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See the STARS

The Night Sky is a Precious Gift Have you ever thought about how wonderful it is that you can see the stars in the night sky? It’s easy for us to take this miracle for granted, but visitors from cities and suburbs notice it right away. The night sky is a precious gift. For ancient …

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Catalpa Trees

Catalpa – The Ultimate Fence Post? Have you ever heard of a “fence-post tree”? Also known as Indian bean tree, cigar tree, catawba, or caterpillar tree, Catalpa is a large tree with showy white, fragrant flowers, massive heart-shaped leaves, and dangling bean-like seed pods on a twisting trunk and contorted branches. First cultivated in 1754, …

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Weed Control & Lawns

Healthy Lawns Reduce Weeding Chores Are you fighting a losing battle with weeds in your landscaping? Weeds are the biggest challenge for landscape gardeners. We’ve tackled this topic from many directions in past columns, but here’s a new idea: It’s quite possible that the biggest source of weeds in your landscaping is the lawn surrounding …

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A Different Way to Look at Retaining Walls

Retaining Wall Components Building decorative garden walls is very satisfying and rewarding, as well as being good exercise. We define “decorative” or “landscape” walls as wall less than two feet high. Retaining walls for purposes like holding back hills, supporting paving or buildings, and controlling runoff are more serious projects. Let’s call them “engineered walls”, …

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Weeping Cherry Trees

Succeeding with Weeping Cherry Trees Weeping cherries are one of the most-requested nursery trees, and one of the least understood. They also have a very high failure rate; after dogwoods they are our highest warranty cost item. We like to joke that each weeping cherry is actually two trees in one, so that’s why they …

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ADA And Landscape Design

Is Your Landscape ADA Friendly? When tackling a landscape design, would it occur to you to consider handicapped access to your home and gardens? Probably not, however we’d like to suggest that ADA compliance should be one consideration in landscaping and hardscaping your home. We spend our days doing landscape “makeovers”, starting with a detailed …

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