The Top Seven House Plants that Love Low Light

Zamioculcas_zamiifolia_bluete3Do you have a dark interior space where plants don’t thrive?  You may have the wrong plants.  While most plants prefer bright, filtered light, there are some that do well in low light conditions.  Let’s take a look at seven of them.

1. ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas

Although the ZZ plant is a relative of the peace lily, you’d never know it by looking at it.  This one has leaves so glossy they look as though they’ve been dressed with a leaf shine product.  It has recently gained popularity recently for its unusual, rather tropical look.  This one is a slow grower.  Although most plants grow to two to three feet in height, they can grow taller (and faster) with moderate light. Read more

Indoor Plants: How to Grow a Low Maintenance Air Plant

ID-100130557If you want a super low-maintenance indoor plant, check out an air plant, also known as tillandsia (“tuh-LAND-zee-uh”).  It’s part of the bromeliad family, and requires even less attention than those exotic plants.  Tillandsia has the added advantage of an eye catching, otherworldly appearance.  There are more than 500 varieties, and some have brilliant yellow, red, or pink blooms. Read more

How to Rejuvenate Your Lawn with Bark Mulch

ID-10042372A lot of people have spots on their lawns, due to the weather, their pets, and everyday wear and tear that come from people walking over it. While you are fixing your lawn, you can also use the opportunity to improve the appearance of your lawn, by planting flowers and trees. If you are interested in doing so, it is important that you remember to use mulch, preferably bark mulch. Read more

How to Use Pine Mulch in Your Garden

ID-100314931Pine mulch can be an excellent addition to every garden to improve its look, increase water retention, and reduce weeds. It is a natural mulch created from pine trees that comes in two forms: pine straw and pine bark. Pine straw is when pine needles are used as mulch, whereas pine bark is when the bark is cut into nuggets to be used as mulch. Read more

Tips for Making Your Indoor Flowers Last Longer

ID-10053511Are you trying to keep your cut flowers lasting long and looking beautiful? Here are the best tips for making your arrangements perfect for as long as possible, with a minimal amount of work.

Trim the Right Way…

You may have heard about trimming flowers to last longer in the vase, and this is definitely true. Take a pair of very sharp shears or a knife and cut the end of the stem at a 45-degree angle before putting the flowers in a very clean vase filled with clean water. This type of cut makes sure that as much of the steam-end as possible is exposed to the water, which makes it easier for the flower to get water and nutrients, especially compared to a flat cut. It’s best to cut as soon as you are ready to position flowers, not before. Read more