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November Garden To-Do List

With the holidays around the corner, the last thing most of us are thinking about is the landscape. However, there is still much to do in the garden to have a safe and beautiful winter, as well as a productive spring. Protect trees and shrubs from buck rub and deer browse. Learn more about how to protect your plants here. Clear …

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October Garden To-Do List

We’re officially into fall and our gardens are gradually going to sleep– but they won’t go quietly! Watch over the next couple of weeks for amazing bursts of lemon yellow, shimmery gold, bright orange, and crimson red. Protect sensitive plants from frost when the forecast calls for it. First frost advisory for our area is October 15th. Assess your fall perennials …

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Why Hire a Gardener?

If you are a homeowner with a demanding schedule, an experienced horticulturist is a great asset to your garden. You may have a place you use to relax, entertain, or just enjoy the view from the kitchen window, but sometimes you may not know where and how to start maintaining it or you can’t find the time to keep up …

The Low Maintenance Garden

If there’s one landscape design request I receive more than anything, it’s “…and I want it to be low maintenance”. And who can blame them. Most people don’t want to spend their evenings and weekends weeding. So here’s how I respond and how I plan my designs. First, there’s no such thing as a “no maintenance garden”. There will always …

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How to Buy Plants

Now that spring is here it seems like potted plants are everywhere. Grocery stores, big box stores, and produce stands all have plant displays front and center to entice you into buying. If you are like me and find these green gems difficult to resist, here are a few guidelines to ensure that you make wise purchases. Garden Centers vs …

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Landscaping for Curb Appeal: Getting the most out of your home

As someone who has been in the landscape industry for many years, I have often heard that good landscaping increases property values 15%. Upon a quick internet search, I found numbers ranging from 8% to 20%. Regardless of actual numbers, in real estate, professionals consistently recommend increasing the curb appeal of your home. So what steps should you take to …

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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 …

Pruning… Oh, the pain!

Let’s face it, pruning can be a real pain in the . . . wrist – or hand — or forearm. A couple hours spent squeezing a pruning tool with the force and repetition required to remove from a landscape its unwanted shoots and branches may cause muscle tenderness or even debilitating pain within 12-24 hours. This kind of post-pruning …

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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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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 …