Tree of Heaven, the DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

Tree of Heaven, sounds like a fantastic plant! It must be great with a name like that.  Beautiful fall color, large white bursts of blooms, easy to grow, hard to kill?   HAULT!!!!! EASY TO GROW, HARD TO KILL!  Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it is!   The...

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Growing Christmas cones, do you know what they are?

Did you know that Christmas trees are not naturally the perfect cone/triangular shape that has come to be a standard in  holiday decorating.  Tree farmers across the nation work year round to be able to deliver a perfect shaped, full, fresh tree to grace your home for...

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Eeeekk-Critter hideouts: Prevent with your fall cleanup!

As the temperatures start to drop, we can enjoy the outdoors, play in the leaves and enjoy the beauty of the changing colors of Autumn.  Meanwhile, while we aren't looking, pesky little critters are thinking opposite.  They are foraging for their winter supply of food...

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Fall planting Olympics, the race to the finish line.

In the midst of the Olympics/Paralympics, now is the TIME to be physically inspired and jump into action to get your landscape back into shape. It is TIME to put your summer reading down, send the kids to school and get your garden gloves on because Fall is the best...

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Mushrooms in your lawn

With a recent hot, dry spell, followed by a few days of rain, Mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere, even in perfect, manicured lawns. Have no fear, this isn't a bad thing, your lawn is not infected.  Mushrooms are the "flower" for fungus that lie underground.  With...

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Did you know: Hydrangea Chemistry

These beautiful big balls of flowers can be seen in an array of colors from June-Sept.  But did you know that you can control their flower color!   Hydrangeas can go from Deep Blue to Hot Pink just by changing the pH of the soil. It may take a matter of months,...

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Ticks: Signs, symptoms and prevention

Tick season is upon us; plants are plentiful and we are spending more time outside. This year is expected to have a high tick population due to the mild winter. A tick bit can lead to a sore spot for a few days that can advance to a rash, infection or disease.   Lyme...

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Did you know:Ants & Peonies

Did you know that ants on your peony buds is perfectly normal if not beneficial to the opening of the flower bud. It is believed that the small amount of nectar on the bud attracts the ants which help to open those dense flower buds.  An old wives tale, maybe, but...

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