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  • Tree Growth Rates 101: What You Should Know

    Tree Growth Rates 101: What You Should Know

    Are fast-growing trees weaker? Well, you can’t really rush the growing process. Let’s look at the differences between different growth rates to give you a better understanding of how trees grow...

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  • Lawn Aeration and Overseeding Aftercare

    Lawn Aeration and Overseeding Aftercare

    Once completing aeration and overseeding, you want to make sure you do everything to ensure these processes are successful. Here are some tips to guide you. 

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  • Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify a Fringe Tree

    Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify a Fringe Tree

    Learn how to identify a Fringe tree with these key features, and how to properly care for one with these tree care tips.

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  • Guide on How to Choose A Tree to Plant: Planning & Selecting

    Guide on How to Choose A Tree to Plant: Planning & Selecting

    Here’s your ultimate guide when it comes to picking a tree for your yard. In this post, we outline tips and things to consider, as well as the best tree options for blocking wind, privacy, shade,...

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  • Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Fall

    Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Fall

    From professional tree care experts, here are seasonal tips and information to follow when it comes to fall tree care.

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  • What’s Destroying My Lawn: Fall Armyworm Damage & Control

    What’s Destroying My Lawn: Fall Armyworm Damage & Control

    What’s damaging my lawn? It could be armyworms! Early feeding damage looks like drought-stressed grass but can quickly progress to complete browning if there are a lot of fall armyworms present.,...

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  • How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?

    How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?

    When it comes to aeration, how often you perform the service can be dependent on your soil type. Here are reasons why to aerate your lawn, the best time to aerate and overseed lawn, and mistakes...

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  • Best Oak Trees To Plant for Color

    Best Oak Trees To Plant for Color

    Here are some common oak tree varieties that can give you an amazing tree for shade, great texture and interest, and amazing fall color. 

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  • Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify a Japanese Lilac Tree

    Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify a Japanese Lilac Tree

    Most Japanese lilac tree varieties are fairly easy to maintain with timely watering, good drainage, and proper pruning time. Follow this guide to learn how to properly care for and identify...

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  • How to Refresh Potted Plants by Changing Soil

    How to Refresh Potted Plants by Changing Soil

    The goals of potting mix are to retain moisture and nutrients around the plant roots and provide enough air for growing roots. Typically, changing the soil in your potted plants should happen...

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  • Why You Should Fertilize Flowering Trees?

    Why You Should Fertilize Flowering Trees?

    Fertilizing flowering trees can enhance your landscape aesthetics. By using a slow-release fertilizer it encourages blooms while increasing healthy growth. Fertilization strengthens trees by...

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  • Guide to Transplanting Fruit Trees

    Guide to Transplanting Fruit Trees

    First and foremost, transplanting fruit trees takes some good planning. Here are things to consider for transplanting fruit trees and common mistakes to avoid. 

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  • Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify an Eastern Redbud Tree

    Tree Identification Guide: How to Identify an Eastern Redbud Tree

    Native to North America, Eastern redbud tree flowers are pea-like and rosy pink with tinges of purple on many varieties. They grow 20- to 30-feet tall and 25- to 30-feet wide, giving small...

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  • How to Keep Your Landscape Resilient During Seasonal Summer Drought

    How to Keep Your Landscape Resilient During Seasonal Summer Drought

    Here’s your ultimate guide on how to keep plants alive during drought-like conditions, the visible signs of heat stress in plants, and post-heat stress plant care tips.

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  • Round Up: Common Native Tree Pests & Diseases in the South

    Round Up: Common Native Tree Pests & Diseases in the South

    Here are signs and symptoms of common tree diseases and tree pests typically found in the south. They aren’t always easy to spot, but recognizing these classic visual cues can be a warning sign of...

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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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