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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of April 22, 2019

To help keep the roots of clematis cool and prevent excessive loss of moisture, plant a low-growing perennial or shrub close to the newly planted clematis. Avoid the use of slates or slabs to shade the clematis’ roots. These are perfect hiding place for slugs, snails and other garden pests.

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Week of April 15, 2019

If you missed the opportunity to prune raspberries last fall, now is a great time to catch up. Cut out weak canes, thin remaining canes and cut to the ground level all canes that bore fruit the previous year.

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Week of April 8, 2019

An herb adored by bees is lemon balm. A member of the mint family, lemon balm is easy to grow. Its yellow-green leaves contrast beautifully with surrounding herbs in the garden. Unlike other varieties of mint, lemon balm stays in place and can be cut back when it gets too tall.

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Week of April 1, 2019

As soon as the weather permits, and the soil is not too damp, rake winter debris from lawns and flower beds. A bamboo, or other springy type, rake is less likely to tear sod.

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Week of March 25, 2019

When shopping for fruit trees, be sure to visit a local, full-service nursery/garden center near your home where trained professionals can help you choose the best trees for your location. Consider a young, bare-root tree that is 1-2 years old and 4’-6’ tall. They become established sooner, grow faster and usually bear fruit earlier than a large tree that require more time to establish its large root system.

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Week of March 18, 2019

As the weather allows, begin picking up sticks and other yard debris.

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Week of March 11, 2019

March is a great month to repot houseplants.

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Week of March 4, 2019

If planting fruit bushes or fruit trees is a consideration for your landscape this year, keep a few things in mind when planning.  Make sure you have enough space; decide which fruits you like and which fruits you would like to grow; perform a soil test; make sure the site you have chosen has enough sun and good air circulation; finally, make a plan to scale.

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Week of February 25, 2019

Start pansies indoors from seed.

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Week of February 18, 2019

Consider using a small fan to help circulate the air among indoor houseplants. Your orchids will especially appreciate it.

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