Planting A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Planting A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Gardeners and homeowners should be aware that bees — both managed colonies of honeybees and wild bees alike — are in real danger simply because of Colony Collapse Disorderand other environmental factors. Research shows that wild honeybee populations have dropped 25 percent since 1990, and more than 50 pollinator species are threatened or endangered. Planting a pollinator-friendly garden may be one of the best ways to help these beneficial insects, say experts in Penn State’s…

Gardening is Good Excercise For Your Vascular Health

Gardening is Good Excercise For Your Vascular Health

Produce grown in your own backyard is fresh, nutritious, and economical.Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your vascular health. Better still, gardening is good exercise. Increasingly popular, Americans are applying their green thumbs in backyard, window box, rooftop, and community garden plots. They’re growing their own fruits (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, and melons) and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers). Their results are a health and wealth bonanza. One dollar invested in…

Deer in Garden:How To Identify

Deer in Garden:How To Identify

The first steps in preventing deer damage is recognizing it. Because deer have no upper incisor teeth, they tear their food, resulting in ragged, torn leaves. This is the most obvious indicator that you’re dealing with deer eating your plants, rather than rabbits or woodchucks. Another clear indicator of deer browsing is that the damage will usually occur from ground level to five feet up. If you can see from this evidence that deer are…

Insects and Pests Contribute To Healthy Garden and Environment

Insects and Pests Contribute To Healthy Garden and Environment

Insects are important contributors to maintaining healthy gardens and insect population levels are indicators of overall environmental health. As an example, healthy predatory insect populations such as ladybugs are necessary components of a sustainable pest management program. But ladybugs cannot live without aphids; the two insects are linked in a delicate dance of life and death. There are few organizations that are interested in monitoring insect populations and teaching the public about the value of…

Gardening Tools For Old Age Gardeners

Gardening Tools For Old Age Gardeners

A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder. Noel Valdes, the 67 year old owner of CobraHead LLC, has designed two garden tools that are finding a following with “baby boomer” and older garden enthusiasts while at the same time are being recognized by all gardeners as useful and well-made tools. Noel has been working on solutions to weeding his own large home vegetable…

Good Indoor Gardening Practices

Good Indoor Gardening Practices

Most houseplants are native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Tropicals generally like warmth. Since home and work space thermostats are usually kept between 60 and 80 degrees throughout the year, indoor temperatures are fairly comfortable for tropical plants. However, they won’t live long if temperatures dip below forty-five to fifty degrees (depending on the species). Drafty indoor locations near windows and exterior doorways may be problematic to plants most sensitive to cold…

Growing A Garden With Deer Resistant Plants

Growing A Garden With Deer Resistant Plants

Gardeners must be aware of deer-resistant plants.Deer favorites such as roses, daylilies and tulips are not the only showy, attractive garden plants around. One theme among many of the plants is fragrant foliage, such as that found on many herbs. One design scheme suggested is to combine purple-leaved basil (such as ‘Osmin Purple’) with silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina), and an accent of dusty miller (Senecio cinerarea) or ‘Moonshine’ yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’) for a splash of…

Basic Garden Mulching Practices

Basic Garden Mulching Practices

In nature, leaves and needles fall to the ground, creating an organic layer that protect and builds the soil. Local greenwaste mulch can offer the same advantage to the landscapes you design and maintain while increasing your profits. Making and using greenwaste mulch recycles plant material into a valuable tool for the landscape professional. Here are extremely important Mulch basics ; Before applying mulch, remove weeds and water thoroughly. You’ll get the best weed control…

Control Moles in Your Garden With Mole Traps

Control Moles in Your Garden With Mole Traps

High-energy mole food comes in the form of grubs, earthworms, beetles and beetle larvae, other insects, snails and spiders. Moles occasionally eat small amounts of plant parts. Their appetite is almost insatiable, and their favorite food is earthworms. Controlling white grubs will not eliminate moles as long as there are other food sources available. However, if the infestation is heavy, treating for grubs may significantly reduce the mole’s food source and, in turn, result in…

Fire-Resistant Plants For Home and Garden Safety

Fire-Resistant Plants For Home and Garden Safety

It is really important to make sure what you plant around your home will help keep it safe from a fire. What you plant could mean the difference between saving your home, or watching it burn. The lilacs would be a good shrub, spiraea, barberry, are all good choices, they’re mostly deciduous shrubs, and they have a lower burn point. Roses and lilies are also good plants for fire-prone areas. As a general rule, plants that hold…

Garden Hedges:Natural Green Screens

Garden Hedges:Natural Green Screens

Gardens with hedges are great green screens and make natural boundaries, wind breaks, sun shelters, borders and backdrops.There are best plants for hedging and you may choose the ones as you like. A small hedge that can be used as a border around the garden is Rosemary. Its compact and tight foliage gives a dense hedge that is also great for cooking. Medium hedges up to a metre high are perfect for lining paths and dividing a garden into rooms….

Maing A New Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Maing A New Sustainable Vegetable Garden

For a sustainable vegetable garden the first step to making your vegetable garden is sodbusting. Cover the lawn with a removable covering such as a tarp for four or more weeks, which kills the lawn by blocking sunlight. Alternatively, cover it with a biodegradable covering such as newspaper or cardboard topped with layers of finished compost, lawn clippings and leaves. Finish with a layer of garden soil on top of the organic materials. The effect…

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