Top 5 Easy Care Houseplants

Why Houseplants? With snow coating the garden beds and the first spring bulbs still months away, I’m feeling even more grateful for my houseplants than I already do the rest of the year. Indoor plants have skyrocketed in popularity over the past two decades. However, houseplants are far from a new concept, dating as far back as early Greek and Roman civilization. Each generation seems to have their respective indoor […]

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Leaf Removal and the Environment

Are electric leaf blowers better than gas blowers? More and more towns and counties are implementing bans on gas leaf blowers including Chevy Chase Village and the Town of Chevy Chase. Noise pollution is often the biggest driving concern for communities deciding to ban gas leaf blowers as noise pollution directly impacts community members. An alternative to gas leaf blowers is electric leaf blowers, which are powered by a cord […]

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Grasses – A Forgotten Feature

By: Elena Roman If you are looking to design a new garden or feel something may be missing from an existing garden, grasses may be what you are missing. They tend to be a forgotten and underrated feature, or even focal point to gardens, despite their versatility and reliability. Their success comes from their adaptability, allowing them to sustain in every environment and climate across the globe. Grasses grow quickly, […]

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Fruit Trees for Zone 7

We all know how trying it can be to grow fruit trees successfully in zone 7. Our weather patterns can be quite unpredictable at times, making it difficult to maintain a steady yield year after year. But fear not! In this article we will explore valuable tips to keep in mind when growing fruit trees in our zone. There is surprisingly a lot of variety when it comes to the […]

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Climbers in the Garden

By: Avery Meyers Driving through neighborhoods in DC and Northern Virginia, you will notice beautifully trained ivies and roses along walls and lattices, wisteria covering arbors, and vinca covering garden beds. Vines fill many important needs in landscaping and can be stunning when placed thoughtfully and well maintained. However, these incredible plants can have a detrimental effect on a property when used improperly or ignored. There are many diverse types […]

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Getting to Know Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

By: Avery Myers If you have spent time outside in North America, you are probably familiar with poison ivy. For most people, just hearing “poison ivy” is enough to make them itchy. While we have all heard plenty of advice on how to avoid this garden terror and how to remedy the rash that follows contact with it. Today we are going to take a closer look at this plant […]

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Bee-Friendly Garden

By: Shannon Sullivan One of the most important tasks in the world, pollination, relies on the work of bees, bumblebees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, and other insects. Pollinators are important to the reproductive success of over seventy-five percent of the world’s flowering plants and over 150 food crops in the United States including blueberries, apples, oranges, squash, tomatoes, and almonds. Protecting pollinators with economically feasible and environmentally sound horticulture practices by […]

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5 Plants that Control Bad Pests

by Casey Beall With many people looking to find natural ways to repel pests and bugs, different plants have been researched and proven to repel different species. There are five common plants that are very popular in repelling insects. Pelargonium ‘Citronella’ Geranium repels mosquitos like any outdoor candle that contains citronella would do. When the plant is damaged, cut or bruised, a strong scent is released into the air. Many […]

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Integrated Pest Management

By: Andrew Obloy Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be complicated and broad, to say the least. Essentially, it is a program to manage pests, but it is also so much more. Here are some ways we can use IPM to help keep your properties healthy and beautiful: Our use of IPM begins in spring, applying fertilizer to both plants and turf. Fertilizer ensures plants receive the nutrients they need for […]

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