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Name That Plant: Part Two, By Jim Chatfield

Published: The Buckeye Magazine, March 2014 #1: pawpaw seed and fruit #2: medlar fruit #3: Snow Fountain cherry and heuchera at CENTS #4: forced forsythia (JC) #5: Viking black chokeberry #6: stinging nettle #7: water lily #8: London planetree allee #9: black walnut mycena fungus #10: nodding trillium #11: larch cone #12: douglasfir cone #13: beautybush flowers #14: ash flowers #15: begonia foliage #16: bottlebrush buckeye #17: corylopsis...

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Choosing a Landscape Contractor: Factors to Consider

Choosing a Landscape Contractor: Factors to Consider

Choosing a landscape contracting company to assist you in transforming your property into a dream landscape can be, at times, mystifying. We may not know what we want, what plants are appropriate for our location, or even what it might cost us. Here are a few factors to consider as you begin searching for a company that works well with and for you! References Contact others who have used the contractor. Determine whether your project is...

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Wintering Watering

When I suggested to you in July or August that you should be giving your plants some supplemental water, you probably were not surprised as overly dry as it was. But now I am going to tell you in the dead of winter that you need to water your plants and that may surprise you. Everything needs water. This is a very simple statement with a lot of importance, especially following the dry summer we had last year. I am sure you watered in the...

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Avoiding Winter Salt Damage to your Plants

When you think of winter salt damage, you may be inclined to think of your car. While it is true that salt from the roads and highways can cause damage to your car, what you may not realize is the detrimental effect salt can have on plants. If you use salt to melt the ice on your sidewalks and driveway and even if it is only the salt slush that comes off the bottom of your car there are several steps you can take to minimize the damage....

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Pruning for Your Tree’s Future

Take a look at your trees – especially any that border the sidewalk in front of your house or grow over the street. Branches less than 6 to 8 feet from the ground should be removed. I was speaking with a neighbor of mine a few weeks ago about such a branch and discovered that he just assumed the tree would get taller and those branches would grow up as the tree height increased. In case you have that same notion, let me dispel it...

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How to Avoid Winter Salt Damage

As winter approaches, we need to think about protecting our plants and gardens, as well as our soil, from the elements. Cold weather, snow and ice can all cause plant damage, but one of the biggest dangers is salt used on walks and drives to melt ice or if you live along a busy thoroughfare the salt spray from passing vehicles. Water is normally drawn from the soil into the plant through the roots, but water with a high concentration of...

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