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Overseeding Lawns

Healthy, well maintained lawns are attractive landscape additions.  Lawns in poor condition, however, are somewhat unsightly.  The poor condition of a lawn may be due to poor management, heat, drought, diseases, insects or other factors.  In severe cases, the existing lawn may have to be destroyed and a new one established on the site. 

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Rejuvenating Large, Overgrown Shrubs

Shrubs are valuable assets to a home landscape. Shrubs are often planted for their ornamental characteristics, such as flowers, colorful fall foliage or attractive fruit. They can also provide privacy, block views and attract wildlife. To perform well in the landscape, most shrubs need to be pruned on a regular basis. Proper pruning helps to maintain plant health, control or shape plant growth, and stimulate flower production.  

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Planting and Caring for New Trees in the Landscape

The most common way to establish trees in the home landscape is to purchase balled and burlapped or container-grown plants at local garden centers and nurseries. Balled and burlapped (B&B) trees are dug with balls of soil around their roots. The rootballs are wrapped in burlap and held in place with twine or nails. Large trees are placed in wire baskets for additional support. Balled and burlapped trees can be successfully planted from spring to fall.

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Weeds: The Survivors

Almost any plant can be considered a “weed,” even those we cultivate as crops or ornamentals, if they are able to survive and successfully reproduce or spread in the new environment. Volunteer corn growing in soybean fields, aggressive groundcovers and tree seedlings that sprout in the garden are considered weeds because, by definition, a weed is simply a “plant out of place” or an invader.

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Golden Goddess Bamboo: An Exotic Grass

Bamboo is often associated with the Asian culture, and for good reasons. China is the largest producer of bamboo with over a third of all known species native to the area. The uses of bamboo as a raw material are quite diverse, including furniture, flooring, accessories, musical instruments, paper, food and even the leaves have certain medicinal purposes. 

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