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Archive for February 2013


Spring and fall are perfect times to add mulch to your garden. Small and large gardens alike benefit from this practice. Mulch keeps the weeding to a minimum, holds the moisture to help with water conservation, protects the plants, and makes your landscape look clean and well kept. Mulch comes in a variety of mediums.  I prefer…

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Cut Ornamental Grass

Mid to late winter is an excellent time to cut your ornamental grasses back. I try to cut them as low as possible. Make sure you have a good sharp tool to do this work. Otherwise you will be frustrated and very sore from your struggle. All perennial ornamental grasses will benefit from a good…

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Deadheading is one of those tasks that seems silly, but it is very important for the flowering strength of your plants. Removing the old flowers keeps you plants producing more flowers. Leaving the old flowers sends a signal to the plant to stop flowering and  wind down for the season. Take a few moments each…

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Controlling the Bullies

Sometimes we have certain plants that like to “take over”. They usually either spread through roots or seeds. If they spread through seeds, one way to help control their aggressiveness is by removing the seed pods before they drop. You can simply clip the seed pods off the plants and discard them or save them to…

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Container Soil

As you drag your containers out from last year, check the soil. If the soil is two years old or older, it is time to freshen it up. Take at least half the soil out of the container and add new potting soil. Do not use top soil. Top soil is heavy and does not drain well…

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Winter composting is very doable. All it takes is some thought and time. Compost consists of green and brown debris. The green debris you could add would be vegetable scraps, and the brown debris would be dried leaves. Here are a few things to consider using that you might have on hand: coffee grounds, egg…

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