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Gardening Can Improve Your Mood…Among Other Things

Gardening is proven to make you happy. It can actually ward off depression and unhappiness. A Gardener’s Magazine poll even reports that 90% of gardeners feel that gardening improves their mood, and 80% of gardeners polled were satisfied with their lives – as opposed to a 67% life satisfaction rate among non-gardeners. Scientific research at a number of universities shows …

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Rocks Can Make All the Difference: Using Rocks for Landscaping

We may not always think about it, but rocks can add an entirely new level to our landscaping – a unique visual element with different, interesting textures and shapes. Landscaping rocks can help you create a natural oasis – a majestic backdrop to cascading flowers in your flower beds or a dramatic water feature. Rocks can create beauty, depth and …

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Different Types of Soils and Their Uses

Different types of soils are comprised of varying amounts of minerals and nutrients, as well as drainability…providing much different levels of support to plant life. In fact, the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables is dependent upon the nutritional content of the top soil in which they grow. There are over 20,000 types of soil. The most common soil types: …

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A History of Palm Trees

The palm, with over 2,500 different species, has long been revered for its rich history. Back in the day, a famous botanist commissioned by the Crown to research the plant life in the English colonies, described a wide array of palm species in Florida and its surrounds. Palms are so prevalent here that the palm tree is currently Florida’s state …

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Best Florida Plants

We are very lucky to live in Florida. Our growing season is nice and long, ensuring that we can enjoy our plants for so much longer than northerners can. There are so many plants that flourish here… Tulips, hyacinths and some irises and lilies need a cold, dormant period, so you are out of luck if you planned on planting …

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Summer’s Flourishing Flora

The summer elements can be harsh on plants, but if you know what to plant to beat the summer heat and sun, you can bet your yard will flourish. There are a few questions to ask yourself first, and then let the planting begin! If you live on the coast, your garden may fare better with plants that tolerate high …

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How to Best Care for Your Yard in the Summer

While spring is more about yard preparation, summer is a time for maintenance. Proper lawn maintenance promotes healthy root systems, so that your lawn will be more drought-tolerant and resistant to pests and disease. Here are a few tips for summer yard maintenance in Florida: Fertilize only when grass is actively growing. In Florida, that would exclude winter months. Do …

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Best Plants for Spring

Spring has sprung! Florida gardeners can grow plants and vegetables year-round, but spring is the time when warm weather returns, temperatures have not reached their hottest and everything restarts its growing season. Some great summer annuals that can be planted in the spring are caladium, which requires full to partial shade; salvia, which is more partial shade to partial sun; …

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Different Types of Mulch

Mulch has a host of benefits. Of course it can prevent the germination of weeds, but it can also protect the soil from extreme temperatures which can damage root systems. Mulch keeps soil damp longer after it rains, which can help tremendously during dry periods. It can also keep soil from compacting in heavy rains, and it helps retain oxygen …

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Checklist for Summer Landscaping

Summer is a great time to have parties by the pool, entertain guests and simply enjoy your yard…so now is the perfect time to start preparing your yard for fun in the sun! Planning ahead and keeping up with yard maintenance all year long can also help keep your yard maintenance responsibilities from piling up. First, you want to make …