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  1. Plants that Attract Small Mammals & Birds

    You don’t have to be a Disney Princess to frolic with wildlife. You can look out your back window and watch rabbits hopping across your yard or squirrels scurrying up trees. 

     

    Even stroll through your yard and follow a butterfly as it flits from blossom to blossom or a cardinal sitting in one of your shrubs. Before you invest in magical princess powder, we will go over what plants attract small mammals and feathered friends.

     

    Where to Begin When Creating a Wildlife Habitat

     

    Native = Naturally Attractive to Wildlife

    Generally, you want to look for native species. That is what wildlife has enjoyed in the past, and what they will be looking for in the future. And natives will often grow the best with less work on your part.

     

    Create a

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  2. Fertilizing: A How-To Guide for the Brand New Gardener

    If you are new to growing plants and gardening, the subject of fertilizers can feel rather daunting. You may have glanced at different products and thought, “Chemicals… Eeeek!” 

     

    But using fertilizers to grow strong, healthy plants doesn’t need to be scary. With a little knowledge, you can confidently pick out the right fertilizer for your needs.

     

    Where Should You Begin?

    If you are just starting a garden for the first time, you might want to have your soil tested. Knowing the pH of the soil is helpful because the pH affects how well plants will grow and what plants will grow well in your dirt. 

     

    You will also want to know what nutrients your soil is missing so that you can add what is lacking!

     

    What Exactly

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  3. The 5 Best Shrubs for Nesting Birds

    It’s that time of year! The time when fledglings begin making their first flights and then come hopping through the garden in search of food. These adorable birds will become the next generation of feathered friends to spread seeds far and wide and help pollinate plants. 

     

    Your local birds are also the frontline when it comes to natural pest control. They gobble up mosquitos and Japanese beetles along with other nuisance insects. And let’s not forget how exciting it is to find a nest of eggs that will soon become featherless pink hatchlings. 

     

    If you’re looking to increase your army of fledglings, investing in habitat shrubs where they can nest is a surefire way to do so. What shrubs offer the best cover, support, food, and protection?

     

    Junipers

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  4. How To Maintain A Backyard That's Safe For Pets

    Pets and plants: so many gardeners love their four-legged friends and their botanical buddies, but at times, the two struggle to get along. 

     

    Between plants that are potentially dangerous to pets and sharp gardening tools, it can seem difficult to maintain a pet-friendly yard. However, with a bit of insight, pet-safe plants, and pet-smart garden design, your yard can be a paradise for you and your pets.

     

    Designing Your Garden Layout with Your Pets In Mind

    When establishing your gardens, you want to plan ahead and create a pet-smart layout. If you don’t plan ahead, you may find that your dog doesn’t have enough room to run and play or your cat has made it a habit to scale a tree up and over your fence. 

     

    To avoid these pitfalls and to pre

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  5. You’ve Just Bought A New Home. Now, What About The Landscaping?

    So you have just closed on the house of your dreams, moved in, and unpacked. Can it truly be the house of your dreams, if you haven’t put your personal touch on the yard yet? 

     

    Making the yard your own can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning and research, you can have a yard that reflects your personality before the year is out.

     

     

    Scope Out What the Neighbors Have Going On

     

    While we’d never advise you to try to “keep up with the Joneses,” looking at your neighbors’ landscaping can spark ideas for your own. So, before you do anything else, drive around your area looking for landscaping ideas that appeal to you. 

     

    Ask yourself the following: 

    • Do you want something that requires little maintenance or a bit more time? 
    • Would you enjoy some landscaping that includ
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  6. DI-Why Not Build Your Own Planter Boxes?

    Tired of paying top dollar for a new rustic looking planter or just want to reduce waste? Why not build a planter box yourself? DIY garden planters save you money, and you get to create a one-of-a-kind planter. 

     

    With a little creativity, minimal tools, and a little sweat, you can build a new home for your favorite flowers. Plus, getting hands-on can be so much more enjoyable.

     

    Why DIY Planter Boxes?

     

    You’ve probably heard the saying, “It isn’t the destination, it’s the journey.” The same can be true for do-it-yourself projects. Plus, it’s great to be able to build exactly what you want while spending less. And there’s that warm, fuzzy feeling you get everytime you see your home-built planter, knowing that you made it yourself. 

     

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  7. 5 Overlooked Beneficial Garden Bugs & The Bad Bugs They Prey On

    When you’re working in the garden it is nearly impossible to not come across a few friends with six legs, eight legs, and too many legs to count. These bugs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and roles in the garden. 

     

    Bugs are an important part of the ecosystem and play a vital role in pollinating your plants, but not all creepy crawlies have your garden’s best interest in mind. Some bugs are better kept at bay while others should be invited in with open blooms.

     

    If you’ve wondered which are helpful and which are harmful, this article will give you a helping hand… or six. We’ll help you identify some common garden bugs, explain which are most beneficial (and which are not), and point out some plants that invite more pollinators into your garden.

     

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  8. Create a Breathtaking & Low-Maintenance Flower Garden

    It’s a myth that you need to spend hours in the garden every week to maintain bright, beautiful, bountiful blooms. No matter your zone, shade levels, and yard size, you can achieve a breathtaking garden overflowing with flowers without clearing out your schedule to keep up with it. All it takes is a bit of planning, some know-how, and picking plants worth their weight in free time.

     

    Why Everyone Should Invest in a Low-Maintenace Flower Garden

    Gardening is great for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Getting in touch with nature is calming and reduces stress, while flowers have been proven t

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  9. 5 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

    Let the Good Thymes Grow! It’s Earth Day! 

    Earth Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s a day to renew your commitment to protecting our most precious resource: the environment. In many ways, we consider Earth Day a birthday day for plants, pollinators, and native species. 

     

    Furthermore, Earth Day is a great reason to get your hands dirty, add some more beneficial plants to your collection, and make some fun (and Earth-friendly) improvements to your garden.

     

    Why Earth Day Matters

    While it’s difficult to imagine a world without Earth Day, this day of awareness has made a huge impact on the environmental movement. Before Earth Day most Americans (and people abroad) didn’t think very much about how we affect wildlife, water systems, plants, and the planet. 

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  10. Top 8 Of Our Spring Favorites

    When you’re a plant enthusiast, there’s only one thing on your mind this time of year: spring flowers. Spring is one of the most magical seasons. 

     

    Between flowering trees and shrubs and massive blooms soaring atop spring bulbs, it’s easy to get caught up in what you should have planted… Luckily, it’s not too late to begin planning and collecting your favorite for next spring. 

     

    To help make your decision easier, we’ve selected our top picks here at Plantify that celebrate spring with more blooms than you can imagine.

     

     

     

     

    This bright and prolific shrub offers more

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