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Hot Topics

    Roses for the home garden

    Roses are one of the most popular garden plants in the world due to the diversity of plant form, flower color, and fragrance. 

    Spring lawn care tips

    Lawns are subject to many stressors such as weather extremes, foot traffic, diseases, etc. It is no surprise to find a few areas of lawn that are bare or thin.

    Pruning tips for overgrown or animal damaged shrubs

    Deciduous shrubs that are overgrown or damaged by animals can be a real eye sore in a landscape planting.

    Snow mold in home lawns

    As the snow continues to melt from the lawn, patches of snow mold may be revealed.

    Apple tree pruning basics

    Yearly pruning of apple trees is critical to maintain optimum fruit production.

    Sunshine brings indoor bugs

    As the weather continues to warm, some of us may find unwanted visitors in the interior of our home.

    Over-wintering tender bulbs

    With frost, the blooming life of cannas, dahlias, gladiolas, and calla lilies will come to an end. Because of their tender nature, the corms, tubers, and rhizomes (grouped together as “tender bulbs”) that produce these plants are killed by our cold winters and cannot be left in the soil.

    Voles in the home lawn

    Voles are small brown rodents about the size and shape of a mouse. We usually observe their small surface tunnels winding through our lawn right after snow melt. The grass in these areas is usually eaten to the soil line, leaving the crown of the grass plant intact and healthy.

    Houseplant propagation using a vegetative cutting

    Houseplants can be propagated by vegetative cutting, layering, division, and micropropagation, to name a few. Perhaps the easiest and most common form used by the home propagator is the vegetative cutting.

    Tips for successful houseplant propagation

    Propagating houseplants is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Success depends on using the right potting medium, a clean container, and providing an adequate growing environment.

    Protecting evergreens from winter burn

    Every spring some of us are faced with evergreen trees and shrubs that are no longer green but instead are brown.

    Protect trees and shrubs from rodents

    October is a perfect time to protect your valuable trees and shrubs from the teeth of rabbits, mice, and voles.

    Still time to protect trees and shrubs from rodent damage

    There is still time to protect your valuable trees and shrubs from the teeth of rabbits, mice, and voles. These rodents cause damage by feeding on twigs and bark, voles will also eat roots.
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