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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Check Winter Rabbit Damage Before It’s Too Late

Lots of rabbit tracks in the snow show they’ve been very active this winter. It’s easy to ignore them until our shrubs and trees turn up dead in spring. Rabbits often work inside shrubbery, gnawing away the bark of branches and twigs near the base. If branches are completely “girdled,” to use the gardening term,…
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Is It Too Late To Prune Trees And Shrubs?

Before we get to our pruning question, have you heard the latest breakthrough in plant breeding? A scientist successfully crossed a four-leaf clover with poison ivy. He had a rash of good luck. Joking aside, we’ve had great gardening weather this fall to get pre-winter preparations finished. But someone recently asked if it’s too late…
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