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Pawpaw - A small native tree worthy of planting for many reasons

Asimina triloba, commonly known as the pawpaw tree, is an understory tree deeply rooted in the history of the 26 Eastern states within which it is native. Aside from the weather being just right to give most tree species plenty of time to establish before the first deep freeze, why should you plant a pawpaw now? Let’s dive into some of our top reasons. Appealing to the organic grower in all of us, pawpaw has no pest or disease problems that plague it. Therefore, it requires no pesticides or herbicides to thrive in your landscape.  Not only will it hold a role as a great food-producing component for your property each fall, but it also produces the largest edible fruit...

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The Blame Game - Goldenrod vs Ragweed

At this time of the year, the engrained response to catching a bright yellow bloom (goldenrod) in the corner of your eye as you drive down the road with windows rolled down, is an impending itchy nose and watery eyes. This fear of an allergic response is causing a worthy native perennial to receive less credit than it is due. Goldenrod of the Solidago genus, flaunts its showy, bright yellow flowers, while common ragweed of the Ambrosia genus flourishes discretely among the weeds and roadside rubbish. Unfair! Due to this occurrence, goldenrod is often blamed for allergies and hay fever. Here's how you can spot the difference:  Let's start with the leaves: goldenrod has a simple elongated upswept leaf in an...

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Quack, Quack. Rain Gardens.

A rain garden is a planted depression that is built into the landscape  allowing rainwater runoff from a roof, driveway, sidewalk, street, or even compacted lawn areas to slow, collect, and be absorbed into the ground. When planted with perennials, grasses, and shrubs, they help conserve rainwater and filter out pollutants while reducing runoff from your property. Plus they can provide a beautiful spot for song birds, butterflies, and other critters searching for food, water, and shelter. Whether you excavate your own rain garden site or use an existing depression or swale, several factors are important for success. First, choose plants depending on where in the rain garden they will be planted. There are 3 general zones: lowest/wettest, middle/transitional, and...

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Blue Wild Indigo is a Garden Superstar

     Are you looking for the perfect plant for your sunny garden? Do you want one that requires very little maintenance, grows in a variety of soil types, attracts pollinators, flowers for a long time, behaves well in the garden, looks great with others, AND is beautiful? Then look no further. Blue wild indigo and its kin, are the plants for you.      Baptisia australis, also called blue wild and blue false indigo, and its close relatives, B. pendula and B. alba (white), and B. sphaerocarpa (yellow) are native from New York to Georgia and west to Nebraska and Texas where they occur in thin open woods and prairies in both moist and dry, and rocky soils which...

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Amazing Hummingbirds

           Who is not amazed by the incredible speed and agility of our tiny ruby throated hummingbird? They dart and dive bomb with blazing speed and seem to hover effortlessly while taking a drink from bright red summer flowers. And in an instant, they are gone. Sometimes you will not see them but can hear their unmistakable hum as their gossamer-thin wings beat over 50 times per second.      Hummingbirds are the smallest of birds. Their very high metabolism requires lots of calories conveniently provided by the nectar of certain flowers containing 26% sugar or about twice what a soft drink contains! These little birds consume and use more than twice their own weight in nectar...

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