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Dry Shade Gardens

Landscaping and gardening pose many challenges, and one of the most difficult is dealing with dry shade. These areas typically result from large shade trees that out-compete smaller plants for water and nutrients, or overhanging eaves that cast shadows over…

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Tree Roots in the Lawn

Tree roots on the surface of the soil can often be unsightly and make mowing and maintaining a uniform lawn difficult. Homeowners often want to know if they can cut them off without damaging the tree. Unfortunately, the answer is…

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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 by concrete and asphalt or buildings reflecting heat off their south or west sides.…

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African Violet

African Violet Care

African Violets are arguably the best houseplants for reblooming and adding color to the indoors.  Plant breeders have also created lots of exciting colors, flower shapes, and even variegated leaves for this old favorite.  African violets are generally forgiving if…

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Dandelions

Dandelions

No lawn weed is more recognized than the Dandelion. They are relatively easy to control as long as they are treated at the right time. You will get the best control by spraying in October or November. The next best…

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Mealybugs

Mealybugs

This insect is a major pest on greenhouse plants and houseplants but will occasionally affect plants in the landscape too. These insects are white and often fuzzy or dusty looking. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves or…

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Borers

Borers can refer to a number of insects with a larva that feeds inside the bark of our trees and large shrubs. Borers are most often beetles but can also be clear-winged moths as in the case of the lilac-ash…

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Henbit

Henbit and Chickweed

Henbit and chickweed are two weeds with very similar lifecycles and methods for control. While they can show up in shrub beds, they are more of a concern in the lawn. Henbit is the showier of the two with obvious…

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Fertilome Tree and Shrub Food

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs

Fertilizing trees and shrubs is an important step in maintaining their health and promoting vigorous growth. While these plants are relatively low-maintenance, providing them with the right nutrients at the right time can help them thrive and withstand environmental stress.…

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