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As you are all well aware this spring has been a challenge with the cool damp weather. Chances are that even when things finally warm up, it’s still going to be damp, where by plant foliage doesn’t dry out and the roots stay far to wet. Under these conditions, vital  Read more
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Carex muskingumensis- Palm Sedge Surprisingly, this native sedge has an exotic palm like appearance. The leaves branch out from the stem resembling the arrangement of a palm with a fine, soft texture. It grows to 20” tall and slowly spreads by rhizomes. It grows best in dappled sun to full shade, but  Read more
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European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) have been used in formal gardens and parks for centuries, mainly for their symmetrical habit, delicate texture and soil adaptability. The species will grow 40′ high and wide making a beautiful stand alone tree for along commercial buildings and residential properties. But the narrow growing cultivars  Read more
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After giving a number of educational talks this winter, I have once again reminded myself that there is one potentially serious pest that goes largely unnoticed and under-diagnosed in the green industry as a whole – nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed largely on roots but sometimes on foliage  Read more
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Prunus x ‘Okame’ is a flowering Cherry that blooms with small deep pink buds and opens bright pink. In the fall the leaves turn a bronze red and orange and the bark is a beautiful reddish brown that stands out in the winter months. It’s a nice choice for a  Read more
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American Holly (Ilex opaca) is a good choice when you want broadleaf evergreen screening that can tolerate sun, shade and deer browsing. ‘Jersey Princess’ seen here is a female cultivar that produces an abundance of bright red berries and has a wide and dense pyramidal habit. It branches out at  Read more
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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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