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A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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Deer damage on evergreens
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Deer Damage to Evergreens

Last week I wrote about the browning that is occurring on evergreens this spring, but we also have some other problems that are being noticed on evergreens throughout the landscape. The first is caused by those pesky deer.Deer can feed on and damage terminal and side branches of small trees and shrubs and they've sure done plenty of this on evergreens this winter. You can see in the fir...

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Browning Evergreens

This winter has sure taken a toll on the evergreens in the northern Illinois area. Just driving down the highway you can notice browning on a good portion of evergreen shrubs and trees. So the question is, why did this happen? Since evergreens retain their leaves throughout the winter, they are susceptible to a variety of winter related problems. Since these leaves are still living they...

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Sustainable Weed Control

Weeds are really enemy #1 in most gardens, including mine. Various chemicals are available for weed control in the home landscape, but one may wonder, what are some more sustainable methods of control? That's what we'll discuss in this post. Weed ID The first step in effective management of weeds is correct weed identification and a basic understanding of the we...

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Sustainable Hardscaping

Last week I talked about how to choose plants for a more sustainable landscape, and now it's time for some sustainable hardscaping ideas. Hardscaping is basically any hard or paved area in the landscape or any inorganic material that covers the soil. This could include pavers, bricks, mulch, etc. Buy locally I mentioned how choosing Illi...

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Plant Selection for a Sustainable Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping is a buzz word you may have heard lately. But what exactly is it? According to Colorado State Extension (which has a variety of factsheets related to sustainable landscaping here: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07243.html ), sustainable landscaping should include an attra...

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