Let's talk for a minute about color in your landscape. . .

Let's talk for a minute about color in your landscape. . .

How you feel about a landscape, a room, or a person's clothing has a lot to do with the color or color combinations. People who love red are extroverts, enthusiastic and impulsive. Red draws attention- we see red faster. Red is great in beds that people will be driving by. It looks fabulous against dark evergreens and dark walls, and blends well with white, yellow and grey.

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Let's talk for as minute about last minute fall chores. .

Let's talk for as minute about last minute fall chores. .

Here's a list of a few important last minute fall chores. Mow, water and fertilize your lawn one last time before the ground freezes. Gorgeous spring lawns have their beginnings in last minute fall care. If you have a strawberry bed, mow the strawberries down to 3 or 4 inches tall and cover them with one inch of compost, such as soil pep, and then with 3 to 4 inches of hay or straw.

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Let's talk for a minute about winterizing roses. . .

Let's talk for a minute about winterizing roses. . .

Even with the most extravagant care, some types of roses tend to winter kill. These tender roses include most blue and lavender varieties, some white ones, and tree roses. Also, if the literature on your rose states that it blooms on old wood only, you are probably doomed to disappointment as most roses in our area must start over with new growth each year.

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Let's talk for a minute about preparing your garden spot for next year. . .

Let's talk for a minute about preparing your garden spot for next year. . .

Work done on your soil in the fall is even more important than the work done in the spring, for the compost and nutrients you add have time to break down and become available to the plants in the spring. Start by clearing away all the dead plant debris from this year's garden, because there are insects in it that could survive even if they were tilled into the soil.

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Let's talk for a minute about fall lawn care. . .

Let's talk for a minute about fall lawn care. . .

Your lawn can look great right up until cold weather arrives if you keep up the good work you've been doing all summer. First, don't stop regular watering as fall progresses. A lawn stressed by water shortage will not winter as well as a healthy one. Also, keep up a regular mowing schedule so the grass doesn't go into late fall and winter trying to keep a lot of top growth alive that it could do without.

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Let's talk for a minute about biostimulants. . .

Let's talk for a minute about biostimulants. . .

Biostimulants are not actually a fertilizer, even though their formula contains a small amount. Biostimulants are to plants what vitamins are to people- they help the plant to perform to its absolute potential, utilizing the fertilizer you do give it far more effectively. Using a biostimulant will reward you with plants that are larger, greener, more productive and dramatically more beautiful.

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Let's talk for a minute about planting fall bulbs. . .

Let's talk for a minute about planting fall bulbs. . .

The easiest color in your yard comes from bulbs you plant in the fall. Fall bulbs include tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium, anemones, and hyacinths, as well as a few others. Fall bulbs should be planted before really cold weather arrives to give them a chance to establish new roots. If you are planting late, soaking the bulbs for twelve hours just before you plant them will help them get a jump start on forming new roots.

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Let's talk for a minute about tomato diseases. . .

Let's talk for a minute about tomato diseases. . .

Most tomato problems are caused by insufficient or uneven watering, but occasionally diseases will strike. If the leaves on the tomato wilt and turn yellow, or even brown, the plant seems stunted, and little or no fruit is produced, it may be more than lack of water. If there is brown tissue just under the bark, your tomato may be suffering from fusarium wilt or verticillium wilt. 

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