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
Time to Plant the Sunflowers!
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!
It’s Thyme for National Herb Week
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
Growing Up in the Garden
School gardens are nothing new. The first recorded school garden program in Europe was in 1811 and the first of the American school gardens was in 1891. Victory gardens in the United States School Garden Army (USSGA) became popular during WWI. The goal was to incorporate an agriculture curriculum into public school education. At that time, the schools grew relief gardens during the Great Depression and they were used to raise the spirits of the local citizens and nourish the students and their families. During WWII, victory gardens were popular again. The green revolutions of the 1970s and … [Read more...] about Growing Up in the Garden
Fight March Winds with Windbreaks
A few properly placed shrubs and trees can significantly cut winter winds – and home energy costs.Wind affects the temperature inside your home by pushing the air you’re paying to heat out of cracks and openings in your home — a process called air infiltration. Sealing those cracks inside your house can help, but so can trees and shrubs outside the house.Dense evergreens planted on the north or northwest side of your home can help slow and deflect these winds. An understory of densely-branched shrubs can help to fill any gaps. The U.S. Department of Energy says that just three properly … [Read more...] about Fight March Winds with Windbreaks
The Therapeutic Power of Plants
Many people enjoy looking at plants and flowers and find it relaxing to dig in the dirt. But research and a growing number of horticulture therapy programs are showing that gardening holds serious healing power. Trained and certified therapists, including members of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), help clients treat physical and psychological conditions including PTSD, addiction, and dementia through gardening. According to the AHTA website, “Horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In … [Read more...] about The Therapeutic Power of Plants