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Animal Damage in Winter Landscape

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     There is a lot of work that gardeners put into planting and caring for trees and shrubs in the landscape.  One of the most annoying things you can see in the spring is plants that have been gnawed by mice or chewed on by deer and …

Spider Plant

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the easiest houseplants to maintain.  They have long, arching leaves, some reaching up to 18 inches long and the color can range from being plain green to a variegated green and white stripe.  They also produce stems with …

Late Winter Pruning

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Like most people, once March rolls around I am itching to get outdoors and get my hands in some dirt or on some tools. Late winter or early spring, before new growth appears, are considered the best times to prune most plants.  During this time a …

Preparing Garden Soil for Spring

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     As I have been cleaning up my garden recently the thought came to me that I need to plant a cover crop before cold weather sets in.  It is important, that to have a healthy garden, you need to take good care of the soil …

Bulb Planting and Care

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Fall is the best time to plant hardy, spring blooming bulbs and properly preparing the planting site is a must.  Good soil drainage is important to healthy bulb life so if your soil contains clay, amending it with some compost, peat moss or other organic …

Dividing Perennials

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       One of the maintenance chores of growing perennials is that of dividing them when needed.  There is no set time to do it.  Some may need it every 3 – 5 years, some 8 – 10 years and some would rather not have you touch …

October Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Some may think that, with the arrival of the cooler weather of fall, garden duties become less.  I find that not so true.  There are still many things to do, including some planting for the next   growing season.  Planting garlic for next years  harvest, sowing …

Using Cover Crops in the Garden

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you would like to increase the amount of organic matter in your garden soil, planting a cover crop would be a good beginning.  Nearly all garden soils need organic matter to  maintain the bacteria, fungi, earthworms and other forms of life needed to make it …

The Fall Lawn

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     A deep green, lush lawn is nice to look at but unfortunately does require some care to become that way.  Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease. …