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Gardening has been a lifelong passion for Wende and she’d like to share her passion with her readers. Follow her as she writes about her gardening adventures, lists tasks to do depending on the season, and gives easy to understand gardening advice.

Genetically Modified Seeds - Made To Live Up To RoundUp

farm, food, garden, plants, seeds

I did not know this, and after I read the article below, I'm not sure that I ever wanted to know this.  I know from living in a farming community that seed companies are making seeds such as corn resistant to RoundUp so that it is easy to spray for weeds as farmers are tending their crops. But I didn't know that they are now genetically altering the seeds, and also doing the same with seeds that we buy as residential back yard garden growers.

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Yard Smarts Hotline Serves Up Lawn & Garden Advice April 15 - May 15

events, garden, landscape, plants, yard, lawn

News Release:

Briggs & Stratton Experts Ready to Answer Questions April 15 - May 15 (April 2011) – MILWAUKEE – This spring, homeowners hungry for yard care knowledge can turn to the month-long Yard Smarts Hotline. Staffed by lawn, garden and equipment experts, the hotline is sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation, which makes the engines that power eight out of the top 10 lawn mower brands in the United States.

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Home Landscape Work – What Do You Do First?

safety, education, garden, home, landscape, perennial, plants, travel, spring

It’s Spring! You want to get out there and do some of those landscaping projects you didn’t get to last year.  A new flower bed would be nice, or you want to plant a tree, maybe create a retaining wall.  You have been thinking about what you want it to look like all winter.  Maybe you have already purchased materials for your project.  I’m sure you have also drawn a rough sketch of what you want to do.  It should be easy, right? You have a free weekend, let’s go!


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Yard Problems To Look For

education, garden, home, landscape, yard, tree, water

There has been a few days in the last couple of weeks that were nice enough to get out into my yard.  I was itching to get out there!  I moved into my current home in late November, so I had no clue as to what types of perennials or bulbs or woody shrubs I had.  I'm anxious to assess the yard, see what is already there and determine what stays and what goes. There are a lot of things I want to change about it - and I was making mental notes as I did a thorough walk around.  There are many aesthetic things I want to change, but there are a few things that if not corrected quickly will result in bad things happening. Here's a few of the bad things I found:

1. The previous owners used ugly scallopped brick things to make a ring around a tree out by the front sidewalk. They heaped soil and wood chips inside the ring which added about 6 inches of material over the regular ground level. Adding or removing more than one inch of soil to the area under the canopy of the tree will usually kill it in three to five years from suffocation or exposure.

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