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Featured Articles!

Down and Dirty: Making Your Soil Suitable for Gardening

Poor soil is the leading cause for landscape plant problems. But if you make the effort before starting your lawn or planting your landscape, your gardening skills will be the envy of the neighborhood.

>> read “Down and Dirty: Making Your Soil Suitable for Gardening”    
Damaged Trees

Storms, wind, cold temperatures, the freeze-thaw cycle — all of these can injure trees and shrubs. What’s a gardener to do ...

>> read “Damaged Trees”    
Preserving the Fall’s Colors

From rocket reds to flaming oranges and sunshine yellows, fall's brilliant colors blow past our windows on breezy winds. Wouldn't it be nice to capture some of these amazing colors to see throughout the year, instead of only during autumn? The good news is that you can. Preserving leaves with glycerin is an easy craft that anyone can do. Leave preserved with glycerin will ...

>> read “Preserving the Fall’s Colors”    
Diversify your Landscape
Making better choices for trees and shrubs

Don’t just plant something because all your neighbors have that plant. Think about diversity, and think outside the box. Here are some underused plants that might be better choices than the old standbys. Deciding which trees and shrubs to plant to create an aesthetic ...

>> read “Diversify your Landscape”    
Problems with Woodchucks

Except on Groundhog’s Day, when they are cute, cuddly weather prognosticators, woodchucks are burrowing and plant-eating pests. Here’s what you should know about this rodent for the other 364 days of the year.
Spring finds gardeners dreaming of their best gardens yet. But, beware! There are critters dreaming of your gardens, too, one being the woodchuck ...

>> read “Problems with Woodchucks”    
Thrift Shop Chic

Thrift-store shopping is no longer just frugal but also fashionable, especially when it comes to upcycling second-hand treasures as garden containers. Think vintage handbags, rugged cowboy boots, seldom-worn children’s dress shoes and discarded toy trucks — all vessels ready to fill with plants ...

>> read “Thrift Shop Chic”    
Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

Rainwater harvesting is one of the easiest ways gardeners can help save money and create beauty in their garden, while at the same time helping the environment.

>> read “Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away”    
Cornucopia - Giving Thanks for the Harvest

If you mention the word “cornucopia,” nearly everyone envisions a pointy basket with fresh fruits and vegetables spilling from its mouth. It’s a common sight this time of the year — autumn, harvest and Thanksgiving — and we see it appearing on everything from greeting cards to decorator items for the home.

>> read “Cornucopia - Giving Thanks for the Harvest”    
Bad Storms, Better Trees

Some years are bad years to be a tree. Tornadoes, borers, diseases, monsoon-like rains and snow storms tag-team to blow down, rot out and crack apart untold thousands of landscape trees throughout the East and Midwest. That puts many a tree-less homeowner in the market for replacements in spring. Future storm-related tree trouble can be reduced greatly by better selection, better siting and especially better planting and care practices.

>> read “Bad Storms, Better Trees”    
Tough as Nails

What does your garden have to offer? Wet soil? Dry? Shade? Standing water? Here are some plants that will be happy there. With temperatures that can range from minus 30 to 105 F, the climate in the upper Midwest is a meteorological marvel. Alaska may be colder, but it can’t match us for heat. Saudi Arabia is hotter but rarely sees snow (yes, really; who knew?), let alone a thermometer that plummets to the depths familiar to all of us ...

>> read “Tough as Nails”    
Common Diseases of Landscape Trees & Shrubs

What’s that spot on the leaves? Or that fuzzy stuff? Why are the leaves falling off? Here’s how to tell whether your woody plants are really sick or just have a little case of fungus.

>> read “Common Diseases of Landscape Trees & Shrubs”    
What (Exactly) Is Shade?

Shade in the garden is not a malady, curse, or something less than optimal. It is an opportunity! Knowing what type of shade you are dealing with will help you select plants that will thrive.

>> read “What (Exactly) Is Shade?”    
 
 
 

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