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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Selecting Your Holiday Tree

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Holiday tree shopping, whether you are going to cut your own or visit your favorite lot to purchase your tree, is upon us.  Some of the common favorites are Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine and White pine, each having different needle characteristics, fragrance, and color. There are of course many other kinds of tre...

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Taking Care of Storm Damaged Trees

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator I bet there isn't a yard that did not have some kind of wind and rain damage to trees and shrubs after that horrible storm last week. It could be minor like finding small dead twigs and branches on the ground to major losses of canopy. It is important to use proper pruning techniques to help restore these plants' beaut...

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Planting a Living Christmas Tree

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Families thinking "Green" this holiday season may want to consider the purchase of a living tree, one that will be planted outside after the holiday. The easy part is buying the tree. Planning for when the tree will be planted outdoors will be critical to being able to enjoy the tree for many years to come out in the h...

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What is in a Cord?

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Firewood is sold in a variety of ways these days, from a small bundle at the local gas station to a truckload dumped on the driveway waiting to be stacked by you later. Measurements for firewood go back to sometime between 1630 to 1640. Back then, as today, you can still buy firewood by the "Cord". The story goes that...

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Wildlife in the Yard

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator How do you handle wildlife in your yard? Do you welcome the birds, squirrels and other critters or do all you can to discourage them from visiting? If you are a birder, you can expect to see four legged critters visiting often. The bird feeder and open water are just as appealing to squirrels, raccoons and others as it...

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