Organic Lawn Care Tips

One of my favorite things to do in the heat of summer is stand barefoot on a nice cool lawn. The grass feels cool and moist, and I like to squish my toes around in the blades of grass. It’s just one of those sensory experiences I truly enjoy. But what if that same lawn…

Planting Bare-Root Trees and Shrubs

Most gardeners are familiar with seeing plants in pots at a garden store. It is the most common way for plants to be packaged for consumers. However, there are benefits to planting bare-root trees and shrubs, and important steps to take in order to successfully transplant them. What is a Bare-Root Tree or Shrub? Until…

6 Winter-Blooming Shrubs for Your Garden

The days are shorter, the leaves have fallen, and the lawn is dormant. Except for squirrels hurriedly burying their treasures in your garden, it appears things have gone dark and dormant for the winter. With the exception of covering hose bibs and shoveling snow off of the sidewalk, most homeowners give little thought to their…

Tips for Growing Dahlias

In late summer and early autumn, dahlias are a great source of color and beauty in the garden. Mixed into a planting bed with ornamental grasses, woody shrubs, and other perennials, the showy flowers add drama and much needed color when many other plants are starting to wane. In an earlier article, we looked at…

5 Tips for Improving Your Home’s Value With Landscaping

Do you consider landscaping a long-term investment? If not, you probably should. According to the Appraisal Institute, good landscaping can not only increase a home’s value, but may also help sell a property much quicker. Here is what proper landscaping can do for you home: Increase curb appeal and entice buyers to check out the…

All About Dahlias: Dahlia Forms and Colors

One of my favorite exhibits when I visit the county fair in late summer is the dahlia exhibit. The flowers range in size from over 10 inches in diameter (known as giant) to under 2 inches (called mignon). I enjoy seeing the hundreds of different varieties, colors, and shapes; noting the ones I like the…

At a Loss About Lawn Moss? Here’s What to Do

Perhaps you’ve spent every weekend in your garden mowing, edging and weeding. Throughout the dry, hot months of summer, your lawn has looked great. Then fall comes, and with the change in weather, suddenly you’re seeing moss in your lawn. This is irritating, especially after toiling away to keep your lawn looking great all summer….

Your First Landscape: Tips for the First-Time Homeowner

You’ve purchased your first home. You’re all moved in. You have a backyard now, and spring is right around the corner. It’s time to start landscaping, right? OK, hold your horses. Let me give you a few basic landscaping tips for the first-time homebuyer before you go throwing down hundreds or even thousands of dollars…

5 Garden Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

When it comes to gardening, not everyone has a green thumb. Some people downright detest garden chores, but if you’re a homeowner, chances are that sooner or later you will have to do some yard work. When that time finally comes, it’s important to have the right tool for the job. The right tool can…

Crazy Landscaping Codes

I wrote previously about the importance of checking local building codes and homeowners association covenants before constructing any structures or embarking on any major landscape projects. While most building and landscaping codes exist for good reasons, there are some that can leave you baffled. We’ve all heard about municipalities that have crazy landscaping codes. Many…