Recent Blog Posts

  • Recognizing and Removing Poison Ivy

    June 15, 2012
    Wild vines are at home in the dappled shade of the woods/lawn interface. It is not uncommon for the suburban homeowner to find long chains of serrated leaves snaking out of the woods and across the lawn.
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  • Coping with Pest Deer

    June 1, 2012
    Deer have become a major pest of gardens throughout North America, from rural farms to urban parks. People and deer share habitat like never before. How can we keep our garden plants intact, yet live in peace with our hooved neighbors?
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  • Basic Composting How-To's

    May 15, 2012
    Starting a compost pile is as easy as following a cooking recipe. Just get the right ingredients together, mix well, and let it cook.
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  • Dandelion Control

    May 1, 2012
    No lawn or garden can escape dandelion seeds that blow on the wind from spring to fall.
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  • The Low-Down on Lawn Weeds

    April 15, 2012
    Weeds in your lawn are usually the result of poor grass growth. They invade lawns that are not thick enough to choke them out, so the first step in keeping weeds out of your lawn is correct maintenance of the grass. First, determine why your lawn hasn't been growing well.
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  • Raising Chickens – A Quick Guide to Get Started

    March 15, 2012
    Before you decide if raising chickens is right for you, there are a few things to think about:
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  • Exercise and Your Dog

    March 1, 2012
    There's a common misconception that the amount of exercise a dog needs relates to the size of the dog.
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  • Planning a Low-Maintenance Landscape

    February 15, 2012
    Plant perennials that die to the ground in autumn, instead of shrubs, in places where snow accumulates or slides off the roof. Choose plants with features that look good in more than one season, such as flowers in spring, handsome leaf color in fall, and attractive bark in winter.
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  • Keep your pets warm this winter

    January 15, 2012
    Cold-weather tips for pet ownersBecause our furry friends rely on their owners for safety and comfort—particularly in the winter—dog and cat owners have a heightened responsibility to take precautions to protect their pets during the colder months.
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  • Winter Finches

    January 1, 2012
    Winter finches are interesting members of the finch family, such as Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, and Purple finches, etc. who usually live in more northern areas, but leave those areas in years of poor food availability and "irrupt" down into the lower U.
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