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Japanese Beetles....Again

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I think this week I have talked more about Japanese Beetles either on the phone, email, social media, or in person than anything else. Everyone seems to be fighting these coppery colored monstrosities that seem to be more prevalent this year than anyone would hope. The last two winters have been mellow and it's led to their overwintering survivability. I know some may not like this – but we nee...

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Dealing with Squash Vine Borer

After years of hiding, I poke my head out, making sure it is all clear. For the past few years, there has been no sign of the intruders. As I gather my courage, I kneel down to plant…summer squash! My hesitation over the past few years to plant any summer or winter type squash can be summed up in three words- squash vine borer . In 2014, I planted several zucchini plants, a kind...

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June and July Gardening To-Do's

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

We are already through the half-way mark of June and July is right around the corner, granted the temperatures we are currently experiencing is more reminiscent of July then June. I was trying to figure out what to write on this week, so on my drive back from a program, I figured what better time than now to think about what we should be doing in June and July in our yards. Make sure to...

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Embracing the Common Blue Violet

So far this year I have professed my reverie of dandelions, shrugged off creeping Charlie, and now it has come time to confess my favorite 'weed' - the common blue violet ( Viola soraria ). Yes, it is that violet, which so many homeowners battle year after year, often in their lawns. Search the internet, and you will find scores of articles on how to control this aggressive weed...

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