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Essential Tips for Summer Gardening from the Outdoor Living Experts!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 2nd, 2020 The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of...

Treating Algae in Your Summer Pond & More!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 2nd, 2020 Summer’s long days and sultry nights can mean more time to enjoy your pond or water feature. But the warmer water temperatures also create a perfect environment for an outbreak of every pond owner’s number one headache-algae. There are...

Are They Fireflies, Glowworms or Lightning Bugs?

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2020 It doesn’t really matter what you call them because one of our favorite sights of summer is those yellow-green orbs flashing against the backdrop of the garden at dusk. Fireflies are not flies. Nor are lightning bugs, bugs. And no one...

How To Care For Your Summer Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2020 Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year....

Winter Damage on Needled & Broadleaf Evergreens

By: Lisa Briggs | 6/4/2020 The Plant Desk fields so many questions in May and June about winter damage on evergreens, both needled and broadleaf. Evergreens adapt to winter cold differently than deciduous plants. Trees and shrubs that lose their foliage are able to go...

Early Summer Gardening Tips You Should Know!

By: Lisa Briggs | 6/4/2020 Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. We had a very cool spring, but finally, feel like our temperatures have caught up to the calendar! Do try to be a little...

Gardening Tips for Memorial Day Weekend!

By: Lisa Briggs | 5/21/2020 Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yards looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. This spring’s weather has certainly delayed almost everything. So we find ourselves looking forward to a stellar June. Let’s...

The Best Tips for Grub Control!

By: Lisa Briggs | 5/21/2020 It’s almost June and by the end of the month, many a gardeners’ most hated day of the entire summer will soon be here - the annual emergence of the dreaded Japanese Beetles. Not much has changed for treatment of adult beetles, but there are...

Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | 5/7/2020 “Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating...

Tips About Those Late Emerging Perennials

By: Lisa Briggs | 5/7/2020 Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire every...
The Lawn Care ABC’s … Easy As 1, 2, 3!

The Lawn Care ABC’s … Easy As 1, 2, 3!

The ups and downs of this spring’s weather has us all reeling. One day it’s sunny and 70 degrees and we are over the moon, popping in pansies and wondering when the tomato plants will be ready. The next temps barely make it to a drizzly 50 and we’re back in the doldrums.

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Gardening Tips You Should Know Heading Into May!

Gardening Tips You Should Know Heading Into May!

No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end and now that it seems spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. Since the outdoor chores that must be done conflict with more pleasurable activities, it may be hard to know where to start.

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All Your Pruning Questions Answered – RIGHT HERE!

All Your Pruning Questions Answered – RIGHT HERE!

First things first. Make sure that you have the proper tools for specific jobs and that they’re sharp and in good working order. Bypass hand pruners and secateurs are best for branches that are ¾-inch or less in diameter. If the branches are bigger, up to 2 inches, it’s time to go for loppers.

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Mid-Spring Seed Starting Tips

Mid-Spring Seed Starting Tips

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. Ordinarily, the Garden Center has 50 varieties of tomato seedlings on order. If you look at seeds though, you can chose from 124 cherries, currants, slicers and pastes. Another important reason to grow your own is that you are in complete control of how your food is produced, from soil to fertilizers to pest control.

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Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

Remember March 1st? Calm winds. 52 degrees. Definitely lamb weather! And the forecast for the 31st doesn’t look particularly lion-like. Though early spring weather is fickle, we count on April to be a more golden month. Don’t you find yourselves looking for any excuse to be outdoors in the early spring sunshine? It feels as though everything alive is aching to stretch- length of the days, leaves on the trees, germinating seeds.

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Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

After a few seasons on your deck or patio, your outdoor furniture may begin to show some wear and tear. Especially if you aren’t doing regular maintenance. No matter the material, good quality pieces are manufactured with outdoor use in mind but remember that stain-resistant does not translate to stain-proof.

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Forcing Shrubs & Tree Branches for Indoor Blooms

Forcing Shrubs & Tree Branches for Indoor Blooms

So how can you add the color and fragrance of flowers to your home without breaking the bank? Bring a bit of spring indoors by gathering branches of flowering trees and shrubs, and then forcing them to bloom inside the house.

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Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers. The sandhill crane’s raspy call or the melodious song of a redwing blackbird makes us grin. Even the bright yellow bloom of the first dandelion can be a cause for celebration.

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Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

Your houseplants are certainly happier with the sunshine and longer days. You can start fertilizing moderately to encourage new growth. Prune any straggly stems to stimulate branching. You’ll end up with much nicer plants if you give them periodic haircuts. It’s about a month too early though to do any re-potting.

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From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

Last weekend’s lovely weather has us itching to get into the garden, but the incoming cooler temperatures are signaling that it may be a while before you begin planting anything. Never fear though. Spring always arrives. Eventually.

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