(Sergio Peçanha/Illustration for The Washington Post) Recently, we learned the Why about replacing some of our lawn space with native plantings in a piece by Dan Zak of the Washington Post that featured our own Edamarie Mattei. Now we get the...Read more
Shrink your lawn. Save the planet.
Many thanks to Dan Zak of the Washington Post for the beautifully-written article about Americans’ changing attitudes toward their lawns. Even better, it features our own Edamarie Mattei sharing her thoughts about both her...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Time the rethink the American Lawn
Changing turf to habitat under a large tree – Before and After Turfgrass lawns are needy beasts. If someone offered you a plant that required pruning every week, aerating, overseeding and fertilizing every growing season, stayed a plain...Read more
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...Read more
Thinking about spring and favorite plants right now. Here’s one of the best: Amsonia hubrechtii, Blue Star Flower. Amsonia is a tough native, easy to care for, gorgeous in bloom with fabulous summer texture and stunning gold fall color. In...Read more
We need more urban corridors of plantings that can sustain our pollinators….
A client in Chevy Chase was wondering how she could attract more pollinators to her gardens- she’s filled her yard with some of the best: Asters, Joe Pye Weed, Cone Flowers…. But what’s in her neighbors’ yards? Barberry...Read more
A new vision of suburban curb appeal
Why we love conservation landscapes- Thx Monica Sirtori for finding this article highlighting entomologist Doug Tallamy’s research and the value of native plants...Read more