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Over the Fence

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

Fall Soil Testing

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

When was the last time you had your garden or landscape bed soil tested? If you have never had a soil test done, this first time serves as a baseline for any future testing comparisons and lets you know as soon as the results come back if there are actions to be taken. This fall, before the snow flies, is a good time to get that done. A basic soil test will give you some great informati...

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Houseplants Going Back Inside

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

As our good summer weather begins to wind down, it is time to get our vacationing houseplants ready to return inside for the winter. A few decisions can be made to save us some time. For many, we take them outside to let Mother Nature nurture them back to a better state of health, knowing that once back inside, they will be in a less than perfect growing location. You may have set them out on t...

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Unexpected Dry Weather

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Early September typically brings cooler temperatures and enough rain to green up our lawns and keep them green until cold weather shuts them off for the 2017 growing season. So far, we have had the right temperatures, yet the rains have remained very scattered and the amounts very limited. Long term, this concerns farmers and horticulturists since we need to have the soils recharged wit...

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September Already

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We can expect to see changes in our landscape plants in the coming weeks. The obvious one will be fall color as the weather pattern continues to move from summer to fall conditions. If you are seeing strong fall color already in a plant, there is likely a health issue going on. Anytime we have premature fall color, there is often structural damage either above ground or below it, or the plant i...

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