Monthly Archives: December 2018

GRASS: Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The newly added fact sheet about Sorghastrum nutans, Indian Grass, describes this native of much of North America which was once one of the dominant grass species of the tallgrass prairie. It is a good choice for erosion control on slopes and combines well with robust wildflowers such as butterfly-weed, purple coneflower, orange coneflower, and other native grasses. Continue reading

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Maintaining Our Tree Canopy: Ways You Can Help

Thinking of planting more trees? It’s not too early to plan for next year!
Both Alexandria and Arlington support the idea of maintaining and increasing the tree canopy of our highly urbanized area, and offer residents assistance through either free or reduced rate young tree. While fall is an ideal time to plant trees, our local governments offer trees sales or deliveries in spring as well. One such program in Arlington requires application by January 7, so we are offering information to help you plan. Continue reading

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TREE: Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum)

Ever wonder what those prickly woody seed balls are underfoot? Look up and if you see star-shaped leaves, it’s the native Sweet Gum. Continue reading

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Winter Tool Care

Gardeners usually think of winter as a time for taking stock of the year’s successes and failures and then planning for the upcoming growing season. One important task they should consider before designing new beds or perusing seed catalogs is preparing their gardening tools for off-season storage. Tools that are well cared for will last longer, take less effort to use, cause less damage to plants, and help to prevent the spread of diseases. Continue reading

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