Environment

Köppen Climate Classification: How to Use the Other Plant Map
Environment, Gardening, Home and Garden, Landscaping

Köppen Climate Classification: How to Use the Other Plant Map

When you have a question about landscaping in your geographical area, you might consult the Farmer’s Almanac for planting charts or frost dates, or look at the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map for plant hardiness. But there is another chart that could help you with your landscape decisions — the Köppen climate classification system. […]

Is a Greywater System Right for Your Landscape?
Environment, Landscaping, Water

Is a Greywater System Right for Your Landscape?

Imagine that instead of flowing into the sewer system, water discharged by your bathtub, dishwasher, kitchen sink and washing machine was pumped instead into your landscape. The systems that perform this task are called greywater systems (also spelled graywater, grey water and gray water). They sound eco-friendly and resource-conserving, and they […]

Natural Lawn Pesticides That Work (Hint: They’re Not Homemade Recipes)
Environment, Gardening, General Lawn Care, Home and Garden, Landscaping

Natural Lawn Pesticides That Work (Hint: They’re Not Homemade Recipes)

A beautiful lawn that could be certified organic, and is pest-free. Is it possible? Anyone calling their lawn “organic” will need organic means to repel lawn pests. That means synthetic chemical pesticides are out, due to their negative effects on wildlife and water quality. Folklore Pesticide Recipes: Organic, but Unproven If mainstream […]