Rhododendrons Care and Culture

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Rhododendrons are wonderful plants, capable of fulfilling many landscape needs. They bloom in nearly every color you can imagine and their boom time varies so much, from early spring to mid-winter, you can have a Rhododendron in flower nearly year-round. Contrary to popular belief, Rhododendrons do fine in full sun. In their native China, Rhododendrons serve as the forest canopy, …

Thatch Control In Lawns

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Thatch is the buildup of organic material between the actively growing blades of grass and the soil. Severe thatch can have a hydrophobic effect and will not allow water to pass through from the surface to the soil below. Severe thatch will also negate the effects of fertilizer, as any added nutrients will not be able to reach the root …

Lawn Aeration

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Aeration is a technique used to promote oxygen circulation, increase water and fertilizer uptake, break up thatch, improve root health, prevent water and fertilizer runoff, promote soil organism activity and loosen compacted soil. If this sounds like a magical cure-all for ailing lawns, you may find that it is. Aeration is normally done on an annual basis, but can be …

Attracting and Feeding Song Birds

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The keys to attracting songbirds to your yard are simple – provide food, water and cover. Food and cover are easily provided through good plant choices. Avoid using pesticides to ensure a plentiful diet of insects. Some insecticides may poison birds. Allowing your yard to be a bit ‘messy’ is also beneficial, since many insects overwinter beneath fallen leaves, providing …