How to Attract Birds

Overview of the Four Requirements for Attracting Backyard Birds Wild birds require four things to be attracted to a backyard: food, water, shelter and nesting sites. If you make each of these four things available, you will be amazed at how many different species of birds become regular backyard guests. Food A good food source is the most important thing …

House Plants

Five Reasons to be Thankful for Houseplants While you’re counting your blessings and listing those things you’re grateful for this New Year, don’t forget to include houseplants. Indoor plants provide a pop of color and interesting texture to any space. Houseplants are more than just a pretty face, though. They impact our everyday lives by cleaning the air and reducing stress. Give …

Poinsettia Plant Care Tips

Holiday Poinsettia Plant Care Poinsettia care begins with proper light, water, and temperature conditions. During the holidays, while in full bloom, they typically enjoy semi-cool, humid locations in bright, indirect light with plenty of moisture. Poinsettia plants should be watered thoroughly, taking care not to drown them by ensuring adequate drainage is available. Likewise, avoid letting them sit in water-filled …

Balsam vs. Fraser Fir? How to choose.

Fa la la la! It’s the most wonderful time of the year–and our favorite part of the season! It’s time to head out with your family and wander amongst all the beautiful types of trees, looking for just the right one. As you’re searching, do the fresh test! Run your fingers along the needles, grab the branches and bounce the tree …

Houseplant of the Month: Schefflera Arboricola

Schefflera Arboricola Also called “umbrella trees,” schefflera plants are popular houseplants that can flourish for years with the right care. Here’s what you need to know. Place plants in bright, indirect light or grow outside in bright sunlight in zones 10 to 12.   Plant schefflera in containers with potting mix.   Water when the top inch of soil is …

It’s Time To Bring Houseplants Indoors

Step 1 – Figure Out What You Want to Bring Inside Walk around your garden and gather what you want to save. Think about your succulents, perennials and herbs out in the garden. Even, window boxes, displays and smaller containers can survive indoors with a little bit of help. Once you have gathered everything you want to bring inside, think …

Perennial of the Month: Red Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum is a tender perennial fountain grass that is native to Africa, southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is a rapid-growing, clump-forming grass that produces arching, linear, narrow green leaves to 3’ tall and late summer flower spikes that rise above the foliage to 4’ tall. In warm areas where in may be grown as a perennial, it readily …