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Pesticides are bad. Who knew???

Pesticides are bad. Who knew??? We’ve all heard about the harm pesticides are causing our honeybees. “Save the Pollinators!” campaigns are making great strides in raising awareness of the declining populations of bees and winged pollinators vital to our food systems and our wild habitats. However, in our focus on pesticide runoff in our water […]

Sustainable Landscaping 101

In recent posts, we’ve been talking about both the ecological dangers of habitat loss and how what you do in your garden can make a difference. Thanks to the Town of Chevy Chase for inviting our own Edamarie Mattei to give a presentation on Sustainable Landscaping 101. In this presentation, Edamarie describes steps you can take in your […]

Spring is here!

What is spring to you? The warming sun? The buzzing bees? The lengthening day? As expected as these delights may be, they never cease to amaze. Nature is a finely-tuned cycle of rebirth and renewal, and the thawing soils, the rising sap, and the migrating birds have given way with noticeable result to what typically […]

Real Simple ideas for making your garden more eco-friendly

Thanks to Real Simple magazine for inviting Backyard Bounty and other landscape designers to provide ideas on how home gardeners can use native plants, stormwater management, reduced lawn areas, and other tactics to create a more eco-friendly garden in keeping with the goals of Homegrown National Park. Thanks @real_simple for helping spread the word!

Your garden can change the world!

Your garden can change the world. Everyone who has the privilege of owning a home has a duty to help create and preserve habitat. A global crisis with a grass-roots solution. The problems are well-known. Our environment is undergoing profound and dangerous changes including dramatic declines in insect and bird populations due in large part to reductions in habitat. […]

The cicadas are coming! Panic? Prepare? Roll with it?

It’s hard to avoid the news about the inbound Brood X cicadas. While there’s general consensus that the 17-year cicadas are both amazing and messy, there are differing opinions about how you as a home gardener should respond. Option 1: Roll with it. According to our friends at Bartlett Tree Service, nearly all trees and shrubs are perfectly able to […]