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Educating, Inspiring, and Encouraging

We all need it. Without it we would find life to be boring and mundane. We look for it in different places…magazines, T.V. programs, seminars, books, podcasts, conversations, and even social media. To be inspired, encouraged, and educated takes effort on our part.  It is not just going to come knocking at your door.  You…

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Feeling Restless…

For the past few weeks I have felt like a caged animal.  You know the ones I am talking about pacing back and forth wanting to be let out.  That is exactly how I have felt.  Happy that I have a nice comfortable cage to be in, but tired of being in it!   That…

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Is Winter Really Over This Month?

Maybe it’s me, but it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was the first day of winter.  My mom told me that time flies by the older we get.  Once again…she is right! March is one of the busiest months in the garden.   I can picture the earth warming up and gently nudging…

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Watering

Even though it is winter…don’t forget to supplement your plants watering needs. Containers are especially quick to dry out during the winter months. You do not want your plants to have extra stress in the cooler months. This will make them more prone to disease and pests when spring comes.

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Pruning

Winter is a great time to do some pruning on your trees. There are no leaves that block the view of the limb structure, so you can see the limbs clearly. Look for branches that are broken or rubbing on other branches. Also look for limbs that need to be removed so mowing and yard…

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Plant Heaving

Shallow rooted lavender plant heaving as the ground warms.

Plant heaving occurs when the soil has extreme temperature changes. The soil pushes upward lifting the plants and exposing the roots. If you mulched well in the fall, your plants are less likely to have this problem. This has happened in my garden in the late winter when we have those temperature fluctuations. It’s an easy fix!…

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Planning and Notes

Mid-summer is a great time to take notes! Spend some time walking around your garden assessing what you like and what you need to change. Maybe some plants need to be moved to a different location. You might need to add more color for next summer. You might even need to add a new garden. Make…

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Newly Planted Seeds

Keep your newly planted seeds moist but not soaked until they germinate. It is important to give them consistent moisture during their germination period. Once they have sprouted, continue to give them adequate water.  It is best to spray the soil and not the young plant when watering. Young leaves are very tender.  Follow the directions…

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Mulching

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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