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Tree Planting Basics

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

Arbor Day is on Sunday, April 28th an I cannot think of any better way to celebrate it than to plant a tree or two.  Along with adding beauty and value to ones home, trees also provide shade and wind protection for many years if given the proper start.  

A few things to consider before actually planting the tree is location, season and type of tree.

Choose a tree that will fit your landscape and that will grow well in the type of soil that you have.  Consider how far the roots will grow when planting a tree near a house foundation and factors such as light, availability of moisture, hardiness and drainage.  ...

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Surfacing of Tree Roots

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       I’m sure all of you have witnessed, at one time or another, the buckling of concrete sidewalks and paved driveways due to roots from a nearby tree.  Tree roots will also sometimes surface in lawns, causing a nuisance when trying to mow the grass. There a …

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6 Myths to Keeping Group Travelers Happy

By Lora Gates Traveling with a group can be rewarding, exciting and sometimes tricky. Whether traveling with friends or family or planning group travel as a travel leader, you encounter some of the same challenges.   I remember the few times I have traveled with a group and no matter the size – small or …

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Don’t know what to do with that Christmas tree?  Recycle it!  If you have used a live tree this Christmas, take the time to give it another use.  Live trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled. Most Counties have free drop-off …

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Protecting Pollinators Publications

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For many of us gardeners, the winter season is a time of rest, planning and reading.  We settle ourselves   back into the easy chair with a throw across our lap, a warm beverage in our cup and a stack of seed catalogs and gardening books to …

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Hold The Salt Please

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Too much salt in a person’s diet can cause problems. Here in our northern climate the same can be true for plants located near sidewalks and roadways. While they all set out to do the same job, some of the deicing materials on the market today …

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When to Prune Hydrangeas

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the questions I get asked the most is when to prune hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas do not need to be cut back to live a long, floriferous life, however, there may be times that it will need to be trimmed.  Knowing what type of plant you …

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Are You Throwing Away Gold?

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     By this time of year you are probably tired of raking and disposing of all those leaves.  Well, leaves do not have to be a burden as they can be turned into a valuable soil enhancing material through composting.  Believe it or not, there’s treasure to …

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Woolly Bears

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardner     The following article was written by my fellow master gardener (Gold Level), Gwen Rinker. “These fuzzy caterpillars are famous for crossing roads and your driveway in autumn and for their alleged ability to predict the weather.  As soon as the weather gets chilly you can usually …

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