How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat

Summer Heat Can be Very Dangerous to Your Pets! Summertime means outdoor activities, and we like to spend time with our pets at the same time. But we need to be careful about how the heat affects our dear pets. Dogs and cats do not have the efficient ‘cooling system’ that us humans have: sweat.
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Prune Perennials and Create Stunning Summer Bouquets

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Pruning Perennials Now that it is OFFICIALLY summer, many early spring/early summer flowering perennials will be ready to be cut back. Most of these perennials can be cut back to about 10-12” above the ground and will bloom again after just a few weeks. Now the quickest method is to just hack the whole plant down to size and
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Five Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

There’s so much to love about the summer season, the number one benefit of course being all the time we get to spend outdoors. After months of being cooped up during the winter we’re ready for gardening, hiking, grilling, swimming, and attending all of the great outdoor concerts and festivals. Of course when our summer
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Top 5 Plants to Repel Summer Insects

Top 5 Plants to Repel Summer Insects Each summer, after the first few big rainfalls, our local garden centers are inundated with requests for plants that repel mosquitoes. Here are some plants that are rumored to repel these pesky buggers.   1.) Citronella Plant, AKA Scented Geranium These give off an oily fragrance that has
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Keep Plants Hydrated in Summer Heat

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What’s the Secret to Hydrated and Happy Plants in Summer Heat? Watering your flowering baskets, planters, flowerbeds, and even your lawn everyday is essential, especially now in the heat of summer. But what happens when life just gets too busy and you forget to water? Is there a way to avoid having to water as
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What are Cool Season Crops?

These crops are cooler than you think!             What is a cool season crop? Cool season varieties (often called “cole crops”) are best harvested in cooler temperatures of spring or fall (or winter for our mild climates gardeners). The temperature is important because heat can encourage bolting (prematurely flower), which
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Ready? Set? Sprout!

Why Should YOU Sprout? Sprouts are by far more nutrient dense than their mature plant versions. This is because a seed is not just a baby plant, it is also a tiny package of nutrients and enzymes ready to spring into action at germination. While types of sprouts vary, generally, studies show sprouting increases the
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