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Tips to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh for Longer

Tips to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh for Longer

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Everyone loves the fresh scent of a christmas tree, and here are a few ways to ensure that your tree will stay fresh for the holiday season. You'll need to keep in mind that your real Christmas Tree is a live plant.
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How to hang a fresh garland

How to hang a fresh garland

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The fresh green aroma of a cedar garland immediately evokes memories of the holiday season. A lush garland around your front door and windows makes a fabulous statement and looks amazing. Add twinkle lights, decorations, or anything else you might want to use. You could just simply hang the garland around your front door...
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Digging and storing 'tender' bulbs over the winter

Digging and storing 'tender' bulbs over the winter

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Those beautiful tropical blooms look amazing in the garden, but they are not fans of our long, cold winters here in southern Ontario. If you want those blooms to come back next year, you’ll have to do a bit of work, but it’s sooo worth it. Use this technique with bulbs that aren’t winter-hardy in our zone, like Canna lilies, Gladiolus, Calla Lily, tuberous begonias, and more.
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Fall Cleanup in Your Garden

Fall Cleanup in Your Garden

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Our garden maintenance staff swear by "The Fall Clean-up." The time spent tidying your gardens in the fall saves you twice that amount of time in the spring. There is no actual harm caused to the garden if life conspires against you and "Fall Cleanup" doesn't happen - it just takes more of your time in the spring...
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Top 6 Things to Plant in October

Top 6 Things to Plant in October

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How to Prune Your Hydrangeas

How to Prune Your Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are prized for their stunning flowers, but to encourage them every season, you have to make sure you prune them the right way, at the right time...
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The Top 6 Tips for Planting Bulbs in the Fall

The Top 6 Tips for Planting Bulbs in the Fall

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After a long, snowy winter, we all look forward to seeing those spring blooms peeking out and brightening up your garden. This is the time of year to start planning and planting for a successful spring in your garden. Planting bulbs in the fall is a great way to guarantee that spring colour...
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Fertilize in the Fall? 7 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

Fertilize in the Fall? 7 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

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Taking care of your lawn in the fall ensures that your lawn will have less winter damage, will recover faster in the spring, and have deep roots to help it withstand the summer’s drought...
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Caring for Ornamental Grasses – When to Trim and How to Divide Them

Caring for Ornamental Grasses – When to Trim and How to Divide Them

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Ornamental grasses add height, movement, texture and colour to any landscape. They are tolerant of many soil types and thrive with lots of sun, little rain and no chemicals or fertilizer. Native grasses, especially, are also an attractive food source for birds and butterflies...
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Planting in the Fall

Planting in the Fall

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You can plant up to 6 weeks before your ground freezes. Once the ground is frozen, root growth will cease almost entirely until spring, and that six-week window gives the plant time to get established enough to withstand cold and snow. The date that your ground actually freezes varies from year to year, of course, and some areas won’t have frozen ground at all. If you’re unsure, mid-November is a safe planting deadline for nearly everyone.
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Japanese maple – an Ontario thriller

Japanese maple – an Ontario thriller

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 In garden landscapes, we can’t think of any one plant that is more ‘Thriller’ than the Japanese Maple. The graceful plant form – the dramatic leaf types – the amazing foliage colours – Japanese Maple is the definitive Ontario garden thriller...
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DIY Landscaping

DIY Landscaping

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