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  1. “Un-wintering” your roses

    Those of you lucky enough to be growing roses in the warmer regions of the country, you don’t have to be so concerned about getting your rose plant to survive the winter season.  Your plants are already actively growing, and some are already seeing f

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  2. Powdery Mildew on your Peony Plants?

    We have been seeing powdery mildew on the leaves of Peony plants in some areas.  Weather conditions vary greatly in areas across the country and that will change the severity of infection on some of the Peony varieties. 

    Some selections just d

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  3. Keep on Shredding Leaves

    The leaves continue to fall onto your lawn.  Don’t get out your rake…but get out your lawn mower!

    As you see those leaves fall, one of the best things you can do is to just run your power mower over the tops of the leaves as they fall.  Eve

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  4. Pine Needles Make Great Mulch

    pine needles in the fall

    Every year about this time we start getting phone calls from people who are concerned about their pine trees losing needles.  Pine trees are evergreens which means they do hold needles all year round  but that does not mean they hold the same needles y

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  5. Fresh Greens, Radishes, Cilantro, and Garlic

    fresh radishes in the sunlight

    Cool fresh weather, and additional moisture is more common at this time of the year makes it a great time for one more crop.  It is also a great time to assess your garden to see which tomato, squash, bean or radish performed best for you this year. 

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  6. Fall Planting … Do It Now, Do It Right!

    man planting in the garden in the fall

    Finally, … a bit of relief from the sweltering summer days perhaps.  We are ready to usher in the new fall season, how about you?  Cooler nights are welcome and give your ac bill a break too.  The shorter days reduce the amount of heat g

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  7. Put Away Your Lawn Rake

    unraked lawn full of leaves

    Here comes our new fall season and with it may come a lot of leaves. 

    There is no reason to bag or rake all of those leaves.  Just use your lawn mower to shred them right up on your grass.  The leaves may have moisture in them when they first fa

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  8. Stella de Oro Type Daylilies

    Now that your Stella de Oro type daylilies have bloomed, they should be deadheaded or better yet you can cut them all the way off to the ground.  All new foliage and new flowers recover in a very short period of time putting on a fresh new look in the

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  9. Pruning, Planting, and Fertilizing

    When it comes to your perennials and annuals, keep on dead heading to encourage fresh flowers to continue.  Annuals love additional liquid fertilizer keeping them blooming right up until frost. 

    In the cooler regions, it is time to

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  10. Maple Tree Galls

    Every year we get a few calls regarding maple leaves that have red, green, or black bumps on the foliage. The small raised bumps caused by a tiny mite that feeds on the underside of the leaf causing this tiny Gall to form on the top of the leaf surface.

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