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  • What Is A Water Wand: Learn About Using Garden Water Wands
    By Darcy Larum - Saturday Jun 10, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Throughout all my years working in garden centers, landscapes and my own gardens, I have watered many plants. Watering plants probably seems pretty straightforward and simple, but it is actually something I spend the most time training new workers on. One tool I find essential to proper watering practices is the water wand. What is a water wand? Continue reading for the answer and to learn how to use a watering wand in the garden. What is a Water Wand? Garden water wands are basically just as the name implies, a wand-like tool used to water plants. They are all generally designed to attach to the end of a hose, near their handle, and water then flows through the wand to a water breaker/sprinkler head where it is sprayed out in a rain-like shower to water plants. It’s a simple concept, but not so easy

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  • What Is Color Blocking: Tips On Color Blocking With Plants
    By Darcy Larum - Thursday Jun 8, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer We all want dramatic curb appeal in our landscapes. One way to accomplish this is to use brightly colored, eye catching plants. The problem with adding too many bright plants is that it can quickly turn from “eye catching” to “eyesore,” as too many of these colors can clash and become uncomplimentary. To avoid this, you can use color blocking in the garden. What is color blocking? Continue reading for the answer. What is Color Blocking? A few years ago, I did a backyard garden design for a retired art teacher. Her request was that the spectrum of the rainbow be displayed along the lot line of her backyard. Starting with red flowers, I used roses, quince, lilies and other plants with shades of red for this part of her color block garden design. Next to them, I placed plants like gaillardia, poppies and other

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  • Showy Rattlebox Control: Managing Showy Crotalaria In Landscapes
    By Darcy Larum - Tuesday Jun 6, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer It is said that “to err is human.” In other words, people makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some of these mistakes can harm animals, plants and our environment. An example is the introduction of non-native plants, insects and other species. In 1972, the USDA began to closely monitor the import of non-native species through an agency called APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service). However, prior to this, invasive species were introduced to the U.S. all too easily, with one such plant the showy crotalaria (Crotalaria spectablis). What is showy crotalaria? Continue reading for the answer. Showy Rattlebox Information Showy crotalaria, also known as showy rattlebox, rattleweed and cat’s bell, is a plant native to Asia. It is an annual that sets seeds in pods that make a rattling noise when they are dried, hence its common names. Showy crotalaria is a member of the legume family;

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  • Tenement Museum in New York Names Its New President
    By JOSHUA BARONE - Wednesday Jun 14, 2017

    Kevin Jennings, a former nonprofit leader and Obama official, plans to expand the museum’s reach through virtual and augmented reality.

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  • As Uber Leaders Step Aside, Arianna Huffington’s Influence Grows
    By KATIE BENNER and MIKE ISAAC - Saturday Jun 17, 2017

    In the 14 months since she joined the board, Ms. Huffington has been a public voice for the start-up and a confidante to its chief executive.

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  • What Is Inorganic Mulch: Learn About Using Inorganic Mulch In Gardens
    By Darcy Larum - Sunday Jun 18, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer The general purpose of mulch in gardens or landscape beds is to suppress weeds, retain soil moisture, protect plants in winter, add nutrients to the soil or simply to make it look nice. Different mulches are better for certain uses. There are two main types of mulches: organic mulch and inorganic mulch. Organic mulches are made from something that was once alive. Inorganic mulches are made from non-living materials. In this article, I will address the question “what is inorganic mulch?” as well as discuss the benefits and disadvantages of inorganic mulch in the garden. What is Inorganic Mulch? The most common types of inorganic mulch are rocks or gravel, plastic sheeting, landscape fabric and rubber mulch. Inorganic mulches do not decompose, or they slowly break down only after a long period of time. The benefits of inorganic mulch is that they may initially cost

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  • Zone 6 Ornamental Grass – Growing Ornamental Grasses In Zone 6 Gardens
    By Darcy Larum - Thursday Jun 22, 2017

    By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Due to their low maintenance and versatility in various conditions, ornamental grasses have become increasingly popular in landscapes. In U.S. hardiness zone 6, hardy ornamental grasses can add winter interest to the garden from their blades and seed heads sticking up through mounds of snow. Continue reading to learn more about choosing ornamental grasses for zone 6. Ornamental Grasses Hardy to Zone 6 There are hardy ornamental grasses that are suitable for almost every condition in zone 6 landscapes. Two of the most common types of hardy ornamental grass are feather reed grass (Calamagrotis sp.) and maiden grass (Miscanthus sp.). Commonly grown varieties of feather reed grass in zone 6 are: Karl Foerster Overdam Avalanche Eldorado Korean feather grass Common Miscanthus varieties include: Japanese Silvergrass Zebra grass Adagio Morning Light Gracillimus Choosing ornamental grasses for zone 6 also includes types that are drought tolerant and

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  • Food & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for Alabama
    By STEPHANIE STROM - Friday Jun 23, 2017

    The move reflects a changing business in which traditional food magazines, and a Manhattan address, are less important.

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