Author: Brenda Ryan

10 Worst Trees to Plant in Austin
Austin, TX, City Rankings

10 Worst Trees to Plant in Austin

Considering planting a tree as part of your outdoor landscaping? It’s a good idea since trees offer beauty, shade and can clean the air. They may even boost your property’s value. There are, however, some types of trees you should absolutely avoid. The following trees are the 10 worst, and […]

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Austin, TX

Best Native Plants for Your Austin Garden

Austin has a climate that sets it apart from the rest of the Lone Star State. The area gets more rainfall than other parts of Texas but is much less humid. Choosing native plants that already grow naturally in the Austin area is your best bet for creating a beautiful […]

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Los Angeles

Pros and Cons of DIY Lawn Care in Los Angeles

The sunshine and pleasant weather in the greater Los Angeles area creates the perfect conditions for your plants. It can be hard to balance family and work life and maintain your lawn during the height of the growing season. Deciding whether to mow your own grass and trim your shrubs […]

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Chicago, Illinois

Creating A Dog-Friendly Yard in Chicago

From the suburbs to downtown, Chicago is definitely a dog-friendly city. Our four-legged friends provide companionship and encourage us to get outdoors for daily walks. We need to return the favor by making sure they have a safe outdoor space for them. Check out these tips on creating a dog-friendly […]

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Chicago, Illinois

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes in Chicago

Thanks to our proximity to the Great Lakes, the Windy City can often be the skeeter city. Summer is prime time for those hungry female mosquitoes that love to feed at daybreak and dusk. Enjoying your backyard can be nearly impossible when the critters are waiting for their next feast. […]

The 10 Most Irish Cities in America
City Rankings

The 10 Most Irish Cities in America

“There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” That Irish proverb is hundreds of years old, but it still rings true today, especially in America on St. Patrick’s Day. Seems everyone is Irish on March 17th, or at least claims […]

Native Flowers to Plant in Memphis
Memphis, TN

Native Flowers to Plant in Memphis

Here in Memphis, Mother Nature blesses us with a wide variety of native plants and flowers. It’s best to plant native flowers in your gardens over non-native plants since they acclimate easily to our climate. They also adapt to our soil and repel pests. Our local birds and pollinators prefer […]

The Worst Garden Pests in Rochester, NY
New York, Rochester

The Worst Garden Pests in Rochester, NY

It won’t be long before we’re out in our gardens prepping for spring planting. It’s easy to overlook the multitude of bugs that see your garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet until it’s too late. Don’t bend to the will of the bugs. Take your garden back by identifying and fighting […]