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Desperate Measures

Hello fellow readers, I’ve always thought the reasons to prune are similar to the reasons of caring for ourselves and our families. Improving appearance and health, training the young, controlling size, preventing injury or damage, rejuvenating the old, and influencing bounty. Darren
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The Gall of Cedar-Apple Rust!

Hello fellow readers, ‘It looks like a sea anemone!’ wrote Ruth of Hope referring to the alien-looking bright orange thingy with finger-like protrusions found on a cedar tree. Turns out this two-inch slimy blob is caused by a fungi called Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae (wowee; t
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Ground HOGS!

Hello fellow readers, Bruce from Bangor asked if he had a woodchuck or groundhog problem borrowing holes all over his yard. Same critter Bruce just a different label. They’re Marmota monax to be exact and are in the same family as squirrels – but much bigger eaters. And to think
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Frog Watch USA

Hello fellow readers, On Leap Day, I attended a Frog Watch training hosted by Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ. The training was led by Tedor Whitman, Executive Director, of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) also in Short Hills. CHA is now an official Chapter Leader for Frog Watch
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Kissing Bugs?

Hello fellow readers, Were you bitten by a Kissing Bug during Valentine’s? Chances are no -not that I don’t wish you love. You may recall Craig from Frelinghuysen, our comical guest, with his willows gone wild and fairy ring dilemmas. When Craig asked about Kissing Bugs I reminisced a
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To Feed or not to Feed…That would be No, Dear

Hello Fellow Readers, Last week’s buck rub chat inspired John from Pen Argyl PA to ask if feeding deer would keep them from eating his shrubs. There are signs around town offering deer corn for sale which means folks with kind intentions are feeding them. Or, maybe planning to bate th
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Buck Rub

Hello Fellow Readers, I recently helped JoAnn of Blairstown plant five new maple trees. Sun Valley Red Maples to be specific (Acer Rubrum ‘Sun Valley’) as their exceptional red fall color is in its glory later than most. It occurred to me that it would be wise to protect t
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Fairy Rings

Hello fellow readers, I always enjoy hearing from Craig of Frelinghuysen. Without exception his garden dilemmas always bring a chuckle. Remember his willows gone wild with the icky sticky slime? Well this time he has two rings that have made reoccurring visits in his lawn over the pas
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Cover your Ash!

Hello fellow readers, Recently I met with Andrea of Morristown whose property is graced with grand old ash trees one of which has died. Dave Dubee, arborist of Greenwood Tree, shared that while the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is getting close to home, Andrea’s ash was not a victim
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“If it’s Hairy you better Ask Mary”

Hello fellow readers, When I was a girl my sister dared me to rub a leaf all over me. Even then I was a plant person and always up to a challenge of ‘I dare you’. The leaf was in a grouping of three and I picked one and dutifully painted myself with it. I bet you known where this is g