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  • Spotted Lanternflies Predators

    Spotted Lanternflies Predators

    Because spotted lanternfly fly is an invasive species, there are a handful of natural predators here in the U.S. like chickens, praying mantis, squirrels, and bats. Get your full list of spotted...

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  • Landscape Favorites: Best Slow and Fast Growing Shrubs

    Landscape Favorites: Best Slow and Fast Growing Shrubs

    Get your list of some low-maintenance fast-growing shrubs, as well as slow-growers, that bring texture and interest to your green space to give you all the options you need to boost your...

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  • Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify an Elm Tree

    Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify an Elm Tree

    What type of tree do I have? Learn how to identify if you have a beautiful elm tree by these characteristics and common types of elm tree species.

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  • How to Get Rid of Lace Bugs

    How to Get Rid of Lace Bugs

    Lace bug damage can look a lot like other pest problems, so proper identification is the first step. Learn how to get rid of lace bugs, the common warning signs, and a list of plants susceptible...

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  • Caring for Hydrangeas Outdoors: Tips on Planting & Growing

    Caring for Hydrangeas Outdoors: Tips on Planting & Growing

    Hydrangea ultimate guide on how to grow and care for hydrangeas. Learn how to properly care for your hydrangeas each season with these specific tips, including the best time for pruning and planting.

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  • Do I Have a River Birch Tree?

    Do I Have a River Birch Tree?

    Here’s a guide on how to identify a River Birch Tree by its leaf shape and bark characteristics. You will also gain insight on how to properly care for River Birch Trees for optimal growth and...

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  • How to Use Dwarf Evergreens for Landscaping

    How to Use Dwarf Evergreens for Landscaping

    While you may think evergreens only grow into massive specimens, there are many varieties of them. Let’s look at some great dwarf evergreens for landscaping and ways you can add them to your yard.

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  • Ganoderma Root Rot Treatment

    Ganoderma Root Rot Treatment

    “Ganoderma root rot” is a fungus that causes a wood-decaying infection that occurs through tree wounds, and attacks a variety of deciduous trees, such as maples, oaks, and honey locusts, as well...

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  • Tree Pest (Insect): Black Twig Borer

    Tree Pest (Insect): Black Twig Borer

    Plants commonly affected by Black twig borer (also referred to as black coffee borer or black coffee twig) include black gum, dogwood, Japanese maple, and more. Learn what black twig borer looks...

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  • Best Small Flowering Trees for Your Landscape

    Best Small Flowering Trees for Your Landscape

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  • Do I Have a Pin Oak?

    Do I Have a Pin Oak?

    Pin oak trees are one of the fastest-growing shade trees. Here are some characteristics to help identify if you have a pin oak. Hint, the pin oak tree leaves stand out among other oaks.

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  • How to Get Rid of Thrips: Control & Prevention

    How to Get Rid of Thrips: Control & Prevention

    Learning how to prevent thrips begins with keeping plants moist since thrips are usually drawn to those that are too dry. Early detection and a practice called integrated pest management are also...

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  • When Do Flowering Trees Bloom in Spring, Including Fruit Trees

    When Do Flowering Trees Bloom in Spring, Including Fruit Trees

    Everything you need to know about which fruit or flowering trees bloom in spring. Get a list of trees by growing zones that have pink or yellow flowers, and which flowering trees have the longest...

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  • How to Survive Cicada Season with Netting for Trees

    How to Survive Cicada Season with Netting for Trees

    Learn how to survive cicada season with netting for trees.

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  • Best Trees to Plant Near a Driveway by Zone

    Best Trees to Plant Near a Driveway by Zone

    Here’s a list of the best trees to plant near a driveway for shade, fast-growing, and narrow driveway. All organized by growing zones, growth heights, and things to consider.

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  • Spring Ahead: Schedule a Tree Inspection

    Spring Ahead: Schedule a Tree Inspection

    Regardless of your property's reaction to the beginning of spring, making sure your trees are prepared for the warm season is a vital spring to-do. Those who feel they don't have the eyes for...

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  • Biochar Soil Amendment: Improve Soil Quality for Plant Growth

    Biochar Soil Amendment: Improve Soil Quality for Plant Growth

    Improve soil quality for optimal plant growth with biochar. Biochar helps conserve plant nutrients and holds water like a sponge where plant roots can access it when they need it, learn more.

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  • Do I Have a Juniper Tree?

    Do I Have a Juniper Tree?

    Juniper trees and shrubs can naturally grow in so many different climates and come in about 60 different species. A helpful way to identify a juniper tree is by its pinecones, learn more.

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  • Best Time to Plant New Grass Seed: Pros and Cons for Each Season

    Best Time to Plant New Grass Seed: Pros and Cons for Each Season

    Installing a new lawn can be an overwhelming task for any homeowner. And timing is a crucial component in seeding a yard. Here are the best times to plant new grass seed with the pros and cons for...

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  • Tips and Tricks on How to Plant Trees in the Spring

    Tips and Tricks on How to Plant Trees in the Spring

    Spring is here and now is a great time for planting trees. Learn how to choose the right tree for your yard, how to plant a tree, how to find the right soil for your tree, and how often you should...

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