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A shade sail with cloudy blue sky.
May 20, 2021 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

If there’s one thing all Mississippians can agree on, it’s that the summer sun can be brutal. I enjoy spending time on my back patio, but it’s hard to enjoy without shade. I’ve noticed several restaurants, parks, and pools have installed shade sails to provide shade to visitors. Why not install one in your own back yard? 

April 22, 2021 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

It’s that time of the year when people are on the hunt for the perfect container plant combos. It’s tempting to head to the local garden center, pick out the best-looking flowers, and plant them with wild abandon. However, planning is an important part of the gardening process. Before you go to the garden center, decide where you want to put your container. This will help you purchase the right flowers for the space.

A ruby-throated hummingbird.
March 4, 2021 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources, Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Ruby-throated hummingbirds will soon be migrating north, so it’s time to prepare for their arrival! Most ruby red-throated hummingbirds will be throughout Mississippi by the end of March.

Four people stand on a bridge while cutting a ceremonial ribbon.
February 1, 2021 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources

Two new architectural features at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune are now open to the public. The Mirror Perch Bridge and the adjacent Rosen Pavilion were formally unveiled during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Jan. 23.

A person using their foot to shovel dirt from a trench.
September 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

Backyard drainage problems are not fun to deal with. A big rain comes and suddenly your backyard turns into a puddled mess! Having standing water in your yard can lead to turf diseases, mold, or wood rot to your home. Nobody wants to have to deal with that! Consider installing a French drain in your yard during the upcoming fall and winter months. A French drain allows water to naturally drain from your yard. 

Two wooden chairs on a porch underneath a tan shade sail.
August 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

If there’s one thing all Mississippians can agree on, it’s that the summer sun can be brutal. I enjoy spending time on my back patio, but it’s hard to enjoy without shade. I’ve noticed several restaurants, parks, and pools have installed shade sails to provide shade to visitors. Why not install one in your own back yard? 

An orange butterfly on a yellow flower.
July 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

What are pollinators and why are they important? Bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, and other mammals play a vital role in our environment. These creatures help move pollen from one flower to another, which helps fertilize plants so they can reproduce.

A bright green moss pathway with large pavers.
July 9, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design and Management, Landscape and Garden Design, Smart Landscapes

A moss pathway is an easy way to add a special touch of elegance, enchantment, and royalty to your landscape. A pathway covered with bright green moss seems like something a king or queen would have in their landscape, right? 

A close-up of a white-tail deer's face.
June 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Resources, Smart Landscapes, White-Tailed Deer

Oh, deer! White-tailed deer can be quite the nuisance in the garden. It’s disheartening to see deer ate the flowers in your back yard for a snack. 

Bright green sedums displayed in a gold picture frame.
May 12, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

If you’re looking for an easy garden project this summer, look no further! Sedums, commonly referred to as succulents, are popular because they are relatively easy to care for. 

A group of purple, yellow, and red petunias.
April 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Vegetable Gardens

With so many Mississippians staying at home more than usual, it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer landscape. 

A light pink native azalea.
April 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

With some spare time on your hands, now is a great time to think about ways to spruce up your landscape over the next year.

A red bird water feeder hanging on a tree.
March 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

I can remember watching the birds at my grandparents’ house growing up. We would sit on the porch swing with a bird identification book in hand, and watch the birds fly up to the bird feeders and bird bath in the yard. 

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Design and Management, Smart Landscapes

The annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Symposium at Mississippi State University allows home gardeners and landscape professionals to learn from experts in their fields as they gather ideas for better landscapes.

A sea of yellow flowers with black centers and pink flowers with orange centers cover a flower bed.
May 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

Urbanization and agricultural pressures are decreasing natural habitats for wildlife, but Mississippians can take steps to make their own landscapes wildlife-friendly.

Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said residential areas play an important role in conserving wildlife when carefully planned.

April 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Landscape Architecture

The public can gain greater appreciation for one of Mississippi’s cultural treasures during a unique exhibition.

A group of three students gather around a computer while a man looks on from behind.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture students at Mississippi State University are involved in a win-win situation with the underserved community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama.

A large tree looms over a white house and a brick patio area.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.

Blue signs stating “absorb” and “delay” mark brick tiers in a landscape growing pink flowers and reed-like stems.
December 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

A well-designed landscape can subtly slow down and filter excess water, an important job for Mississippi gardens.

A man in a baseball cap reaches into a patch of grass, while a tractor and a white, high-tunnel structure stand behind him.
November 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

The notion of a rooftop garden may inspire images of ancient architecture, big city green spaces or homestead cabins in the American West, but the idea is feasible for modern construction.

Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said building green roofs is an innovative way to include green spaces in urban areas and increase biodiversity.

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