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Amy McDowell

Amy McDowell is a contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening.

 

 

Plant the Right Tree the Right Way for Long-Lasting Beauty
by Jonathan Heaton - posted 04/02/14

Spring is here and you may be getting ready to plant a new tree. As the saying goes: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now. Trees are a long-term investment. They take a long time to establish and provide benefits we enjoy. Proper planting practices will help get your trees off to a good start, enhancing your landscape for years to come ...   >> read article
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‘Blonde Ambition’
Bouteloua gracilis
by Kelly D. Norris - posted 03/28/14

It may seem odd to talk about a late-summer flowering grass in late spring, but the fact is you’re going to want to rush out and nab this soon enough to get it planted instead of waiting another season. Blue grama grass is one of the essential components of the short-grass prairie found abundantly on the High Plains, garnering its common name from the leaves and its bluish haze ...   >> read article
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Trees With Ornamental Bark for Winter Interest
by Scott A. Zanon - posted 03/26/14

Long after the seasons of spring, summer and autumn have passed, you can still enjoy the trees in your landscape. After the leaves fall, some trees stand out in the garden with their unique bark. Some have bark with interesting texture, while others provide striking colors. An often overlooked feature in the garden, bark is most important in the winter. Trees continue to exude their beauty even in the bleakest of winters ...   >> read article
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A Battle with Emerald Ash Borer is in Your Future
by Jonathan Heaton - posted 03/24/14

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest since first discovered in Michigan in 2002. If you haven’t already dealt with this serious problem, you, your neighborhood and community will face it in the not-too-distant future ...   >> read article
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All-America Selections Winners Take All
by Denise Schreiber - posted 03/24/14

This is the time of year that dedicated gardeners sort through their catalogs picking out their seeds for the upcoming planting season. I’m sure that you have noticed a little identifying mark on a seed packet that says “AAS.” That means it is an All-America Selection that has been grown in more than 30 trial gardens all over the United State and Canada ...   >> read article
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