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Consider Your Landscape When Making Snow Removal Plans

When making winter plans for your landscape, don’t forget snow removal – from your drive and walkways, not from your trees and shrubs. The latter will be covered in another blog. How do you remove snow from your drive? Plow? Snow blower? Shovel? The shovel is safest for your plants, but that is the method […]

Caring For Tender Plants In Winter

Plants are living things, just like us. Consequently, they may be adversely affected by the heat or cold, especially the cold. These plants need extra care to help them survive typical Rochester area winters. Although conifers look strong and hardy, and many come from the northern areas of the world, I still apply antidesiccant to […]

When Hardy Plants Aren’t Hardy Here

They say that there’s an exception to every rule. That includes plant hardiness zones. All plants have their hardiness zones listed on the tags in the pot or hanging from the plant. This is supposed to tell you whether the plants will grow in our climate. In 2012, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) […]

Is Fall Fertilization Really Necessary?

The short answer is, “it depends.” If you have had to fertilize each spring, the answer is, “yes.” It is important to first understand the role of fertilizer in gardening. At the risk of being redundant, I’ll explain once again that fertilizer does not feed plants. Plants make their own food through photosynthesis. However, the […]