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Weird weather – Lawn care tips for our weird weather

We are taking a break this month from the full newsletter but still wish to share tips for lawn and garden care during the strange weather of this season. With cold fronts followed by warming spells, plants are confused and lawns are still largely dormant. Weeds, however, need only one warm day to sprout. And once they bloom, they start spreading. The best way to control these types of weeds is to mow. So even if your lawn is not…

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4 garden resolution ideas that will be fun to keep

Unlike most new year’s resolutions, these four garden resolution ideas are not only easy, but fun and rewarding! 1 Welcome more winged friends Bees, butterflies and birds are assets to your garden and important to our planet. In addition to their helpful benefits pollinating plants and dispersing seeds, they add color and beauty everywhere they go. Help to protect our delicate ecosystem by welcoming more to your garden! Start small. Attract a butterfly species by planting its host plant. Monarch…

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Going Green for the Holidays

The holidays are here and we have a few last minute tips to make your holidays green!   Green Gifts For friends and family with a green thumb and a spirit to support the planet, here are a few unique gift ideas. For bee lovers, consider the WWF Adopt a Honeybee gift kit For the gardener in your life, visit Seeds Needs for just the right collection of herb, wildflower or heirloom seeds For the recycler on your list, check…

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Create a cozy winter patio with fire

Days are shorter and nights are crisp making this a great time to gather around a fire in the backyard. Creating a cozy winter garden is easier than you think with options for every size yard and every budget. Safety first Before you start playing with fire, consider safety. Make sure your have a space where flames cannot reach plants or structures. Approximately 10 feet from your house or your neighbor’s yard is a standard recommendation for large fire elements…

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Leaf season is coming! Try these smart leaf solutions

Leaf season will soon be upon us! Before you get frustrated or start to burn them, consider these smart solutions to eliminate and reuse those carbon rich leaves. Mow them No need to rake – mowing the leaves on your lawn is by far the easiest solution. The dispersed leaves gently settle into the lawn where they decompose adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Keep in mind that for mowing to work best, the leaves need to be…

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Yes money grows on trees! – 5 amazing reasons to plant trees

We know that trees make our communities more attractive, but they do so much more. From adding value to our homes, making our neighborhoods cleaner and safer and protecting the environment, they are valued members of any landscape. And the bigger the trees and their canopy, the greater their positive impact on our environment. Whether you are deciding to keep a mature tree or plant a new tree, keep these five amazing facts in mind. 1 Add value to your…

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Designed for Heat – Stunning Succulents & Cacti

Summer’s heat and water restrictions stress most plants in our garden. Some, however, were designed for this weather – the camels of the garden, cacti and succulents. If you have a dry or sunny location where little else wants to grow, these may be the perfect, low-maintenance option. Where to Plant Succulents (all cacti are also succulents) require little. Well-drained area, perhaps with a bit of slope Soil lightened with sand or a cactus-specific mix Light layer of mulch, such…

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Ditch the lawn

A carpet of green lawn looks great, but with rising temperatures, drought conditions, and increased water costs maintaining your lawn can become a burden. To reduce the time, effort and costs of keeping a perfect lawn, considering ditching some of that green for colorful, low maintenance alternatives. Carve Out a Little at a Time Instead of ripping out all your grass, reduce gradually. Carve out areas under trees, areas that are hard to mow, areas that already serve as a…

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Beat the heat! 5 Tips to protect your lawn and garden from the scorching heat

Summer may not officially start until June 21st, but for us it has already begun. Temperatures are on the rise and Accuweather predicts that this June could be one of the hottest five on record. Since summer’s scorching sun and extreme heat burns and dehydrates our plants just like us, you need to protect them with these 5 tips.   1 Water early Set your alarm for an early morning watering before the sun pulls the moisture out of the…

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The secret to a greener, healthier lawn – top dressing

As the heat rises and the rainfall disappears, there is one thing you can do now to help the health of your lawn – top dressing.   Why Top Dress? Top dressing is like a deep conditioning treatment for your lawn. By applying a thin layer of compost or manure across your lawn you will bring nutrients back to the roots of your grass encouraging strong growth and healthy soil. It can also help even out a lawn with low…

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