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Monthly Tips for December

Houseplants To keep holiday plants looking good longer, keep them away from dry, drafty locations. Do not place near heat vents, doorways or drafty windows. Increase humidity around plants by placing them on a tray lined with pebbles, shallowly filled…

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Monthly Tips for November

Ornamental Plants Pansies are a good choice for fall and winter color in the garden. If you want to plant pansies you need to do it very soon to assure that their roots get established for winter. As a bonus,…

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Monthly Tips for October

Ornamental Plants Mums that are planted this late should be treated as an annual. They will not become established over the winter. Fall-planted asters, however, will become established. Ornamental kale and cabbage produce a nice show of foliage but usually…

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Monthly Tips for September

Houseplants Before bringing houseplants back into the house: Check plants for ants, earwigs, pillbugs, and other nuisance insects.  Wash off insect pests or apply a labeled houseplant insecticide to control any plant pests such as aphids, scales, spider mites, and mealybugs. If the plants…

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Monthly Tips for August

Fruit If you must apply a pesticide, spray during the coolest parts of the day and follow label directions closely. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness helps minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Yellowjacket bottle traps are commercially available…

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Monthly Tips for July

Ornamental Plants Chrysanthemums should be cut back halfway to encourage fall blooming. If not trimmed they will bloom later this month and not in the fall. Pinch out the flower buds of asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to…

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Monthly Tips for June

Ornamental Plants Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daisies, asters, mums), carrot…

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