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Inspecting Your Trees for Hazards

tree 2 jack kelly

Storm damaged trees are something many homeowners will have to deal with at some point. This last storm brought with it some pretty powerful winds and with that many downed fences and trees. For some, it may be too late to inspect trees for potential...

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Worms Turn Food Waste Into Garden Gold


One of the best ways to improve your soil and plant health is to apply compost, which is decomposed organic matter full of beneficial microbes. However, managing a pile takes time, space, a strong back, and the right kinds of organic materials to achieve...

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:40 AM
Tags: garden gold (1), vermicompost (1), worm (1)

Getting the Dirt on Earthworms


Earthworms. They're so small and seemingly insignificant that we hardly give them a second thought. These squirmy denizens of the dirt usually go about their lives unseen—they're revealed to us only when upturned in a shovelful of soil or when...

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Pruning Tools of the Trade

hand pruner

Have you ever wandered into a garden store, only to be met by a bewildering array of tools hanging from the racks? Most retail garden suppliers stock an impressive variety of hand-operated (non-power) pruning tools, but offer scant guidance on how to...

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

Winter Weather and Yellowing Leaves

Healthy leaf (top) and leaf suffering from iron chlorosis (bottom)

A stroll through your garden of late may have revealed some plants with yellowing foliage. There are several possible causes, but iron chlorosis, a condition in which a plant deficient in iron cannot produce sufficient chlorophyll, is common at...

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

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