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Time To Mow

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

The annual passage of winter to spring finally has begun. This last week has seen a big green change in the neighborhoods, and the smell of fresh-cut grass is in the air. There are a few easy guidelines to having a better-looking lawn without much more work. A longer grass blade means deeper roots, and more tillers and rhizomes to keep our lawn thick and competitive against weeds. So,...

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Spring Really Will Happen

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

With the exception of the last couple of days, the weather really has been moderating up and nighttime temperatures are getting gradually higher, all good things for gardening. We can soon expect to have the kind of weather that allows us to get some early spring yard work out of the way. While we still can expect wet weather, drier days allow for raking the leaves that have blown in from the neig...

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Fruit Tree Foliage Diseases and Dormant Oil

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

This very erratic spring weather is really making it difficult to plan the spray program for the home orchard. Fungicide sprays for Apple Scab and Cedar Apple Rust need to be started at the right time. Both diseases begin with our cool wet weather early in the year. The spores really like the cool wet weather since they can travel farther before drying out and dying. The indicator that it is ti...

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What’s in Your Catalogs?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

All winter long, starting in January begins the annual flight of vegetable and fruit tree catalogs to your mailbox. It used to be you get a vegetable catalog or a fruit catalog. Many catalogs now contain...

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