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Trees for Small Spaces

Small spaces in the landscape create an extra challenge for gardeners and landscapers who want to plant a tree. Whether you're looking at a small front yard tree or a tiny ornamental by a front door, planting the correct tree…

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Spurge

Weeds In Landscape Beds

Weeds are nearly inevitable in landscape beds.  Luckily there are multiple ways to prevent and control the problem so that your plants can grow without competition.  The first line of defense is to make sure an area is completely clean…

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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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Nut Grass

Nutgrass Control

Nutsedge, sometimes called nutgrass or watergrass, looks like tall, thin, pale blades of grass in the lawn and in landscape beds. It is actually in the sedge family.  The fastest way to identify it is to roll an entire spring…

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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Junipers often have brown growths that look a little like human brains on their needles. These are one stage of cedar-apple rust, a fungus. After the spring rains, the fungus will be covered in orange tentacle-like growths that release spores.…

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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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Pine Tip Moth

Pine Tip Moth

The larva of pine tip moths bore into the tip of the new candles on pines (mostly scotch and mugo pines). If you see brown tips, twist them and see if there is a hollow tunnel with a small orange…

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Black Spot

Black Spot on Roses

Some varieties of roses are prone to a fungal disease called Black Spot. Symptoms include yellowing leaves with black spots. It starts on the lower leaves and works its way up the plant when there are periods of high humidity…

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Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Watch your plants for spider mite damage. Spider mites are very small so you can't see them with the naked eye. The first sign of their presence is pale, dirty looking patches of foliage.  To check for them hold a…

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Butterfly On Flower

Attracting Butterflies

When planning to attract butterflies to your garden, it is important to remember the following requirements: 1. Butterflies linger in sunny places! They are "cold blooded" and require warmth to be active. 2. Butterflies linger in places protected from the…

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