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Don’t Get Convicted of…….CRAPE MURDER

Don’t Get Convicted of…….CRAPE MURDER

As early as mid December, I began seeing crimes committed all over the area, terrible, heinous crimes of the landscape.  What is sad to say is that most people do not even realize they have committed CRAPE MURDER; they are simply following the lead of their neighbor’s neighbor. Unfortunately, for those folks, I feel my advice may be a bit mute for this year, but if you have not pruned your crape myrtles yet, please heed my warning and instructions.  First and foremost, you...
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How to Effectively Transplant an Existing Shrub with the Greatest Success

How to Effectively Transplant an Existing Shrub with the Greatest Success

Have you ever experienced that “Oh dear” moment when you realized that a plant has been planted in the wrong place and is now beginning to take over.  Perhaps it is a Japanese maple planted along the front walk, or a Camellia Japonica planted too close to the foundation.  The best way to avoid these mistakes is to put careful planning into selecting the proper plant for the spot in the first place, but hey hindsight is 20/20, right. So what can you do about it now?...
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Tackling Winter Pruning: Roses

Tackling Winter Pruning: Roses

Many a movie has portrayed a similar portrait of the Southern woman: perfectly coiffed hair, a smart blouse, and stylish gardening gloves wielding pruning shears over brilliantly blooming rose bushes. The perfect presentation may be a myth, but it’s no exaggeration that roses are a Southern staple. Whether you prefer trimmed rose bushes against a white picket fence or wild blooms in an English style garden, proper care is essential to keeping your roses healthy. Here are three things to...
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Plants: Avoiding the Pool

Plants: Avoiding the Pool

Patio furniture isn’t the only thing getting soggy this summer; with the excess of rainfall, plants have been getting more hydration than they can handle. While many plants are greedy drinkers, too much water can lead to insufficient oxygen and fungal growth in the roots Recognizing root rot starts above the surface. Yellow, withering leaves is one of the first signs that something’s not right in your garden. Other signs include browning stems and visible mold on your...
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It’s August, it is time to plant fall veggies, YUM!

It’s August, it is time to plant fall veggies, YUM!

Over the weekend I made it round to several farmers markets, to include a few International grocery stores, in order to acquire the necessary items needed to begin my yearly task of “putting up” my own pickles and relish.  I love to can all sorts of items, from Jams/Jellies to pickles and soups, which my family can enjoy all year long.  Although I do grow some of my own vegetables, I sometimes just don’t have the yield necessary to do mass canning, so I find it...
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