Gardening Tips

8 Steps to Building an Island Oasis

Island OasisHave you dreamt about having an island oasis of plants in the middle of your lawn to enhance your landscaping?

Have you envisioned a retaining wall around that island of plants?

An island of plants with a retaining wall around it may be the envy of the neighborhood. The retaining wall can protect your lawn and your plants. Plus, let’s be honest. It looks great. With help from the Backyard Gardening Blog, today we are going to breaking up how to build a retaining wall in only eight easy steps.

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

Fruits and VegetablesAre you aware of which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a shopper’s guide every year. The shoppers guide is a list of 47 fruits and vegetables that are organized by fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides to the least. Within that one list, there are two separate lists.

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The Fab Five Herbs to Grow At Home

HerbsDo you love to cook with fresh herbs?

Herbs can turn something good you are cooking into something great. However, if you do not already have an herb collection, purchasing various herbs can be expensive, especially fresh herbs.

Today, we are going to talk about the fabulous five herbs that everyone should grow. Growing your own herbs will not only save you money, but it was also make your home smell beautiful.

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The Drought of 2012

Drought WarningHave you seen the cost of corn go up due to the drought?   How is your landscaping reacting to the lack of rain?

If you have not seen prices inch higher, you soon will. America is experiencing drought-like conditions across the entire county. Michigan alone had their 10th driest June on record and then had record setting heat in the first week of July.

The US Drought Monitor, last updated on July 3, 2012, can help to visualize that our county is mostly covered in “Abnormally Dry” conditions.  How do drought-like conditions  impact our enviornmental and economical standard of living?

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Will Talking To Your Plants Help Them Grow?

Talking to plantsWe have all heard that plants are social and talking to them helps them grow, but is that true?

The weather is hot and we are all looking for ways to keep our plants happy and healthy. Price Charles of England said, “I just come and talk to the plants, really. Very important to talk to them; they respond.”

Could talking to your plants help them to them to grow? Penn State and The Discovery Channel had set out to answer that question.

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5 Steps to Plant Container Roses

How to Plant Container RosesWelcome back to Rose Friday. We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Rose Friday is our weekly series where we discuss how to care for roses. Last week we talked how to plant bare root roses in 7 Steps to Planting Bare-Root Roses.

Are you trying to plant container roses?

On this hot summer Friday, we are taking a close look at how to plant container roses and we are going to show you how to plant container roses in just 5 steps.

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6 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive Scorching Heat

6 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive Scorching HeatHave you been wondering how your landscape will make it through this summer?

With temperatures above 90 degrees, we are all watching our landscapes struggling to stay alive. With yellow spots on our lawns and our plants withering, we may wonder if all our hard work gone to waste. Today, we are going to discuss how to help your landscape survive this scorching heat. Your hard work does not have to be wasted and with a little help your landscape will be back to looking as beautiful as ever.

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How to Choose the Right Mulch for Your Landscaping – Part 2

How to Choose the Right Mulch for Your Landscaping - Part 2This is the second post in a two part series on mulch. On Monday, we discussed two different types of mulch, inorganic and organic, in How To Choose The Right Mulch For Your Landscaping Part 1.  Today, we will be taking a more in depth look into how choose the right mulch for your landscaping.

Are you trying to decide what type of mulch is best for your landscape?

Designing your landscape can be very exciting from picking out trees and stones, to selecting flowers and of course, mulch. Mulch is becoming more and more prominent. So how do you know what type of mulch is right for your landscape?

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How to Choose the Right Mulch for Your Landscaping – Part 1

Landscaping mulchThis is the beginning of a two part series on mulch. During this series, we will be taking a deeper look at mulch and how to determine the best mulch for your landscape.

Having a difficult time picking out mulch for your landscape?

Mulch. It is rare to see a landscape without mulch these days. The use of mulch is growing and is becoming a popular accent to many yards. Not only can mulch improve the aesthetics of your yard, it can also cut down weeding, increase the fertility of your soil and help to conserve the soil’s moisture.

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How to Care For Roses

How to care for rosesDo you love roses?

Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers. They are romantic, apologetic and welcoming. Roses can brighten someone’s day and communicate love.  It is one flower that is truly powerful. However, having a rose garden can be a bit challenging.  Different types of roses require different types of care.

Today is the start of our new series, Rose Fridays. Rose Fridays is a series where we will discuss tips on growing and caring for roses.

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