Houseplant of the Month: Schefflera Arboricola

Schefflera Arboricola Also called “umbrella trees,” schefflera plants are popular houseplants that can flourish for years with the right care. Here’s what you need to know. Place plants in bright, indirect light or grow outside in bright sunlight in zones 10 to 12.   Plant schefflera in containers with potting mix.   Water when the […]

It’s Time To Bring Houseplants Indoors

Step 1 – Figure Out What You Want to Bring Inside Walk around your garden and gather what you want to save. Think about your succulents, perennials and herbs out in the garden. Even, window boxes, displays and smaller containers can survive indoors with a little bit of help. Once you have gathered everything you […]

Reseeding Your Lawn in the Fall

ESTABLISH YOUR GOAL Homeowners overseed to correct thin lawns, but pros overseed to prevent thinning. For lawns in southern regions, overseeding warm-season grasses with cool-season reinforcements adds green color during winter. When warm-season grasses go brown, overseeding with a premium, cool-season ryegrass provides a green temporary lawn while your permanent, warm-season grasses are dormant. TIME THE […]

Plant of the Month: Red Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum is a tender perennial fountain grass that is native to Africa, southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is a rapid-growing, clump-forming grass that produces arching, linear, narrow green leaves to 3’ tall and late summer flower spikes that rise above the foliage to 4’ tall. In warm areas where in may be grown […]

Four Reasons to Deadhead

Summer is here, and with it come more flowers to enjoy. But don’t forget deadheading—the removal of spent blossoms. Regular deadheading encourages many plants to flower for longer. Here are four reasons to keep up with this chore—plus, tips on how to deadhead flowers.  1. PROLONG THE BLOOM Removing spent flowerheads is one of the best ways to […]

Getting Rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are iridescent green beetles that carry a big threat because they will feed on a wide variety of plants. You’ll often be able to identify the damage because their leaf chewing leaves a lacy skeleton.  WHAT ARE JAPANESE BEETLES? These small insects do not discriminate when it comes to what types of plants they feed on, […]