Water Feature Worth

Feature Focus The soothing sounds and interesting, characteristic plants of a water garden can add value to your landscape. With options like ponds, pools and waterfalls, a water feature can be customized to your property and tastes. Before you negate the possibility due to scale or cost, consider a deck top pond or bucket garden,…

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Indoor Interests

Plant Perks Indoor plants not only bring beauty to our indoor spaces but provide many additional benefits as well, such as; increasing oxygen levels, air purification, release of water vapor and some studies have shown plants will aid in patient recovery and assist with mental focus. When we breath we take in oxygen and release…

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Predatory Plants

Atypical Adaptations Carnivorous plants are ones that have to find their required nutrients  through processes other than uptaking from the soil. While most plants absorb nitrogen from the soil through their roots, carnivorous plants absorb it from their prey through their leaves.They tend to live in nutrient poor habitats and have developed adaptations, although seemingly…

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Novel Nuisances

Current Conditions Fluctuating weather conditions continued over the past couple of weeks, with a cold front replacing warm temperatures with raw, windy, damp weather.  Seasonal temperatures were mixed in with brief periods of heavy rain in some places and drastic overnight lows. Crabapples, cherries, horsechestnuts, rhododendrons, azaleas, redbud, Amelanchier, lilacs and viburnums are coming into…

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Tree Warden Works

What is a Warden? Throughout the towns of New England a person is either elected or appointed to a public service position which requires an enthusiasm and expertise about trees which allows them to ably take responsibility for their towns shade trees, street trees and any other trees on public lands.  The seemingly severe title of…

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The Lay of the Lawn

Current Conditions Our slow to start and fluctuating spring has earned the region an average of 82 growing degree days. The cool, overcast, damp days had initially given way to warmer than average temperatures but have leveled out to seasonal temperatures for this time of year. Soil temperatures have increased and are appropriate for encouraging root…

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Viral Vector

Strange Suspect There has been a lot of talk on this blog about colony collapse, pollinator problems and the various causal factors.  It would seem there is a convergence of issues affecting pollinator populations today, which may on their own or, more likely, combined, are contributing to the stress and reduction of honey bees and pollinator…

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The Green Pattern Book: using vacant lands to create greener neighborhoods in Baltimore

Today we had the pleasure of participating in a great event at Humanim‘s offices at the historic American Brewery building. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the launch of the Growing Green Initiative. A year and a half ago, the US Forest Service Northern Research Station funded development of the Green Pattern Book. The Baltimore Office…

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