Believe it or not!
1. Apples are a member of the rose family.
2. Each worker honey bee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
3. Through about 17,000 tiny pores over its surface, an egg can absorb flavors and odors.
4. Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
5. There are 914 different breeds of sheep in the world.
Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices a homeowner can use for better tree health. Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. However, improper mulching materials and practices may have little, or even negative, impact on the trees in your landscape.
Benefits of Proper Mulching:
- Helps reduce soil moisture loss through evaporation
- Helps control weed germination and growth
- Insulates soil, protecting roots from extreme summer and winter temperatures
- Can improve soil biology, aeration, structure (aggregation of soil particles), and drainage over time
- Can improve soil fertility as certain mulch types decompose.
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Do you know where the world’s largest orchid garden is? It is located at Singapore. Last year, over 60,000 plants bloomed inside this garden known as the Singapore’s National Orchid Garden. It has an extensive collection that includes 600 newly created hybrid species. Interestingly Singapore’s national flower, the Papilionanthe “Miss Joaquim,” is a mix of two species, Vanda Hookeriana and V. teres, which was hybridized in the 1890s by an Armenian horticulturalist, Agnes Joaquim, living in Singapore then. More than 200 of the garden’s orchid hybrids are named for foreign dignitaries and heads of state.