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Garden Pests May Serve A Purpose

For devastating infestations on a precious plant or big tree, I’d call a professional. Otherwise, I prune out obvious damage and let Nature fight it out.

07/30/2014

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Don’t Wait For Dead Tree To Kill Someone

If a tree has no leaves, or lots of deadwood and bare branches, you want to take action to keep people, pets and property safe.

07/29/2014

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Don’t Let Potted Plants Go To Pot While You’re Away

Spend a few minutes the next time you’re out watering to reinvigorate your potted plants for the rest of the summer.

07/28/2014

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Two Tempting Trees

Imported from Asia, tree peonies, seen here, are shrubs with strong woody branches that keep their big blooms upright, but there’s a native alternative as well.

07/23/2014

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Bottle Makes Watering Hanging Baskets Easier

A one or two liter plastic bottle, even full of water, is light enough that I can lift it up over my head to reach hanging baskets and it’s easier to pour more precisely than a hose.

07/22/2014

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Visit Barnes Arboretum Medicinal Garden

With just a glance at the tags, see how all kinds of plants have been used around the world across the centuries to treat a myriad of maladies.

07/21/2014

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Mint Knows No Bounds

Mint likes to wander. It won’t be contained by a pot – or a fence. It just keeps going and may start to smother other plants.

07/16/2014

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Multiflora Rose Serves As Host For Rose Rosette Disease

It was already a weed problem, invading gardens and natural areas, but now, Multiflora rose is also known to be the host plant for Rose Rosette Disease.

07/13/2014

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Disease Knocking Out Roses

There’s a devastating disease threatening roses – yup, even those reliably rugged ‘Knock-Out®’ roses you see everywhere, they can get it too.

07/13/2014

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Time To Raise The Blades On Your Lawn Mower

It’s time to raise the blade on your lawnmower so your grass doesn’t get scalped and scalded in the summer sun.

07/09/2014

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Daphne Is Difficult

Daphnes are pretty little shrubs that smell spectacular when they flower in the spring, which is why so many gardeners can’t resist them – but they die easily.

07/08/2014

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Pinch Back Petunias To Keep Them Perky

How can you keep your planters of petunias and such looking perky all summer?

07/07/2014

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Time To Prune

Gardeners like to use the 4th of July as a reminder for some stuff you shouldn’t wait much longer to do, such as pruning spring flowering shrubs.

07/02/2014

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A Tip To Help Potting Soil Absorb Water

Sometimes water just sits on top of potting soil and won’t soak in, overflowing instead. Here’s a quick fix to avoid the mess.

07/01/2014

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Share Your Harvest With Philabundance

If you’re growing fruits and vegetables, at some point, you’ll probably have more than you can eat. Share your harvest with food pantries through Philabundance.

06/30/2014