Spring Garden Tips
Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.

Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.

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mgm_audio_131_recycle_treeOr remove the branches and use them as winter mulch over bulbs and perennials. This winter mulch will keep the soil consistently cold, reducing the risk of early sprouting and winter damage that can occur during winter thaws.

Set the tree in the landscape for a bit of added greenery. The birds will also enjoy the added shelter. And, if you need a fun family activity, decorate the tree with fruits, berries, and seeds the birds can enjoy.

As spring arrives consider chipping and shredding your tree into mulch for trees and shrubs.

And, if this is not possible, check for recycling resources in your community.

A bit more information: Many municipalities have special pickups for Christmas trees. These are chipped, shredded and made available for citizens to use in their landscapes. Lake communities often sink the discarded trees to the bottom of lakes and ponds to provide habitat for the fish. And don’t forget about your local Christmas tree farm. Many will chip your tree for use as mulch on their farm and in return give you a discount coupon for next year’s tree.

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Tax Relief Through Garden Therapy

Just say the date - April 15th and most U.S. citizens cringe, unless of course you are one of the lucky ones getting a refund. Soften the blow with a bit of horticulture therapy.

Once the taxes are mailed, take a walk through your yard, neighborhood or nearby botanical garden. Walking and working in nature helps lower our blood pressure and improve our mood.

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The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry (Aronia)

Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens.

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

Threadleaf coreopsis is a long-blooming drought tolerant perennial that attracts butterflies and goldfinches to the garden. Add a few long time favorites and colorful new introductions to your landscape.

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Tips for Seed Starting Success

Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.

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Winter Container Gardens and Outdoor Arrangements

Add a bit of greenery to your front steps, window box or patio with a winter container.

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Winter Protection for Evergreens

Make this the fall you protect your evergreens before winter winds and snowloads cause your arborvitae to split and rhododendrons to wither.

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Winter Rose Protection

Help your roses through the winter and be rewarded with beautiful blooms next season.

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