Winter Landscaping for the Birds

One of the best ways to bring movement and color to your yard in the winter is to attract birds. All creatures need shelter, water, and food to survive, and birds are no exception.  The better we are at providing these things for our feathered friends, the more likely we will be to attract them to our property.  So what …

Winter Invasive Plant Management

Depending on the size of your property, there may be quite a number of gardening projects you can tackle in the winter.  One of these projects could be invasive plant removal.  Invasive plants are foreign plants that can overrun an area, choke out other plants and limit diversity.  One of the reasons that winter is a great time to tackle …

Support Your Local Environmental Groups

When was the last time you drove over a bridge and appreciated a pretty stream below?  Or walked down a trail through quiet woods? Or stopped to watch a fox trotting through a meadow? If you have done any of these things recently, there is a good chance that you can thank your local environmental organization for the opportunity and …

Why do they talk like that?

I used to work at a garden center, where the owner almost disdainfully talked about horticulturists as ‘Latin speakers’.  I believe he thought people were snobbish, or were trying to appear highly educated when they used the botanical names for plants.  If that is not the reason, why do people use a dead language, like Latin, when discussing plants? The …

Sustainable Landscapes

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Henry David Thoreau Before we can thoughtfully discuss sustainable landscapes, we should define a sustainable landscape. “A sustainable site links natural and built systems to achieve balanced environmental, social and economic outcomes and improves quality of life and the long-term …