Recent Blog Posts

  • Understanding Plant Nutrition

    May 15, 2013
    What elements are needed for your plants to grow at their best?   Did you know you can spot possible nutrient deficiencies in your plants?
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  • What to do if your Pet is Skunked

    May 1, 2013
    Skunks are common in rural and suburban areas, and pets are curious about these waddling, furry creatures. Unfortunately, skunks are not sociable and will spray their bitter, overpowering oil on curious pets, but it is possible to de-skunk your pet if it is sprayed.
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  • Grass Germination

    April 15, 2013
    Germination is dependent on soil temperature and available soil moisture. Most cool season species, like those listed below, will not start the germination process until soil temperatures are above 50° F. Warmer soil temperature results in a faster germination rate.
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  • Mulch Chart

    April 1, 2013
    Mulch adds the finishing touch to your home's landscaping but it's not just a pretty frame, mulch offers many other benefits as well.
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  • Basic Composting How-To

    March 15, 2013
    Starting a compost pile is as easy as following a cooking recipe. Just get the right ingredients together, mix well, and let it cook. In a matter of months you'll have finished "black gold" to mix into the soil of your flower, herb and vegetable gardens.
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  • Planning Your Garden

    March 1, 2013
    To create a garden with beauty and balance, begin with planning, not digging. A way to start a plan is by drawing a sketch of all garden areas.
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  • Starting Seeds Indoors

    February 15, 2013
    Start your garden early by sowing seeds in containers indoors. Any container that drains well can be used, but many gardeners prefer peat pots or pellets placed in flats or plastic flats with many sections that are sold specifically for the purpose.
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  • Dog Training Basics

    February 1, 2013
    Whether you send your dog to school or train him at home, consistency is the key to good behavior. You and your dog may seek training for a variety of reasons: obedience, conformation or agility. Many different options are available to suit both of you.
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  • Creating and Maintaining Rosemary Topiaries

    January 15, 2013
    The pungent and aromatic rosemary has long been used in recipes and natural remedies. More recently, the perennial herb with pale blue flowers has become a favorite as a home accessory. Because rosemary is so easy to grow, gardeners train the plant into topiaries.
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  • Winter Birding Essentials

    January 1, 2013
    When the weather outside is frightful, birding can be delightful. To attract the greatest number of species in the winter, it is important to have a number of different feeders available.
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