

I just saw a Facebook post that read, “A garden and a book. That’s all I need.” How true! With the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, this is a good philosophy to have if you’re a gardener. Winter isn’t the best season of the year for those who like the feel of dirt […]

Protecting Your Landscape From Snow & Ice

Our recent snowfall should act as a warning that winter really is coming soon. However, it’s still possible to protect your landscape while also keeping your family and visitors safe this winter. When the snow begins piling up, that’s not the time to have the work done. Many winter preparation projects should have been done […]

Refresh Your Flowering Plants

As you sit on your patio surveying your kingdom (see last week’s post), check out the annuals you planted in the spring. Are the flowers still colorful and plentiful? They should be if you’ve kept them watered and deadheaded. Those that don’t look so perky can still be changed out for new plants. You may […]

Plant Mums For A Head Start On Fall Color

Fall color is one of the scenic attractions to our area. However, leaves aren’t our only fall color. Flowers provide us with fall color as well. The chrysanthemum, or mum, is the first plant that comes to mind. Mums are beginning to arrive at your favorite garden center, and everywhere else that sells plants. They’re […]

Why Fertilize?

Fertilizer companies advertise their product as plant food. Who would want to starve a plant by withholding food? So, people buy the product. According to the late tree biologist, Dr. Alex Shigo, however, plants make their own food so fertilizer is not plant food. Good soil is full of minerals, beneficial fungi and bacteria, and […]

Moving Away From Only Native Plants

Good news! The pendulum is swinging from strictly native plants to include some non-natives. Until very recently, many garden purists would only plant U.S. native plants, believing that introduced plants were responsible for a host of environmental woes. Many would limit their plant palette to only those that were native to their own locale. Those […]