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Category: Gardening Tips
08 Apr
2020
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Embrace Your Outdoor Space – As Is!

Well, this is not the spring I’d planned. I’m sure it’s not the one you’d planned either. But it’s the one we’ve got. So I say, let’s work with it. To every client—past, present and future—every gardener, aspiring gardener and mud pie maker, every friend and reader:  I wish I could come right over and..

23 Mar
2020

I’m OK…You’re Still Pruning

Last October—October 2nd to be exact—we had a little blog chat about pruning. Remember? I was on my annual crusade against general, indiscriminate pruning in late fall, and I promised if you put away the shears and loppers then, the time would come in the spring when it would be okay to bring them out..

20 Feb
2020

Discover Native Groundcovers

When it comes to groundcovers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Shady, shallow-root areas under tree crowns, where nothing else wants to grow. Steep hillsides and banks, where erosion washes away anything trying to grow, along with the soil and nutrients. No-longer-wanted expanses of lawn, where mowing, thatching, fertilizing and watering don’t make for..

04 Feb
2020

Dentist Adopts Garden Hygiene

My dentist was keeping me in the dark. It wasn’t his dental practice, per se. It was his gardening practices. He had allowed the garden in front of his office to become so unruly and overgrown that the bushes and trees completely blocked the windows—and virtually all the natural light. I offered him a deal: ..

09 Jan
2020

Don’t Be a Fair-Weathered Friend

What’s blooming now? The birds! While the flowers in our Northeast Georgia gardens are down for a long winter’s nap, the birds are carrying the water for Mother Nature when it comes to providing color and kick outdoors. Unfortunately, it’s easy to be fair-weather friends to the loyal avian pals that stick it out with..

08 Jan
2020

Creating an Edgy Garden

Edgy isn’t always where you want to be. You can feel mighty edgy after catching the red-eye from LaGuardia seated next to an unhappy infant. You might not want to wear that edgy outfit at a funeral. But when it comes to lawns and gardens, edgy is almost always a good thing. Edging garden beds..

18 Dec
2019

Designer Composting…Seriously?

I read in an article the other day that composting is going high-end. Yep, in some of the more avant-garde regions of the country, composting is becoming so fashionable that it’s being designed right into kitchen décor. Circular insets are being precision-cut right into Carrara marble countertops, through which food scraps are discretely dropped into..

04 Dec
2019

A Low-Maintenance Gift

This year, as shiny wrapping papers are being ripped off of boxes, and bows and ribbons are flying through the air, you should think about giving yourself a special gift, one of those gifts that really does keep on giving:  a low-maintenance garden. If you play your spades right, a low-maintenance garden will give you..

04 Dec
2019

Shop in Your Garden

Whether your winter celebrations are sacred, religious, cultural, pagan, pure retail or astronomical (Winter Solstice is December 22nd), I’ll bet you’d love to add some color and cheer to your surroundings during this coldest of seasons. Have you thought about sourcing your gardens and yard for decorations? You might be surprised at the variety of..

14 Nov
2019

Naked Landscape is Revealing

What’s blooming now in Northeast Georgia? Not much. (Thank goodness for pansies!) But the late fall/early winter season is actually a great time to get intimate with your garden and your overall landscape. It’s a chance to take in the lay of the land, the natural curves and bends, the gentle slopes and, yes, even..