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Now's the Time to start Your Cool-season Lawn Maintenance
Now is the ideal time to take a good look at our turf and determine what lawn maintenance practices are needed to nurse your lawn back to health and beauty.  Fall is the ideal time to plant or renovate a cool-season lawn. The extent and type of renovation needed will depend on an analysis of the amount of desirable turf that is still present in your lawn. This linked Kemper Factsheet on turfgrass renovation will guide you thru the steps needed to “bring back the green”...
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Summertime Color in the Limelight

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Summertime Color in  the Limelight
In addition to the display from some evergreens such as azaleas and rhododendron, we are most often accustomed to a magnificent springtime show of flowers from many deciduous shrubs.  There are others, however, that begin their great display in mid summer and extend that beauty well into the fall. While we have become accustomed to the extended summertime bloom of many of the crape myrtles, It’s hard not to notice the show being put on by a number of the Hydrangea paniculata s...
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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun

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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun
Sun coleuses, such as these at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening here at MBG, are colorful plants for summer sun and heat. Long-time gardeners may remember when Solenostemon scutellarioides (coleus) varieties only did well in shade or part shade, but today there are many varieties of coleus such as these, that not only tolerate but do best in full sun exposures. Just make sure that you look for varieties labeled as ‘Sun Coleus’. This coleus bed is edged by the yellow foliage ...
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