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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

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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Week of July 10, 2017

If you have an invasive shrub such as Japanese barberry in your landscape, consider replacing it with a native alternative such as witch alder, New Jersey tea, Virginia sweetspire (a favorite of mine) or bush honeysuckle.

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Week of July 3, 2017

To liven up your containers, purchase cute ceramic mushrooms from your favorite garden center.  They come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  They will add a touch of surprise to your container and can be used year after year.  In the winter, simple store the mushrooms in a warm, dry location and they will last for years.

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Week of June 26, 2017

Make another sowing of bush beans in the vegetable garden to extend the harvest.

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Week of June 19, 2017

Removing the flower stalks from basil will encourage more leafy growth.

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Week of June 12, 2017

Design a hummingbird habitat to encourage those little hummers. Hang a sugar-water feeder and plant a beautiful rose of sharon, cardinal flower or bee balm to entice them to stop by. If there isn’t room in the garden, consider filling a container with these nectar-rich blooms.

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Week of June 5, 2017

Heavy moss growth in shady areas of the lawn is an indication of the need to apply lime. Apply a granular limestone to sweeten the soil. Timing of the application close to a rainfall will help with the absorption.

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Week of May 29, 2017

When mulching your landscaped beds, remove the top, compacted layer of the existing mulch first. Loosening the mulch in this way allows for better absorption of water and nutrients to your plantings. A light layer (2”-3”) of a fresh, shredded bark mulch may then be applied. The results are beautiful!

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Week of May 22, 2017

Looking to relax when you come home? Choose plants that are white, lavender, soft pink, green, and blue for a calm, serene effect in your yard.

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