When To Dig And Divide Rhubarb

There’s something comforting about rhubarb. Having a plant or two in the backyard means all is right with the world. And it’s a link to our pioneer ancestors for whom rhubarb was a must-have on their homesteads. I treasure our own red-stalked plants that were passed along through three generations, first planted by my grandmother 90 years…
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How To Repair Dog Spots On Lawn

Lawn damage caused by dog urine is especially visible in spring when we wait excitedly for lawns to turn from winter-brown to springtime-green. It puts a damper on spring when the picture-perfect green turf is marred by random yellow dead circles. What can be done about dog damage to lawns? Dog urine is high in nitrogen. Nitrogen…
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Protesting Unnatural Shrub Pruning

I never like to speak unkindly of any gardening endeavor, but when shrubs are sheared tightly into ugly cones and basketball shapes, enough is enough. Leafy (deciduous) shrubs can be pruned now in springtime, preferably before they leaf out fully. A little touch-up trimming can be done through the growing season. Evergreens are best pruned…
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When To Divide Perennial Flowers

There’s lots to remember with the far-reaching topic of gardening. How do you know when it’s the right season to divide perennials? Some are best divided in spring, others in fall. How can you possibly remember which is which? Luckily there is a very easy-to-remember rule of thumb. If a perennial blooms in spring or…
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How To Tell If Soil Is Ready

There’s a time period in spring and fall when the soil is just perfect for rototilling or spading. The soil works up beautifully, leaving the planting beds mellow and picture-perfect for vegetable gardening and planting annual and perennial flower beds. I often joke that with heavy, clay-type soil that perfect time period is about one hour in spring and…
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