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Controlling Bindweed

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

 

Many a gardener has had the displeasure of trying to rid their garden of a frustrating weed called bindweed.  Some people call it creeping Jenny or wild morning glory because, well, it ...

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Pet Friendly LaGrange County

There’s always one downside for going on vacation. I know, you’re thinking there can’t be a downside, you’re leaving your work, bills and responsibilities behind, but you’re also leaving that furry little friend to wonder why you’re not home at 5:42 like a usual day. So, why not just bring Fido along for the ride? …

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Eliminating Weeds in the Garden

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullein as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed.   My farmer …

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Why Plants Fail to Bloom

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Flowering plants that don’t bloom as expected can be a big disappointment.  There are a handful of reasons from which to choose, but a little detective work can usually pinpoint the cause. Nutrition-Too much nitrogen can cause plants to produce a lot of leaves and stems …

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Shade Lovers

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Say goodbye to dull shady spots and hello to wonderful color, texture and shape.  Not all shade is the same and can be broken down into 5 different categories. Dense shade means that no light reaches this area.  Full shade will last all day, such …

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Luring Winged Wonders

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Welcome butterflies to stay in your garden for every stage of their development.  Develop places for sunning, laying eggs, plant host plants for hungry caterpillars, add water sources and a safe place for metamorphosis. Most flowers or plants that attract butterflies need about 6 hours of …

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Pruning Tomato Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep the fruits off the ground and protect them from sunburn.  Pruned plants produce bigger and earlier fruits because more of the plant energy is channeled into the fruit production and ripening and not into the …

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Caring for Petunias in Hanging Baskets

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     A hanging basket of petunias is sure to reward you with a bounty of colorful blooms all summer, that is, if you take care of it properly. Watering and fertilizing is critical when it comes to caring for petunias in a hanging basket.  Keep in mind …

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Animal Urine Damage in Turfgrass

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Maintaining a nice, uniformly green lawn can be a bit of a challenge when Fido does his business on it.  As many of you know, turfgrass can be severely damaged by animal urine.   Fido may not be the only one to blame as those darker green …

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