Too Early To Fertilize Lawns

Passions run deep where lawn care is concerned. Most of us know someone who obsesses over their lawn, mowing at neat alternating diagonals, and avoiding footprints and out-of-place wheel tracks which would mar the picture-perfect ambience. The rest of us just want the grass green. Fertilizing is a big part of the lawn care ritual. National…
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Spring Rejuvenation Of Overgrown Shrubs

I’ve got two questions. First, do you have an overgrown shrub? And second, do you trust me? What I’m about to recommend takes a leap of faith. Many of us have shrubs that have become overgrown in our yards and landscapes. Lilacs, dogwood, spirea, mockorange and potentilla can become less beautiful with age as the…
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Caring For Your Easter Lily

Though white lilies have symbolized Easter for centuries, the large lily popular in homes and churches today is a recent arrival. Native to southern islands of Japan, Lilium longiflorum bulbs were taken to Bermuda in the 1800’s. Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier, took a suitcase of bulbs home to Oregon in 1919 and…
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Which Potting Mix Is Best?

In our gardening visits, I’ve often mentioned the importance of a high quality potting mix. Does it really matter what mix you use, or are they pretty much the same? Let’s go shopping. Notice that some brands are labeled potting mix and some are labeled potting soil. “Soil” has a broad definition, and the terms potting…
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Spring Therapy For Houseplants

We’re not the only ones who catch spring fever; houseplants do also. Plants are a lot like people, and they have more natural intelligence than we give them credit for. Spring is a good example of plant intelligence. As days become longer and light levels increase, plants sense the change and respond. During winter, houseplants often hunker…
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