Scarecrows have been used to guard crops for centuries. Despite their practical origins, today’s characters are particularly well dressed with hats, gloves and scarves!
A creature of many forms and faces, the scarecrow charms or spooks, depending on its primary purpose. Scarecrows have been known to loaf on the porch, work in the fields, guard the fence or simply hang out in the garden.…
October promises to give us a break from the scorching weather that typically lingers well past summer.
With any luck, temperatures will drop and rainfall will fall, triggering colorful blooms and signaling autumn’s arrival.
A few fall favorites for North Central Texas include:
Although many cosmos bloom in early-to-mid summer, others vigorously bloom in fall – particularly yellow and orange-colored varieties.…
Beautiful gardens consist of myriad plant types, such as flowers, vines, shrubs and trees.
In modern gardens, ornamental grasses are also considered essential building blocks in a well-conceived garden design. They provide color, structure and movement, even when other plants go dormant. Grasses offer endless versatility, come in many forms and may be used in a variety of situations.…
Fall is prime gardening season in North Central Texas.
Most plant types require attention – everything from wildflowers to trees.
Specific tasks include planting, pruning, fertilizing and controlling pests or disease. Take advantage of fall’s moderating weather to tackle the following tasks:
1. Plant trees and shrubs in fall or winter to allow plenty of time for roots to establish before the return of summer heat.…
Strategic placement of landscape plants can afford your home or office significant energy savings by helping to warm or cool structures.
In a perfect world, buildings and plants work together to save energy while keeping people comfortable year-round.
The position of a structure on its site determines its exposure to heat and cold.…
As grateful as gardeners are for rain, high humidity can promote fungal diseases and other pesky garden and lawn problems.
Keep an eye out for the following:
This common plant disease is one of many mildew fungi.
As the fungus grows, it releases spores that blow in the wind and land on other plants.…
Do you ever wish that you could capture the precious rainwater that falls all too infrequently?
While it is impossible to save all the rain that occasionally soaks your property, you may capture a significant amount for later use.
Harvesting rainwater for use in home landscapes saves money, reduces demand on municipal water supplies, makes efficient use of a valuable resource and helps to reduce flooding, erosion and contamination of surface water from runoff.…
While dried herbs are readily available, fresh herbs add a special zest to most dishes, especially if the herbs are cultivated in your own garden.
Growing herbs at home is easy, takes little space and ensures freshness that simply can’t be found in store-bought fare.
This year, grow a few herbs to perk up your culinary creations!…