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Over the Fence

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

It's For the Birds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Bird seed and feeding birds over the winter is an annual discussion with homeowners that enjoy having birds in the yard over the winter. First, the bird seed talk everyone should hear or read . All bird seed mixes are not created equal. Selecting bird seed means buying seed to attract your favorite birds and not just the least expensive bag on the retail shelf. Wild bird mixes most ofte...

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Landscape Cleanup Continues

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We have had some good weather to begin or continue our fall clean efforts in the home landscape and days where it has been too cold and rainy to get out in the yard as we have wanted. Those days have allowed us to look out the patio window and see what else will need to be done before the "snow flies". Some perennial and annual beds have already been cleared of spent plant parts, leaving us with a...

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Fall Foliage

Fall Colors

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

There are some good stories out there why fall color happens with credits to the changing temperatures, and a hot summer and wet fall, and the best one "Jack Frost". There clearly is some truth to changing temperatures and adequate moisture, but Mr. Frost has little to do with the fall colors we enjoy. In fact, if we have an early frost that will be the end of our fall color. Fall colors are t...

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Mysterious Damage in the Lawn

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

What do Squirrels, Raccoons and Skunks have in common this time of year? They all love to mess with our lawns right now. Squirrels have been foraging for food that can be stored for the winter in the landscape and part of that activity is burying seeds of all kinds from our trees and shrubs in the lawn, thinking that they will come back later and retrieve their buried treasure. Squirrels can be se...

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A New Invasive Pest Coming Soon to the Soil Near You

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Many homeowners know about the Emerald Ash Borer and the vast amount of destruction to our ash tree population and likely the millions of dollars being spent to treat, remove dead trees and the replacement trees. Now we have another invasive pest, the "Jumping Worm". Jumping worms are native to Japan and the Korean Peninsula. While we consider earthworms in general a good thing for our...

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