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Whacky Winter in store for 2018/19?

Hello fellow readers, Tom from Tranquility NJ wonders if his Flowering Pears (Pyrus calleryana) are in trouble. “The leaves immediately turned brown right after the dump of snow and are still clinging to the trees. Does that mean the new buds haven’t yet formed?” No worries Tom, ornam
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Giving Thanks

Hello fellow readers, Last week, I confess, I crumbled under the stress of racing to meet deadlines. It felt paralyzing with classic symptoms of anxiety… tight chest and labored breathing. It’s a good thing I’m in good shape, I thought to myself, so my heart can ride the race. I
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Boxwood Blight Coming to Town ?

Hello fellow readers, I recently learned that Boxwood Blight may be coming to town from Patrick LePore, an associate from Bartlett Tree Experts, who alerted me that it’s been found in Central New Jersey. He was on his way to our client’s Bob and Kathy of Piscataway to assess their box
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Trees Around a Septic

Hello fellow readers, While the fall planting season is wrapping up, there’s still time to plant most species of woody plants. Good thing as Gail and Rich of Sparta NJ have a naked garden dilemma since a new neighbor moved in who opted to take down a glorious stand of Canadian hemlock
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Beautiful Bulbs well worth waiting for…

Hello fellow readers, I just ordered 500 bulbs and am ramping up to dig them in. I confess that planting bulbs are not my favorite to-do and in truth, I haven’t planted them in many years. Maybe because the gratification comes months later, though beautiful things are well worth waiti
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Reflections from Virginia Beach

Hello fellow readers, I recently returned from a respite in Virginia Beach. What a treat to enjoy summer weather and sunshine especially given our summer of wetness. In the fridge was a half a watermelon in plastic wrap which I didn’t think would still be viable. But it was. When I pu
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Leaf Mold – Better than Mulch

Hello fellow readers, Is fall a good time to mulch, asked John of Washington NJ? I think so, especially because when spring arrives there’s much to do in the garden and for me, the madness of the season speedily unfolds. This spring, like most springs, mulching didn’t happen despite m
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More than Mums

Hello fellow readers, Mums and ornamental cabbage have become the iconic welcome to the glories of fall, though there are other less common fall annuals gaining popularity. Lynda of East Stroudsburg PA asked what the bright pink caterpillar-like blooms that sit atop spiky foliage are?
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Rainy Summer’s Impact on Fall color

Hello fellow readers, On September 22nd, the first day of fall, our weather seemed to turn a switch and leaves began to drop. It’s no surprise the early leaf changers and droppers, customarily maples, are showing wounds from the growing season endured. I stumbled upon one such leaf wh
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Raining Cats and Dogs

Hello fellow readers, Last week we were on deck for a new planting, but heavy rains were forecast. While a light drizzle or overcast skies are ideal for planting, when it’s raining cats and dogs it’s not. Just as walking around soggy soil is not good for existing plants, planting in t