Fall & Winter Deer Damage

So you think you’re out of the woods with deer damage now that leaves have fallen? Think again. Bucks are rubbing their antlers on trees this time of year and it’s important to protect your trees- whether they’re newly installed or as large as six inches in diameter!   Why do bucks rub? Bucks go through a cycle of growing …

Update: Monarch Populations

Last September, I wrote an article on Monarch butterfly migration and noted that Monarch butterfly populations are in severe decline. In fact, the winter of 2013 recorded the lowest population of butterflies returning to Mexico ever with populations reduced by 90% over the last 25 years. So this year, as summer draws to a close and these incredible insects prepare …

Nightclubs or Nurseries: Which will you provide for your butterflies?

The problem with butterfly garden design these days is that they tend to be butterfly nightclubs. Basically, these gardens are for adults. Take the ubiquitous butterfly bush (Buddlia davidii) for example. You may find it covered with butterflies, but where are the caterpillars? Besides the fact that butterfly bush is now on many invasive species lists, it provides virtually no …

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Shady Garden Plants for Summertime

By now all of you GreenWeaver fans should have your native shade tree planted on the southwest corner of your house for energy efficiency, wildlife habitat, and comfort just in time for the summer heat! The next question is: What do you plant under it? Or in any shady location on your property? We all know that turf grass does …

Add Some Flavor to Your Landscape

What a great time of year! Flowers are blooming, the weather is nice, days are longer, and one of my favorite things about this season: local produce is becoming readily available at neighborhood markets! Local produce not only tends to be fresher and tastier than produce shipped from farther away, it is better for the local economy, and uses less …

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Green City, Clean Waters

Go Philly! Did you know that the city of Philadelphia leads the nation in: Commuter Biking Per capita consumption of sweatshirts and sweatpants Life sciences research and development Stormwater management Pretty cool stuff! And although I certainly have opinions about the whole list, I can only speak intelligently about the last item, so let me explain a little about Philadelphia’s …

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Water in the Garden

Every garden can benefit from a water feature. From still reflecting pools to vibrant fountains, water adds an important element to our outdoor spaces. Water also brings life to a garden, figuratively, as well as literally. So in deciding how we want to incorporate water into our spaces, let’s look at several considerations. Purpose Water can perform many functions in …

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Filling bare spots in your garden

Gardens are never static. Whether you started out with an excellent design and installation, or made smaller changes to an existing landscape over time, how do you know when you are “done”? The answer of course, is never. As we all know, in every garden some plants will thrive while others languish. Trees may grow and shade out a previously …

Snow in the forecast? Manage snow safely & effectively

Whether you can’t wait until the first flurries fall, or you spend the winter dreaming of the warmer days of spring and summer, we should all know how best to manage snow on our own properties. In doing this, safety of course is the primary concern. But in addition to safety, there are a few other considerations, such as cost, …

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Alternatives to Traditional Bulbs

Most gardeners know that fall is the time to plant bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips planted in the fall will reward gardeners that plan ahead with some of the first blooms of spring. As an environmental landscape designer and a proponent of using native plants, I have to admit, these spring flowering bulbs are one of the exceptions to a …