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What to do with the Christmas tree

Taking care of a fresh holiday tree once it is up and decorated really means making sure there is plenty of water in the reservoir. However, it also means paying attention to when it needs to come down. If you made a family event out of tree hunting at any one our local Christmas Tree Farms, your tree is much fresher and will easily last until New Year's, even if you put it up the first of the...

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Bug Moving for Sarah F

Pantry pests are coming to visit

This week's column is all about some unwanted indoor insects, but not your usual Box Elder bugs and spiders that made their way indoors this past fall. Homemakers are in full swing baking our favorite cookies and other holiday treats. With that baking comes the potential for all those pesky pantry pests. Leftover baking goods are usually the culprit, especially any flour or flour-based cooking and...

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Holiday Gifts for the Gardener in the Family

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Shopping for the gardener in the family this holiday season? There are more gardening tools out there than you can imagine. There are tools for the vegetable garden, flower beds, trees, shrubs and evergreens. And, there are tools for every job in the yard. When choosing a gift, consider giving a tool that has several uses. For example, hand pruners can be used on our ornamentals, in the vegeta...

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Down the Garden Path

Time to protect plants in the landscape

We have been enjoying mild late fall temperatures and our plants have been slow to respond to the normal signals to go dormant. Trees and shrubs finally received the message, yet our lawns remain pretty green and maybe even needed one more mowing before the big snow. There are some landscape plants that have always needed a bit of help to get through the winter with limited damage. Whether bra...

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