When Should You Remove Winter Mulch From Perennials?

Posted Posted in Flowers, Mulch

In many regions of the country, tucking your perennials in for the long, cold winter requires the spreading of a protective blanket of mulch. Doing this will help your plants resist the temptation to wake up during premature warming periods and put out growth that will only be damaged when cold weather returns. An insulating […]

How to Build a Rain Garden for Catching Rainwater

Posted Posted in Rainwater

If you’re concerned that the run-off from rainstorms and snowmelt coming off of your rooftops, patios, and driveways will cause localized flooding, standing water issues, or soil erosion in your carefully designed and maintained landscape, take heart. There’s a low-tech, organic way to control these potential problems that won’t take much time or cost a […]

How To Prepare Your Home Landscaping For Fall

Posted Posted in Landscaping

The start of school this year may not have been surrounded by the usual end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall fanfare, but signs that the seasons are advancing in their usual inexorable way are still upon us. Mid-Atlantic mornings are becoming cooler, and big box stores are breaking out the “Happy Fall, Y’All” knickknacks. And if you’re a gardener, you […]

Protect Your Garden from Summer Storms

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“Chance of late afternoon thunderstorms” is a part of nearly every meteorologist’s forecast between May and October. Even on the sunniest summer day, the possibility exists for dark clouds, high winds, pounding rain—even hail—when the right combination of cool and warm air, humidity, and other triggers are present. Humans and pets can take cover indoors, […]

Late Summer Flower Garden Care

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Gardeners are known to pore over seed catalogues and websites during the long winter—planning and plotting their garden’s layout and plantings. In most areas, April and May are the months when we condition the soil, dig, plant, fertilize, and water—with fingers crossed. June is the time of hoping and enjoying, as new growth springs from […]