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Tweet Christmas is over and the presents have all been opened, but there’s still a way to give your family an extra “something special” with that old wreath or tree. Chipping your Christmas greens and other yard waste into winter mulch creates a pile of very versatile material that all gardens need. Plus, you’ll feel […]

Tweet This summer our town cut out all insect control and the tiger mosquitoes had a blast pouncing on us every time we went out in the yard. From now on though, I’ve got other bug control plans and I’m hoping you’ll join me. Part of building and maintaining your green yard is attracting beneficial […]

Tweet Overnight, a very strange dirt mound appeared in the planting bed next to the kitchen door. I noticed it immediately because the large pile of yellow sand clay granules contrasted well with my ebony bark mulch. Off to one side was a half-inch diameter hole, so I knew right away some creature had come […]

Tweet Today I was delighted to see a late but large bloom from our new Swamp Hibiscus. A native plant of the southeastern United States, Hibiscus coccineus is also known as the Texas Star Hibiscus, probably due to its showy red star-shaped flowers. I have had so much fun gardening this year. I’ve been gradually […]

Tweet In celebration of today’s date 09/09/09, I’m giving you nine of my favorite native fall fruiting plants that are beautiful and benefit the birds in your yard this fall and winter. According to the National Wildlife Federation, now is an excellent time in the southeast to plant native fruiting trees and shrubs. Nurseries and […]