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  • Do I Have a Deodar Cedar?

    Do I Have a Deodar Cedar?

    Here’s your ultimate guide on how to identify a Deodar Cedar tree. Its name evolves from the word devadaru, which is Sanskrit for “timber of the gods.” And that’s not only in reference to its...

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  • Can You Grow Evergreens in a Container?

    Can You Grow Evergreens in a Container?

    Evergreens grow very well in containers and in most environments! The options are endless, so here's a list of the best evergreens to grow in pots by hardiness and height.

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  • How To Protect Cedar Trees in Winter

    How To Protect Cedar Trees in Winter

    Get all details here! How to best care for your cedar tree during cold, winter months with these tips on watering (how much and how often), when to wrap and unwrap cedar trees, and how to tell if...

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  • Do Spotted Lanternflies Die in Winter?

    Do Spotted Lanternflies Die in Winter?

    Does cold weather kill spotted lanternfly? Yes, but only the grown-ups. The eggs survive the winter and create the whole vicious cycle all over again come springtime. Understanding the SLF life...

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  • How To Protect Newly Planted Trees in Winter

    How To Protect Newly Planted Trees in Winter

    Did you recently plant a new tree this season? Here’s what you need to know about how to properly care for newly planted trees from the harsh winter weather conditions. You will also find details...

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  • Do I Have a White Pine?

    Do I Have a White Pine?

    Learn how to identify a white pine like an expert! Detailed is an easy-to-follow guide on the unique characteristics of white pines: needles, cone shape, and tree bark. Once you identified your...

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  • Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

    Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

    Diplodia fungus causes the tips of your pine needles to turn brown and mostly occurs during the growing season from March through October. Ways to treat diplodia tip blight is first by keeping...

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  • Why Do Evergreens Stay Green All Year?

    Why Do Evergreens Stay Green All Year?

    Evergreens, like conifers, can conserve water during the summer and winter because of its special needle shape and waxy coating, so their leaves stay green year-round. What is the difference...

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  • Evergreen Tree Identification Guide: How to Tell the Difference  Among Spruce, Fir and Pine Trees

    Evergreen Tree Identification Guide: How to Tell the Difference Among Spruce, Fir and Pine Trees

    Identifying evergreens can be tricky! Follow this guide on how to tell if you have a Spruce, Fir, or Pine tree by the shape of its needles and texture of cones. You will learn the different...

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  • Winter Watering for Evergreens: What You Need to Know

    Winter Watering for Evergreens: What You Need to Know

    Once the ground is frozen, watering your evergreen isn’t necessary, but if you live in a warmer climate where the ground doesn’t freeze, you should water your evergreen in winter as often as it...

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  • Do I Have a Winterberry Holly?

    Do I Have a Winterberry Holly?

    Learn how to identify a Winterberry Holly by its leaf, fruit, and bark. Winterberry Holly can grow in zones 3-9 and prefers acidic soil. The shrub needs at least 4 and up to 6 hours of...

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  • Perennial Plant Care: What You Need to Know About Cutting Back Perennials

    Perennial Plant Care: What You Need to Know About Cutting Back Perennials

    All perennials need to be cut back for healthy growth. Depending on the type of plant some should be cut back in late fall or early winter, while others in spring. Learn how to properly cut back...

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  • Fall Foliage: Best Trees and Shrubs for Red Fall Color

    Fall Foliage: Best Trees and Shrubs for Red Fall Color

    Here’s a comprehensive list of the best trees and shrubs for red fall color. Included are details for optimal planting zones, sun exposure recommendations, and soil needs.

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  • Do I Have a Norway Spruce?

    Do I Have a Norway Spruce?

    Learn how to easily identify a Norway Spruce by the tree’s shape, bark, needle color, and cone. Find details on how to properly care for Norway Spruces from suitable grow zones, ideal planting...

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  • How to Take Care of a Newly Planted Tree (5 Easy Steps)

    How to Take Care of a Newly Planted Tree (5 Easy Steps)

    Caring for a newly planted tree should be comprehensive, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! With the five quick tips below, you can get your new tree off to a great start.

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  • How to Get Rid of the Spotted Lanternfly

    How to Get Rid of the Spotted Lanternfly

    Getting rid of Spotted Lanternflies (SLF) requires both you and your local certified arborist. Learn what you can do as a homeowner and how to help protect your trees and community from Spotted...

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  • Best Trees and Plants for Bird Lovers

    Best Trees and Plants for Bird Lovers

    Learn how to attract birds to your yard by planting trees, flowers or shrubs that are native to your area. In this post, we share the best trees and flowers to consider that are bird-friendly. As...

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  • Landscape Tree Ring Ideas

    Landscape Tree Ring Ideas

    Learn how to landscape around a tree like a professional. In this post, follow our step-by-step guide on how to build a border around a tree using rocks or stone. We also provide some tips on how...

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  • What Type of Palm Tree Do I Have?

    What Type of Palm Tree Do I Have?

    The first step to identify the type of palm tree you have is looking closely at its leaves (aka “fronds”) and trunk. Follow this guide to learn more about your palm tree and how to properly care...

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  • Do Peach Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Fall?

    Do Peach Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Fall?

    Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease that targets trees during growing season. Once the fungus is in full swing there’s no way to stop it. Your best course of action is to treat the tree with...

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