Summers are a time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. But, if your nature walk crosses paths with wild parsnip, beware! This harmless-looking, yellow-flowering plant looks innocent enough, but has potentially painful results. Wild parsnip is an invasive plant and, if touched, can cause a rash and blistering. The sap contains a toxin which, when exposed to sunlight, causes a burn-like rash within 24-48 hours of contact. Wild parsnip is being found all over in fairly large popul
Here are 9 Tips to Choose the Right Plants for Your Landscape 1. Hardiness of the plant, is it in your zone? Even though you might be tempted to want a plant in your yard you saw in a catalog or magazine, if it wouldn’t make it through the winter it isn’t a good choice for you. Always check the zone hardiness of a plant before purchasing it. 2. Is it locally grown? Knowing that it is acclimated to your area by having been grown here is a great plus in the performance of the
The new antioxidant super fruit! The Black Chokeberry (Aronia Berries) is an incredible landscape plant, but have you heard of the health benefits from the fruit? Aronia Berries are extremely high in antioxidants. Two times greater than Acai and Three times greater than Blueberries! Reduces Inflammation Reduces Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Levels Reduces Blood Pressure Slows the Aging Process Reduces Chance of a Heart Attack Reduces Weight Gain Reduces Muscle Recovery Time after
Here are 5 quick tips one of our long-time hummingbird garden experts! 1. Water is key! Make certain that there is always fresh water available for drinking as well as for bathing.
2. Sun & shade - Create both sun & shade areas in your hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds need a place in shade to perch as well as to build their nests.
3. Trees for nesting - Willow trees provide nesting materials which your hummingbirds will use, along with bits of leaves, spider webs, moss, and l
Between the heat of the last few days of summer, and winter looming around the corner, August is a critical month for your plants. In fact, it’s not too early to start preparing your plants for winter. Here are some tips to keep your plants healthy throughout the month of August. Early-Mid August Finish any touch up pruning at the beginning of august then stop pruning to avoid causing late season growth. Do NOT Fertilize now. Fertilizing at this time of year will cause late s