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Add a Bit of Patriot Flare to Your Garden
Add a little patriot flare to the garden with a bit of paint, a few flags and a few new plants.
Add a Bit of Pizzazz to Your Summer Landscape
The summer weather and your busy schedule have left your landscape looking a bit weary. There’s still time to add sparkle and enjoy your landscape this summer.
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Add Fragrant Shrubs and Vines to the Landscape
When considering fragrance in the garden, roses, peonies, and phlox are some of the first plants that come to mind. Don't limit yourself, look for flowering trees, shrubs and vines that can liven up the landscape with their fragrance.
An Evergreen Harvest - Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
Attractive Year Round Screening
How many evergreens do I need to screen the view of my neighbor's house? This is a common question raised by gardeners across the country.
Balsam Fir Christmas Tree
The smell of a freshly cut balsam fir is a fragrant part of many holiday celebrations.
Brown Needles and Leaves on Evergreens
A walk through your garden this spring may reveal browning on both needled and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs.
Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce are a favorite tree of many gardeners. Their bluish green needles and pyramidal shape are a nice addition to the landscape. But several diseases can kill branches and distort their beauty.
Evergreens don't have to be - just green. Add a bit of seasonal color with one of these arborvitaes.
Contrast Colors and Texture to Add Pizzazz to the Garden
Is your garden looking a bit drab? It's time to liven things up with a few new plant combinations.
Create Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Don’t let the holiday rush and winter weather ruin your holiday party. Take a few minutes to walk through your garden and gather a few items to create a holiday centerpiece.
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Cytospora Canker on Spruce Trees
Your blue spruce is just reaching maturity when suddenly needles start turning a purplish brown and eventually the branch dies. The problem may be Cytospora canker.
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Don't Move Firewood
Cooler air and the crackle of burning wood mean fall for many. But don’t destroy the forest by moving firewood. Instead use wood from local sources.
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Enhance Your Front Door with Unique and Seasonal Decor
Dress up your front door and welcome guests with unique or seasonal decor.
Evergreen ID - Look for an Evergreen Day (Dec. 19)
December 19th is National Look for an Evergreen Day. Don't worry if you already have your holiday tree; take advantage of this unique holiday to get outside and look at the evergreens in your neighborhood.
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Fall and Winter Care for Groundcovers
Falling leaves make a great mulch in the woods, but can spell death for groundcovers and the lawn. Make clean up easy for you and good for the environment.
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Fall Décor for Your Landscape
The cooler temperatures of fall signal a change of season and an opportunity to add some fall décor to the landscape.
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Fast and Easy DIY Patriotic Pots for the 4th of July
Didn't plant a red, white and blue garden or container for the 4th of July? No worries. Just break out some paint and creativity and you'll be set to celebrate in style.
On your next winter walk, check apples, pears, quince and other members of the rose family for signs of fireblight disease.
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Fraser Fir, the Number One Selling Christmas Tree
Each year more than 25 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Every buyer seems to have their favorite, but overall the Fraser fir is the best-selling evergreen for the Christmas season.
Golden Duchess Hemlock (Thug canadensis 'MonKinn')
Grow a Few Christmas Gifts
Help small children handle the anticipation and adults deal with the stress of the holidays while creating a few homegrown gifts.
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A traditional element in holiday decor, holly plants also provide beauty year round in the landscape.
Make Your Own Icy Luminaries
Fire and candles have long been used to guide and welcome travelers and guests. Give this tradition a twist by making your own icy luminaries this winter.
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If you steal a kiss under the mistletoe this season, you might like to know a bit more about its history.
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Mulch Your Way to a Beautiful Low Maintenance Garden
Summers are filled with barbeques, vacations, and caring for our landscapes. Mulching is one way to save time and effort over a season or two, giving you more time for fun.
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Must-Have Garden Tools Make Great Gifts
Whether new or experienced, every gardener appreciates the gift of good garden tools.
Narrow (Columnar) Trees for Any Size Landscape
Don’t let a lack of space keep you from growing trees in your landscape. Consider planting columnar trees in containers and narrow spaces.
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National Christmas Tree Celebrations
Whether it is a fir, pine or spruce, a real evergreen tree has long been part of family, community and national Christmas traditions.
Needle Cast on Spruce
Purple needles turning brown and branches dying on spruce may mean the tree is infected with needle cast fungal disease.
Needles Yellowing and Dropping on Evergreens
Don't worry if your evergreen has yellow or brown needles all along the trunk. This is a common occurrence called seasonal needle drop.
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New Ways to Display Pumpkins
Fall is pumpkin time. Find new ways to display these fall favorites.
No Fruit on Holly - December's Other Birth Flower
Holly is a popular plant in holiday displays, one of the birth flowers for December and a favorite evergreen in the landscape.
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Did you know the traditional holiday spice nutmeg is not really a nut? It's actually the seed of an evergreen, native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.
Plan a Bit of Fragrance in Your Garden
Ahhh the sweet smell of lilacs generate fond memories for many of us. Be sure to grow a few new memories in your garden this year.
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You can tame overgrown evergreens blocking your views or creeping over walks with a bit of pruning. And get the best results for your effort with proper timing and the right pruning strategies.
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Pumpkins are moving off the front porch and into the garden and onto our dining room tables.
Recycle Christmas Tree in the Garden
Don't drag that Christmas tree to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape.
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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Selecting Mulch for the Garden
Mulch can beautify your garden, suppress weeds, moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture. Consider both function and beauty when selecting mulch for your landscape.
Selection and Care of Christmas Trees
The holidays are here and for many that means, it’s time to head out to the Christmas tree lot. Selection is the first step to insuring a beautiful tree throughout the holiday season
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Share the Gift of Gardening
As gardeners, we know how digging in the soil improves our mood, reduces stress and makes us smile. Share this joy by giving a gift of gardening this holiday season.
Shrubs That Attract Birds
Birds can add color and motion to your landscape year round. Planting shrubs that provide food and shelter is an easy and affordable way to bring birds into your backyard.
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The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
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The Ash Tree - November 22 - December 1 Birth Tree
If your birthday falls between November 22nd and December 1st your birth tree is an ash. You are said to be uncommonly attractive, very reliable and trustworthy.
Tree and Shrub Growth Rates
Now is a great time to plan for additions to your landscape. And as you scour the catalogs and read plant tags you will often see trees rated as fast, medium or slow growers.
Unshearing Sheared Evergreens
Tired of constant pruning or need a change from those green gumdrops, hockey pucks and meatballs? With a bit of time and patience you can convert these back to their natural beauty.
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Sudden wilting and death of individual branches of maples, redbuds and other susceptible trees may mean verticillium wilt has infected the plant.
Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.