How To Tell If A Tree Is Dead Or Still Dormant

Trees and shrubs can sometimes be slow to leaf out in spring. Are they alive, dead, or just stubborn? There are several ways to tell. A little detective work can determine whether the woody plant is dead, in which case we might as well look for a replacement. But if it’s alive, we’ll know to…
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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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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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Planning A Landscape Good Enough To Eat

Choosing landscape trees and shrubs that are both edible and ornamental is a trend that has been rediscovered from the days of our ancestors. Besides windbreak trees, homesteads were planted with fruit trees, raspberry and strawberry patches, currants and gooseberries. These plantings not only provided food, but they looked nice also. As with all landscape plants for the…
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Plan Now For Winter Wonderland Landscapes

One of life’s simple pleasures in this part of the country is sipping coffee on a wintery Saturday morning and gazing out the window to our backyard landscape. That is, if there’s something out there to gaze upon, and most of our yards could use some winter improvement. Winter reveals the patterns of twigs, the…
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