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What to Know When Working With a Professional Landscape Designer

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Working with a professional landscape designer can be a very rewarding experience. Professional designers can turn your dreams and ideas into reality and may help you avoid costly mistakes in the process. They consider the site, seasonal changes, plant requirements, spacing, wildlife, and your vision, and put it all on paper. A landscape designer is a professional who can dream …

Easy Ways to Attract Birds to your Yard

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Did you ever wonder, why birds returning to our area each spring bring joy and hope to people of all ages? Maybe it is their hustle and bustle of activity as the weather warms. Or maybe it is the beauty and apparent fragility of these tiny creatures. Or maybe it is that they sing. Henry David Thoreau wrote of the …

A Monarch caterpillar is eating the leaves of a milkweed plant.

Why You Should Love Bugs in Your Backyard

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Many people are aware of the threats to Monarch Butterflies and honeybees, yet they do not like other bugs. While these pollinators are very important, maybe we should start looking at ecosystems as a whole. Several recent studies have measured insect populations, and they have yielded some alarming results. Overall, it appears that worldwide insect populations have dropped as much as …

Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) fruit ripening on the plant makes a nice addition to an edible landscape

Great Tasting, Edible Plants for Your Landscape

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

You probably know that local produce is fresher and tastier, better for the local economy, and uses less resources in transportation than produce from farther away. But did you know it can be easy to grow your own? To add edible plants to your yard, read on. Some of the ways may surprise you! Add Edible Plants With Trees One …

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Choose These Beautiful Native Spring Plants Instead of Traditional Bulbs

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Most people love spring bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips planted in the fall reward gardeners who plan ahead with some of the first blooms of spring. However, none of these plants are native to North America. So add some of these native plants to your garden and celebrate the excitement of spring while benefiting nature! Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginiana) A …

Small plants are being grown on tables in a greenhouse for future sales.

How to Buy the Best Plants for Your Garden

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Now that spring is here it seems like potted plants are everywhere. Grocery stores, big box stores, and produce stands all have plant displays to entice you into buying. If you find it difficult to resist, follow these guidelines on how to buy plants to make the best purchases. Basic Plant Buying Guidelines Rule number one is, do not buy …

Professional gardeners use tricks of the trade to manage properties efficiently. Photo by Nick Yates.

Save Time with Tips from Garden Pros

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Professional gardeners have developed many time saving hacks to get the most out of their efforts. Use these tips to help you work smarter, not harder, towards a beautiful, well-kept, and healthy garden. Use the Right Tool Good hand tools are a gardener’s best friend. For example, high-quality pruners last for years and make pruning much easier than using dull …

Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor) is a valuable rain garden plant

How to Design and Install Rain Gardens

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

We love rain gardens. We may be partial because over the years we’ve designed and built some really successful rain gardens for properties of all shapes and sizes. Also, there’s something special about a landscape that is beautiful and also highly functional. Now, if you’re like many of the clients and friends we talk to about rain gardens, you’re probably …

Mulching; Important Things You Should Know

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

Spring is the time of year for property cleanups and mulching beds. When it comes to mulching, there is more to know than you might initially think. Follow some advice from the experts to select the right type, do it correctly, and spend your money wisely. Described below are some of the benefits of mulch, types of mulch, problems caused …

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How to Solve Drainage and Erosion Problems

Jennifer NicholsField Notes

With larger and more frequent storms, it is important to understand how to manage drainage and erosion on your property. Learn the do’s and don’ts of managing stormwater by reading these tips! Drainage Drainage is the act of removing water from a site. If done too quickly, drainage causes erosion. If done too slowly, yards and basements are soggy and …