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Essential Plants for a Wyobraska Landscape

Essential Plants for a Wyobraska Landscape

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 I am often asked if I have favorite plants, and I can answer without reservation that I don’t. That said, I do have a list of plants, or more precisely a list of types of plants that I think are essential to a successful Wyobraska landscape. These are plants that meet two criteria—1. they... 

The New Wyobraska Fall

The New Wyobraska Fall

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 Whether its due to global climate change or a naturally occurring climate cycle of some sort, Wyobraska’s autumn is becoming a dramatically different season than it was just 20 years ago—and mostly for the better. An average temperature increase of five degrees or so has moved the first hard... 

Fall is for Xeriscaping

Fall is for Xeriscaping

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 The warmer and later autumns also make what was the best season for landscaping in Wyobraska even better for xeriscaping. The continuing drought has many Wyobraska homeowners considering xeriscaping. For those few readers that may not remember, xeriscaping is the word developed almost 30 years... 

The Colors of Autumn

The Colors of Autumn

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 A warmer than normal September seems to have delayed the onset of fall foliage color around Wyobraska this year, but hints of the colors of autumn are beginning to show. As more and more Wyobraska homeowners begin to add ornamental grasses, shrub roses, and fall blooming perennials to their landscapes,... 

Feed & Weed in the Fall For a GREEN Lawn

Feed & Weed in the Fall For a GREEN Lawn

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 It’s easy to get motivated to get out of the house in the springtime and do a few lawn care chores. You’ve been cooped up in the house all winter long, and it feels good to get outside into the warm sunshine and get a little exercise. But by the time fall rolls around, you’ve been mowing... 

Fall Landscaping Tips

Fall Landscaping Tips

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 Late summer is a relatively slow time, chore wise, in a Wyobraska landscape. No leaves to rake yet, the grass isn’t growing as fast anymore, so the mowing can be a little less frequent or less work, and the shorter day length and cooler temperatures bring a reprieve from the intense lawn watering... 

Big Red Fall Color

Big Red Fall Color

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 It’s the time of year when landscapes around Wyobraska begin to show their fall color. Bright, vivid fall colors are one of the highlights of the landscape year. In recent years a new species with a range of fall colors has been showing up in Wyobraska landscapes—I’m referring, of course,... 

The Seeds of a Good Landscape

The Seeds of a Good Landscape

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 Is your landscape going to seed? If it is, that’s a good thing. Flowers are pretty, but if you remember your sophomore biology class, the flower is just a plant’s way of getting the bees and the butterflies to do all of that x-rated stuff with the stamens and pistils, or whatever the heck... 

Is Your Landscape Neat or Messy?

Is Your Landscape Neat or Messy?

A Prairie Garden Journal 2007 A national organization recently surveyed a broad cross-section of homeowners to find out what homeowners find important in a landscape. Very high on the list of homeowner desires was “neatness”. In fact neatness was second in importance to “easy to maintain”. So its not too surprising... 

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