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Pruning Nandina

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Nandina, Nandina domestica, also called heavenly bamboo, is one of those plants that some people love to hate. These feelings are probably engendered by the over-use use of nandina because of its aggressive behavior. However, it is a tough and pretty much year-round interest plant with white flowers in spring, green foliage throughout the year…

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Sheet Composting

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This is a follow-on to my previous encouragement that mulch leaves rather than bagging and curbing them. Compost piles are a great manner in which to turn shredded leaves into a healthy soil enriching product. However, if you are like me, the overall work required to set up and manage a compost pile does not…

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Do Plants Experience Wind Chill?

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During some of the coldest  parts of the winter when weathermen report bone-chilling wind chill factors, have you ever wondered if plants also are subject to those same wind chills? Here is what Kansas State University, which sometimes experiences amazing wind chills, has to say about this topic. “Though wind chills can have a profound…

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Houseplants Looking Tired?

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This time of year houseplants may start to look a bit tired and even drop leaves. This often causes concern for the plant owner but it is a fairly natural response to lower light levels that the plants are experiencing. The lower light levels are a combination of shorter days and the lower angle of…

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Mulch Don’t Bag

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Leaves that are falling on your lawn are a gift of nature. They represent free fertilizer, the basis for healthy compost, a wonderful soil amendment and also a quick and easy mulch that will enable your soil to retain moisture. So why do so many homeowners go through the aggravation of collecting and bagging them…

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Fall Peony Maintenance

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Peonies are not flowers that are generally associated with southeast Virginia gardens since they grow best in areas that stay below freezing for days at a time. However, I have seen very attractive specimens growing throughout the Hampton roads region, usually the early season blooming cultivars. At this time of year the foliage should be…

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Fertilizing Spring Bulbs

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Fall is a good time to fertilize bulbs that blossom in the Spring. This would primarily mean daffodils and tulips, although minor bulbs such as crocus and snow drops will also benefit.  It is best to base the fertilizer application on a soil test. This is particularly the case if you fertilize fairly regularly. Phosphorus…

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Lawns & Frost

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With the coming of November, frosts will not be far behind.  We immediately think of the damage frost does to our summer annuals but have you ever thought about how frost sets up a situation where damage can occur to lawns. Frost alone will not negatively affect turfgrass. But, if you walk on a lawn…

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Fall is for Planting

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Most people are thinking of winding down their gardening for the season at this time of year.  For herbaceous annuals and perennials that is pretty much the case. However, the months of October and November can be a very good time to plant trees.  The main reason is that during the fall the warmer soils…

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