Spring Gardening

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Time To Tidy Up The Garden

Lots of us let the remains of last year’s perennials stand through the winter. Now’s the time to tidy up.


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Don’t Plant Yet

Don’t jump the gun and plant too soon. Remember, the ‘final frost’ date around here is mid-May.


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Don’t Walk In The Wet Garden

When you walk in soft, muddy plant beds, the weight of your footsteps seriously compacts the soil, pressing out the oxygen and making it harder for plants to breath.


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Much Better Mulching

For weeks I’ve seen crews everywhere removing old mulch, raking away leaves and piling on new mulch like thick carpet! What a mistake! Here are some tips for better mulching.


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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.


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Snowy Winter Has Gardeners Digging This Spring

Even if you hated every snowflake that fell this winter, if you want to plant anything this spring, you’ll love what the cold wet weather left behind.


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Bulbs Barely Blooming

Spring hasn’t just been short on flowers so far, many bulbs I’ve seen blooming seem stunted – with very short stems! What’s up with that??


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Resist Temptation To Plant Too Soon

As soon as you see pretty plants for sale you may want to start sticking them out in your garden. Don’t. It’ll cost you.


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Good Time For Gardeners To Spring Into Action

This is a great spring if you’re a procrastinator. For once, you’re not too late to do a little cleaning and prepping of the garden because everything is behind schedule.


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Hand Sanitizer Is Simple Solution For Sappy Mess

This spring, you may find yourself picking up a lot of sticky pine branches. You can use hand sanitizer to get the sap off your hands – and your tools.


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Don’t Prune Hydrangeas

I know, you see some great gardener’s super-flowery hydrangea and you’re sure it’s something they’re doing, but actually, it’s what they’re not doing – they’re not pruning the flowers off!


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Gardening Questions Answered At Haverford Arboretum

On Sunday, May 5, bring all your gardening questions to the Haverford Arboretum where you can walk and talk with a tree expert while touring the Arboretum in its springtime glory.


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Too Early To Plant Annuals

Take it from me – it’s better to wait until mid-May to plant tender annuals than risk being an April fool.


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Don’t Bother Blooming Bulbs

Bulbs are shooting up outside, anything you need to do?


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Hang On! There’s A Better Way To Do Hanging Pots

People wonder why their hanging baskets poop out each year and the answer is – too many plants in a too-small pot. Here’s an alternative.