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  1. Top Trends In Using Native Plants In Front Yard Landscapes

    If you’re looking for a sign to redo your garden, to add more plants to your landscape, or anything along those lines, then this is it. We’re telling you to use native plants!

    They have it all: soft beauty, environmental benefits, visual interests, even fame. Well, we are working on the fame part, but you can help! Interested in hearing how? Find out below.

    What’s All The Buzz About Native Plants?

    Excellent question! And the answer may be more surprising than you thought. 

    Besides the fact that native plants supply dazzling visual displays within your home and garden, they also have a lot of ot

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  2. #ProPlantTips Soil Amendments and Fertilizers 101

    Great plants grow best in healthy garden soil. After all, plants need nutrients and trace elements for robust root growth, healthy foliage and abundant flowers.

    Are you jumping right into full-scale Backyard Orchard and container culture to feed your family with homegrown fruiting plants?

    Just getting started with a tiny Victory Garden or Salsa Garden on your balcony or deck?

    Or, are you a first time homeowner with established plantings and a…gulp…lawn?

    No matter what kind of gardener you are, you'll love watching your plants grow. And never before have there been so many innovative choices for gardeners. 

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  3. How To Grow Blueberries In Containers

    Blueberries In Containers

    Did you know that growing blueberries in containers is one of the easiest ways to expand your edible garden without using valuable backyard real estate? That’s right! With a little preparation and patience, you can be enjoying delicious, farm-fresh, berries straight from the bush, no matter how much space you have!

    Blueberries are notorious for their vitamin C and E packed fruit and have become a widely popular addition to backyards everywhere! However, you absolutely must make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and picking bushes that are best for your area.

    The wrong kind of blueberry bush can leave you wondering why you aren’t getting much fruit, or why it doesn’t fare as well in the colder months.

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  4. Top Flowering Plants To Help Pollinators

    It’s Pollinator Week everybody! And that means it’s an impeccable time to cover the importance of pollination and name off a few favorite plants that prove to be excellent pollinators.

    Looking to make a full-blown Butterfly Garden for local bee and butterfly populations? Or just want to add native plants that are great at attracting beneficial insects for your vegetable garden? Read on.

    First, Why Make Pollinator Friendly Gardens for a Variety of Pollinators?

    About 13 years ago, the U.S. Senate made the step to designate a solid week in June each year to raise more awareness about the declining pollinator populations. It has now grown to be an international celebration!

    Why may

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  5. Pie, Tart, Sour or Sweet Cherry? What’s the difference?

    Hand picking cherries off of a cherry tree

    It’s the age-old question, what’s the difference between all these cherry tree varieties? Ok, so maybe it’s not considered an age-old question, but it’s certainly one many ask and for good reason.

    Cherry trees are beloved across the world. Partly because of their beautiful blossoms and partly their scrumptious fruit. Picking a few off of the backyard tree makes the perfect snack for warm summer days lounging on the patio.

    However, you’ll want to make sure you’ve picked the best cherry tree for the job at hand. Will you be snacking right off the tree or are you hoping to bake a county fair award-winning pie? The answer will determine which variety you want.

    I Want a Pie Cherry Tree for my Cherry Pie Filling

    Ok, great! Pies are superb and cherries are certainly a key ingre

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  6. Small Space Gardening Tips & Tricks

    Small Space Gardening landscape

    Don’t let cramped apartments, downsized yards, or rented homes keep you from growing the garden of your dreams! There are an abundant amount of ways that you can achieve being an urban gardener without a vast amount of planting space. 

    From small fruit/vegetable gardens to growing your favored flowers in compact spaces, we have you covered. Let's get started!

    Start Using Hanging Plants 

    There is no going wrong with adding hanging plants to your mini garden! Saves space? Check. Grows beautiful flowers? Check. A fun DIY project? Check! 

    There are endless possibilities with starting a hanging garden and it is the p

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  7. Care Tips for Citrus Trees in Pots

    Care Tips for Citrus Trees in Pots

    Just getting started? Read our Selection Guide for the best Citrus varieties for container culture.

    Already ordered your new Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemons, Bearss Limes or Calamondin Oranges? Congrats!

    Let's get started early to prepare for the arrival of your new tree.

    Finding a Suitable Pot or Fabric Grow Bag

    Making good choices about containers doesn't have to be expensive. People are getting really creative in their Victory Garden designs. Go fancy if you can, or "cheap out" if you need to.

    Either

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  8. Grow Lemons in Pots: Victory Garden Selection Guide

    Top Varieties for Growing Citrus in Pots

    Join the Victory Garden movement! It seems like everyone is adding fruiting trees and plants to their landscape, no matter how large or small. After all, one of the best things in life to enjoy the taste, fragrance and health benefits of homegrown fruit.

    There is also something very satisfying about the feeling of being prepared. People all across the country are realizing how fulfilling it is to grow food for themselves, family and friends.

    Beyond sowing the seeds of a vegetable garden, why not add Citrus trees in your Victory Garden design? Growing your own lemons, limes, oranges and other Citrus varieties save you a lot of money over the long haul.

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  9. Will Tree Roots Damage My Water Pipes, Foundation, Sidewalks or Driveways?

    Tree roots

    Here at Nature Hills, we get asked a lot of questions about planting trees. People want to know if tree roots will grow into and damage pipes, water and sewer lines.  

    Sure, it’s true that some plants have aggressive roots and some trees are very surface-rooted. Certain soil conditions may cause a tree to adapt their typical style.  

    And of course, everyone's pipes are different. An old, cracked Orangeburg or clay pipe certainly tells a different story than new PVC pipe and steel pipes. 

    Tree Root Growth 101

    All roots are there to find food, oxygen, and water, and to anchor the plant in the soil

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  10. High-Density Planting and Successive Ripening Tips

    Summer pruning is key to high-density planting success

    Harvest season is the real payoff from planting fruit trees and plants. Here are some easy tips for home gardeners interested in increasing their yields.

    Imagine a continuous stream of super-fresh fruit for an entire season! The secret is planting your backyard orchard for successive ripening.

    Adding Variety to Your Edible Landscape

    You can buy specialty trees that have been multi-grafted. Growers graft several different varieties to a single rootstock.

    Who wouldn’t want to plant a single fruit tree and then have it continually provide fruit for the entire season?

    It’s a great concept and can be successful. However, please note that this does requires careful pruning to ensure that no one variety “takes over”.

    Perhaps an easier and more effective solution is to incl

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