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Summer Gardening Challenges

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Summer can present some gardening challenges with the heat, humidity, and reduced rainfall we often have in July and August.  Here are a few ideas to protect your garden and plants. When installing new plantings, select plants that are native to the area or that tolerate or even prefer dry soil. Space plants according to the directions on the [...]


Deciduous trees and shrubs can be pruned any time during the year, however, it is easier to evaluate the branching structure during the winter months when the plants are dormant.  Flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering. Evergreen trees and shrubs can be pruned from early spring through July.  Pruning later in the season [...]

Spring Color

While trees and shrubs provide the outline and backdrop of the landscape, perennials and bulbs can provide more detail and accents.  As spring progresses, take time to look at your landscape and make notes of where you might like to add color. Spring starts with snowdrops and similar small flowering bulbs, which come with the melting snow.  Daffodils, [...]