Nothing is more welcoming in the office, waiting room, or conference room than lush greenery. The benefits of plants in the workplace are well documented. They remove pollutants, help workers relax and refocus, increase productivity, and make the office look better. So why aren’t they everywhere? Maybe it’s because of those irritating little hitchhikers, those gnats that hover around potted plants and in the window. It is easy to imagine them flying into your eyes and nose. Could they be eyeballing your lunch? Those are fungus gnats (Bradysia spp.) … [Read more...] about Hitchhikers on the Office Plants
“The beauty of a plant is not just the plant itself, but all of the other organisms it can bring into your garden.” – Dr. Gail Langellotto, Oregon State University If you love watching wildlife, you’ll love having native plants around because these are the plants that really bring in the bees, butterflies and birds. And because they’re naturally adapted to local climate and soils, native plants are great candidates for low-input and low-maintenance landscapes. Properly selected and established, natives can be beautiful, super functional, and largely problem free.Native plants are the … [Read more...] about Bring Life to Your Landscape with Native Plants
American Flowers Week celebrates flower-growing in all 50 states Here's a creative way to engage gardeners in an interactive celebration of the annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs in their backyards. It's called American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) -- based on a free and inclusive social media campaign that highlights U.S.-grown cut flowers. Launched in 2015, the home-grown campaign is part of Slow Flowers Society's advocacy, education and outreach efforts. American Flowers Week invites all flower lovers (gardeners, florists and growers) to celebrate beauty, sustainability and joy … [Read more...] about Red, White & Bloom!
Many of us lawn care nuts want our outdoor spaces to look as gorgeous and inviting as possible. Lawn maintenance is an important aspect of owning a home, but sometimes we can slip up on our lawn care calendar.When it comes to severely damaged, neglected, or stressed lawns, it can be hard to determine if the lawn can be rejuvenated or requires a new installation—especially if the grass is brown. Most of us hope for the former possibility, however, a brand-new lawn has its perks as well. In some cases such as a severe freeze, a helpful trick to determine the difference between a lawn that can be … [Read more...] about Lawn Rejuvenation vs. Replanting – How to Know When Your Lawn Needs Help or Replacing
The Sunflower is one of the most popular genera of flowers for the garden and is one reason it was chosen as the annual in National Garden Bureau’s 2021 Year of the Sunflower. Gardeners gravitate to these bold, easy-to-grow flowers either for cut flowers or floriferous shrubs or head-turning focal points.Choosing which variety to grow is the hard part! Single stem sunflower varieties are best for high-density plantings and produce consistently beautiful flowers on tall stems. Succession planting will be needed for continuous blooms throughout the season. Branching … [Read more...] about Time to Plant the Sunflowers!
National Herb Week, established by the International Herb Association, is the week prior to Mother’s Day. Celebrate National Herb Week by adding herbs to your garden.Growing herbs benefits you and supports your garden’s pollinators. Herbs can be used for many reasons: culinary, teas, and beverages, medicinal, aromatherapy, dyes, ornamental, crafts, cosmetics, and toiletries. According to the Herb Society of America, herbs are “plants (trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, biennials, or annuals) valued historically, presently, or potentially” for their use to humans. Often these uses … [Read more...] about It’s Thyme for National Herb Week