If you’ve ever gardened or cleared land in North Carolina, you may have come across a poisonous plant or two. In fact, it’s likely that you have considering that our state has over 600 different species of poisonous plants. While some of these plants are more common than others, all of them have the potential to be dangerous to animals and... Read More
Good landscaping can accentuate the style of your house, increase its curb appeal, and even make you more excited to come home each day.

Unfortunately, landscaping can be costly and time-consuming. While some people choose to hire a landscaping company to do the hard work for them, others neglect it entirely.

What few people realize is DIY landscaping... Read More
Summer is officially here! If you’re good at planning ahead, your garden’s probably already planned, planted, and yielding the fruits of your labor.

If you haven’t had time to get your summer garden started yet, don’t worry! It’s not too late. We’ve got some handy tips for getting your garden ready for summer that’ll... Read More

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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!

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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....

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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...

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