GARDEN

For the Birds | Establishing Bird Havens In the Garden

For the Birds | Establishing Bird Havens In the Garden

Bird-watching offers a year-long adventure and learning opportunity that changes with the seasons. Benefits range from enhancing personal mindfulness that can lower blood pressure and reduce stress, to improving your ...
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Ornamental Grasses | The Garden’s Unsung Hero

Ornamental Grasses | The Garden’s Unsung Hero

Looking for a low-maintenance addition to your landscape that you can rely on all year for show-stopping good looks? Look no further than ornamental grasses. These hardy perennials are a ...
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Lakeside Landscaping | Solutions for Slopes and Other Challenges

Lakeside Landscaping | Solutions for Slopes and Other Challenges

Lakefront homeowners at Smith Mountain Lake enjoy soothing views of rippling water and lush vegetation. By implementing thoughtful landscaping on your own property, you can create appealing scenes that can ...
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Eliminating Pesky Weeds | The Natural Way

Eliminating Pesky Weeds | The Natural Way

Envision a lovely home, flanked by beautiful landscaping with colorful flower beds, a smattering of shrubbery and the greenery of the lawn, and maybe even a vegetable garden out back ...
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Foliage Container Gardens | Just the Leaves, Please

Foliage Container Gardens | Just the Leaves, Please

While flowers are lovely, have you ever stopped to think about what the real stars of your container gardens are? Consider the foliage—the plants that often get added as filler ...
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Planting for the Birds and the Bees

Planting for the Birds and the Bees

With recent declines in pollinator populations, more gardeners are taking care to plant items that attract and sustain these essential creatures. Over 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend ...
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Plant Smart, Plant Local | Native Shrubs that Thrive At Smithmountain Lake

Plant Smart, Plant Local | Native Shrubs that Thrive At Smithmountain Lake

Gardeners are often counseled toward selecting “native plants” in their choice of groundcover, shrubs and landscaping flora. Makes sense, but some of the traditional favorites—crepe myrtle and butterfly bush come ...
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Mulch Matters | The Many Benefits for Lakeside Landscapes

Mulch Matters | The Many Benefits for Lakeside Landscapes

Mulch offers a host of landscape perks. In the warmer months, it helps prevent weeds and slows evaporation, thereby conserving water. In cooler months, it acts as a blanket against ...
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