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Even though we usually think about the sweat equity we, as busy weed-pulling and lawn-mowing humans invest in them, our landscapes do labor for us. This holiday weekend as we get a break from our own labors – and perhaps spend more time outdoors – it’s a good time to appreciate the outdoor areas surrounding…

By early August, some annual flowers have lost their luster and you may also find a gap in perennials that are in bloom. Now is a prime time to refresh garden areas with perennial blooms that will have staying power to tolerate hot days still ahead and bring colorful flowers to your garden for the…

This growing season has had more than its share of heat-filled days. Our hot days and warm evenings don’t always grow the best veggies. Tomatoes, in particular, suffer during hot days combined with warm evenings. At 85 degrees, pollination and fruit set will be affected. At 95 degrees when nighttime temps are at 75 or…

Keeping dogs cool and hydrated on hot days when you are away from home can be a  challenge. With more hot days ahead, it’s timely to consider ways to keep the family pet  comfortable. Here are three things you can do to keep the pup safe and cool. #1 – Create shade. Female dogs like…

We’re well into the backyard grilling and entertaining season and we want our decks and patios to look nice when we entertain. A tried-and-true way to dress up a patio is with a container or two of flowers. Yet, with the heat we’ve been having recently we’re left wondering if it’s worth the effort. Will…

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