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Native Shrubs for your Piedmont Landscape

With a little planning and minimal effort, one of the fastest ways to enhance your home landscape is through the addition of shrubs. Most folks in the southeastern Piedmont are in shrub ruts, thanks to the overuse of the same few bushes by landscapers of new subdivisions and commercial buildings. 1,238 more words

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Spring has sprung in the desert!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been watching the season unfold and with the Equinox just days away it is clear that the tide has turned and the hints of summer coming can be felt in the warm afternoons and clear, long evenings. 324 more words


Fall Planting? Consider a smaller native tree.

Cooler weather is trying to creep in. Soon the persistent clouds will dissipate, replaced by crisp, cooler air and sunshine that warms but doesn’t sear weeders as we attempt to prepareĀ our flowerbeds for their winter’s sleep. 1,567 more words

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A Bird in the Hand

Last week was too hot here, the heat made worse by the fact that most of the summer was unusually mild. Dust clouds rose with the slightest disturbance, lingering long in humid, stagnant air. 1,166 more words

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Enriching your Native Landscape

When we southeastern US homeowners release ourselves from the notion of a rigidly controlled landscape, magic happens. Instead of spending time shearing defenseless evergreen azaleas and boxwoods into cubes and spheres, or pouring chemicals onto a non-native lawn that you must then mow and fuss over, you can devote your energy to enriching your home landscape with native plants adapted to our region. 732 more words

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Native wildlife potentially threatened by Makakilo brushfire

Firefighters are being lauded for saving homes from the flames above Makakilo.

But the area is also home to native wildlife. What’s being done to preserve these fragile species? 217 more words


STOP -- and Savor Summer's Waning

I’m seeing a variety of reds in my landscape these days, most of it not attributable to leaf color — that will come later. Red flowers and fruits — and related colors in that family — are visible in nearly every corner of my yard. 426 more words

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