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How To Choose A Christmas Tree

We all love Charlie Brown but that doesn’t mean your Christmas tree has to stand as a tribute to him. Read these suggestions before buying a cut tree and you won’t be confused with the Peanuts comic character. The first thing you should do is decide where you’re going to buy your tree. The freshest […]

Is That Big Tree An Asset Or A Risk?

As Fall continues to envelope us, it’s obvious that winter is not going to pass us by this year. It’s just taking its own sweet time and giving us an opportunity to extend our outdoor season. If you’ve done all of the winter preparations I’ve shared over the past few weeks, everything should be secured […]

Keep Cozy This Winter With Nicely Seasoned Firewood

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about keeping your various landscape plants comfortable this winter. Today, I have a suggestion for keeping yourself and your family comfortable. Nothing beats a nice, cozy, wood burning fire on a cold, winter night. The dancing flames, the crackling sound, the aroma… they all tell you that the […]

Leave Your Landscape In The Fall As You Want To Find It In Spring

It would be easy to just go into winter mode at the first sign of fall because the snow will soon cover your landscape and you won’t have to look at it until spring. You may not like what you see in spring, however, and it’ll probably cost you money as well. Last week, I […]

Prepare Your Woody Plants For Winter

The woody plants on your property are, arguably, the most valuable plants in your landscape. Trees and shrubs are big, so we assume they’re strong. Some shrubs seem to bounce back, almost miraculously, from trauma. This makes us think that nature takes care of our trees and shrubs. There are those who point to forest […]

Mulch Around Your Plants To Protect The Roots This Winter

During our hot, dry summer, I advocated mulching your landscape to help insulate the soil against the heat. Insulation, however, is a two-way street. It can also insulate against the cold. So, I’m now advocating mulch for winter. Mulch can also regulate the amount of water reaching your plant roots. Mulch absorbs some of the […]

Shut Down The Critter Cafe

If you emerged from last winter’s doldrums excited to get reacquainted with your landscape only to find that the wild animals had a feast at your expense, now is the time to take action before this winter. For the most part, our uninvited dinner guests are rabbits, mice and deer. These pests may stop in […]

Kill Weeds Before They Go To Seed

Ever notice how certain weeds like dandelions pop up in spring before almost anything else? Nature has equipped these plants with a very simple mechanism for doing that. They produce seeds late in the season, which fall to the ground and lie latent during the winter. They’re all ready to germinate as soon as weather […]

Fall Planting Includes Dividing Perennials

A few weeks ago, I reminded you why fall is for planting. Fall planting includes transplanting, and dividing overgrown perennials qualifies as transplanting. Most perennials, especially woody perennials, exhibit the characteristics that makes fall the preferred planting and transplanting time. The same weather conditions that make this such a good time to plant or transplant […]

Don’t Forget That Spring Flowering Bulbs Have To Be Planted This Fall

After the hot, dry summer we’ve just endured, it’s hard to imagine that cold, bleak days of winter are just around the corner. By February and March, we’ll be scanning the snow drifts for the first color of an approaching spring, and the appearance of colorful crocuses pushing up through the snow can signal that […]