Mowing Height Affects Lawn Health

The fragrance of freshly-mown grass is awesome. It’s aroma therapy at its finest. Not only does mowing smell nice, but the proper mowing height can make our lawns healthier. Adjusting the lawn mower so it cuts grass to a properly-high height make lawns healthier because: Grass plants become healthier if they aren’t scalped from too-low mowing.…
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Plant A Bleeding Heart For Generations Of Bloom

There’s lots to love about perennial bleeding hearts, and they’ve been especially strong-blooming this year. Few perennial names are as descriptive as bleeding hearts. This tough, winter-hardy perennial blooms in May and early June. They’re one of the longest-lived perennials, preferring to remain undisturbed in place for decades. Many other perennials require digging and dividing…
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Planting Techniques For Better Tomatoes

  Tomatoes love warm weather. In fact, until the soil warms to a certain temperature, tomato roots won’t even grow. That’s why it often doesn’t pay to transplant tomato plants into the garden too early. In our region, the ideal tomato planting time is between about May 15 and May 25. Tomatoes are easily injured by freezing…
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When Frost Threatens Plants

There’s a May frost in the forecast. What are the damage possibilities and how can we protect our plants? Different plants will be affected differently. Perennial flowers, rhubarb, strawberries and other established plants that are actively growing can usually weather temperatures between 30 and 32 degrees with little injury. They’ll often be fine even if the temperature…
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Best Rabbit Repellent

Do you know Elmer Fudd has chased Bugs Bunny around his garden for 75 years? Times have changed, and an elderly gentleman running through the neighborhood waving a shotgun is no longer appropriate behavior. Because rabbit problems are so prevalent, I searched university research from around the country to combine recommendations into one package and…
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