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Date Archive for July, 2011

Hone in on the Zone, The Climate Zone That Is….

We often talk about climate zones in the U.S. and the importance of knowing which plants thrive in which zone. The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. But, did you also know there are heat [...]

The physical and mental rewards of getting outdoors

Summer time is the perfect time to get outdoors.  Granted, there are moments that heat and humidity make it dangerous to be outside for too long, but when the temperature allows, there are a multitude of physical and mental benefits to getting outside (and away from the  TV and other electronics).   A good article summarizes, [...]

Watering Triage

We like this Associated Press article that showed up in today’s Washington Post.  When summer starts to bake our plants and lawn, it does feel like we have to resort to watering triage to keep the plants alive during the worst of the heat. The article is full of good ideas, here are a few: [...]

Staycation in your Yard

Many people are taking ‘Staycations’ this year.  Staycations are a great way to save some money, but also to have quality time with the family in familiar surroundings.  And, it’s a great way to put your yard to great use.  Why not camp in the yard? Build a mini-golf course. Create your own family or [...]

Drought Tolerant Plants

There are plants for every location and climate condition – even unrelenting drought.  Check out this nice visual collection of drought tolerant plants that you may want to consider for your garden and landscape. Do you have a successful plant to share with us that can withstand heat and little rain?