How to Keep Voles out of Your Yard
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How to Keep Voles out of Your Yard

You might have heard of mole control, but not vole control. Why is that? Well, the latter gets little recognition. While you may not know the ​difference between…

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How to Control Dandelions
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How to Control Dandelions

What makes dandelion removal from lawns so difficult? Well, dandelions enjoy the best of both worlds. Above-ground, their seeds ride the wind currents, poised to drop into the…

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Rose of Sharon Bush
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Rose of Sharon Bush

Plant taxonomy classifies rose of Sharon, also called “althaea” or “althea,” as Hibiscus syriacus. Contrary to its common name, the plant is not really a rose at all,…

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Russian Sage Plants Tips
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Russian Sage Plants Tips

Plant taxonomy classifies the Russian sage that I grow as Perovskia atriplicifolia. For a more rigidly upright type, grow the species, Perovskia longin. These plants are in the…

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How to Kill Crabgrass
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How to Kill Crabgrass

Do you know what crabgrass looks like? Digitaria (the plant’s botanical name) is a warm-season annual; it reproduces by seed. People often ask me how to kill it. The…

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Butterfly-Friendly Milkweed Plants
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Butterfly-Friendly Milkweed Plants

Plant taxonomy classifies common milkweed plants as Asclepias syriaca. Milkweed plants are herbaceous perennials. Characteristics Common milkweed plants are tall (3 feet), thin, summer-bloomers. The flower cluster forms…

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Give Stella de Oro Daylily a Gold Star
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Give Stella de Oro Daylily a Gold Star

Some gardeners feel that Stella de Oro daylily is overused, but, as is usually the case when the “overuse” charge is leveled against a plant, there are valid…

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Plant Sumac Trees for Fall Foliage
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Plant Sumac Trees for Fall Foliage

When we think of New England fall foliage, red maple trees certainly come immediately to mind. But sumac trees? Maybe not so much. A single majestic maple bears thousands…

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Best Maple Trees for Fall Color
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Best Maple Trees for Fall Color

As the present series of articles on various kinds of trees for fall color demonstrates, landscaping enthusiasts have many options for achieving colorful yards in autumn. Yet perhaps…

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Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds
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Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

For those who enjoy both gardening and bird watching, it is fortunate that there is such a plenitude of plants for attracting hummingbirds from which to choose. Bird…

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