Soil pH. Why does it matter?

Let’s just dive right in; soil pH should matter to all of us because it matters to plants.  Many plants, from trees to shrubs, from perennials to turfgrasses, have pH preferences so strong, they might as well be called requirements.  Ignoring plant needs such as soil pH could mean plant decline, all the way up… Read more »

All About Hydrangeas!

Ah, the hydrangea!  While most shade gardens can boast of at least one plant, if not more; confusion still reigns.  Questions about color, changing of bloom color, soil acidity, sun requirements and when to prune are very common and answers can be a little murky because of the sheer quantity of hydrangeas on the market… Read more »

Fall Foliage Colors in Arkansas

We are fortunate to live in one of the few areas of the world that experience brilliant fall foliage color!  Did you know that only a few regions in the Northern Hemisphere and only one region of the Southern Hemisphere enjoy this autumn coloration?  It’s easy to take the years with “good” Fall color for… Read more »

How to Effectively Use Dormant Oil

What is dormant oil? Dormant oil refers more to when the oil has traditionally been applied rather than what it is made of. Newer dormant oil formulations are typically refined from petroleum oil, such as mineral oil. Unlike home remedies, they also contain an emulsifier to help water mix with the oil, which will provide… Read more »

Top 5 Shrubs with Long Season Color

Finding shrubs with long season color in Arkansas can be tough!  This unusually cool summer weather is pretty inspiring and for those who need a little landscape boost, we have some ideas for you!  Here are some outstanding shrubs that either bloom for a long period of time, re-bloom or provide colorful foliage for an… Read more »