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Attracting Wildlife with Unbridled Enthusiasm

Wildlife in the Environment “DAD! A BUMBLEBEE!” My son yelled excitingly the other day. Of course, it was a dragonfly, but to my two-year-old son, all flying insects are bumblebees. Five minutes later we found ourselves lifting logs,… Read More

Gardening for Earth Day: The Five R’s in the Garden

The Five R’s of Landscape Maintenance How do you express yourself within your garden or landscape? Typically our landscapes are adorned with beautiful plants that sprinkle the landscape with color. The liveliness and beauty of landscapes are expressed… Read More

Florida’s Natural Melody: Landscape Patterns and Stream Health

Florida’s Natural Melody Have you ever gone paddling on a local spring run or river and sat silently listening to the wind, bird songs, rustling leaves, or lapping sounds of water along the bank-especially in the early morning?… Read More

Beyond Installation: Designing with Maintenance in Mind

Landscapes in Time I remember planting a small pine sapling when I was three years old in my parents’ backyard. By the time I moved the tree was already 25’ tall. Last March I saw the tree and… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Cultural Ecosystem Services

An Environment of Inspiration Next week I will be backpacking in the Grand Canyon. A group of friends and I are spending five days exploring the canyon; one of the world’s most popular natural wonders. According to the… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Provisioning Ecosystem Services

Introduction This morning I drank coffee and ate a giant bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and honey. Afterward, my family and I decided to go hiking. I put on my wool socks and filled up our reusable water… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Regulating Ecosystem Services

A Continued Series If you are currently eating breakfast or enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea-thank a pollinator. While you are outside today, enjoying the fresh air and shade-thank a tree. These are a couple examples… Read More

Landscape Design Series: Right Plant, Right Place

This is the fourth post in the Landscape Design Series “Don’t Panic” has been our reoccurring mantra with the landscape design series. Now that we have discussed some of the basics of landscape design, our confidence should have… Read More

Ending Your Irrigation Frustration

Landscaping Pet Peeve Here are a few of my landscaping pet peeves: invasive species, volcano mulching, and improper irrigation. Improper irrigation bothers me the most, especially when I see wasted water on sidewalks and roadways. I used to… Read More