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Road Salt Alternatives

Hello Fellow Readers, This is the time of year I attend manufacturer showcases premiering new products, mostly paver or block retaining wall systems, which are made of concrete. This is also the time of year that road salt and brine are being used to de-ice our roads. Road salt and br
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Groundhog Day less than 50/50

Hello Fellow Readers, As the folklore goes if the groundhog sees his shadow, they’ll be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it will be an early spring. I’ve always wondered how we know what the groundhog sees. Low and behold I saw this year’s broadcast of Groundhog Day at Gobbler

Impulses Satisfied by Seed Shopping

Hello Fellow Readers, “Seems timely,” wrote Anita from Blairstown NJ in an email this morning with a Rose is Rose cartoon (a syndicated comic strip by Pat Brady.) It starts out with a woman decked in garden cloths and wide-brimmed hat adorned with a pink bow. She’s on her knees up to
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Smiling Cup of Joe

Hello Fellow Readers, I had a good laugh when I heard from my youngest brother who lives in Tennessee. Rick texted a photo of his cup of joe with a frothy smiley face smack dab in the middle. “Look at my message this morning in my coffee.” His suspicious sister writes back, “Come on.
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Partridge Berry

Hello Fellow Readers, What a rainy start we’ve had for the new year. Or, should I say continuum of the rainy growing season. It’s worrisome really; our ground is so saturated. And yes, I miss the snow. Though please freeze the ground, Mother Nature, before bringing it on for fea
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About Bottle Trees

Hello Fellow Readers, Happy 2019. I hope you all survived the fa la las and indulgences that can come along with ringing in the new year. I’ll admit our recycle bin is overflowing with many trendy colors. We hosted Christmas Eve so most of the bounty came from shared toasts, thank you
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Christmas Reflections from Texas

Hello Fellow Readers, One of the greatest gifts of Christmas is spending time with loved ones. I’ve just returned from visiting lifelong friends that live outside of Austin. First stop was Round Top Texas where Dorothy from my college days lives. She’s an artist with a gallery r
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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