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It sPeonyTime

It's Peony Time!

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Herbaceous peonies are a common sight in many gardens and some of the most beautiful flowers you will find. They belong to the genus Paeonia which is native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America. They have been cultivated in Asia for more than 2,000 years. These cultivated peonies were brought to Europe and later the United States around 1800. In addition to their beauty, they can...

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Lawn Blooming

Blooming Lawns!

Is your lawn blooming? Mine is, and I couldn't be happier! You may be wondering if I am referring to the actual grass plants in my lawn. Nope! Currently, my lawn is a stunning display of colors. Mostly yellows and different hues of blue and purple. Yes, my lawn is full of what many people believe to be weeds – dandelions, clover, creeping Charlie, and violets. Crocus started the show this sprin...

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PestManagementintheGarden

Pest Management in the Garden

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Warm weather has arrived and our plants are starting to green-up and bloom. That also means weeds, insects, and diseases are starting to become active too. As the saying goes the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes, and if you're a gardener you can also include pests in the list of life's guarantees. When faced with some of these pest problems this year consider using int...

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GG Mistakes

Top Ten Mistakes Made in the Home Landscape

Spring is certainly in the air. It seems we finally had our first nice day of the year, with highs in the low 70s and sunshine warming the soil as daffodils and crocus burst forth and begin to flower. Spring also brings the weekend warriors. After being trapped indoors for months on end, we Midwesterners are brushing off the mowers, blowers, and loppers. Our anxiousness to get outside o...

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Creating Pollinator Habitat

Creating Pollinator Habitat

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Pollinators have been in the news a lot the last few years and for good reason, they're kind of important. Seventy-five percent of all plant species are pollinated by animals (and 90% of flowering plants). Without pollinators, our world would look a lot different. Many different animals will pollinate plants. While we tend to focus on bees (particularly honey bees), other insects such as butter...

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