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Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

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Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift […]

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Spearmint Creeping Charlie Lamb’s Ear English Ivy As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift over from a neighbors. Unfortunately, invasive plants are probably on the shelf at your favorite nursery too. Some do just fine confined to a pot (like mint), others are best avoided altogether for sanity’s...

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Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That’s why climate zone maps were created … Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to survive and grow year after […]

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Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That’s why climate zone maps were created … Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to survive and grow year after year, the plant must tolerate year-round conditions in your area, such as the lowest and highest temperatures and the amount and distribution of rainfall … The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an...

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Late Summer Garden Refresh

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Late Summer Garden Refresh

When September arrives, it may still feel like summer. Forecasts might call for temps touching 90, but just because the calendar shows we’re after Labor Day and the kids are back in school … there are many beneficial things to do in the yard. One of my favorite things to do this time of year […]

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When September arrives, it may still feel like summer. Forecasts might call for temps touching 90, but just because the calendar shows we’re after Labor Day and the kids are back in school … there are many beneficial things to do in the yard. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is scouting out bargains at the garden centers and online. Often shrubs, trees, and sometimes perennials are marked down and can be purchased for a fraction of their spring prices. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a bargain! Avoid the plants that are too potbound and seek out their...

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