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Garden Journaling… A Way To Remember, Re-Live and Reminisce

I was raised by my grandmother who was a great cook and gardener and was always jotting down –as she put it–“what she had learned that day”. She referred to those notes often-and swore that she would have been lost without them. She taught me a valuable lesson-and it has served me very well over my years as a gardener. Journaling is the ultimate gardening tool. A journal-based on your own trial and error gardening over the years- is the best book on gardening that you could possibly refer to. It is– as my grandmother said -a record of what […]

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How to Recognize and Remove a Girdling Root from a Tree

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P. A Specialist On Demanding Environments When we bought our new home in Magnolia I realized that several of our large trees had girdling roots that looked like the picture above. Many properties have trees that look like this –and most of us know that this is a problem– but tackling it can be kind of intimidating to most home owners . Don’t be afraid to do it—be afraid that if you don’t do it –it will be very damaging to the tree. Ignoring the problem will cause several symptoms suchas branch die back and eventually the […]

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