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Water Gardens

Water Gardens

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 I will begin this column with the disclaimer that I have very little first hand experience with water gardens. I have not yet gotten around to adding a water feature to my own landscape, in spite of my wife’s frequent suggestions that “we” should put one in our backyard garden. My wife... 

Give Your Tree an Early Spring Boost

Give Your Tree an Early Spring Boost

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 OK, I admit it. I have a hard time walking by any sort of smoothie stand without ending up with a tall smoothie in my hand and the business end of a straw in my mouth. Buying a smoothie is not like buying an old-fashioned milk-shake. Once you finally decide on what combination of fruit(s) and... 

It’s Time to Fertilize Trees

It’s Time to Fertilize Trees

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 June and July are “tree fertilizing season” in Wyobraska, so I like to run a reminder column each year about this time. Fertilizing trees is important in Wyobraska—but the most important thing you can do for your trees, young or old, is to make sure that they are separated from the lawn by... 

Colorful Springtime Perennials

Colorful Springtime Perennials

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 Trying to find flowers to brighten up a spring Wyobraska garden can be a challenge. Daffodils and tulips are beautiful—some years. But give us a few of those famous windy days when tulips are in bloom and your beautiful clump of tulips may end up being little more than a clump of green stalks.... 

What Makes a Good Perennial (2004)

What Makes a Good Perennial (2004)

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 What makes a good perennial? It can be so confusing–walking into a garden center and looking at the perennial display. There is usually a wide assortment from which to choose. The pictures and the information cards all seem to say that every perennial is equally good for your garden. And... 

Reasons to Use Native Plants

Reasons to Use Native Plants

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 At my house, the reason, “Because I say so,” never has carried much weight. So I’ve also had to do the hard work of coming up with and present actual good reasons why my wife or children should do something that I thought was a good thing to do. I’ve noticed the same is true whenever... 

Native is Where the Heart Is

Native is Where the Heart Is

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 I grew up in eastern Nebraska, closer to the Missouri River than to the Platte River. By birth I may be an eastern Nebraska native, but after living in western Nebraska for over 25 years, I’d never move back to eastern Nebraska to live—it’s too windy, too humid, too cloudy, too green, and... 

Beautiful Native Plants

Beautiful Native Plants

A Prairie Garden Journal 2004 “Beauty is only skin deep”, one well-known and often used saying goes. It may explain why native plants are not more widely used in landscapes. At first look, many native plants just don’t look as beautiful as most traditional non-native landscape plants. But there’s another relevant... 

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