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Smart landscaping can lower your Summer energy bills!
Can planting trees actually save you money?

Sometimes the Government really IS here to help
There's a lot of government-funded help out there for the asking, if you know where to look and what to ask for.

Trees and kids: Together, they can grow!
In a previous column, I came up with some ideas that you might find helpful when it comes to involving children in the world of plants. You might remember that I suggested planting a "butterfly bush" (Buddlea) and placing a butterfly house nearby.

Trees bring major benefits to urban areas
Sometimes you hear people say, "You can't see the forest for the trees." But in many towns and cities the real problem is that you can hardly see the trees at all. The reason is simple:

Trees form vital part of land's ecosystem
It seems that it's human nature to take for granted that which is always here. That's never more true than with trees and the soil they grow in. But what happens to our lives when they dwindle... or even vanish?

Trees need care too!
I am frequently asked questions that relate to caring for shrubs, plants, hedges and lawns. But it's not often that I get asked about caring for trees... until it's obvious the poor old tree is in some kind of serious – and probably...

Trees need water... but don’t overdo it!
Gardeners and landscapers have one thing in common with their “big brother” the farmer: complaining about the weather. Ask any farmer about rainfall and you’ll be told that it is nowhere near enough or it is way too much.

Trees, shrubs and lawns all have different watering needs
Mature trees look so sturdy and invulnerable, it can be hard to imagine that they need to be treated as delicate infants until they are well established. Several readers have recently written to me with questions relating to tree care...

Turn so-so soil into loam and plants will thrive
Spring is here at last and landscape lovers are happily getting soil under their fingernails as they get back to planting their new shrubs and trees.

Unusual plants add unique look to landscape
Today, I have a few ideas for you as you begin to think about next season. These plants aren’t particularly exotic or unusual. But maybe they weren’t the first ones that come to mind...

Upgrading your landscape really does “pay”
Does it really pay to improve your landscaping? After all, it doesn’t look TOO bad. What difference could better landscaping make?

Use shrubs in Landscape Design
Shrubs suitable for planting on banks or slopes have suckering root systems or branches that root where they touch the ground...

Water gardens can be “contained” on your patio
In previous columns, we’ve discussed water features for your landscape. We’ve also talked about container gardening, particularly container herb gardens to set up by your kitchen door. How about combining the idea of a container garden and a water?

First time caller :) long time reader. I have a water delima.

Watering trees not always as simple as it seems!
Watering a tree sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? But trees, particularly new, young trees, can suffer irreparable damage when they are subjected to incorrect or insufficient watering.

Your "edible landscape:" more than just apples!
In a previous column, I discussed the enjoyment you can derive from planting "edible landscape" or trees and bushes that produce fruit. The emphasis then was on apples and the benefits of some of my favorite varieties. However, there's no need to...

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