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Best Trees for Summertime Shade

On a hot summer day, what could be more pleasant than sitting under a big leafy shade tree enjoying an iced tea or lemonade? Check out this list for the best trees for summertime shade. Why shade trees? Shade trees keep your environment cool in the summer — according to experts, shade on the roof […]

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Early Spring Blooming Trees

Among the things we like best about late winter and early spring are blooming trees with flowers and shrubs that proudly announce that summer is just around the corner. We’re not talking about the crape myrtles, southern magnolias, and fringe trees that bloom later in mid-spring and early summer. Dogwoods, redbuds, Japanese magnolias, flowering plums, […]

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Best Fast Growing Privacy Trees for Your Yard

A row of fast growing evergreen trees for privacy or fast growing privacy shrubs can become a living privacy fence that blocks noise, reduces air pollution, slows the wind, and, most noteworthy, hides an unwanted view. It isn’t hard to grow a evergreen privacy screen and it doesn’t take as long as you might think. Fast growing […]

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Evergreen Trees in Winter

When the flowers of summer have faded to memory, and the autumn leaves have fallen to compost, it’s nice to have evergreen trees in winter to brighten the wintertime landscape. You can even use shrubs! Whether your yard is bright or bleak, it seems like evergreens can make a dramatic improvement. Evergreen trees usually are […]

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How to Use Mulch in Your Garden

Here at Perfect Plants Nursery, we love our mulch! If we see a patch of bare soil, we mulch it! Nature doesn’t allow bare soil, and we shouldn’t either. Learn how to use mulch in your garden! Why Use Mulch? If you are starting a new flower bed or planting a vegetable garden, you should […]

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How to Mass Plant Groundcovers

The typical American yard is a bed of manicured lawn grass, requiring frequent mowing, edging, weeding and fertilizing, as well as chemical control for pests, diseases and weeds. It doesn’t have to be that way. In many situations, masses of low growing perennials covering the ground can be just as useful as traditional “golf course” […]

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Perfect Plants’ Quick Tips For Fall

Now that you have planted your fall vegetable garden, are enjoying the last of your summertime veggies, and are ready to relax in the cooler days of autumn, there are still a few things you might want to do before winter sets in. Fall is the best time to look for bargains at your local […]

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Are You Watering Your Plants Correctly?

Water is essential for all life on Earth. Water, and carbon dioxide are the raw materials in photosynthesis to manufacture carbohydrates. The essential minerals taken up by plant roots, and the carbohydrates manufactured in green leaves, must be dissolved in water before they can be circulated to other parts of the plant. Plant cells maintain […]

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Here’s How to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens in the summer can be frustrating, especially in the South. The heat and humidity make for great growing conditions for molds, funguses, viruses and bacterial diseases. For vegetables, this is not the case. The cooler days of fall promise a respite from the heat and humidity and better growing conditions for many of […]

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Summer Mosquito Survival Guide: Plant It And They Shall Flee

Summertime equals mosquito time. If you’re like us, you’re always searching for natural and easy ways to repel mosquitoes. We’ve searched all over for solutions. We’ve even found an article that advised us to sleep with a pig in the room. There are little things you can do to minimize the mosquito population in your yard, […]

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Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins

The winter months still upon us, it’s easy for your green thumb to grow restless with lack of time spent outdoors. Lucky for you (and your green thumb), investing in some indoor landscaping is an excellent way to pass those long, dreary winter days and—as if you need any added bonus to get excited about […]

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Chill Out! Chill Hour Requirements and What They Mean for Your Plants

If you’ve done some shopping (window or otherwise) for fruit or nut trees, you might have noticed the phrases “chill hours” or “chill zones” in the plant’s description. Though there’s some debate on the topic, it’s generally acknowledged that chill hours are the average number of hours plants are subjected to temperatures between 32 degrees […]