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Welcome to My Jungle 2023

Tree removal is easier when trees are dormant

Sometimes a tree becomes a hazard This is the time of year I prefer to take down any trees that have died or become a hazard in the garden. I say “prefer” because sometimes you don’t have the luxury of waiting. I experienced this last year when a large tree lodged over as a result of heavy rains and saturated soil conditions. The main reason I like to wait for winter, if possible, is most of the landscape around the base of the trees is dormant and is less likely to be damaged by falling...
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Expect a higher price with a "new" label

Nothing in a nursery catalog catches my attention more than the word “new.” This term is usually applied to a plant that is new to the U.S. market, either as a new release from breeders, a wild plant recently brought into cultivation, or a plant already established on the overseas markets. And, more often than not, a much higher price is almost always a given for new introductions. Some plants like Hosta, Iris and daylilies (Hemerocallis) come gradually down in price...
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