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Deciduous Shrubs:  Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!
Tried & Trouble-free (T &T) plants are those that have been selected by area plant professionals whose  experience has shown that the particular plants have done well year after year in the St. Louis area and generally are readily available in the trade. This month’s features are the Tried & Trouble-free Deciduous Shrubs. Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single tr...
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Heat and Drought  Can Combine to Create Crisis in the Landscape!
As summer temperatures climb to the mid- to high 90s and rain fails to fall we may begin to see the effects of drought and water stress on many plants. A quick assessment of your landscape may show the effects of leaf scorch, sunburn, and heat stress on a number of plants including dogwood, hydrangea and some tomato fruit that was not protected by foliage. With our cooler, wet spring some plants may also not yet be aclimated to the heat and show sign of stress. So start your scouting now. ...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: drought , scorch , trees , planting , watering | Comments (0) | View Count: (1356)

It's Time to Watch for Tomato Problems!

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It's Time to Watch for Tomato Problems!
OK, go ahead and admit it, I think we all do it! We compare notes and info with our friends, coworkers, relatives, and neighbors to find out who picked that first ripe tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum ).  It's been a cool start this year but by now tomatoes should be starting to ripen.  Every gardener has their “tricks” when it comes to winning the race.  Some gardeners purchase a plant that already has some blossoms or small fruits on it, but is that really fair...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: tomato , disease , help , problems | Comments (0) | View Count: (1667)