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Holiday Plants

Plants and flowers play an important role in many holiday celebrations. Whether decorating your house or giving them as a gift, they can be perfect for almost any occasion. The three most popular plants for the holiday season are the cyclamen, poinsettia and Christmas cactus.   CYCLAMEN Potted cyclamen are medium light plants. An eastern […]

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How to Prepare a Flowerbed

A properly prepared flowerbed is vital to a great garden. Well-prepared flowerbeds help with many aspects of a successful garden such as drainage, soil nutrients and discouraging pests and diseases. Steps Choose size and shape: Visualize what your flowerbed will look like. Consider the size and shape of the bed and what kind of garden […]

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Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas include shrubs that are mostly deciduous with the exception of the stunning white climber. They come mainly in shrub form from miniature to large shrubs/small trees and feature showy white, pink or blue flowers made up of dozens of small blossoms in a variety of shapes. These eye-catching plants also have large, dark green leaves […]

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Ick

White spot disease (Ick) is a protozoan parasite that affects freshwater fish. Most fish in the wild carry some parasites which have little effect on the hosts. In times of stress, however, resistance can be low, making them vulnerable to attacks. Symptoms The most common symptom is the appearance of white spots on the fins, […]

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Installing Sod

Cultivated turf (sod) allows you to enjoy a lawn of instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding. Soil Preparation Rototill or spade the area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by sloping soil away from foundations. Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots and large […]

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Lawn Care

Lawns that are cared for properly not only raise property values but can also be an environmental asset. They can help protect water quality as well as filter pollutants from the air. Fertilizer There are 2 different types of lawn fertilizer that come 2 different forms: synthetic and organic are the types, and they are […]

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Lily Leaf Beetle

The lily leaf beetle is an imported pest that attacks all true lilies (not daylilies). It lays eggs only on true lilies and fritillaria species but researchers from the University of Rhode Island have found the beetles feeding on Soloman’s seal, potato, hollyhock, bittersweet and some hosta species. The lily leaf beetle was first officially […]

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Plants Which are Toxic to Cats and Dogs

Aloe Vera Amaryllis Apple (seeds) Apricot (pit) Avocado (fruit and pit) Azalea Baby’s Breath Bird of Paradise Bittersweet Buckeye Buddhist Pine Caladium Castor Bean Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves) Chinese Evergreen Christmas Rose Cineraria Clematis Croton Cycads Cyclamen Daffodil ——————————————————– DIEFFENBACHIA: (some varieties and common names are) Charming Dumb Cane Giant Gold Silver Spotted Tropic Snow […]

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Mums

Mums provide glorious color for the seasonal garden throughout autumn. Garden mums, originally from the Orient, are now grown all over the world for their wonderful display of colorful blooms. They are available in a wide range of colors with many variations of each hue. If the colors aren’t enough to choose from, these flowers […]

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Lawn Seeding/Overseeding

  The best time to seed a new lawn or overseed is late August or early September when most weeds are done germinating, temperatures are cooler (70 – 75 degrees is ideal) and there is abundant rainfall.   STEPS The key to a good lawn is 4-6 inches of good soil. If your soil is […]

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