Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value

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Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to Delaware. Pinus taeda Botanical Description Pinus taeda: This tree […]

Early Spring Chores for Your Wildlife Garden

Texas Redbud

After the Polar Vortex, incessant snow storms, never-ending ices storms, sleet, hail, thunder snow, and frigid temperatures of this winter, it’s finally time to get your wildlife garden in shape for the coming early spring season. The good news is that early spring chores in a wildlife garden don’t take a lot of time and […]

Beneficial Insects at Philadelphia Flower Show

Floral Caterpillar, Mercer County Community College Horticulture Program

I’m not really a big fan of flower shows. Huge displays of prematurely forced tulips really aren’t my thing. Gardening to benefit wildlife with native plants is my thing. And there’s usually precious little of that happening at any flower show I’ve ever been to. But last week was the Philadelphia Flower Show, and I […]

Gimme Green Our Obsession With the American Lawn

Photo © Catherine Zimmerman. Used with permission

What is the largest irrigated crop in the US? Corn? Cotton? Soybeans? No. It’s our obsession with the American Lawn, which requires 30% of our fresh water for irrigation on the east coast, and more than 50% of our fresh water supplies in the west. If you happen to live in the west where drought […]

Why Bugs? With Heather Holm

Holm Native Bees

Heather Holm, our team mate at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens has just published the landmark book Pollinators of Native Plants. Keep reading to learn how you may win a copy. I interviewed Heather Holm to learn what sparked her interest in bugs, especially the pollinators, and her passion for learning more about the insect pollinators […]

How Do Birds Stay Warm in The Winter

Snow Robin

Birds have many built-in strategies for surviving the cold days of winter. And there are also many things we can do in our wildlife gardens to help winter birds. It’s 15 degrees outside. The Polar Vortex has gripped the country in frigid temperatures from New England to some unexpected places this year. Texas, Georgia, and […]

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