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    Prepare Your Garden For Winter

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    Autumn is a fantastic time for gardening. Take advantage of our warm soil temperatures which run 60 degrees and warmer. There is plenty of time to plant perennial shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, winter annuals, and spring flowering bulbs.  Following some basic fall garden tips will […]

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    Pruning, Deadheading, Pinching; Oh My!

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    Pruning For many gardening enthusiasts, pruning non-woody, herbaceous plants like annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables is not a common practice. However, a little “haircut” at planting time can make a huge difference in the health and vigor of your plants. Pruning influences growth, the abundance […]

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    Hydrangeas: To Prune or not to Prune

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    When it comes to hydrangeas, the one questions most frequently asked is: why do my hydrangea not flower? Your hydrangeas may look healthy and full but still do not bloom. Many homeowners think it’s a soil nutrient or pH problem. More times than not, it’s […]

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    Tackle Early Spring Chores

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    As the first days of warmth elevate our spirits and we anxiously look forward to spring weather, there are a couple of important things to put on your “to-do-list” in preparation for the growing season. Wait until soils have had a chance to dry a […]

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    Winter Protection Can Save Your Plants!

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    Winter’s chilling winds and temperature fluctuations can take a toll on your ornamental shrubs and trees, anything that’s exposed above ground can be damaged during our severe winter months. There are several strategies that may help protect your valuable landscape. First: Stabilize Soil Temperatures Add […]

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    It’s a Buggy Season

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    This summer’s excessive heat and the accompanying arid conditions (our home in Gates has had a major rain deficit this summer) that many people are experiencing is really stressing us out; it’s stressing out our plants as well. Plants that are under stress will have […]

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    Watering: A Goldilocks Dilemma

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    Proper watering is just about the most difficult challenge that gardeners face; especially this year with summer weather bringing record breaking heat and arid conditions that has lasted several weeks.   How a rain event works! When asked how often to water, or how much, I […]

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    The Name Says It All – Stink Bug

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    Chances are good that Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have overwintered somewhere in your house and you’re just starting to see them. May be your attic, basement, closets, or crawl spaces, almost any place they can hide where it’s dark and cool.  This nuisance pest originated […]

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    2018: Year of the Tulip

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    The National Garden Bureau has named 2018 the Year of the Tulip! There’s not a doubt in my mind why the tulip was selected. Tulips are a flagship spring bulb that really announce spring is here and winter is over! It’s the light at the […]

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    Take Advantage of the Cold Wet Spring!

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    We are way behind last year as far as our spring temperatures are concerned.   Many things that occur in Nature are directly dependent upon temperature. Insects emerging from the soil, eggs hatching, crabgrass and other weeds germinating, flowers and leaves appearing on your shrubs […]

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