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How to Attract Birds

Attracting birds to the yard not only benefits them with foot and shelter but provides homeowners with considerable enjoyment. Birds are an extension of landscape beauty and contribute as much color as flowers. The yellow of the gold finch, the red of a cardinal, the blue of a jay create their own bouquet of color during all twelve months. You can control the kind of bird you attract to the yard with the kind of seed you provide. For...

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The Best Way to Dispose of Fall Leaves

Autumn leaves can be quite beautiful on a Sunday afternoon drive, and the musty scent of fallen leaves may evoke pleasant memories of childhood. Leaves in your landscape can be a different story altogether. They must be gathered from the lawn to avoid suffocation of grasses. There are some convenient alternatives to disposing of the leaves on your lawn this fall. Due to the nature of wooded areas, there is no need to gather and dispose of...

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Fertilization and Aeration: Partners for Growth

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. Before you can have a healthy plant, it must have a healthy root system. Given this, there are a couple of things you can do this fall to strengthen the root systems of plants in your landscape: namely, core aeration and fertilization. These two processes used together can do much to insure your plants’ health and longevity. They can even help your plants recover from the last 3 years drought...

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Wrapping and Staking New Trees

Harsh winds are howling. To protect against the brutal breath of “Old Man Winter,” new trees can be wrapped and staked with support wires. Wrapping trees to protect the bark of the tree from damage during shipping handling is considered an appropriate procedure in the nursery industry, but whether it prevents the bark from cracking is suspect and has not been proven. Yet, my observations have been that it is helpful. Tree wrap...

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Fall Landscape Care

Ah, autumn! I assume your leaves are mostly raked, you’ve already brought in summer bulbs, and now you’re looking at the last few tasks of the post-growing season. Hopefully, your mums and asters were beautiful ’til their end. The last color before winter sets in is pansies and colorful kale and cabbage. The nice part of fall tasks is that they needn’t cause you to miss any football. There’s plenty of time to...

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Proper Leaf Cleanup

Trees are beautiful because of their leaves, but it is inevitable that leaves fall. Historically, homeowners have raked up the leaves, bagged them and thrown them out with the garbage. Now, that is no longer possible. We need to remember that eons ago, no one raked leaves. Before people stepped in. leaves fell to the forest floor where they mixed with the twigs and were stirred up by small animals. They provided natural mulch in the winter...

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