You might have noticed what appear to be sails, mounted at angles over patios, play spaces, and more. Not only are shade sails an attractive way to block harsh sunlight during portions of the day; they can be much more “time friendly” compared to many other home improvement projects. Rather than a costly and time-consuming…

As you’re setting up an outdoor seating area, you will face a number of options. Outdoor seating can provide a place for conversation, eating, reading, working from home, or just soaking up some sunshine instead of feeling cooped up indoors. Lately, basket seats are all the rage, featured in social media ads and on websites…

Lemonade with Mint

Many lemon trees produce fruit sporadically throughout the year but tend to show a burst in production in late spring or early summer. So, those of you with a lemon tree might have quite a few lemons that you’re ready to use. How about some refreshing summer lemonade – either the classic variety or with…

You want to look out the window to view a lawn that is lush, green, and tidy… But lately, things are looking a little wild out there. If you’re wondering how to care for your lawn in the summer, you’ve come to the right place. Early in the summer… ● Apply a light fertilizer, if…

forest bathing

If you thought the hundred-year-old oak in your city park was impressive, you won’t believe how long some trees can survive! Many of these ancient trees are located in or near popular tourist destinations, so you can even go visit them if you like. Methuselah. Thought to be the oldest living tree in the world,…

Your roses will be in full bloom this summer, offering luscious scents and beautiful blooms for you to enjoy. But since many roses can be a bit picky, follow these tips to properly care for them during the hot summer months. Watering is essential. Roses can suffer in hot, dry weather, so ensure that you’re…

Many of us will be celebrating the fourth of July at home this year, so why not make it the best Independence Day ever? These ideas can help you plan the perfect BBQ island space. Location. You can install a BBQ island anywhere in your yard, but you will probably prefer it on a porch,…

insects are our friends

We all love nature, but there are some elements of nature that need to stay out of our gardens! Here are some ways to give Peter Rabbit the boot, without resorting to chemicals, poisons, or trapping. Rabbits. Rabbits are actually repelled by some plants, so including tomatoes, rhubarb, garlic, hot peppers, basil, mint, and catnip…

Now that summer is arriving, you might want to spend more time outdoors. But outdoor time doesn’t have to be all sweat and exercise! If kicking back and enjoying a movie or your favorite Netflix series is more your speed, how about setting up an outdoor theater? It’s easier than you think, thanks to special…

Putting green

If you’re planning to stick close to home this summer, you might have heard the concept of a “staycation”. Essentially, you take time off of work and engage in fun recreational activities – but from home! It’s a great way to spend time with your family, but without the hassles and hazards of extensive travel….

Fruit infused water

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity to stay busy and safe at home, why not try your hand at gardening? The following are just some of the reasons that gardening can benefit your health while also keeping you entertained. Reduce stress. Just getting outside often reduces anxiety noticeably within minutes. Even better, gardening provides…

Green grass

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Since construction is considered essential in our state, we are definitely still working. However, since some things have changed, we wanted to take a moment to let our clients know that we’re taking measures to keep you and our workers safe. More…

edible flowers

At first glance, the sight of a salad adorned with fresh flowers might appear attractive to you, yet unusual. You might wonder if anyone actually eats flowers… And the answer is yes! Not only are many types of flower edible; they can add a distinct and delicious touch to many dishes! It’s important to remember…

Camellia dieback

As spring arrives, you probably want to inspect your plants and begin making plans for your warm weather garden. If you notice something going wrong with your camellias at this time, it’s likely to be a fungal disease called camellia dieback. The fungus G. cingulata infects camellias via pruning wounds, grafts, or leaf scars. After…

Gingko tree during autumn just before losing leaves

The dinosaurs might have died out millions of years ago, but many of the plants alive during that time still survive today! Some are the sole surviving species of their genus or family, and remain virtually unchanged from prehistoric times. Current conservation efforts aim to preserve these species for many years to come. Moss. Believe…

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