Why Should I Make A Tree Inventory?

Note: This is the first of 2 journal posts about creating and maintaining a tree inventory. There are numerous reasons to make a tree inventory. Starting with good tree identification and an inventory list, you can: Determine and increase the environmental impact of trees in your community. Improve the process of planting and maintaining trees. Assess the […]

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day

For me spring means Arbor Day. I always remember back to elementary school when a science teacher took us outside to explain to us the importance of trees. She explained how they grew, how buds and leaves worked, and why trees were good.  I also learned that day trees had names: Maple, Oak, Walnut! Our homework […]

2015 Collectors’ Conifer of the Year

American Conifer Society announces the 2015 Collectors’ Conifers of the Year For the past 10 years, the American Conifer Society has chosen a plant or three that members can purchase along with a special plant tag for their gardens. Many of the selections chosen over the years are just now being cultivated in quantities such […]

Resources to Protect Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage

First the age old question: Should I remove snow from my plants? Most of the time it is not necessary.  Sometimes, not advisable. If temps are below 20ºF you will break branches easily. If you just can’t take it, use a broom and gently knock off snow while it is fresh.  But this may cause […]

Understanding the Economic Impact of Garden Tourism

  After Plants Map joined the American Public Gardens Association we were soon introduced to Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism.  We spent a fascinating hour on the phone with him discussing the important local economic impact of public gardens. Did you know that more people in the U.S. visit gardens each year than visit Disneyland and Disneyworld combined? Benfield teaches […]

Lawn Care Tips & Resources

“What are we going to do about the lawn?” Do you often find yourself asking this same question? A common question when your lawn doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as a PGA golf course. But should it? Many people find lawns aesthetically pleasing and they also provide a play area for children and pets and other […]

The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”- Virgil Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens. Soil is basically composed of organic matter, various minerals, nutrients, living organisms, liquids, and gases.  Soil is the top layer result of a deeper parent material that has developed over time […]

How to Grow a Garden from Seed

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake Thinking about starting some plants from seed? It’s that time of year again. Everywhere you go there are seed starting supplies from independent garden centers to your grocery store. Someone said the other night in a chat that growing seeds made them feel […]

Choosing plant safe ice melt products

[Reviewed and updated January 2018] You may not think much about choosing ice melt products. Many homeowners and gardeners are unaware of the potential harm some products can cause to plants and the environment as well. While safety is the main concern for using these products, especially on roadways, most folks are unaware of the […]

Best Websites to Help Create a Bird Friendly Garden

For me, a garden is not a garden without a few feathered friends. The more time I spent in my garden, the more I started watching birds and learning to identify them. A few years ago I heard about the Great Backyard Bird Count and I have been participating ever since. Bird watching is probably my favorite winter […]