Author: Lara Beckemeier

Winter Pruning Tips

Pruning during late Winter is the ideal time for most trees and shrubs and provides a multitude of benefits. Pruning promotes new growth, enhances flower production and gives woody plants a nice shape. It is also important for maintaining the health of the plant and for most varieties, it should be done annually.   Keep…
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At What Temperature Should You Winterize a Sprinkler System

Sprinklers help keep your lawn properly watered and looking its best. But at the end of the watering season, it’s important to winterize your sprinklers so that the water does not freeze inside the system and cause damage. Understanding more about the timing of winterization, and the possible effects of not doing so on time,…
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Thanksgiving for Beginners

Thanksgiving – celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November – is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas songs try to say otherwise, but it just doesn’t get better than expressing gratitude for all you have in your life, getting together with loved ones and stuffing yourself silly with one of my favorite Thanksgiving…
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Easy Ways to Save Water in Your Yard and Garden PART 2

Choose drought-tolerant plants.¬†Careful plant selection can make a huge difference in your water use. Many plants, such as white fir, yarrow, yucca, and sage are naturally adapted to thrive in low water conditions. Check with your local landscape professional for advice as to which species will do well in your area and on your specific…
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Easy Ways to Save Water in Your Yard and Garden PART 1

Saving water in your landscape doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Many of the most effective things you can do to reduce your water bills and protect your community’s water supply are simple and easy. Here are a few suggestions that are either one-time investments in water-saving equipment that you can do or…
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Planting Your Seedling Correctly

The majority of a tree’s feeder roots are in the upper 6 inches if soil, where they compete with grass roots for oxygen, moisture and nutrients. Feeder roots thrive on soil that is loose, moist and fertile-conditions often lacking in soils around homes. In recognition of this, you might consider a planting area, rather than…
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How to avoid a smelly compost pile

A properly tended compost pile won’t create any unpleasant smells. By maintaining levels of air (oxygen) levels, moisture, and temperature, you can have a productive compost pile that will not offend your neighbors with any troubling smells. The single most important tip in avoiding a stinky compost pile is making sure you have the correct…
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The Benefits of Lawn Maintenance

As with pruning, the regular trimming of your lawn – if done correctly – can be good for its health. Mowing or trimming back long grass to an appropriate height encourages it to produce new shoots and become bushier, and the thicker the grass grows, the more resistant your lawn is to disease, weeds, and…
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Disadvantages of Mulching

Although using mulch has many benefits, it cal also be detrimental to the garden in mainly two ways: Overmulching can bury and suffocate plants Mulch provides a convenient hiding place for pests Bake your plants with excess heat if don incorrectly With most organic mulches, a layer of 2 to 4 inches is plenty. The…
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Advantages of Mulching

Mulch as been called the gardener’s friend-and for a good reason. It offers three major benefits: Suppression of weeds Conservation of moisture in the soil Moderation of soil temperatures, keeping it warmer on cold nights and cooler on hot days There are also many other benefits of mulch: In winter, protect plants from the cycle…
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