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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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Gifts for the Gardener

Like Santa I have been making my gift list and checking it twice, and it is amazing how my gift-giving list looks a lot like the gifts I would like to receive. If you are a long time gardening enthusiast or have a friend that has just taken an interest in the activity, consider my wish list of great gardening gifts. A set of basic garden tools is a wonderful gift for the beginning gardener. The package should include two kinds of rakes, a...

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Living Holiday Trees Can Be a Future Asset

Although live Christmas trees are more expensive than cut trees, the investment provides many years of pleasure rather than only a few weeks. Christmas trees are available in two needle lengths. Spruce, Fir and Douglas Fir trees generally have shorter needles and are more compact. Pine trees have longer needles and less uniform shape. Select a tree with a root ball sufficient in size to sustain the tree. The general rule is eight inches of...

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