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The Good Side of Dandelions

Dandelions have an awful reputation; we’re brainwashed into thinking the pretty yellow flowers are a nuisance weed we have to battle every year with a toxic herbicide.  In fact, they are an edible and very beneficial plant for soil and human health!

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Trees Need Care Too

Trees like humans, need preventative care to ward off disease, especially as they suffer from environmental stresses like air pollution, soil contamination and compaction, exotic invasive insect pests, temperature extremes, devastating storms and drought.

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How to Control Weeds in Your Garden Organically

You can live with a few weeds in your lawn, but in a vegetable garden, weeds are a problem.  They quickly spread, crowd out vegetable plants and impact productivity. If you are growing vegetables organically, then obviously your weed control should be non-toxic as well.  

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Gardening with Baking Soda

Cheap, effective and OG (the original “green”), baking soda bakes, cleans, heals, disinfects, scrubs, deodorizes, exfoliates, and brightens just about everything in the home.  But did you know baking soda is great in the garden too?

Here are some fabulous tips from plantcaretoday.com.

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Why are Cape Cod Oaks in trouble again?

Oaks and White Pine were the predominate species established in our sandy soils, and are the backbone for carbon sequestration and recycling on this terminal moraine of the Laurentide glacier that carved this beautiful ocean peninsula called Cape Cod. As soils were depleted of organic matter, the White Pine’s ability to thrive gave way to the imported Pitch Pine, but the mighty oaks persevered. Is their decline imminent too? Can we possibly save the Cape’s only surviving deciduous primeval forest species? Or will only short lived trees like the poplar and the birch survive?

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Compost Tea

What is compost tea?

Compost tea is a natural organic fertilizer made from compost, or more specifically a water extract of compost that is brewed to give the bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes a chance to increase in number and activity using the nutrients present in the water. It is also a highly effective natural insect and disease inhibitor. Compost tea is inexpensive and often an easier method of applying compost, especially to your trees and shrubs.

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Dig a Five-Dollar Hole for a Fifty-Cent Plant

“It’s better to dig a five-dollar hole for a fifty-cent plant than to dig a fifty-cent hole for a five-dollar plant.” goes the old garden adage and how true that is.  A good plant won’t grow in poor soil, but a poor plant will grow in good soil.  

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Winter Moth

Winter Moth caterpillars emerge in the spring, usually around April of each year. They feed on the leaves and buds of maple, oak, ash, apple, crabapple trees and more. Infested trees can become completely defoliated, which when gone untreated, can not only ruin the aesthetics of your landscape, but lead to the death of the tree.

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How to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter

When plants harden off after the first frost or the equinox in September, water conservation becomes an important health factor for trees and shrubs as they prepare for winter stress. After the ground freezes, plants survive on stored water in their stems and needles. Long cold and dry periods coupled with winter wind can be devastating to our plants as they will quickly use up their stored water and become fragile. Evergreen trees and shrubs are particularly susceptible to winter damage.

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What’s all the BUZZ about Pollinators?

Pollinators are animals and insects that are responsible for the fertilization of plants, including bees, hummingbirds, bats, and more. That may sound like a small job, but here are some facts about how big of a difference these tiny creatures make to us and our environment.

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An Eco-Friendly Approach to Fall Clean Up

There is nothing more beautiful than fall foliage, but what do you do with the fallen leaves? According to the EPA, yard waste is the second-largest component of our trash stream (behind paper and corrugated boxes) and makes up roughly 20 percent of most communities’ haul. Additionally, trucking the bulky bags to the dump requires a lot of fuel.

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