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First – the soil test. Most turf grass prefers a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 in order to take up the nutrients it needs. If it’s too acidic you can apply lime, but before you do, you’ll need to get a soil test done. It’s easy – send in  Read more
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Malus ‘Cardinal’ is out of the ordinary when it comes to Crabapples. The habit is typical – wide and spreading, the fruit is common – red and about 1/2″, but this one has purple tinged leaves that last all season. Deep purple buds open to reddish pink flowers April –  Read more
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We’ve just brought down some compact Prairie Dropseed called ‘Tara’ from Watertown. The species (Sporobolus heterolepsis) grows to about 3′ but this cultivar has the same fine blades with a more compact habit, only growing about 12″. When in flower it can reach to 2′ with inflorescences that are pink  Read more
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One of the first places a home or commercial lawn will get crabgrass are the edges, right where the ground heats up along curbs and driveways. The causes can range from cutting too close with the string trimmer, to poor or excessive irrigation to not applying pre and post emergents  Read more
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We are fully stocked with fresh pallets of grass seed including a new blend of Pennington Smart Seed for high traffic areas. This is designed to provide a durable, walking surface for high-use areas such as backyard recreation, parks, golf course roughs and athletic fields. It meets the criteria for  Read more
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We all tend to forget how many adverse conditions plants deal with this time of year, especially when it comes to newly planted material. From the time a tree is dug out of the ground (which is an injury to the plant), it takes as long as three years to  Read more
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Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’ (Boxwood, 24-28″ seen here) lend themselves well to hedging, containers and formal gardens for their conical shape. Growing slowly to about 5′ x 3′ they are easily trimmed to keep a tidy look. Trimming can be done up to about August 15th so any new growth  Read more
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The News from Watertown: The hottest seller this week has been the Sentimental Blue Balloon Flowers! Platycodon grandiflorus are loaded with blooms and buds on sturdy stems. They’ll grow 6-8″ tall and slowly create a 12″ mound. Useful for the front of the perennial garden, foundation or containers. They’re loaded  Read more
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Rhododendron schlippenbachi This deciduous shrub is sometimes called Royal Azalea. The leaves grow in whorled formations on the branches and leaf out late April/early May strongly tinged in pinkish bronze as seen here. The flower clusters are a variable pink – a little different on each plant. Plant in partial  Read more
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Knock Out Roses are a great way to get started with shrub roses. They need relatively little care, compared with other types of Roses like the Hybrid Teas. Knock Outs push the old blooms out of the way when the new bud forms, eliminating the need for deadheading. They come  Read more
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