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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of September 18, 2017

Boxwood requires little pruning unless shearing into a hedge.  Prune whenever needed, however, keep in mind that where winters are cold, pruning at least one month before the first frost is best for the plant.

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Week of September 11, 2017

To maintain the beauty and shape of hemlocks, clip or shear trees in midsummer.  They are very forgiving of pruning and will resprout after being cut back quite severely.

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Week of September 4, 2017

Be sure to remove all overripe or damaged fruit from the vegetable garden on a regular basis.  Doing so will help to avoid attracting sap beetles.  These insects love to feed on dropped or damaged fruit.  Tomatoes that have been damaged by birds, slugs or disease are a favorite of theirs.

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Week of August 28, 2017

Dried bay leaves act as a natural deterrent to keep rodents out of stored birdseed.  Leaving the dried leaves on a cupboard shelf also helps to repel ants in the pantry.

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Week of August 21, 2017

If you don’t have Artemisia schmidtiana in your garden, August is a perfect time to add some.  Preferring full sun in zones 4-9.  The secret is not to over fertilize this plant nor plant it in the shade.  Either, or a combination of both, leads to flopping over, exposing the center.  To maintain the plant’s symmetry, remove the disclike, tiny flowering when they appear.

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Week of August 14, 2017

To help harden the bulbs of onions, withhold excess water from them as their leaves begin to die back.

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Week of August 7, 2017

Continue harvesting small, flavorful summer squash. Steaming, rather than boiling, when cooking will best preserve their flavor. Toss a little butter and fresh herbs on top and you have a delicious side dish.

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Week of July 31, 2017

Harvest beans before the pods begin to bulge.

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Week of July 24, 2017

Water container gardens on a regular basis during the dry, hot days of summer.  When applying water, be sure to saturate the soil.

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Week of July 17, 2017

Be prepared for a beautiful flowering display during the month of August by planting anemone, monkshood, turtlehead and liatris into your landscape.  Visit your favorite garden center for the best selections.

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