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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Tree Murdered By Lawnmower

It was a slow and painful death. The victim couldn’t survive the vicious continued attacks, and gradually departed from this life. The murder happened in broad daylight, and no one stopped to help. The weapon? A lawnmower. The victim? A laurel willow in the prime of its life, snuffed out in cold blood. With lawn mowing season…
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So Is It Safe To Plant?

The weather’s been very nice for early May in the Upper Midwest. Is it safe to plant outdoors? I’m not much of a gambler. My wife Mary is lucky, but when we’ve visited casinos, her pile of nickels is canceled by my shortfall.  Likewise, I’m not a big fan of rolling the dice when it…
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How To Shop For The Best Geraniums

Have you bought your geraniums yet? May is the month when most geraniums are bought and sold as we fill our pots, planters and containers. But there’s a secret to buying the best type. There are two main classes of geraniums, based on how they are propagated and grown. One group is grown from seed, the other…
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