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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Fairy Rings

Do you have fairy rings in your yard? After reading this article you might decide that you do. Fairy rings are an interesting situation that is quite noticeable this time of year. Fairy ring usually appears in the lawn as circles or arcs of dark green, lush, fast growing grass. These rings are most commonly between 2 and 15 feet in diameter. Since a fungus causes fairy ring you may see mushroo...

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Silver maple flowers in the spring.

Allergenic Plants

If you are an allergy sufferer, spring often brings sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes. One culprit is pollen from flowers of trees, shrubs, grasses, and weeds. Though most of these bloom for just a short period each year, something is almost always blooming. In early spring, the trees and shrubs are blooming. In summer the main pollen source is from flowering grasses. In late summer and fall, w...

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Sedge as a lawn alternative

Lawn Alternatives

Do you tire of mowing grass or want to add more diversity to your garden? Lawn alternatives are a growing garden trend. It seems that every trade show, conference, and symposium I've attended this winter includes reference to various plants we can use instead of traditional grass. The most commonly mentioned plant is sedge. There are many different types of sedge. Some grow in deep shade while...

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Pergola and water garden on 4-30-12

Garden Structures

G ardens include much more than just plants. Garden structures add functionality, purpose, and beauty to a garden. However, garden structure terms and definitions can be confusing. Here is a listing of popular garden structures with their definitions. Pergola – I love my pergola at the back of our house. A pergola is an open structure, usually on regularly spaced posts or colum...

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