Bring butterflies into your backyard

More than 700 species of butterflies thrive in the United States and southern portions of Canada. Just a little planning can get a few (or a few dozen) to visit your yard.

NURTURE WITH NATURAL NECTAR …

Many butterflies love nectar, but they seek their sweets from flowers alone. (Butterflies do not eat from hummingbirds’ sugar-water feeders.) A butterfly’s body parts tiny feet; a thin, straw-like proboscis (feeding tube); and delicate wings hint at the flower shapes that suit it best. The centers of daisy-type flowers (coneflowers, zinnias, sunflowers) give a butterfly a place to perch while feeding. Spikes of single tiny blossoms (gayfeather, butterfly bush) or small flowers that are closely arranged in flat- (yarrow) or round-top (aster) clusters all allow a butterfly uninterrupted space to flutter its wings during landing or departure, while giving it easy access to nectar. Clusters of flowers provide the added benefit of many sips of nectar.

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What are the Top Recommendations When it comes to LED Grow Lights Reviews While Thinking About Different Home Ideas?

It is a well-accepted reality that now days looking for the top and outstanding LED grow light may become mind numbing, as there are several firms, which are offering the similar services & products in marketplace.

Nevertheless, users have to been quite careful in selecting the extremely appropriate LED grow light in order to ensure the right maintenance of the plants i.e. vegetables and flowers & some other fruit bearing shrubberies.

If readers are having the tough time in finding the suitable LED grow lights, they might try going online because there are several websites, which can give them matchless option in only one sitting while bearing in mind LED grow lights reviews.

Even though, the chances of getting and buying the incredible LED grow light might become the struggle, it will be quite easy if they know precisely what they want. Some websites are offering users with the matchless recommendations about LED grow lights even though, they may find it extremely perfect to be real, as they have not checked these LED grow lights by themselves. Continue reading

Starry, Starry night: in a night-blooming garden, the evening’s real stars are just an arm’s length away

In a night-blooming garden, the evening’s real stars are just an arm’s length away.

Many flowers strut their stuff during the day while you are at work and unable to enjoy them. The solution? Create a garden that comes to live at night in the moonlight. Don Shor, owner of the Redwood Barn Nursery, Inc., in Davis, California, claims that a Moon garden is easy to create: Make an inviting place to sit. Choose plant varieties with light-color foliage. Select plants with white, pale yellow, pink, or light blue flowers that reflect the moonlight and bloom over a long season. Add flowers with the fragrance that peaks at night. Top it off with muted lighting.

You can also transform an existing bed of colorful flowers. However, before you dig up all of your bright-hue, day-blooming plants and replace them with pale-face night bloomers, consider this: An all-white (or nearly all-white) garden can be boring in the daytime. Continue reading

Tips to Purchase the Best Lawn Mower for you

Lawn mowers come with numerous functions. All of us clarify exactly what each one of these will beneath. At the minimum, consider steel rotor blades, you can learn electric lawn mower reviews for a good idea. A sizable lawn container could be truly helpful if you do not mow which frequently, whilst the roller can give a conventional striped complete for your yard. Lawn extractor The lawn extractor is really a fabric tote or even plastic material container which retains the actual lawn clippings developed by your own mower.

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Making a hillside garden room

IN JUNE OF 1993, I was asked to consider how a hillside of wasted space could be turned into a garden for a residence in southern Connecticut. The size (two acres) and conditions of the site were daunting the slope was considerable, there was ledge rock everywhere, and the vegetation was a jungle of ailanthus, sumac, and poison ivy. Even though the site had been clear-cut every few years, when I first inspected it the brush was nearly impenetrable (except, of course, to the local deer when I reached the presumed center of this trashy mess, I was nearly bowled over by a buck and three does). Moreover, there was the possibility that the land would later be turned into a divisible building lot, and so no large permanent structures could be erected.

The owners were not too specific about their requirements (low maintenance and beautiful were the extent of their demands), and so I was able to fantasize about what I wanted the hillside to be. First, however, there were some preliminary tasks that had to be accomplished. I did an assessment of the soil, water availability from the house, and the extent of the ledge rock. The first two were close to being nonexistent; the third was seemingly omnipresent. Undeterred, I had the hillside cleared, allowed the brush a few weeks to rebound, and then eradicated the undesirable plants with a nonselective herbicide. Continue reading

Gardens gone wild: welcome wildflowers into your garden, and they’ll reward you with their special magic

Preserve it in the wild. Perpetuate it in your garden motto of the National Wildflower Research Center

There are a vast number of wildflowers suited to the varied climates of our continent more than 6,000 species are native to our fields and forests, meadows and prairies, deserts and wetlands. Your location has everything to do with which wildflowers will take root and thrive for you. It’s easy to choose plants that will fare well in your yard and garden?if you let nature inspire you.

To start, learn all that you can about wildflowers in your area. Visit a nature preserve to see what’s growing and get familiar with the climate and conditions of your own property. Do you have a wet spot in an otherwise dry yard for a moisture-seeking blue flag? A stone wall that could shelter a moss phlox? Heavy shade? (If so, don’t try to grow sun-lovers like black-eyed Susans there.)

Whether you want to grow a garden of wildflowers or just add a sprinkling of native beauty to your yard, consider some of the following cultivars, which are among the most outstanding and easiest-to-grow.

Nowhere is spring more welcomed than in the forested regions of the East and upper Midwest. Although their climates vary widely, these naturally shaded regions are home to plants that are at their peak in spring and early summer. Such moisture and acidic soil lovers will thrive in a shady backyard or a wet area. Continue reading

Growing up and down reap rewards and have fun with vertical gardening

Traditional techniques for vertical gardening usually involve supporting plants that thrive off the ground peas and beans on poles, and tomatoes in cages.

New on the scene are living walls: Plants hang in pockets or niches on a fence or other vertical surface and provide a lush, green backdrop in advance of a harvest. Try some of these uplifting ideas for a more productive garden and visually appealing setting.


TEPEES, TUTEURS, OBELISKS: Tall pyramidal shapes provide excellent support for edible flowers, such as vining nasturtium, or climbing vegetables that do not yield heavy fruit, such as small cucumbers, peas, and pole beans. These towers can be made simply or elegantly out of branches, wood poles, PVC pipe, or electrical conduit. Continue reading

Support your local soil: Is tending a plot of loose, deep, well-drained loam your dream?

We too easily fall into the habit of thinking of soil as a mere container that provides our plants with physical support. Beyond this, healthy soil is a vibrant community made up of a multitude of organisms ranging in size from earthworms and ground beetles to microscopic bacteria and fungi.

Tiny particles of rocks and minerals make up about 90 percent of most soils. The sizes of these particles determine the physical characteristics of the soil.

Sand (large particles) drains quickly and may be low in nutrients.

Silt (medium particles) has a good balance between moisture-holding capacity and air spaces.

Clay (small particles) tends to drain slowly and may be too wet and lacking in air spaces for successful plant growth. Continue reading

Bring out the kids … and you’ll bring out the kid in you

Your home landscape presents numerous opportunities to teach kids about nature and gardening in ways that are fun for both them and you. With planning, you can make the entire yard a discovery zone, with places to explore and enjoy.

This may call for rethinking your landscape. Adding native plants and increasing plant diversity while eliminating harmful chemicals (such as in fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides) helps to attract and sustain birds and mammals, beneficial insects, amphibians and reptiles, and butterflies.

Include a good, sturdy climbing tree such as a maple or sycamore. Grow cherry tomatoes, edible pod peas, carrots, strawberries, or other snackable edibles in containers or flower beds or plant a blueberry hedge.

Allow for “wild” areas, even tiny ones, where kids can dig and play in the dirt with sticks, stones, and water. Create places to hide (under a weeping cherry works well) or leave space behind a shrub border.

Children learn about and experience the world through their senses, so surround them with fun plants to look at, touch, taste, smell, and hear. Continue reading

Improve Your Yard With One Of These Excellent Tips.

Use both biennials and flowering mounds of plants to include color for your garden. These kinds of flowers grow at high-speed, which provides you more versatility in altering the feel of your flower beds because the seasons change. You are able to fill any spaces between bushes and perennials when theyre under the sun. Some flowers you should use are rudbeckia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.


Would you enjoy your mint leaves, but couldn’t stand the way they dominate your garden? Rein within their growth by planting the mint inside a large pot or garden container rather. This container can be put within the soil should you prefer the feel of mint inside your garden, and itll still retain the roots of the mint and stop it from overtaking. Continue reading