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Mulch Time

Hello Fellow Readers, Springtime is mulch time and John from Andover NJ asked what kind of mulch is best. First and foremost, remember to apply only two to three inches of mulch and stay clear of trunks and stems to prevent disease (a polite way of saying no volcano mulch). There’s a
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Talking to Trees on Arbor Day

Hello Fellow Readers, Arbor Day occurs worldwide different times of the year based on the growing season. In the United States, its celebrated the last Friday in April, the origins of which dates to 1872 when J. Sterling Morton, President Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture, spearhea
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Spring Cleanup & Pruning Lavender

Hello Fellow Readers, At last the big cleanup. Curt and I spent eight hours cleaning up branches, sticks, and wheelbarrows of hickory nut hulls. The critters ate the nuts and left the husks. Talk about poor table manners…. Then there were the bucket loads of cones, a sign our hemlocks
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Jefferson’s Monticello – a lab for plants

Hello fellow readers, There’s an Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar which sits by my desk noting Friday, April 13th is Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. The 275th anniversary of his birth as a matter of fact. Beyond being a founding father and the third president of the United States, Jefferson
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When to Place Overwintered Pots Outdoors

Hello fellow readers, As I write you it’s Easter Monday when the tradition of egg rolling contests are taking place. But we woke to snow. Seven inches of it. An egg-shaped snowball could be charming…. Not to worry, it will melt quickly and the daffodils under the snow this morni
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Easter Wisdom from Mettler’s Woods

Hello fellow readers, On the second day of Spring, we braced for another round of blinding snow and high winds. Instead, a peaceful eight inches of fluff fell. Good thing as we were all weary. The snow melted quickly as temperatures warmed. Spring is here at last! But the cleanup of f
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Witch Hazel’s Winter Reprieve

Hello fellow readers, Blooms beyond the white and grey of winter are emerging and one of the first to appear, with tiny mops of late winter blooms, is witch hazel. The same plant that makes the staple astringent on hand next to your bottle of rubbing alcohol and peroxide. However, the
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Beauty in Dreariness

Hello fellow readers, As I sit to write you I remain wobbly from a bout of flu. Just as I feel I’m improving, there’s a setback. The fever returns or coughing fits making it tough to breath. It’s been humbling, yet minor compared to others dealing with a serious illness or devastating
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Dreaded Spotted Lanternfly

Hello fellow readers, Just recently there’s been two sightings of the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in New Jersey, a topic of great concern at the NJ Plants Trade Show held in Edison NJ on January 31st. “It’s a very bad bug,” stressed Paul Kurtz, Entomologist of the NJ State Depart
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Prized Umbrella Pine

Hello fellow readers, One of my favorite evergreen conifer specimens is the Umbrella Pine. It sits to the right of the garage giving it protection from winds as advised by experts when Sciadopitys verticillata is planted in zone 5. Michael Dir, the guru of woody plants, lists its hard