Hot New Class Of Peonies

Every once in awhile a plant comes along that hits the region by storm like Wave petunia and Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. What’s the latest? Itoh peonies, and we’ll be hearing a lot more about them as word spreads. Most of us are very familiar with beautiful old-fashioned peonies (called herbaceous peonies) that have been popular…
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September Yard And Garden To-Do List

September is a busy month around yard and garden. Here’s a monthly checklist of recommended activities. Lawns Surprisingly, September is the most important month for lawn care, more important than spring. Research proves grass is more active in fall, and promoting its health in September has the greatest impact on vigor next spring and summer.…
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Squash Vine Problem Becoming Common

Is it just my imagination or did gardening have less problems 50 years ago? Oh, we had the occasional cutworm that we fought with Folgers Coffee cans around each young tomato plant, and we were on the lookout for potato bugs. But squash was easy – you planted, it grew. Well, those days are long…
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Should Lawns Be Mowed Diagonally?

You know you’re a redneck if you need to mow the lawn to find where you left the wheelbarrow. On the opposite end of the spectrum are homeowners who fawn over their lawn, primping and coddling every grass blade into perfection. Discovering a weed causes a panic attack until all-out war snuffs out the invader.…
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Multipurpose Winter-Hardy Shrub With Healthy Fruit

Looking for a shrub that’s a little out of the ordinary? Plant an Aronia. Never heard of it? You might recall Aronia made all the news several years ago, as one of the new super-fruits that was packed with health benefits. Aronia berries were found to have 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and a…
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