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How to attract pollinators to your yard = Save the Bees

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ASK AN EXPERT How to attract pollinators to your yard = save the bees Gardeners can create pollinator-friendly gardens by growing native plants and eliminating pesticide use. Encouraging the preservation of heritage plants emphasizes the importance of creating pollinator habitats in home landscapes. If you want a healthy garden then you need insects. The best way to ensure insects are present is to have flowers that bloom for the entire season. Thus gardeners should plant for sequential blooming from spring thru to autumn. While planting nectar-rich flowers to attract pollinators, including the hummingbirds, is important

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Xeriscaping = Drought Tolerant Garden

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  ASK AN EXPERT Xeriscaping = Drought Tolerant Garden Helping plants survive drought use to mean turning on the sprinkler at the end of a hot day. There is a more water efficient way of gardening that saves water and time. The goal of xeriscaping is to build a sustainable garden that helps plants survive dry periods on their own, without relying on supplemental watering, fertilizer and other maintenance tasks. There are four key elements that make a xeriscape garden successful and beautiful. 1) Get to the root: Shallow rooted plants are more dependent on

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Pruning

Pruning is a very important part of plant, shrub and tree care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health. Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping. You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant. Pruning also improves air flow through the plant and can encourage better branch distribution which results in a healthier, more vigorous plant that is more disease tolerant. Post-bloom pruning maximizes the blooms for the following season.

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The Bee Garden

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Bee attracting plants are both beautiful and useful. Bees are not especially attracted to fragrant flowers but have a marked preference for those of blue colour. Bees like flowers on which they can land and poke around. They have good colour vision preferring blue and yellow. They cannot see red but they can see ultraviolet.

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The Butterfly Garden

Butterflies see the whole spectrum of colours but prefer the brilliantly coloured deep pinks, reds, scarlets, bright blues and usually those flowers that are very fragrant too. Most butterfly plants are perennial and thus will be a permanent sanctuary for butterfly caterpillars. Shrubs and perennials that attract butterflies are honeysuckle, verbena, hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), lantana, butterfly bush, violets, columbine, larkspur, beauty bush, morning glory, frog-fruit, blue-eyed grass, lemon mint,

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Companion Planting

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Companion planting is vital for organic vegetable production. It is also a type of intercropping. Intercropping and companion planting is very beneficial for flower beds too. There are plants that assist each other to grow; plants that repel harmful insects to companion plants; plants that retard other plants growth; plants that delete the soil whilst others that add to the soil. You may have heard that “roses love garlic”. Allium is the Latin word for garlic. Vegetable alliums are chives, garlic, leek, onion, and shallots all of which are excellent protective companions for roses. The

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Q: What is Pruning; why is it necessary and when do I prune?

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A:  Pruning is an important part of plant and shrub care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health.  Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping.   You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant.  Pruning also improves air flow through the plant and can encourage better branch distribution which results in a healthier, more vigorous plant that is more disease tolerant.  Post-bloom pruning maximizes the blooms for the following season. 

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All About Soil Testing

Harmony Gardens Landscaping offers complete basic soil testing for their lawn and flowerbed customers. We test pH (acidity/alkalinity), N (nitrogen), P (phosphorous), K (potassium) to individualize lawn and flowerbed care programs to meet specific needs. We also offer just pH testing to assess acidity and alkalinity of soil to determine if there is a need to adjust. This can be very important in weed control as well as grass health. All plants need food nutrients for healthy growth. Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium play a vital role in plant growth just as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and

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