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Using Spring Annuals

Using Spring Annuals

The month of March is a tumultuous time on Long Island. The last few years March has been a reminder of winter and its tenacity. Snow storms that lasted into April strained our patience.

Through all this turmoil, Pansies and Viola have remained a constant reminder that spring is eternal and comes each year, without fail.

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Time for Houseplants & Tropicals to Come Inside

Time for Houseplants & Tropicals to Come Inside

Did some of your houseplants enjoy a summer vacation outdoors this season?  If so, now is the time to think about bringing them back indoors.  We’ve compiled a few tips and suggestions for bringing houseplants and/or tropical plants indoors for...

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What To Do In The Fall Garden

What To Do In The Fall Garden

Plant Fall is a great time to add trees, shrubs, and perennials to the garden. Cooler air temperatures combined with warm soil from the summer months will allow newly installed plant roots to grow and expand before the ground freezes...

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Plant It All In The Fall!

Plant It All In The Fall!

September and October are excellent months to do some gardening and landscaping.  Fall has some distinct planting advantages.  Autumn’s cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners alike. The soil is still warm from the summer months, allowing roots to grow until the ground freezes.  In spring, plants don’t start to grow until the soil temperature warms up, so getting your gardening done in the fall will help plants get established quicker and easier....
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Summer Garden Checklist

Summer Garden Checklist

With summer in full swing, we at Decker’s wanted to share a few timely tips and techniques to keep your garden looking great and enhancing your enjoyment of the garden that you have taken the time to create.

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Drought damage. How it affects your trees and what you can do to prevent it.

Drought damage. How it affects your trees and what you can do to prevent it.

As I made my rounds this spring, I noticed a trend that we should all be paying attention to.

There have been 3 seasons in the past 4 years when precipitation was way below normal or tolerable levels. Summer is probably the most demanding season on newly planted trees and shrubs. A mature Oak tree can transpire 100’s of gallons of moisture into the atmosphere. All woody plants transpire moisture more during summer months.

Here are some tips to recognize potential drought damage and what you can do to prevent - or reverse - that damage.

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Fertilizer 101

Fertilizer 101

Knowing how and when to apply fertilizer is as crucial to vigorous plant growth as knowing the plants attributes. In the interest of growing healthy plants, we've compiled a brief introduction to the why, what, how, and when to apply fertilizers to your garden.
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How to harvest and dry culinary herbs

How to harvest and dry culinary herbs

In our last article we covered 13 easy to grow and use herbs. Today I'm going walk you through the steps required to best harvest and dry your culinary herbs in preparation for use.   Cutting Collect herbs just before they flower; the...

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13 easy to grow and use herbs

13 easy to grow and use herbs

What would pesto be without basil, or salsa without cilantro?  Whether used by the pinch or by the bunch; fresh herbs pull a recipe together by infusing the dish with unparalleled aromas and flavors.  Sometimes, when the effect you seek...

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Add Color To Your Landscape This Spring

When winter doesn't let go, and spring is delayed; look to the landscape as a reminder -"Spring is the season of Renewal"

Take advantage of the numerous opportunities to instill color and life into your landscape. These blasts of color, are sure to cure any winter duldrums. A little effort now, will get you started in the garden and create an enjoyable surprise for years to come.

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