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The Birch Leaf Miner

The birch leaf miner is a tiny wasp-like sawfly that feeds between the surfaces of birch leaves.  Repeated attacks over several years may weaken a tree, making it more susceptible to damage from other insects. Identification and Life Cycle The birch leaf miner overwinters as mature larvae in the soil beneath a tree. In early […]

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Bird Feeder Basics

Bird feeders can be categorized as platform/tray, hopper or suet. Most of these types are available as either hanging, window mount, wall/tree mount, pole mount or freestanding. FEEDER TYPES HOPPER FEEDERS Hopper feeders are one of the most popular choices among bird enthusiasts. These feeders are designed to hold a larger amount of food in […]

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Cactus Care

How much should I water my cactus? During the growing season, a cactus should be watered thoroughly and allowed to completely dry out between watering. The easiest way to check for soil moisture is to extend a slender object to the bottom of the soil and check for any damp soil clinging to it as […]

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Chipmunks

A burrowing cousin of the squirrel, chipmunks feed on fungi, plants, nuts, grains, seeds and the occasional insect and can be detrimental to a garden or landscape. These rodents favor areas with stone walls or rotting logs and heavy ground cover. When they burrow, they excavate the dirt, keeping tunnel entrances well-concealed. If you find […]

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Citrus Care

A citrus tree is an ideal plant for a warm, sunny room. Their dark, shiny leaves and fragrant blossoms add to the appeal of their brightly-colored, ornamental fruit. From a size standpoint, the smaller members of the citrus family such as limes, Meyer improved lemons, kumquats and calamondins are the best choices for house plants, […]

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Clematis Care

Clematis are truly the queen of garden vines. Their spectacular blooms do so many different things from climbing fences, mailboxes and lamp posts to standing alone on a teepee or pergola. Light Exposure Clematis prefer 5 to 7 hours of sunlight per day in order to flourish (sunlight requirements may vary according to variety, so […]

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Composting

Adding compost to any garden bed will dramatically enhance the fertility, texture and aeration of the soil and feed the billions of critters living in it whose activities create plant nutrients. The process of composting is achieved by combining organic waste such as dead leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps which are then broken down […]

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Christmas Trees

CUT CHRISTMAS TREES Make a fresh cut straight across the base of the tree. Cut off approximately one half inch before placing the tree in a stand. Use a stand that will hold a gallon of water or more. Adding Prolong to the water will increase absorption, keeping the tree fresher for longer. Check the […]

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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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