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Peony Problems

Peony leaves. Photo courtesy of S. Cochran

The first days of autumn will be here before we know it.  If your peonies have seen better days, there are several tasks you can be doing now to ensure bountiful blooms next spring. Continue reading

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The Bad Kind of Fungus…Turf Fungus

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Summer Patch disease

Fungus can be both a good and a bad thing. Mushrooms on pizza are an example of good fungus. Fungus in lawns, on the other hand, are nearer the other end of the spectrum.  If your turf is looking a little thin and brown in spots; you are not alone. Fungus and hot temperatures have wreaked havoc on lawns this year, but there is still time to make your lawn look full and lush for this fall.  Continue reading


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To-MAY-to or To-MAH-to?

Blossom end rot on tomato. Maintain consistent moisture, try mulching tomatoes first. Don’t reach for the Epsom salts.

Whether you pronounce it to-MAY-to or to-MAH-to, either way you say it they are both delicious.  Tomatoes are grown in over 86 percent of home gardens in the United States, but there are many common diseases and problems that can plague tomatoes.  With a little help, you can keep your tomatoes in tip top shape.

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The ‘F Word’ of the Year: Fire Blight

This year has been a tough one on our landscapes. The fluctuating temperatures this winter caused death and dieback in euonymus and willow. Then the prolonged cool, wet spring has brought about fungal infections including ash rust and cedar/apple rust. Now a bacterial infection is rearing its ugly head in apple, crabapple, and their relatives. Find out what fire blight is, the symptoms to be on the look-out for, and what can be done to trees once infected. Continue reading