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14 Nov
2017

Georgia Butterfly Host Plants – Backyard Habitat

  Georgia Butterfly Host Plants An important factor to consider when planning a butterfly garden is what you will include as host plants for caterpillars to feed from. Butterfly host plants offer a site for the butterfly to lay their eggs which will also be a food source for the caterpillars once the eggs hatch...

08 Oct
2017

Shrubs for Butterfly, Bee and Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Food Source Plants for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens When creating a garden to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, shrubs are an important design element. Shrubs have a larger size than perennials so they offer a larger supply of nectar and pollen. They also provide shelter and permanent branches and twigs for caterpillars to..

25 May
2017
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Perennials to Attract Butterflies, Pollinators – Backyard Habitat

Food Source Perennial Plants for Butterflies, Moths and Native Bees With the increase in awareness regarding the decline of native bee populations, many home gardeners are now creating pollinator safe zones in their yard. These safe zones are areas where you don’t use chemicals or pesticide sprays but instead grow a selection of pollinator food..

02 May
2017

Energy Efficient Landscaping

Energy efficient landscaping is the way to go A thoughtfully designed landscape not only beautifies your property, it can also help you save energy. Well-placed plantings can cool your house in summer, warm it in winter, and save water year round. According to the Department of Energy, a landscape designed with conservation in mind saves..

04 Mar
2017

A Warm Welcome for Worms

Most people know that earthworms are a component of healthy soil. As they work their way through the dirt, worms aerate the soil and increase the soil’s ability to hold nutrients. The castings excreted by earthworms are an excellent fertilizer. Worms can also make soil more hospitable to plants by helping sandy soil to retain..

04 Mar
2017

Plan to Prune Trees and Shrubs

When early spring arrives, one of the first landscape tasks will be pruning some of your plants. Pruning ornamentals really means “thinning” them: selectively cutting back individual limbs to a side branch or main trunk. What you probably don’t want to do is to “hedge” your plant, or cut all branches to the same length...

04 Mar
2017

Shape your Crape the Right Way

Crape myrtle adds beauty to landscapes. It is hardy, drought resistant, and relatively disease free. Such a marvelous ornamental deserves our care and respect. So please, whatever you do, don’t “murder” your crape. That’s actually what landscapers jokingly call it when people cut back a crape myrtle’s large limbs and leave only stumps. What happens..

04 Mar
2017

Roses Are Red, Hydrangeas Are Blue . . . or Pink!

To Make Them Blue: The color of hydrangeas depends on the presence of aluminum and the acidity of the soil. In Georgia, the pH of the soil is usually low enough (pH 5.5 or lower) to allow plants to take up enough aluminum to produce beautiful blue flowers. To keep them blue, you can add..

04 Mar
2017

Low Down on Mulch – Gardening Care

Low-Down on Mulch Mulch is a favorite because it unifies the overall look of landscaping and promotes healthy plant growth. When properly applied, mulch suppresses weeds and helps the soil retain water. It also insulates plants’ roots, cooling them in the summer and warming them in the winter. Here are some things to think about..

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