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Japanese Boxwood

Best Places for Boxwoods

Boxwoods aren’t just for hedges anymore. The compact, bushy shape and pretty little leaves of the Japanese boxwood make a handsome, fine textured evergreen shrub that can be used effectively in many parts of the home landscape.     A Japanese boxwood pruned by the thinning method (as opposed to formal shearing – see Perfect […]

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How to Winterize Trees

Temperatures are falling, colors are changing, holidays are passing, and winter is approaching. Before you hunker down and settle in for the season, you should consider how to keep safe trees. While nature has built in some organic winterizing processes, there are also steps you can take to winterize trees to protect them from pests […]

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Plant Hardiness Zones

About Those USDA Climate Zones   The familiar United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average annual minimum temperature for each zone. Needless to say, some years a zone will get a minimum temperature lower or higher than the average. Nevertheless, the average minimum temperature is a fairly good indicator […]

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Basic Pruning for Shrubs and Trees

We prune our trees and shrubs to control their size, shape and scale within our landscape. Proper pruning also stimulates flowering and fruiting and helps to keep shrubs and trees healthy and vigorous, thus reducing the likelihood of future problems.   There are two main kinds of pruning: Thinning and Heading.    Thinning Thinning cuts […]

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Part 2

In case you missed Vegetable gardening for beginners – Part 1, be sure to check it out to get answers to other frequently asked vegetable gardening questions! Vegetable gardening is a pastime that brings with it many perks and benefits. Not only can it save you money by providing a fresh, free and home-grown selection of […]

vegetable gardening

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Part 1

Having your own vegetable garden can be beneficial in a variety of ways. For starters, a vegetable plant you buy at the store for $3 can provide you with pounds of fresh produce over the course of the season. On top of that, gardening is fun! It’s a great way to get out of the […]

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March Gardening Madness!

The month of March brings with it a fresh breath of spring air and a new season for gardeners to put their green thumbs to work. Typically by March, temperatures have risen to a crisp 70 degrees (at least), and plants and blooms have defrosted and shaken their stiff limbs loose from the harsh winter […]

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Popular Winter Blooming Trees

Sure, growing and maintaining a beautiful garden during the spring, summer and autumn is a piece of cake – you have the warm temperatures and sunny skies on your side. Once the winter season rolls around, it can feel impossible or useless to keep up with all your hard gardening work – it doesn’t have to be […]

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Spring Flower Beds

With global warming and the ever-increasing temperatures in Florida, spring brings the perfect weather to liven up your flower beds. The warm days and cool nights provide the ideal environment for planting and growing a variety of perennials and annuals that will last all summer long. A few factors to consider when deciding on the plants and flowers to […]

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The Japanese Magnolia

The Japanese magnolia, also known as Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid, is among one of the first beautiful blooms to greet us once spring sets in—and in Florida, the spring season is already making itself known with the warmer temperatures and the greenery that has begun […]

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A Flower For Every Feeling

Looking for another option besides the run-of-the-mill rose to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here is a list of some fun and meaningful blooms to break out of the ordinary rose rut this holiday. “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It […]

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The 5 Most Popular Wedding Flowers

With wedding planning comes a myriad of choices—the dress, the venue, the guests. Another prominent decision that has to be made is the selection of flowers you will incorporate into the ceremony and the reception. Choosing flowers and flower arrangements can be a daunting task—there a thousands of types, colors and scents to choose from, […]