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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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    Butterflies, Books & Blooms!

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    Our summer Kids Grow Club meeting is always one of our favorites, and this year was no exception!  Once a year we partner with the Greece Public Library and Seneca Park Zoo to teach kids all about butterflies and butterfly gardens. Over 30 children came […]

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    The Grass is Always Greener…

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    You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard the old adage: “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” In the philosophical sense, being satisfied with your lot in life rather than envying your neighbor is good advice.  But […]

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    Flying Flowers

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    The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. – Ponce Denis As the rain has abated and warmer, sunny weather has arrived, most people’s perennials have celebrated with lots of gorgeous blooms.  We are seeing tons of phlox, coneflowers, blanket flowers, day lilies, […]

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    Green Thumbs @Home

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    Generally, taking your work home with you is a bad thing, but at Van Putte’s, we’ve all got our green thumbs at work even at home.  Check out this gallery of a few of our staff members’ gardens.  We can generally find a way to garden […]

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    Working Around the Thorns

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    Of those who grow roses, who hasn’t been stuck once or twice (at least) by the thorns? We’d hazard a guess that a vast majority of you, our faithful readers, are nodding along.  But we’d hazard another guess that that same group believes gorgeous roses […]

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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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