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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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    Got Moss in Your Yard?

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    A yearly spring problem that virtually everyone has is an explosion of moss and other like weeds in lawns, ornamental beds, flower and vegetable gardens. This is due to the previous years above average precipitation. The reports of a moss invasion were everywhere last year […]

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    Oh, Christmas Tree! 6 Fun Facts

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    Did You Know? Besides evergreens, other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past. 98 percent of all real Christmas trees are grown sustainably on farms as crops like corn or pumpkins, while only 2% are cut […]

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    65 years and still growing!

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    This upcoming week is a special one here at Van Putte — we are celebrating 65 years in business on Tuesday, June 18!  The third generation of Van Puttes (Kyle and Holly) took over from mom and dad (Sue & Carl) this year too, and […]

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    Garden like it’s 1972!

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    Do you remember terrariums?  Wildly popular decades ago, they faded into obscurity as a garden and home decor trend and 40 years later, are making a comeback.  These mini-landscapes are constantly growing and changing, and are a great project for almost anyone.  They range from creative kid […]

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    Sedum is Seriously Cool Stuff

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    So… sedum.  What is it?  It’s this: And this: And this… One more for good measure: Basically, it’s an overarching term for members a very large and hardy group of succulents.  They have water-storing leaves, which makes them a perfect choice for water gardens, rock gardens and super dry areas.  […]

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    By the Numbers: Civic Center Garage Green Roof

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    The roof of the Civic Center Parking Garage after Van Putte got done with it! Another view of the green roof of theCivic Center Parking Garage with some ofthe new stone, sod and trees we installed. We’re very happy to say that after three summers […]

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