What’s So Important About Native Plants


Autumn is an ideal time to plant trees. Cool weather allows them to establish roots in their new locations before spring rains and summer heat stimulate Continue reading

I Never Promised You a Rain Garden


As water focused as I am, it’s surprising, I know. I do not have a rain garden. We do, however, have some native plants that we placed in the wetter areas of our yard. Wait a minute… could it be we have an accidental rain garden?

And what is a rain garden, you may be wondering. According to the Rain Garden Network, a rain garden can mimic the natural absorption and pollutant removal activities of a forest, or a meadow or or a prairie and can absorb runoff more efficiently, sometimes as much as 30% – 40% more then a standard lawn. Capturing rainwater in a rain garden, holding the water for a short time and then slowly releasing it into the soil can reduce the rush of a large storm – quickly, neatly and Continue reading

Mosquito Predators


iStock_dragonflyA few years ago, I read that bats love mosquitoes. Convinced–willing to try anything to avoid spraying myself with toxic, bad-smelling DEET–I purchased a couple of bat houses online (according the website, two houses is the magic number). My husband climbed up a ladder, precariously stood upon the top rung and hung the houses onto trees (the instructions were very specific as to how high to hang the Continue reading

Plants That Deter — Even Eat — Mosquitoes


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Believe it or not… there are plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. No chemicals required! Continue reading

Funky Mosquito Facts


  • Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes (still need to confirm: is this true for fake blondes?)
  • Most adult female mosquitoes live 2-3 weeks, during which time they can feed 4 or 5 times, laying eggs after each meal. Some species that over winter in garages, culverts and attics can live as long s 6 months.
  • Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid. Continue reading
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