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A New Tool for Gardeners: Plant Strengtheners
There’s a new tool to help us grow healthy, productive, and beautiful landscapes. All natural plant strengtheners, like JAZ Spray, immunize plants against environmental stresses such as heat and drought, while building the plant’s natural defenses against insects and diseases.
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The change of seasons often generates lots of plant debris. Fall leaves, faded perennials, landscape trimmings and more. So how do you neatly and effectively turn this green debris into valuable compost?
Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes
It's finally here! Your first red tomato. You reach in, twist it off the vine and have a look. And there it is - a big black spot on the bottom of the tomato.
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Turn your morning coffee grounds into soil amendment or mulch for your indoor and outdoor gardens.
Dividing Overgrown and Floppy Perennials
Overcrowded, poor flowering and floppy perennials can be invigorated with a shovel and a bit of your time and energy.
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Fall Color: How Leaves Change Color in Fall
The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year. And the science behind it all is just as intriguing.
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Fall Soil Preparation
As the summer growing season winds down, it’s a great time to prepare your landscape for next season. Start with a soil test. The results can save you money and the environment.
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Fall Soil Test
Grab a trowel and clean bucket and then head out to the garden to gather a soil sample for testing.
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Fun Ways to Use Pumpkins Indoors
Add some fun to your fall gatherings with creative uses for pumpkins.
Gardening with Your Neighbor - Shared Gardens
Get rid of the fence dividing you and your neighbors’ yard. Instead create a beautiful garden you both can enjoy.
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Go Green and Easy with Landscape for Life
You can have a beautiful landscape and productive garden while working in concert with nature.
Start small. You'll be amazed the difference a few change of habits can make in your garden and maintenance schedule.
Lawn Fertilization for a Healthy Lawn
A proper diet will keep your lawn healthy and better able to fight off weeds and pests.
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Learn About Composting Day
May 29th is National Learn About Composting Day. Celebrate by starting your first or adding an additional compost pile to your landscape.
Naturally Dyed Eggs
Decorated eggs are part of many springtime and religious celebrations. This year consider using natural materials to dye your eggs.
Start by gathering vegetables, flowers and herbs to make the desired dye. Use one cup of blueberries for purple, 2 cups of chopped red cabbage for blue, 2 cups of chopped beets for pink and a handful of carrot tops or 2 TBSP of turmeric for yellow. A handful of onion skins will give you gold, while 2 TBSP of coffee grounds or 4 tea bags make a brown dye.
Perennial Garden Renovations
Give your tired perennial garden a boost without a total renovation. Topdressing your garden with compost every year or two provides most if not all the nutrients your perennials need.
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Plant Your Own Fertilizer - Cover Crop and Green Manuring
Plant your own fertilizer this fall to improve next year's garden.
Prepare Garden Soil Now for Next Season
Now is the perfect time to start preparing for next season's garden. As you finish harvesting a garden bed start preparing for the season ahead.
Prepare Your Lawn for Summer with Late May Fertilization
Help your lawn prepare for the stressful summer season with a late May application of a low nitrogen organic fertilizer like Milorganite.
Recycle, Don't Bag or Burn, Fall Leaves
Think of fall leaves as fertilizer falling from the sky, not an annoyance to be raked and removed. Recycle these nutrient-rich packets back into your landscape.
Tree leaves contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients the plants absorb from the air and soil throughout the growing season. Recycle these nutrients back into the soil to benefit future plantings.
Recycling Coffee Grounds
Put coffee grounds and filters to work improving your garden’s beauty and productivity.
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Safely Store Landscape Products
Whether you’ve gone organic or use traditional fertilizers and pest management products you need to store them properly for safety’s sake and their longevity.
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Skip the Bonemeal
Fall means bulb planting and for many gardeners it means breaking out the bone meal to get them well-rooted and growing. Consider skipping the bone meal. You’ll save money and have better long-term results in the garden.
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Space and Time Saving Garden Technique
Create a raised bed, compost and rotate your garden crops in one space using this convenient garden technique.
Summer Lawn Care
Warm temperatures, drought and summer rain storms take their toll on our landscapes. Keep your lawn healthy and looking its best despite the summer weather.
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You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.
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It starts with one little plant. Next thing you know your garden is overrun with them. Some start from seeds that have been dormant in the soil for years while others move in on the wind, in soil additives or with garden transplants.
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Winter Lawn Care
Give your lawn a break this winter. Adjust your lawn care practices and use with the change in seasons.