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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

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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Week of April 9, 2018

Bitternut Hickory trees (Carya cordiformis) need to be planted where they have plenty of room to grow. Reaching heights of 50’-80’ tall at maturity and widths of 30’-50’, the Bitternut Hickory makes a beautiful statement in any landscape. Be sure to place them away from patios and walkways, however, as their 1” hickory nuts and their husks litter the ground in late summer and fall and can make a bit of a mess. They grace the landscape with beautiful yellow foliage in the fall and are hardy in zones 4-9.

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Week of April 2, 2018

A delicious culinary use for basil, outside of the ordinary, is to cut a 10” x 10” square of aluminum foil and set it shiny side down.  Arrange slices of zucchini, onion and tomato in the center of the square and toss several basil leaves in.  Fold the square around the vegetables to make a tight packet and then bake in a 350 degree oven (or grill) for 20 minutes!  Enjoy!

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Week of March 26, 2018

The tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a member of the magnolia family and is called the tulip tree because of the silhouette of its leaves and the shape of its flowers.  A tulip poplar can grow as tall as 60’ to 90’.  It thrives in zones 4-9.

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Week of March 19, 2018

‘Casperita’ (C. pepa hybrid) is a small, hybrid, white pumpkin that has sweet, white flesh that some say resembles the taste of an acorn squash.  It has defined ribbing and holds its color well.  A wonderful choice for your garden this year!  It will reach .5 to 1 pound in 90 days.

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Week of March 12, 2018

very special, show stopper for the perennial garden is Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ (Summer Drummer ornamental onion). It is one of the tallest ornamental onions at 4’ to 6’ tall.

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Week of March 5, 2018

Check on your compost pile. If it is not frozen, use a garden fork and dig into it and flip the compost over and over as much as you are able to.

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Week of February 26, 2018

When starting seeds indoors, providing a source of heat either by means of overhead lights or a sunny window is helpful for germination.  Most vegetable seeds germinate best at temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F.  Many experienced gardeners prefer using a propagation mat placed under the trays allowing the warmth to be generated under the seedlings.

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Week of February 19, 2018

The Unguentine Plant or Aloe Vera is a succulent which ought to be cultivated in every home.  It is an attractive plant and is very easy to grow under ordinary house conditions.  Furthermore, it is useful. 

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