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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of June 18, 2018

Helleborus xHybrids (Hellebore) is a great burst of early-spring color in the garden.  This perennial hosts a variety of colors to choose from that include purple, burgundy, pink, cream and yellow.  Hellebores thrive in part shade and well-drained soil.  Hardy in zones 4-9.

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Week of June 11, 2018

Ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum) are often forgotten when planting containers. They are easy to use and only mature at 1’ tall. They bear white flowers which give way to green or white fruit maturing to brightly colored fruit.

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Week of June 4, 2018

Transplant peppers, melons, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and eggplant seedlings into the garden. If these seedlings have been grown in peat pots, tear off the rim before setting them in the soil to prevent moisture from wicking out of the root area.

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Week of May 28, 2018

Pinch off side buds of peonies to encourage larger blooms. Don’t worry about the harmless ants on the buds.

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Week of May 21, 2018

Time to plant seeds, or young plants, of sunflowers in full sun 3’ apart.

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Week of May 14, 2018

Interplant thyme and sage with cabbage to deter the cabbage moth. 

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Week of May 7, 2018

Prune roses by cutting back all brown, dead canes to live green stems.

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Week of April 30, 2018

Chives are an easy plant to grow. They are rarely bothered by pests and they hold their neat appearance all throughout the growing season. They make a wonderful border for the perennial, herb or vegetable garden.

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Week of April 23, 2018

Overseed or reseed lawns. Apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control when the yellow forsythia are in bloom. Do not apply the pre-emergent if you are planting grass seed.

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Week of April 16, 2018

To have fewer weeds in your lawn, set your mower high.  The close-cropped lawns weaken the grass and allows the weeds to flourish.   Keeping your lawn at 2 ½” – 3” will overpower the growth of weeds.

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