Archive for October 2012

How to Kill a Tree or, Tree Care 101

Photo/Illustration: Beverly Colgan No one sets out to subject their tree to a slow and painful death. But many of the “helpful” things we do to our trees are actually responsible for their downfall. Be sure to avoid the following mistakes if you want your tree to live a long and healthy life. Cut off…

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Trees That Please

Surefire investments in some standout varieties When choosing a tree, it’s important to make sure it is a four-season performer.   And a tree should be largely pest- and disease-free and not require tons of pruning.  Here are some recommendations for a few trees that you will never regret planting. Whatever you choose, it will be one…

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Plant Combinations for a Fabulous Fall Garden

Take advantage of fading foliage to create a stunning fall garden Fall color is often the result of leaves turning before they drop, a benefit all enjoy but few use to their benefit. The always-attractive ‘Madame Emile Mouillère’ hydrangea adds a glorious touch of rosy red to its leaves in autumn. Rather than marvel in…

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Hillside Landscaping

Ideas for steep slopes and hillsides must consider erosion control as well as design The methods of landscaping steep slopes and hillsides must simply address creative ways to hold the property in place.   While designs may vary depending on location, materials, and other circumstances, the basics are pretty much the same for most. One…

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The Importance of Fall Landscape Maintenance

As a homeowner, it’s important to consider your landscape’s maintenance in the fall.  Fall landscape prep plays a pivotal roll in how well your yard bounces back next spring, and unfortunately for the “time-crunched” folks, this preparation involves much more than sending the kids out to clear the fallen leaves. Just because the leaves are…

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