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Orchid Care

Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants in the world. Every landscape where it’s possible for plants to grow will include orchids.   They have a symbiotic relationship with microscopic fungi that co-exist within their root structures and release nutrients that are absorbed by the orchid. Orchids need these fungi to exist and each […]

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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses may be annuals or perennials; short or tall; spring or fall flowering; prolific self-seeders or sterile; invasive spreaders or well-behaved clump-formers. They add two elements to the the garden that are not provided by many other plants: movement and sound. Most grasses will grow in areas where other plants will not survive. There […]

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Perennial Care

Perennials can add flower color and foliage texture to a landscape. They can be grown as border plants among foundation plantings or as stand-alone beds. Perennial, by definition, means to return year after year. A perennial garden, if planned correctly with adequate soil, light, water and plants that are naturally tough and well-adapted to conditions […]

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Pine Shoot Moth

The pine shoot moth was first observed in the U.S. in 1913, attacking ornamental Scotch pine on Long Island. Beginning in 1925, this species of moth spread rapidly throughout southern New England. Identification and Life Cycle Moths fly over an extended period from mid-July through September, laying eggs that hatch within 7 to 10 days. […]

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Planting a Vegetable Garden

Growing and harvesting your own vegetables is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Not only does vegetables gardening let you enjoy nature, but if done properly, it can also save you money. In order to ensure proper planting, just follow these simple steps: Planning your vegetable garden The site location is of utmost importance. Vegetables need […]

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Planting Bulbs Outdoors

Bulbs are an easy, economical way of producing a vibrant and colorful flower garden and, in New England especially, the sight of their spring or summer blossoms can be a welcome reprieve from a long, cold winter. Gardeners will often plant bulbs in intervals so that they will have continuous blossoms throughout the spring, summer […]

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Preventing Winter Burn

Winter’s extreme temperatures can damage many broadleaf evergreens such as holly, rhododendron, azalea and euonymus. This damage is caused by drying winds and frozen ground, which deprives plants of their natural moisture intake.   WHAT IS WINTERBURN? Most winter plants will get some leaf-browning/discoloration/spotting due to moisture loss. This is the result of a temperature/water […]

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Rabbits

Rabbits can be irritating and damaging pests in a garden, especially a vegetable garden. Their rate of reproduction is very high. They give birth to several litters every year, with 4-7 babies in each litter, so population in an area has a tendency to increase rapidly. They are active all year long, mainly in daytime hours. […]

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Root Bound Plants

Root bound plants are a common occurrence in container gardening. Recognizing this problem early is crucial to the plant’s maturity. A couple ways of recognizing a root bound plant are that roots may be visible out of the bottom drainage holes or the top of the container. Another sign of a root bound plant is […]

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Rose Care

Roses are considered on the world’s favorite flowering plants. The rose is an ancient species of plant which, through centuries of hybridization, has become the marvelously diverse and interesting plant we enjoy today. Common types Climbing Roses – Climbers are often of the large-flowering varieties which bloom in loose clusters of 5-15 blooms. Most are […]

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