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Guides, Planting Guides, Spring, Winter -

March is an exciting time in the northeast, as we begin to transition out of winter and anticipate the spring ahead. We’ll surely have some pockets of nice weather, and there’s no need to be concerned with the possibility of snow or cold temperatures. The following Spring Annuals and Early Bloomers have been dealing with these conditions for a lot longer than we have.   It’s definitely time to get back outside and into your gardens. Keep your planting limited to trees, shrubs and Spring Annuals for now. Some of the following plant selections are the best performers for this time...

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Bees, Hummingbirds, Winter, Winter Gardening -

Perhaps the hardest working creature in nature is the bee. With 416 species in our area, they provide a necessary function for any healthy garden.  The choices you make now, in the early spring, will determine how beautiful your landscape creations become. Why not make attracting bees part of your vision.

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Bird Feeding, Winter, Winter Gardening -

Gardening is a year round activity and certainly helps to get through the seemingly endless cold winter days. It can be quite pleasant to witness birds enjoying your garden. Like many of us, Birds are in survival mode during the winter months. If we help them to find food sources and shelter, we will be rewarded with their presence.

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Tree Care, Winter -

The Recent Arctic Blast During our holiday preparations in December we had a little taste of winter with some night time temperatures dropping below freezing. As the new year emerged, we were greeted with an arctic blast that swept across a number of northeastern states and Long Island. That blast brought along some pretty cold temperatures,  dropping them into single digits and lasting for close to two weeks. During that time, many evergreens were damaged by the extended cold. If you've happened to look closely lately you’re likely to notice brown, dry, dead leaves on hollies, rhododendrons, Schipp Laurels and other broadleaf evergreens. Because the temperatures didn’t get...

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In The Home, Plant Benefits -

Some well-placed greenery in your home can not only brighten a space but also purify the air.  Given that people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, air quality matters.  Especially during the winter months when the doors and windows are all buttoned up to keep the cold out and the heat in, stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around longer than we humans should be breathing in.   The good news is that there’s an easy and affordable way to combat the presence of these pollutants that we may be breathing in and at the...

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