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Date Archive for August, 2011

Landscapes and Hurricanes

We wish you the best on the East Coast with Irene bearing down this coming weekend.  We found this good resource for making sure you are prepared in your landscape and also go here for tips on operating chain saws and other outdoor power equipment safetly. Some tips to consider: BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES: When [...]

Water soothes in the yard

Having a water feature in the yard brings instant calm – and variety – to the landscape.  Ponds, for one, can be a soothing and vibrant landscape addition.  Soothing, because we all know how watching fish and hearing water brings instant calm. Vibrant, because within days of starting a backyard pond, you will see a [...]

Plant more plants, it’s that simple

We found a web site that has a nice, simple motto:  Plant more plants.  The information revolves around the Chesapeake Bay but touches on a choice we all have – do we want more ‘concrete jungles’ or do we want more plants?  I think we know the answer to that question.  Plantings help reduce runoff [...]

Varied Landscapes Can Be a Bountiful Idea

A recent article discusses how horticulture is now melding ideas from the agriculture and ornamental sphere.  It’s no longer a choice between – do I grow food or do I plant some beautiful perennials and some lawn for the kids?   You can weave both types of plants to create a varied, productive and bountiful home [...]

Outdoor time makes us more caring

We wanted to share a 2009 study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin that highlights another benefit of getting outdoors and into Nature. According to the coauthor: “Stopping to experience our natural surroundings can have social as well as personal benefits,” says Richard Ryan, coauthor and professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University [...]