Gardening Differently This Spring With an Ecological Focus

As spring begins, gardeners and landscape pros take off like runners at the starting line when the gun goes off.   Please pause for just a moment, and consider how you might do things a little bit differently in the landscape this year. This spring you can make a huge positive impact to the landscapes you design, install, garden or maintain.  …

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Spotlight on Invasive Plants: Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)

At this time of year, there are some very compelling plants in the landscape, strikingly beautiful as they take on their amazing fall color.  One of the loveliest to look at is Euonymus alatus, commonly known as burning bush or winged euonymus.  Its foliage and unusual fruit begin to turn bright red in October and are highly visible in the landscape.…

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7 EcoBeneficial Tips for Planting Native Trees this Fall

Fall is a fantastic time to plant many trees.   In most parts of the country, the warm days and cool nights of autumn favor healthy root development before winter arrives.   Choosing appropriate plants and using proper planting methods are critical to your planting success and to the long-term health of the trees.  Here are 7 tips to help you get…

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It All Starts With the Soil: Preparing the EcoBeneficial Garden

A flourishing garden begins with healthy soil –  it’s your ecological starting point.  A simple soil test will help you determine key things like:  what plants will thrive in your garden (and what won’t), whether you have heavy metals or toxins in you soil (important to know if you are growing edibles), and how much organic matter your soil has (vital…

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Critical Early Trees and Shrubs for Bees

Honey Bee on Big Leaf Maple

In very the early spring, trees and shrubs with early blooms are critical for honey bees and our native bees.  Some provide both nectar and pollen, and some only offer  pollen.  As the growing season progresses, more resources become available to bees, but you can help them out in early spring by planting some early blooming native trees and shrubs. …

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Benefits of a Blanket of Snow in Your Garden

Love it or hate it, snowfall in winter is a reality for most of the country.  EcoBeneficial is in the “love it” category.  Here’s why: Snow as Insulator Snow is not only beautiful, but a blanket of snow acts as just that – a natural blanket of insulation for your garden soil.  As with home insulation, the R value is determined by…

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