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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. […]
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 […]
August 13, 2015

Mid August Landscape Planning

It’s early to mid-August and while the calendar points toward cooler weather on the horizon, it still seems like there’s a lot of summer left. However, every year I’m rather shocked at how quickly these last few “growing season” months and weeks pass. It seems like there’s more than enough time to plan and execute those fall landscape projects that […]
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