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Tips for Pruning Lavender

Pruning lavender helps you keep the plant’s proper shape, encourage the right type of growth and get more blooms out of your plants each year. This type of cutting if different than harvesting your lavender’s flower heads for various uses, and it is an important management tool to keep your plants growing to their full harvesting and blooming potential. Lavender is a very popular type of herb that varies in color, size, fragrance, texture and type of flowers. They are good for cooking, arts, crafts and arrangements. This plant has a wonderful smell that is like nothing else, and...

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Best Loppers For Pruning

No two loppers are the same. The difference between a high-quality lopper and an inferior one can be like night and day. I learned this thing the hard way. Not only did I lose some hard earned dollars, but I also received a nice LECTURE from my wife. We have a strict rule between us that there would be no yelling in the house unless there is a fire. Being a creature of habit, my dumb ass mistakes often compel her to break this stringent rule. Phew! Being on the receiving end of her screams is like stepping on...

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Best Plants For Bees

What are the best plants for honey bees? What are the plants that bees love? And why should we care? Why should we make sure we plant bee friendly gardens? Because thanks to a mystery illness called Colony Collapse Disorder, Bees need all the help they can get. Worldwide honeybee stocks have been waning since 2004 because of a puzzling illness scientists called Colony Collapse Disorder, which causes adult bees to inexplicably abandon their hives and their broods. However, bees also appear to be suffering from other ailments. Colony Collapse Disorder has killed off the weakest colonies in recent...

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How to Choose the Best Backyard Greenhouse

How do you choose the best backyard greenhouse for your garden? Here in the UK, a greenhouse is a necessity for many gardeners if they want somewhere to protect non-hardy plants from the damage that can be wrought by winter frosts. However, thanks to the huge range of greenhouses that are available, we can be forgiven for not knowing where to start when it comes to choosing a greenhouse. There’s just so much information that we can suffer from information overload! However, if you start by asking yourself the following questions, then you will be well on the way...

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Best Rain Barrels

Sustainable landscaping returns balance in the water cycle, replenishes ground water, reduces flooding and protects the quality of water. Sustainable societies are those that practice economic and social actions – that meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has been estimated that after a rain storm in a forest, the forest has only 10 percent of rain water that becomes surface water runoff. The water evaporates or is absorbed into the earth where it then becomes ground water. Gradually the ground water moves to surface water...

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