Plants

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

  Like the skin of the human body, a tree’s bark protects it from injury and illness. When damaged, it can mean the loss of branches and, in some cases, the ...

With few exceptions, keep invasive species out of landscape

With few exceptions, keep invasive species out of landscape

Growing up in Northern Illinois, I watched my Dad walk into the woods on our property several times a year to spray the garlic mustard. Originally from Europe, this invasive ...

Small plants give landscapers design options aplenty

Small plants give landscapers design options aplenty

Sometimes good things do come in small packages – beautiful things, too. Every year, plant breeders develop new varieties with improved pest, disease and drought resistance. Many of these introductions ...

Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight

Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight

Robust fungal pathogen puts regulators on search & destroy footing Although the latest boxwood blight alarms are going off in Alabama, landscapers in every region of the country where the popular ...

Five reasons your clients should consider ‘bee-scaping’

Five reasons your clients should consider ‘bee-scaping’

‘Bee-scaping’ invites struggling population into your clients’ yards As bee populations decline, public awareness of the problem – known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – is increasing. More Americans also are ...

9 ways to kill a plant … or not

9 ways to kill a plant … or not

When a plant dies, the landscape looks bad. And so do you. Maybe Mother Nature is to blame, or any one of a host of factors beyond your control. But dead ...

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

After a seven-month conflict with her homeowner’s association (HOA), Carlsbad, California, resident Tracee Buck finally has the water-saving yard she wants. Buck decided to let her lawn die and replace ...

Pollinator project receives funding to focus on rights-of-ways in eight states

Pollinator project receives funding to focus on rights-of-ways in eight states

A new partnership between Bayer CropScience (Bayer) and Integrated Vegetation Management Partners (IVM Partners) is aimed at improving pollinator and wildlife habitats on public rights-of-way across eight states. Bayer has ...

Japanese company acquires U.S. landscaping business

Japanese company acquires U.S. landscaping business

Acting on its strategy for expansion into the United States, a Japanese horticulture company acquired its first U.S. landscape firm, Rolling Greens, a 40-year-old business based in Clinton, Maryland, with ...

Ornamental grass recognized as ‘Super Plant’ by LSU

Ornamental grass recognized as ‘Super Plant’ by LSU

A relatively new, variegated version of purple fountain grass called Fireworks has joined the henna coleus as one of the “Super Plants of 2015,” as designated by Louisiana State University’s ...

Design/build: Build a rain garden

Design/build: Build a rain garden

Rain gardens may look like any other garden, but they have a secret: They’re incredible problem-solvers. “Their main purpose is to capture water runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops, ...

Add color to a shady landscape with these vibrant plants

Add color to a shady landscape with these vibrant plants

  A place in the shade is certainly comfortable, but it can also be colorful with the addition of these shade-loving flowers and plants. New Guinea Impatiens provide annual color in shady ...

How-to: Incorporating edible gardening

How-to: Incorporating edible gardening

Incorporating edibles is a trend worth digging into Call it gardening, edible landscaping or urban agriculture, but the motive is the same: More people want to grow their own food. According ...

Plants: Planting for multi-season interest

Plants: Planting for multi-season interest

How to design landscapes that shine throughout the year  Summer is often the height of a landscape’s beauty, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Plants that don’t fade after ...

Cacti having a moment in the sun

Cacti having a moment in the sun

California landscapers are helping homeowners reimagine their yards as the state suffers through an epic drought. Solutions to Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a 25-percent reduction in water use ...

Deflect noise pollution to create calming spaces

Deflect noise pollution to create calming spaces

A beautiful backyard retreat can be anything but serene when bombarded by noise pollution such as the sounds of traffic, airports, schools and rail lines. Studies have shown that noise pollution ...

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