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  • Japanese Beetle

    How to Identify Common Garden Insects & Plant Diseases

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    Summer is here and now that you’ve got your gardens planted, ’tis the season for animal pests, insects, and disease to become more visible, and more destructive — Mother Nature likes to give us all a challenge from time to time! But never fear! Our […]

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    How to Avoid Common Cucumber Problems

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    Cucumbers are one of our favorite garden treats.  We love the crunch and freshness of cucumber in a summer salad, adding raw cucumber slices to water for a refreshing summer drink, pickling them with fresh dill and spices… the list goes on! However, we know sometimes cucumber plants can present issues […]

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    It’s Not Just What we Grow…

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    The combination of the first days of July and local temps breaking 90 degrees this week means summer has definitely arrived.  And THAT means the start of control season.  Lawn weeds, garden weeds, grubs, insects, animal damage… you name it, summer’s got it.  So when you […]

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    DIY: Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

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    This Thursday finds us hosting our first (sold-out!) workshop in our new outdoor workshop area: “Buzz Off! Create-Your-Own Mosquito-Beater Planter.”  For those who aren’t attending, and in the spirit of making our outdoor spaces less buggy any way possible, check out this awesome DIY/repurposing idea […]

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    Make Your Outdoor Space Your Favorite Room of the House!

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    Early this spring, our landscape division found a few spare moments between snowplow trips to create an outdoor room/workshop area.  The results are pretty fantastic: As you can see, Van Putte Landscape demonstrated several of the latest trends in hardscape materials and techniques here, including […]

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    Grubs: The Lawn-Eating Machines

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    Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about lawn diseases and weeds that can make your lawn less than the perfect golf course look-a-like you’re aiming for.  This time of year also warrants a mention of a lawn enemy that’s a little bit more active […]

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    Let’s Talk Tomatoes

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      Growing your own tomatoes and other veggies has great benefits for your physical, social, and mental health, and just a small amount of work will ensure plentiful, plump tomatoes all summer long! We all need a treat now and again, and tomatoes are no […]

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    How to Win vs. Deer, Rabbits & Squirrels in the Garden

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    “Life finds a way.” Though furry bunny rabbits, 1/2 pound squirrels and doe-eyed deer aren’t even close to the same realm of terrifying as a T-rex, this quote from Jurassic Park is still scarily accurate in the battle for the gardens of Western NY.  Those […]

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    Bug-free BBQs

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    July brings so many good things: sun, summer vacation, barbecues with friends and family, and lots of flowers.  Unfortunately, it also brings mosquitoes and other unwelcome bugs that like to stick to sunscreened arms and leave itchy bites! If you want to keep your garden […]

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