Sustainable Landscaping

Happy New Gardening Year 2017

Here are a few ways to welcome in a brand new gardening year.

How to make aerated compost tea for your garden

If you’re a gardener who’s been conscientiously composting your kitchen waste and using the rich, crumbly material as a soil conditioner in your garden, it’s time to take your composting to the next level. By mixing that earthy concoction with water and allowing it to steep, you can create a beneficial tea loaded with the […]

What’s so special about honeybees?

Today may be the official end to National Pollinator Week, but the work of bees — and gardeners — continues. Please keep adding plants to your garden that attract bees with the nectar and pollen they need. Stop using pesticides in your garden that can harm bees. Register your pollinator garden with the Pollinator Partnership […]

Behold Some Important Facts About Bees

I hope the idea of National Pollinator Week has inspired you to consider ways to help the pollinators in your garden. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, there’s a book I’d like to recommend to you. “Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind” is a book from Dr. Stephen […]

Moth emerges from garage, lives to tell about it

When John was trimming the red twig dogwood shrubs earlier this season, he found a cocoon clinging to one of the newly pruned branches. The cocoon looked like a tightly wrapped bunch of leaves and it had some weight to it, too. He left the cocoon, still attached to its branch on the patio table […]

Solitary Bees Like These Simple Homes

There’s no place like home for a solitary bee, or so the old saying should go. While this week in June is set aside as National Pollinator Week, we really should celebrate pollinators every week of the year. One way to celebrate is to invite bees into your yard with little bee houses. The simple […]

Bats are Important Pollinators, too

During National Pollinator Week, it’s important to celebrate all of our pollinators — including bats. If you’ve ever enjoyed a refreshing margarita, thank a bat. The blue agave plant, from which Tequila is derived, depends on bats as pollinators. Because bats are valuable, but often misunderstood, I thought I’d republish my bat article that originally […]

The National Pollinator Network Needs Your Garden

Plant and bee counted! We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week and need gardeners across the country to join in. You don’t have to have a large garden; any size garden is an important part of the gardening network to help take care of pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. Every seed or  plant that […]

Plant for Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by planting the flowers bees, butterflies and hummingbirds like the most.

How to Transform a Landscape into a Xeriscape

About 16 years ago, after months of house hunting, the realtor stopped in front of a little ranch-style house and I instantly knew I was home. This one definitely had curb appeal and it spoke to me. The house was shaded by a large ash tree on one side of the yard and a small […]

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