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Blog FP smFrom how-to tips for your lawn, discussions on the latest and greatest in outdoor lighting and sprinkler technology to debunking myths about products and services that somehow become factoids - we cover these topics and more in the Bio Green Blog. Thanks for stopping by!


How Landscape Lighting Can Beautify Your Lawn and Secure Your Property

landscapelightingA new landscape lighting system can transform your lawn's appeal. When considering lawn care or landscape design options, lighting is often overlooked. But even a few accent lights can do wonders to enhance your outdoor space by extending its useful life well into the night in addition to adding security.

Landscape lighting is most notable for dramatically focusing attention on unique architectural features of your home, accenting specimen plantings and highlighting hardscapes such as patios and walkways. This could be as obvious as spot lighting a children's play area so they can safely enjoy the trampoline after sunset or the subtle effect of path lights showing the sharp edge where mulch meets turf. Either way, strategically placed lights can dramatically alter the feel, tone and perception of your space. As an added bonus, a well-designed outdoor lighting system will increase the pleasure you derive from your beautiful lawn.

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BE ON THE LOOKOUT - The Spotted Lanternflies are Afoot!

Be On The Lookout - Spotted Lanternflies

Early in January, I attended a seminar where one of the topics was a newly invasive pest, the Spotted Lanternfly. My initial reaction was, 'what a cool looking bug'. This only lasted until the video was shown of adults attacking a poor, unsuspecting tree. Worthy of any B-movie horror film, a handheld video camera approaches a normal looking tree. As the camera closes in, you notice the trunk seems to be moving. Then the cameraman sweeps his hand down the tree. scattering lanternflies so thick they completely cover the trunk (pause for startled crowd noise). Ick! Also, when huddled together with wings folded, you do not see the bright orange or even the cool spots. When massed together they just make a grayish brown...well...mass.

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Giant Hogweed in Virginia!

Giant Hogweed in Virginia!

Is Giant Hogweed's Spread to Virginia Worth all the Fear and Fuss?

A firestorm of news reports appeared last summer after the discovery of Giant Hogweed in Clarke County, Virginia. Why so newsworthy? Well, it wasn't the inelegant name or that it posed an imminent risk to thousands of Virginians. No, I believe it made headlines because it is dangerously cool. You see, if the sap from giant hogweed got onto your skin and was exposed to sunlight, it would cause horrible blistering. If it gets in your eyes? Possible blindness. The story almost writes itself.

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