lawn care, mulch, native plants, organic, organic weed control

The Need For SPEED(y) Organic Weed Control

"How do I get rid of weeds in my garden?" This is probably the most common question I get on my blog, website, and Facebook page, usually coming from someone wanting to garden organically and frustrated there's not a fast, easy recipe for weed elimination. It's sort of like my inability to lose a few pounds.… Continue reading The Need For SPEED(y) Organic Weed Control

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disease, edible landscaping, lawn care, mulch, organic, plant care, sustainable

Best fertilizer? Holy crap, BATMAN!

We've put in some new plants this spring and wondered what type of fertilizer you'd recommend. Depends. What type of plants? What type of soil?  The best fertilizer for all plants and all soil types is rich soil. Don't have that yet? Here's my favorite fertility Rxs for the plantings here in my Texas garden. Here goes:… Continue reading Best fertilizer? Holy crap, BATMAN!

disease, lawn care, organic, plant care, sustainable, vegetable gardening

Weeds or Woes? Choosing an Organic Method COULD Save Your Life!

Recently I heard you speak and you mentioned using RoundUp could hurt more than the weeds in my yard. Can you explain? Happy to expound on this one. A few weeks ago a neighborhood association asked me to look over their contract with a local lawn maintenance company. Immediately I redlined a problem: it specifically… Continue reading Weeds or Woes? Choosing an Organic Method COULD Save Your Life!

deer proof, edible landscaping, lawn care, native plants, organic, pests, plant selection, wildlife gardening

Oh, deer, not tonight, please

Help! We bought a house in the suburbs that needed new landscaping, but every time I put out plants, the deer come during the night and eat them. What can I do? Ask folks planning a move into the countryside how they feel about nature and they’ll express devotion. A year and hundreds of landscaping… Continue reading Oh, deer, not tonight, please

landscape design, lawn care, National Gardening Association, native plants, plant support, when to plant

WHEN to plant WHAT

My confession that rules were blatantly disregarded when I planted shrubs during  July brought sorrowful bent heads and looks of disapproval.  And those were just from Gus the Wonder Cat..... I can imagine what your thoughts on the subject might be. As a designer, I often myself tempted to The Dark Side, putting FORM before… Continue reading WHEN to plant WHAT