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More Native Plants please!

Thanks to Chris Woody for an excellent article in Sunday’s Washington Post that lays out the case for increasing the native plantings in our garden. Some of the highlights of the article include: The key role native plants play in increasing biodiversity and habitat in our stressed environment Thoughts from Doug Tallamy of Homegrown National Park on what we […]

Water features for birds and humans

John Kelly / The Washington Post Thanks to Washington Post columnist John Kelly for the excellent article about garden water features. We are always thrilled to see how much water features are loved by both our clients and wildlife. Contrary to conventional wisdom, you don’t need a lot of space to install a water feature regardless of […]

7 New Years Resolutions for your Garden

Hope for the cracking dam With the New Year’s Day high temperature in the DC region expected to be in the 60’s, I walk outside thinking about the environmental changes that global warming and habitat loss engender. How not to feel a little like Hans Brinker, trying to hold back catastrophe with a single digit? […]

Leave the leaves (again)!

  Leave the leaves….. an altogether new concept for many people to wrap their heads around. Although mother nature has been telling us what to do we insist that we know better. When we remove leaf fall from our gardens we disrupt the nutrient cycle. Plants absorb nutrients in the soil in order to aid […]

Compost tea please!

Did you know that in a single tablespoon of soil there are more soil organisms than there are humans on this planet? Or that there are 5,000 different types of bacteria in a single gram of soil? Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, or to fully comprehend the countless organisms bustling just under our feet. The […]

Backyard Bounty has a new horticulturist!

Dear Backyard Bounty community, Thank you for everything you are doing in your garden to preserve habitat, create beautiful outdoor living spaces, manage stormwater, and increase native plantings. Backyard Bounty is honored to be part of your efforts. To support this, we have hired a full-time horticulturist! We are very excited to announce that Byron Gwinn is […]