Editorís Note: This is the third in a five-part series offering tips for better gardening in the New Year.

4. I will educate myself about non-native, invasive plants. One only needs to look at some of our coastal states to see what problems can come with the introduction of a non-native, invasive plant (i.e. kudzu). The very name strikes fear in the hearts of land managers in those areas. Before you bring something home from a nursery or from a trip in another part of the country, make certain the plant you are going to lovingly place in your landscape is not going to be a horrible pest in a few years. There are many Web sites that you can go to for information about invasive plants.