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House, landscape create microclimate in yard

As soon as a house is built, the microclimate of its landscape is created. The landscape enhances this created microclimate. How the landscape is created can enhance or distract from this microclimate.

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Prune ornamental shrub to its natural form

When an ornamental shrub is pruned, the end result shouldn’t be obvious. The end result, just like a good haircut, should be a plant growing in its natural form. Pruning plants this way is a lot less work and done much less often.

 
Late-winter freezes can damage plants

This winter, the valley hasn’t had any freezing temperatures at lower elevations. But let’s not forget about chilling injury (damage occurring somewhere around 50 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit) in new growth and fruits of tropical plants like tomatoes.

Refuge offers glimpses of tundra swans, bald eagles

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot to enjoy a winter’s day outside, especially when winds are light and the sun is bright.

True bottle tree different than nursery version

The bottle tree you are buying from the nursery — Brachychiton populneum — is not really a bottle tree at all. The true bottle tree (B. ruprestis) is very different from the nursery version because its trunk is truly shaped like a bottle. I

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