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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When To Start Spring Lawn Raking

Spring fever and yardwork go together like Martha Stewart and designer compost containers. Raking the lawn lets us enjoy a nice spring day, get some exercise and keep our lawns healthy. But is there a danger of starting too early? First, let’s examine why we rake lawns in spring: Grass often gets flat and matted…
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Fertilize Houseplants To Encourage Their Spring Fever

Houseplants are smart. They instinctively sense the longer days of spring, which tells them that light levels are now sufficient for a growth spurt. Plants respond to improved light levels by sending out new buds and shoots. You see, plants get spring fever, too. We can encourage this natural spring growth by fertilizing houseplants now. Fertilizer will…
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Can Coffee Grounds Be Dumped On Houseplants?

What can we do with coffee grounds remaining from our daily pot of coffee? Spooning the grounds on top of the soil of potted houseplants is one of the handiest disposal methods. But are coffee grounds safe, beneficial or hazardous for houseplants? Here are guidelines: Coffee grounds are an organic material that improves soil condition and…
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