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Garden Center Shopping: Comparing Apples to Apples

An email from a customer inspired this post. This person asked if we had 4 foot Leyland Cypress in stock, and if so, how much they are. After talking with D.J. in the nursery, and going out to to see the plants for myself, it struck me that this brings up a good point that customers…

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Garden Gifts

You don’t have to be blessed with green thumbs to appreciate a gift for the yard and garden, but you might not want to do what a friend of mine arranged for his wife’s Christmas gift. This man thought his spouse, and avid gardener, would appreciate a gift of soil amendments, so he bought her…

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Spots on Leaves

This is the time of year when many start to notice spots on foliage. This might be on your peppers, tomatoes, hydrangeas, perennials or herbs. Shrubs, trees, and flowering plants can all show signs of leaf spot and some plants are more susceptible to it than others. Most leaf spots are fungal. Some of them just…

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What is Eating My Tree Leaves?

If you live in southeast Massachusetts and you’re seeing damaged leaves and holes in the foliage of your trees and roses, you probably have damage from the winter moth larvae. If there are still leaves on the tree you can protect them with Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew: the active ingredient in Captain Jack’s is Spinosad,…

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Vole Damage

We have had several customers come in this spring asking about damage that they see in their lawns and gardens. Several have had rose bushes that were completely gnawed off at ground level. Others bring in photos of trails on their lawn or in their flower beds. Many assume that the damage is caused by…

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Instant Garden Improvement

Are there places in your garden that could use more color? Sometimes our customers say that they like their landscape but that the gardens are “missing something.” Others express the need for bright colors, but say that there isn’t much space left for planting or enough sun for most annuals or perennials. For all of…

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Choosing Mulches

Our customers frequently ask, “What’s the best mulch?” and there is no single answer. In the Northeast people usually choose an organic mulch that breaks down over time, as opposed to rocks and pebbles. Since many of our plants shed foliage and stems, a rock mulch is harder to keep clean and debris-free. Mulches such…

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Measuring Rain

Every yard and garden should have a rain gauge. Whether it’s large or small, decorative or simply functional, it’s important to know how much water Mother Nature has delivered. For most established plants, an inch of rain every seven days is the ideal. When a Northeast garden gets that amount of rain you don’t need…

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Winter Moth Alert!

Spring is here and everything seems to be growing! As perennials pop up and the trees start producing leaves, most people tend to assume that the plants in their landscape are doing just fine. Truth be told, most of them probably are growing well without assistance. But on Cape Cod, people may not realize that…

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Seed Starting Tips – #2

Here are a few more tips for growing plants from seed. How Big is It?  Did you know that in most cases the size of the seed tells how to plant it? In general, very tiny seeds get sprinkled on the surface of the soil and gently patted onto the top of the dirt. Medium…

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