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 […]

Palm tree seedlings
Tree care

Guide to Selecting and Planting Palm Trees

Nothing symbolizes a tropical and beachy paradise better than a palm tree. Adding one, or many, to your home gives an otherwise bland landscape a kiss of the exotic. To grow palm trees properly starts with proper planting and the steps to planting a new palm aren’t difficult. Proper planting gets […]

Old oak tree
Home and Garden, Landscaping, Tree care

Taking Care of Aging Trees

The towering oaks and majestic maples that provide shade and offer branches sturdy enough to support a swing require special care. As trees mature, they direct more of their energy toward the maintenance of living tissue and less energy to lengthening limbs and roots or expanding girth,” explains David Mercker, […]

Bountiful crop on Amanda Shiffler's carefully prued apple tree
Tree care

How, When, Why to Prune Apple Trees

Pumpkin spice? Pffffftttt. I can take it or leave it. For me, fall means fresh-picked apples turned into mile-high pies with a crumb topping and ice cream, warm apple crisp right out of the oven, and freshly pressed cider. Having an apple tree in my backyard means easy access to […]