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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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  • How to Identify and Treat Spider Mites

    How to Identify and Treat Spider Mites

    Spider mites are not picky about what they eat, so they can quickly spread. In this post you will learn what visible damage is caused by spider mites, how to get rid of spider mites, and how to...

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  • Landscaping in Rocky Soil

    Landscaping in Rocky Soil

    Planting in rocky soil is possible but takes a little extra prep work. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to prepare rocky soil for planting grass seed and trees.

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  • Do I Have a Crepe Myrtle Tree?

    Do I Have a Crepe Myrtle Tree?

    Learn how to identify a myrtle tree by leaf shape and color, flower characteristics, and bark textures. Also gain insight on how to properly care for a crepe myrtle tree like how much sunlight...

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  • Fast Growing Tree for Privacy: Leyland Cypress

    Fast Growing Tree for Privacy: Leyland Cypress

    A leyland cypress should be planted in hardiness zones 6-10, and the tree needs at least 6 full hours of sunlight every day. It can grow to a height of 50 to 70 feet and should be planted in fall...

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  • The Risk of Using an Uninsured and Unlicensed Arborist

    The Risk of Using an Uninsured and Unlicensed Arborist

    Hiring an uninsured and unlicensed arborist for tree care services come with many risks and dangers to your tree and property. Tree work is a job for trained, certified arborist. Here are the...

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  • Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

    Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

    Get your questions around rain and the affects it has on your lawn answered in this post! You will learn how to protect grass seed from heavy rain, how much rain is too much after fertilizing, and...

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  • Do I Have a Blue Spruce Tree?

    Do I Have a Blue Spruce Tree?

    Learn how to care for Blue Spruce Trees like a professional. The key to a thriving blue spruce tree is good soil drainage. These trees can be planted in zones 2-7 and do well in cold climates....

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  • Signs of Tree Boring Insects

    Signs of Tree Boring Insects

    Common tree borers include the Emerald Ash Borer, Locust Borer, Bronze Birch Borer, and Longhorned Beetles. Learn which types of trees are at risk, where you’ll find these tree borers, common tree...

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  • Do I have a Flowering Dogwood Tree?

    Do I have a Flowering Dogwood Tree?

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  • How to Identify Crabgrass

    How to Identify Crabgrass

    Crabgrass looks like a coarse, yellowish-green clump of grass. There are plenty of Crabgrass look-alikes that can be commonly mistaken as other lawn weeds. Learn the distinguishing factors to help...

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  • What is Considered "Full Sun?"

    What is Considered "Full Sun?"

    Full sun plants need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight every day. Plants require different sun exposure to grow and thrive. Learn the different sun requirements and the best plants for full sun,...

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