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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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Test Your Soil

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Test Your Soil Now A major key to a successful garden or landscape is good soil. One aspect of a good soil is appropriate nutrient levels. Soil testing is how these levels are best determined and the fall is a very good time to take a soil test.  This time of year works well for…

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Acorns are Edible

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Acorns are a favorite food of many wild animals including deer and squirrels.  Have you ever tried eating one?  If you have, you immediately become aware of the difference in the definition of edible and palatable!  Because of the high levels of tannin, they are quite bitter.  The acorns in the red oak group with pointed leaves…

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Leaching Houseplants

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Leaching Houseplants Fertilizers provide plants with the necessary nutrients for proper growth. The actual chemicals used are “plants foods” that are taken up by the roots are in the form of salts.  And, if too much fertilizer is applied it will “burn” plants by pulling all of the water out of the individual plant cells….

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Crabapples

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Crabapples Did you know that the difference between an apple and a crabapple is simply its size.  Crabapples, have fruits that are 2 inches or less in diameter.  Apples, often referred to as eating apples, dessert or table apples, are larger than 2 inches in diameter.  Crabapples, also referred to as “wild” apples, are the…

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