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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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Garden Clean Up Could Lead To A Big Mess

When you’re sweeping up, it’s tempting to just whisk whatever debris is lying there into the closest garden bed. Don’t.


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Aster Offers Carefree Groundcover

What do you plant in those places that get a lot of sun, where you’d also like to suppress weeds? Try a low-growing native aster.


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A Little Glory For Morning Glories

Some morning glories can be very weedy, and the ones in my garden are certainly ‘volunteers’, I never planted them. So, I enjoy a few, and weed the rest.


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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.


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Gifts In Your Garden

Welcome weeds and gifts from the birds; that’s how I’ve started to see some of the happiest accidents in my yard, like the asters now adding a surprising touch of color.


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No Good Feeling About Velvet Leaf

Velvet Leaf is an invasive crop weed that can grow over 5 feet high, and just one plant can produce thousands of seeds. Pull it!


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Don’t Nurture Nutsedge

What’s that annoying stuff sticking up a few days after your lawn is cut? Likely nutsedge!


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Ragweed Is To Blame For Seasonal Allergies

Ragweed is the plant that makes so many people sneeze this time of year but goldenrod, blooming at the same time gets the blame!


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A Beautiful Weed

Originally from Europe, Chicory is a low-grower with woody branches in a family of plants that includes leafy vegetables like the mild Endive as well as many intensely flavored salad greens.


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Invasive Thistle Spreads With The Wind

If you’ve ever had thistles turn up as weeds in your garden, you know how nasty they can be. Get rid of them completely, before they go to seed and spread across the neighborhood.


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A Wonderful Weed

It started as a weed, but became a star in my garden. Philadelphia Fleabane grows about two feet high with masses of pretty pink flowers that have yellow centers like delicate daisies.


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Corn Gluten Meal As ‘Organic’ Weed Preventer

When the forsythia blooms it’s a sign of spring – and your cue to apply a weed preventer like corn gluten meal to stop weeds from starting.


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White Snakeroot

White Snakeroot – Ageratina altissima, a member of the Aster family – is a native plant once thought to cure snakebites, but in fact, it’s toxic.


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Too Much Of A Good Thing

They’re pretty and prolific and they can easily get out of control. If you have morning glories growing in or around your garden you know what I mean.