How to Organically Fertilize Your Rose Garden

Organically Fertilize Rose GardenWelcome back to Rose Friday. Rose Friday is our weekly series where we discuss tips and how to care for roses. Last week, we talked about The 7 Different Types of Roses.

Would you like to fertilize your roses organically?

Are you wondering what the best fertilizer for your roses?

Once upon a time, fertilizer was known as one thing to gardeners and rose gardeners in particular, well-rotted cow manure. They would bring the manure in by the load, thickly spread it over their rose beds and knew they would have impressive results.

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Fabulous Gardening Tips and Tricks for August

August Gardening Tips & Tricks

How are the hot temperatures affecting your garden?

Are you looking for some tips for your garden this August?

Hot temperatures and droughts; this summer has been difficult on our plants and landscapes. For most of the country, August’s days a filled with hot temperatures and can make gardeners feel exasperated. However, the season is not over and may be an important month for your garden.

Here are some fabulous gardening tips for this August.

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How to Improve Your LEED Performance

Go GreenAre you trying to increase your LEED performance?

Do you want to make your watering system more ‘green’?

What Is LEED?

LEED stands for The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. It encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

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The 7 Different Types of Roses

7 Different Types of RosesWelcome back to Rose Friday. Rose Friday is our weekly series where we discuss tips and how to care for roses. Last week, we talked about What is the Best Rose?

Did you know there are 7 different types of Roses?

The roses that are most commonly known are the hybrid tea roses. However, there are other types of roses some that can reach 45 feet when tied to fences or supported by buildings and some that smell of honey. According to the All America Rose Selection, there are 7 types of roses and additional roses falling into those types. On this Rose Friday, we are going to take a look at the 7 different types of roses.

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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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How to Water Rose Bushes for Best Results

How to Water Rose Bushes Welcome back to Rose Friday. Rose Friday is our weekly series where we discuss tips and how to care for roses. Last week we talked Pruning and Help Tips and Tricks for Rose Bushes.

Are you wondering the best way to water your rose bushes?

To water plants in typical fashion is to water the surface of the soil. Today, we are going to discuss how to water your rose bushes for the best results.  According to Roses by James Underwood Crockett and the Editors of TIME-LIFE BOOKS, there are some ways to water that will not only provide you with a healthy rose garden, but will make your healthy rose garden the envy of the neighborhood. Your roses will reward you for watering them because roses love water.

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Update: The Drought of 2012

Drought CautionIt has been one hot summer and your landscape is feeling the heat and the effects of the drought.

Yesterday, the temperature soared to 101 degrees at Detroit Metro Airport at 2:30 p.m., tying the record for that date set in 1887 according to according to the National Weather Services’ meteorologist, Sara Schultz, in White Lake Township. Right now, you cannot drive through a neighborhood without seeing browning lawns, drying flowers and dying trees. Just a week ago, we posted an article about the current drought situation. Today, we would like to update you on the current status.

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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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