What Kind of Bird Food Should You Use?

Looking to attract a particular bird? A great article from National Audubon Society pretty much covers it!

Black-oil Sunflower Seed: This will attract the widest variety of species, including: Chickadees, titmice, cardinals, and nuthatches.

White Millet: Ground-feeding species, such as juncos and sparrows favor this food. To Order: Cole’s MI10 White Millet Bird Seed, […]

Colocasia gigantea “Thailand Giant”

The first year (2012)

The second year (2103) with weekly fertilizer

It was love at first sight when I first saw this plant. Living in Indiana, I love to have that tropical feel in my backyard during the summer. I bought this plant online and planted it in a pot after the threat […]

New Plant Hardiness Zone Map Reveals Warming Trend

 

The USDA released their new version of the Plant Hardness Zone Map in January 2012. The new map is generally one 5- degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous released map back in 1990. This mostly is a result of using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period. More […]

Aquascape’s Poly-Resin Decorative Water Fountains

New for 2012! Lightweight, affordable and eye-catching!

Aquascape poly-resin decorative water features combine beauty, detail and intricate design of more expensive traditional decorative pieces. Decorative water features are often made from more expensive materials like brass, steel or copper. Poly-resin is a sturdy material that can be intricately molded, allowing for an […]

Emerald Ash Borer

Image compliments of www.emeraldashborer.info/

If you live in the Midwest, you have probably heard of the emerald ash borer (EAB) and the havoc it has caused on ash trees.

Believing to have originated from imported shipping material made from ash, this exotic beetle was first identified in Michigan where it’s destruction started. Since then, […]

What is that Tree?

Need help identifying a tree? A new smartphone app, called Leafsnap, is available for iPhone and iPad users. This free service uses visual recognition software to search a growing library of leaf images from your submitted photograph.

More information is available at www.leafsnap.com

Maintenance Calendar for Indiana Lawns

Want a few tips from the experts? Purdue University Department of Agronomy has developed a great calendar titled, “Maintenance Calendar for Indiana Lawns” (Publication AY-27) aimed to help Indiana residents with their lawns. Their calendar/chart, which is shown below breaks down the monthly lawn responsibilities based on maintenance levels.

Maintenance levels are as follows:

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7 Steps to a Better Lawn

If you are the primary lawn care expert of your yard, you know that having a beautiful lawn takes work. But, that hard work will pay off in time. Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy has a great publication discussing this very topic. This publication is quite beneficial for individuals in zone 5 so always […]

LED Lighting Has A Bright Future

LED, light emitting diodes, are becoming commonplace in most homes. In the past few years, this technology has expanded to the water gardening arena as well. It’s easy to see why this technology is becoming popular since it offers clean, bright light. Compact in size and more energy efficient make LED lights […]

Rain Gardens

While forests and agricultural land are replaced with urban areas, it’s easy to see why increased storm runoff from these impermeable surfaces becomes a problem. Storm water runoff picks up pollutants from streets, sidewalks and lawns. It’s then rushed off to storm drains and to our local waterways and lakes. The end result is […]