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Pyracantha

Winter Gardening

Just because the trees are bare and there is snow on the ground doesn't mean you have to give up on the garden. A well-planned garden provides year-round interest and visual treats. Many evergreens and hardy ornamental grasses offer nice…

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Pine Wilt Nematode

This devastating disease is a large factor in the mass die-off of pine trees in our area. Caused by a microscope worm in the vascular system of the tree, this disease is moved from pine to pine by the Pine…

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Red Yucca

Hot Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is extreme heat. This condition can be created in areas surrounded sides by concrete and asphalt, or by buildings reflecting heat off their south or…

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Hosta Francee

Dry Shade Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is dry shade. These areas are generally caused by large shade trees which can easily out-compete smaller plants for water and nutrients. They can also…

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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Uniform Holes in Tree Trunks

While many homeowners are aware of the damage boring insects can do to trees, they may be less familiar with the uniform holes of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This bird is a woodpecker that feeds primarily on the sap of trees…

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Sun Scald

Sun Scald

Wrap the trunks of newly planted maples during the winter months to prevent sunscald. Sun-scald occurs in the winter when the sun heats the bark on the southwest side of a tree, the tissue breaks dormancy, then when the sun…

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Hydrangea

Why aren’t my hydrangeas blooming

Hydrangeas may not bloom for a variety of reasons. Gardeners are often disappointed when a bush that bloomed well in a previous year doesn't bloom at all the next year. While hydrangeas prefer afternoon shade during our hot summers, if…

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Butterfly

Attracting Pollinators

With some pollinators being threatened by habitat loss, there is a renewed interest in creating beds and even whole gardens for them. There are several landscape plants can be used purely for there ornamental value but have the added benefit…

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Hibiscus

Why Aren’t My Annuals Blooming

Annuals may not bloom for a variety of reasons. If your petunias or geraniums suddenly quit blooming, the first thing to check for is budworms. These small green caterpillars that will eat the blooms before the buds even open. Million bells…

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Clematis

Growing Clematis

Clematis are a beautiful plant to grow in your garden. They are an easy to grow flowering vine that is not too aggressive. With proper site selection and a little care, you will be treated to beautiful summer flowers for years…

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