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Don’t Over-Fertilize Your Yard!

Have you been over fertilizing your yard?  One of the quickest ways to kill your lawn is by over fertilizing it. Chemical fertilizers are made up of mineral salts and will burn your lawn when done properly. The salts build up in the soil and cause a drying effect, resulting by turning the grass yellow

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Inside Plant Care:

To clean your indoor beauties and give their leaves a shine, mix equal parts milk and water then with a cotton ball gently wash the leaves.  Inspect your indoor plants closely for pesky insects.  Here are a few to watch out for: Aphids – Indoors Aphids (Hemiptera) are a common problem on indoor plants. Sticky

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Colorful Landscapes

Not enough color in your landscape?  Consider adding these pops of reds, yellows and whites to compliment your existing landscape for the fall and winter months.

Winter Landscaping

Winter landscaping is another trend that gardeners have been putting more thought into. A barren dreary empty landscape is so un-imaginative.  However, during the dormant season there are some plants that can provide splashes of color still around your yard. Consider planting a silver-white Betula Apoiensus (Mount Apoi) and Cornus Sanguinea (Midwinter Fire), or Red

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Seasonal Fall Tip

Are your Daylillies and Irises not blooming as much as they use to ?  Know as the “Workhorses” of the garden they do require a little TLC once in a while. When they don’t bloom as much it means they are crowded and need to be thinned out (divided).  Thin your beds either in late

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Fall Shrub Planting

Early Fall with warm days and cool nights makes shrub planting the perfect time. It gives the shrubs time to spread their roots before their winter nap and then they will bring color to your yard in early spring through next fall. Here are a few to consider: Knockout Roses plant them in a spot

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Plant Watering Tips…

Did you know there are certain times of the day that are the best times to water your plants? Early, early in the morning, or late at night, will benefit your plants the most. Watering plants in the middle of the day in hot climates can scorch your plants and doesn’t help much since the

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How to Attract Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Choose long-blooming colorful perennials for you yard and get a two-for ! You can attract all types of wild birds into you yard with colorful berry producing plants. Robins like the orangeier berry of the Mountain Ash Tree and are partial to Hollies as are the Red Bird.  As a bonus Hummingbirds are drawn to

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How to make a gloomy shaded yard appear sunny & bright

  Shade can make a yard feel gloomy, however with the right varieties of colors, textures and foliage your shady garden becomes an illusion of sun dappling in; stylish and exquisite.  One of a gardener’s old tricks is using variegated plants with yellow, chartreuse and white colors, Hostas are the perfect definition. Others are Sweet

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Easy Care/Hardy Plants

Does you schedule leave you minimal time for your garden? Consider using these easy care / hardy plants: Peonies, Daylilies, Iris, and Daisies: All are fragrant and may be planted in Full Sun to Light Afternoon Shade. Fertilize in the Spring and divide in the Fall to early spring, if desired. Ribbon Grass, Liriope, and

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