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Mole Control
How to get rid of these pesky diggers in your landscape

I know you won’t believe this, especially if you have moles tunneling through your landscape, but moles are actually somewhat beneficial in the landscape. They are probably tearing up your lawn in order to achieve this, but they do help with soil management and the control of undesirable grubs and insects.

>> read “Mole Control”    
A Bowl of Beauty
A container recipe for multiple seasons

Ah, the mixture of foliage and flora as a harbinger of spring.

>> read “A Bowl of Beauty”    
What Mr. MacGregor Didn’t Know
How to keep rabbits out of the garden

Rabbits are notoriously difficult to remove from an area – just ask Mr. McGregor. The story of Peter Rabbit has long delighted young children and elicited sympathetic sighs from gardeners. What can a poor gardener do to rid himself of this cotton-tailed pestilence?

>> read “What Mr. MacGregor Didn’t Know”    
Seeing Red
A little goes a long way with nature's raciest color

Designer Bill Blass was right when he called red “the ultimate cure for sadness.” It certainly grabs our attention and excites in a way no other color can. But it’s also one of hardest colors to use in a garden. It’s easy to go overboard or miss the mark entirely by picking the wrong shade.

>> read “Seeing Red”    
LAZY DAISIES AND TIRED TULIPS: Dead Heading and Dividing Perennials to Increase Vigor

Have you noticed your obedient plant rebelling into a doughnut shape with an empty hole in the middle? Has ‘Rozanne’ lost her vigor, with less and less flare each year? Are your spring tulips a carpet of green instead of red? Or maybe your friends are dying for a piece of your lungwort? While most flower gardens start out lush and colorful early in the season, late summer and fall often yield a less desirable look. Don’t be afraid to chop on your plants, you won’t hurt them. A little deadheading and dividing can go a long way in the perennial garden.

>> read “LAZY DAISIES AND TIRED TULIPS: Dead Heading and Dividing Perennials to Increase Vigor”    
LESS REALLY IS MORE: Pruning Fruits and Vegetables to Increase Harvest

A little green thumb and a pair of pruners can go a long way in yielding a high quality harvest both in the veggie patch and fruit orchard. Pruning fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial in directing energy away from other plant parts towards the fruiting buds, leading to a more bountiful garden.

>> read “LESS REALLY IS MORE: Pruning Fruits and Vegetables to Increase Harvest”    
PRUNE PERFECT: Pruning Landscape Shrubs with Perfection

Gardeners often forget the magic of how quickly shrubs can fill an empty space in the landscape. While controlling size is the most common need for pruning, other reasons include encouraging bounties of bloom, artistic shaping such as when designing topiaries, and removal of dead and diseased wood.

>> read “PRUNE PERFECT: Pruning Landscape Shrubs with Perfection”    
MAKING THE CUT: Pruning Landscape Trees

Pruning is one of the best ways to give waning trees more vigor. Alternatively, it is one of the easiest ways to send a healthy tree into decline. Knowing how to make the right pruning cuts is a skill that takes practice and involves a lot of science too!

>> read “MAKING THE CUT: Pruning Landscape Trees”    
Take a Load Off
Seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment

After a long day working in your garden, there should be a special spot where you can stop and enjoy your labors. Whether it’s a small whimsical bench tucked in along a little garden path or a swing for two, seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment of your garden tremendously.

>> read “Take a Load Off”    
Designing with Boulders
Don't be afraid to be bold with boulders in your yard

Designing with boulders is becoming one of the most popular landscaping trends, but experts agree on some basic tips to consider when placing boulders in your landscape.

>> read “Designing with Boulders”    
Building a Garden Pond
Guidelines to help you build your own garden oasis

Constructing your own garden pond is not difficult, but certain aspects of the job must be done precisely. Here are some guidelines that will help you avoid common mistakes and create the garden pond of your dreams.

>> read “Building a Garden Pond”    
Rule the Roost
Adventures in permaculture with a chicken tractor

What has wings, a manual transmission and runs on weeds and bugs? If you answered chicken tractor, you might be a gardener who owns chickens or one familiar with permaculture methods.

When I first learned of chicken tractors, I thought, now there is an idea I can get behind … literally. I couldn’t wait to give it a go. My son got me my first tractor equipped with two bantam chickens we named Taco and Cornbread. I couldn’t wait to start it up and watch it work.

>> read “Rule the Roost”    

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