How Will Late April Cold And Snow Affect Plants?

Looking on the positive side, our recent end-of-April cold and snow remind us that April is a transition month, and May is the main planting month. Old-timers had it right when they cautioned not to be fooled by a few April warm spells. In late April most gardeners haven’t planted tender annual flowers, tomato plants or…
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Is It Crabgrass Or Quackgrass In Your Lawn?

Coarse, weedy, wide-bladed grass whose appearance mars the uniform texture of lawngrass is often all mistakenly referred to as crabgrass. Crabgrass preventer is widely sold in springtime at national chains, hardware stores and garden centers. Here’s the problem: crabgrass preventer only works on what is truly crabgrass, when actually much of the weedy, wide-bladed grass in our lawns…
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Coping With Deer In Yard And Garden

I’m all for urban wildlife and I can understand how people might think in-town deer are fun to watch. But not in my backyard. After 35 years of waging war against these eating machines, Bambi has lost his appeal. Rabbits at least just nibble. Deer consume with reckless abandon. Each year they cause millions of dollars…
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Prune Roses In April

Rose bushes benefit greatly from spring pruning. That’s nice information, but when you’re facing a rose bush with pruning shears in hand, where exactly do you cut? The best season for pruning rose bushes is spring, rather than fall, because fall pruning leaves unhealed cuts exposed to frigid temperatures all winter, which can cause greater…
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