Boxwood Care: How To Identify And Treat 4 Common Pests and Diseases

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Boxwood has been a garden staple for centuries. Not only does it add structure to outdoor spaces, but its dense, evergreen foliage can be sheared into almost any shape imaginable. For those of us on the East Coast, the fact that deer won’t eat it only adds to its appeal. There’s just one problem: it’s plagued by a bunch of pests and diseases. Continue reading

Why You May Be Watering Your Houseplants All Wrong

We all know that indoor plants need water to survive, but do we really know how much or how little? It’s not easy to keep container plants looking their best, even with regular watering schedules. You can change all that, though, by changing how you water. These simple techniques will restore your houseplants to their former greenhouse glory while ensuring they not only survive, but also thrive well into the future. Continue reading

6 Essential Pruners Every Home Gardener Should Own

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When it comes to gardening, good tools are essential, especially when it involves repetitive tasks like pruning. The right pruners increase productivity, decrease wear and tear on the body and produce superior results. These days there are hundreds of options available. No matter what you choose, though, make sure these six are part of your home arsenal.  Continue reading

Understanding Biopesticides And How To Use Them Safely

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The word biopesticide can provoke strong reactions these days, immediately conjuring up images of people spraying toxic chemicals that are hazardous to human health. Complicating matters is the fact that just because a pesticide says it’s organic doesn’t mean it isn’t toxic. Still, sometimes a gardener has no choice but to reach for a biopesticide or other, more conventional product, to save plants from immediate destruction. That’s why the best approach is always to understand your pesticide before you spray. Continue reading

How To Grow Herbs Indoors

Everyone loves the taste of herbs harvested fresh from the garden. And winter doesn’t have to spell the end of that enjoyment. Just a handful of pots indoors can supply bundles of savory herbs throughout all the seasons. All you need are some culinary herbs, a sunny window and a little TLC in the form of good soil, judicious watering and a regular supply of food. Continue reading

Vertical Gardens Are Growing Up

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The future of gardening is looking up and it’s vertical, not horizontal. Vertical gardens are becoming a growing trend as savvy gardeners with limited space look for new ways to enjoy the outdoors. And modern tools and techniques are making these structures easier than ever to install and maintain. These days, many of my clients are adding green walls to their homes and reaping their benefits all year long. Continue reading

The ABC’s of Water Gardens: A Maryland Expert Weighs In

Every spring when my ornamental pond needs to be restocked, I head out to a Maryland property called Lilypons. Nestled amid rolling hills, the gardens are an oasis of natural pools teeming with water lilies and other beautiful aquatic plants. It is one of my favorite places to visit. So I was thrilled when recently, a Lilypons expert came to speak to our garden club about the newest innovations in water gardens. Continue reading