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Don't Overlook the Need to Water Newly Planted Plants
Even though water hasn't been a problem for most lawns and gardens this year so far it is well to review when and how to water correctly. Also, newly planted plants can suffer from inadequate water even though rainfall is plentiful before their root systems have become established in the surrounding soil. Monitor all you plants, especially those that were just planted this year and start planning now for the inevitable dry spells that will come later. Except for lawns, which are watered with o...
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Like your Fruits and Vegetables? Thank a Bee.

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Like your Fruits and Vegetables? Thank a Bee.
If you like your fruits and vegetables, you should definitely thank a bee. The domesticated honeybee is one of the most familiar beneficial insects and plays a key role in the pollination of many of our home and commercially grown fruits and vegetables. It is also an important pollinator of many agricultural crops and a large number of ornamental flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, wildflowers and meadow plants. In addition to helping pollinate the things we love to eat, the honeybee’s ...
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Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles!

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Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles!
All around the St. Louis area one will see bush honeysuckles in full flower now. They are growing in yards, along streets and roads, and throughout natural areas. One would have thought that the drought of last summer would have knocked them back, but it didn’t. They are as lush and green as ever. I guess that is part of the reason why they top the list of alien, invasive plants in our area. They are spread primarily by birds eating the red berries, which mature later in the year. The seed...
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