Starting a garden can be daunting, which is why more people are turning to patio gardening as an easy alternative. You may not have the space for a full-sized garden. Or you may not be ready to commit the time, money, and energy required to build a large garden. If you want to try out your green thumb and start with something more manageable, then a garden on your patio, porch, balcony, or terrace could be the perfect fit for you.
If you’ve looked around lately, you’ll see gardening is having a major moment with millennials.
Citing generational, environmental, and other pandemic-related stressors, “nearly half of millennials and Gen Z individuals globally say they are stressed all or most of the time,” per CNBC. PBS reports millennials are even more stressed than older Americans. Looking for a natural remedy, millennials are embracing plant-parenthood as a road to wellbeing.
The construction process on your new North Texas home is nearly complete! But what about the yard? Right now, it may be a bare patch of black dirt with some assorted rocks mixed in. The beautiful new home you’ve envisioned won’t be finished until there is a complementary landscape surrounding it. What is involved in new build landscaping and why is it so important? Below, we answer these questions, review the new construction landscaping process, and provide landscaping tips for new homes.
To most homeowners at Harvest by Hillwood in Argyle/Northlake, vegetable gardening in North Texas means an abundance of fresh produce that will soon be part of a tasty, healthy meal. But for the inexperienced, starting a vegetable garden may seem like a daunting task. Don’t worry. Every successful gardener was a beginner once. Our guide to vegetable gardening for beginners provides the fundamentals on how to start a garden.
The holidays are here once again and so is holiday shopping! With a long list of gifts to buy, you may be looking for some inspiration to help quickly check a few gifts off your list. Good news–we’re here to help.
If you are considering starting an organic garden, there are a few things you should know before you begin. With a little know-how and patience, you will be crunching on fresh produce in no time.
Do you reach for your gardening tools after a particularly long and stressful workweek? Does digging in the soil help you feel happy and relaxed? Have you found a great sense of fulfilment in watching the fruits of your labor thrive? If so, you may be experiencing the benefits of ecotherapy, also called nature therapy or green therapy.
Planting and harvesting crops have been a way of life for human beings for thousands of years and today, gardening is a beloved pastime for many. From cultivating flowers to growing vegetables, many people find great joy in caring for the earth.
Pollination—or the transportation of pollen from one plant to another—is often done by insects, particularly bees and butterflies. Learn more about Texas pollinators and explore how to build a pollinator garden in North Texas.
Farmers and gardeners have known this for years, but home landscaping trends are beginning to reflect the fact that it is easier, less expensive, and more eco-friendly to create outdoor spaces that work with the environment rather than against it. For communities here in Texas, that often means working with unpredictable rainfall totals. Water-efficient landscaping allows Texas residents to work with our climate to create beautiful, unique landscapes.
Summer is coming, and that means it’s time to talk about your garden. Summer, with its extreme heat, comes with a host of gardening challenges. That’s why it is essential to understand how to take care of your garden during the summer and which types of plants are best for planting during the summer.
Gardening is one of the most beneficial recreational activities you can participate in, especially if you have access to a community garden program. It’s relaxing, promotes physical activity, and gets you outside—an especially significant health benefit. However, we Texas gardeners quickly learn that growing plants in north Texas can be a challenge.
A community garden is a plot of land managed by members of the community who want to grow their own produce. The benefits of community gardens are plentiful. You may be surprised to learn all the ways you and your neighborhood can benefit from community gardening.
Gardening is a rewarding pursuit enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Seeing the results of your efforts sprouting from the ground can be so satisfying. What’s more, thriving plants can brighten up your space and add value and curb appeal to your home. You may not realize it, but there’s a lot more to gardening than pretty flowers and fresh vegetables.
If you’re not knowledgeable about the practice of composting, dive into our composting 101 to learn some composting basics, helpful tips, and what’s compostable.
Creating a family garden can be a great experience that all family members can enjoy.
Learn why home gardening has gain popularity in recent months, and why it isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon.
Growing a garden and getting your hands dirty can be a very rewarding hobby. You can grow decorative plants like a juniper shrub, a hydrangea bush, or drought-tolerant grasses like fescue to make creative landscapes. Or you can tend to a functional at-home garden that produces vegetables and fruits from winter to summer.
Newly planted trees all need special care to encourage health and vigor.
I have discussed the importance of soil management at each of my garden visits. Keeping a healthy soil in the garden is so important, yet can be very energy consuming. For those of you who are interested in a quick and time-saving method for producing great soil, and of course great plants, I have a few recommendations:
In April, the common areas in the HOA will be treated for fire ants. So the ants do not move and take up residence in your yard, now would be a good time for you to join with the landscape maintenance contractor and your neighbors to use the Texas Two Step Method for fire ant control. By everyone treating at the same time, the fire ant population will be reduced in your neighborhood and you will not have to cohabitate with these pests.