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How to get rid of crabgrass and quackgrass

What’s the difference between crabgrass and quackgrass? To effectively get rid of weed grasses from the lawn it helps to understand their life cycle; this is a brief look at two common weed grasses. Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the annoying…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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Get rid of aphids organically

Dealing with aphids organically

One day your plants look fine and the next day aphids are sucking the life out of them! Aphids puncture the cell walls of young plants draining cells dry, spreading plant viruses and eventually killing the plant. Species and colors…
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Garden how-to guide, Plant problems

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Growing tomatoes

When to plant tomatoes The growing season in most of Alberta is about four months (mid May to  mid September) so tomato gardeners usually give their plants a head start indoors. Starting the seeds in March should allow enough time…
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Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Mushrooms in lawn

Fairy rings in the lawn

What are fairy rings? Fairy rings, also known as fairy circles or pixie rings in lawns and pastures may be caused by one of many species of fungi present in the soil but the mushroom fungus (specifically Maramius oreades) is…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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How to control Chickweed

What is Chickweed? To get rid of chickweed it helps to understand the plant and its life cycle. This is a brief description of Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), how it grows and a few suggested methods of keeping it out of…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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The balcony garden

Living in an apartment building doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with the colors, fragrances and the feel of nature, and a balcony  is the perfect spot for a green oasis. Besides the  flowers, veggies, herbs (or all three) a…
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Garden Accents, The basics

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Scarecrow sprinkler

Keeping the cat out of the garden

How do I keep cats from using my flowerbeds as a litter box? Take heart, there are non-toxic ways to keep the cats from digging around in the flowerbeds you’ve worked so hard to keep beautiful. I did a little…
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Plant problems

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Ladybugs are beneficial in the garden

Why is there moss on the lawn?

Moss grows best in shady moist conditions and can be a symptom of poorly drained areas of the lawn. Moss may appear in places where mower blades have scalped the lawn and where there’s no grass to compete, the moss…
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Lawn Care

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Photosynthesis basics

Did you ever wish that you had taken Science class more seriously, especially the day they covered photosynthesis? Understanding this basic process helps make science fascinating! So, this post is about the basics of photosynthesis. What does photosynthesis mean? In…
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Fun facts about plants, In Other News

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Hosta Hampshire County

Hosta – a Favorite Perennial Groundcover

A Little Background about the Hosta One of the reasons gardeners love the Hosta is for its great variety! There are an estimated 45 species of Hosta; hybridization among the many species has produced upward of 3000 varieties of Hosta…
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Garden Accents

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