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July 25, 2018
Two developing Ratibida pinnata flower heads interacting

Is Your Garden Social? Why a Plant Community Approach works!

Social Networks are everywhere! Would you believe that plants have them too? According to plant scientists, this is exactly the case. A brief introductory article noted below introduces the world of microorganisms called the phytomicrobiome that abounds in and around plants and how the connections and communications between all these organisms and the plant itself benefit the plant. As noted […]
September 8, 2016
A nice stand of blooming Sweet Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

6 Key Principles for Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

An underappreciated yet highly valuable benefit of a natural landscape is resilience to weather extremes, including drought. A thoughtful, established natural landscape is the next best thing to xeriscaping when it comes to dealing with drought conditions. But unlike xeriscaping a high quality natural landscape also offers resilience when the weather returns to normal or even swings to overly wet. […]
April 27, 2016

2 Key Strategies in the War with Weeds

In this post I want to focus on just two key interrelated high-level strategies in the war with weeds in the context of natural landscaping: 1 – where to first focus weeding efforts 2 – timing of weeding efforts My own definition of a weed is “a plant in a place where it’s not wanted”.  That’s a broad and generous […]
March 15, 2016
Cratageus x 'Winter King' (Hawthorn) 10 years of pruning

Pruning and the Art of Landscape Design

This is the time of year when my landscape efforts focus on pruning.  This year we’ve had a chance to get out on the early side and I’ve already done most of my pruning, but we’re still well within the ideal period for dormant pruning. I’ll admit I really enjoy pruning, and for many reasons.  I like getting out early […]
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