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Deer

Deer are creatures of habit. Once they establish a feeding area, it is very difficult to keep them away. It is therefore important to take preventative measures so that deer don’t get in the habit of visiting your yard and/or garden. Some common methods include putting up fences, homemade and chemical repellents, and planting things […]

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Feeding Fish

In a large, well-established pool that is amply stocked with plants, there should be little need for supplementary fish feeding. In smaller pools, however, it is important to provide extra food. Skipping feeding for a day or two is alright with a small pool, but make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to do it […]

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Fish Facts

There are a variety of fish and other creatures that can add a whole new dimension to your water feature. While their beauty alone may be fascinating, they also play an integral role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Do I need a big pond to have fish? The size of a pond determines how many […]

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Foliage Plant Basics

Foliage plants can clean the air in your home and make it a brighter and healthier place for your family. In today’s society, buildings and houses alike are made from a variety of different materials and often have massive air circulation systems. These systems can bring harmful chemicals into our living spaces and cause indoor […]

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Forcing Bulbs

Forcing bulbs is a popular way of stimulating them to bloom out of season. Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus and hyacinths. Although there are specially-designed containers for bulbs such as hyacinths and paperwhites, almost any container will suffice. The best soil mix for forcing bulbs should contain equal parts […]

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Fruit Tree Pollination

Most fruit trees require cross-pollination (the pollen of a different but compatible variety) to yield a crop of fruit. Pears, sweet cherries and Japanese plums fall into this category. Other fruit trees, such as peaches, figs and sour cherries are self-fruitful, meaning they yield fruit from their own pollen. Another group of fruit trees, including […]

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Ground Covers

Ground covers may include shrubs, vines or even grass. Typically less than 18 inches tall, most ground covers grow quickly as to cover a desired area. Because they spread across the ground but don’t grow tall, no cutting is required. Ground covers are usually chosen for texture, density and how well they spread. Other benefits […]

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Grub Control

In order to control grubs, you must understand their life cycle and apply the right product at the right time. In spring, adult grubs from the previous year begin moving to the surface as the temperature rises. As they reach the surface, skunks and crows may try to dig them up. Any damage to the […]

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid is a small, aphid-like insect which attacks both the Carolina and eastern hemlock and is capable of severely weakening and killing its host plants. It was introduced into Massachusetts in 1988 from an already existing infestation in Connecticut. Identification and Life Cycle These small insects are brownish-red in color, oval in […]

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Herb Gardening

Since ancient times, herbs have played an important role in politics, romance, religion, health and superstition. They can be classified as annuals, perennials or biennials: ANNUAL HERBS: include anise, basil, chervil, coriander, dill and summer savoryPERENNIAL HERBS: include chives, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, tarragon, thyme and winter savoryBIENNIAL HERBS: include caraway and parsley Growing Herbs […]

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