Planting a tree is always a good thing. They produce oxygen, can revitalize urban areas, and provide a sense of calm and beauty to every passerby. Often, tree planting comes with a little landscaping, either to “frame” the tree where it stands or to support it. And, while most of these landscaping techniques are harmless, there’s...Read More
Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse! We do it all the time at APE!
Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, not just a catchy alliteration! Here are 9 great ways you can help reduce your impact on the earth! Why throw something away when you could recycle it and use it elsewhere? Check out these 9 tips for ways you can repurpose things in your home, from trees in...Read More
Screen your calls, screen your soil!
How to use soil amendments and understanding soil screening
Remember when caller id was implemented? All of the sudden, you could dodge sales calls and your Aunt Martha! Much lesser known but truly important is the ability to also screen, is soil.
Much like you can screen calls from Aunt...Read More
Zones 6-8 encompass the majority of the southern coastal region and help determine a baseline planting guide for the southern US.
Follow along with us month-to-month as we develop a guide to for you to refer to for years to come.
It’s MARCH! Spring is SO.CLOSE you can taste it. Mother Nature has teased us with a few...Read More
TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MULCH AND GARDENING THIS SPRING
Playing in the recycled mulch!
I just LOVE playing in the dirt or the recycled mulch as the case may be. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. No one told me way back then that there were rules to playing in the dirt. Of course, in those days, I was more into mud...Read More
Land Clearing in North Carolina or anywhere in the world is part of the process of progress. No matter what new project is on the horizon in your neighborhood or town, the land will require preparation. Land Clearing is usually thought of as massive removal of any and all trees, brush, and topsoil for a shopping mall, large development or parking...Read More
Seldom does the average person know what we are talking about when we say “tub grinding”.
What is tub grinding? Let’s start by stating what it’s “not” … tub grinding is not a way to recycle the materials that bathtubs are made from. Tub Grinding refers to the shape of the opening of a large grinder....Read More
Hey hey!! Don’t get left out! Join us May 11th, 18th, 25th or June 1st for lunch from Trolley Stop Hotdogs! We’d love to tell you “thanks” for your business and feed you lunch!
If you’d like to be sent a reminder, give us your email address on the form! We will remind you the day before!Read More
The term carbon footprint bounces around a lot, especially on Earth Day. It also gets misused.
What a carbon footprint is, actually, is just a metric for understanding an individual or an entity’s impact on the environment. It’s specific to carbon dioxide, greenhouse gasses, and fossil fuels in most scientific conversations. In...Read More
Another “Earth Day” has come and gone. While we aren’t knocking any initiative that supports the preservation of our natural resources and over all health of our planet, Earth Day is, quite simply, inadequate. A Sustainable Garden is one way anyone can help.
One day … just ONE day to salute the place we all call home....Read More
5 TIPS TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE BUTTERFLY GARDEN
A Butterfly Garden can be a wonderful place!
Oh, the magical butterfly, lighting soft on the edges of the most delicate flower. Real life fairies, floating among us in an array of colors and a kaleidoscope of patterns. For centuries, gardens have been designed to attract these, most magnificent...Read More
Landscaping, got mower, got time … there’s a lot more to it than that!
If you have or are thinking of having your own landscaping business, it’s imperative to constantly keep on top of all aspects of the industry. It’s the best way to serve your customers and increase your revenue. Running a business is no easy task....Read More
Here in coastal North Carolina, and especially Wilmington, fall planting doesn’t really evoke the same images of gardening that springtime does.
We tend to think of the season of flora and fauna as “behind us” and we sit a pot of mums beside a pumpkin and wait for the holidays. In the winter, we just day dream about the...Read More