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Managing Garden Pests

Hoards of beetles seemed to hatch in my garden almost overnight. When it comes to garden pests, If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

19 hours ago

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Hydrangeas May Bloom Yet

As tempting as it might be to prune those dead-looking hydrangeas, I’ve thought in other years that those tan, dry blank sticks would never leaf out…but most did.

06/02/2014

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Prune Your Roses Snip Snip

For shrub roses, such as the prolific Knock-Out® varieties, you don’t need to snip branch by branch, worrying about which way the buds are facing.

04/29/2014

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Deadhead Ever-Blooming Hydrangeas

Wait a minute, didn’t I just tell you this spring NOT to prune your old-fashioned pink and blue hydrangeas? Yes, but some hydrangea are better pruned.

07/22/2013

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Fourth Of July Gardening Chores

Along with fun stuff like fireworks, many gardening chores are keyed to the Fourth of July, such as pruning back spring flowering shrubs like azaleas.

07/01/2013

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Refreshing Your Garden

First everything bloomed early, then it got incredibly hot and a lot of plants just plain fried. Now you’ve got browned leaves, spent stems that withered and flopped, and perennials that pooped out weeks ago. Give them a haircut.

08/06/2012

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Deadheading Hydrangeas

Now’s a good time to prune those brown droopy hydrangea deadheads and, if you have one of the newer reblooming hydrangeas, you can cut as often as you like, because they make new flowers all summer.

07/17/2012

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You Can Prune Your Yew

What to do about a big yew? Prune it.

03/27/2012

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Get Your Garden Ready To Bloom

If you left leaves in your garden beds last fall and let perennial stems and dried flowerheads hang on so you had something to look at all winter, it’s time to get out your rake and get down to business.

03/14/2012

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‘Leap’ To Do Garden Chores

Leap Day is a good cue to take care of those garden chores that don’t need doing every year.

02/29/2012

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Prune Roses In Two Phases

Approaching an overgrown rose bush can be a bit overwhelming, so consider doing it in two stages.

02/27/2012

Crews pruning trees around PECO wires. (Credit: Asplundh Tree Expert Co.)

PECO To Begin Tree Pruning In Philadelphia Neighborhoods To Protect Wires

PECO tree trimming begins in select Philadelphia neighborhoods next week.

01/06/2012

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Broken Trees May Be Down — But Not Out

It’s never fun to see a tree get hurt in a storm, but it’s not always the end of the world – or even the end of that tree.

09/14/2011

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Gardening Chores For The Fourth Of July

Isn’t there something you’re supposed to prune before the Fourth of July? Oh yeah, your azaleas. And there some other timely garden chores as well.

06/29/2011

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Spring Cleaning Your Garden Is Less Of A Chore

The great thing about cleaning your garden now is that it’s easy to tell what part to take away – everything that has died is brown, tan, broken off already or snaps right off in your hand.

03/22/2011

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