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News stories tagged with "landscaping"

Words of caution about early season lawn care

The grass may be greening up - perennials, too - but it's just too early to do much more than watch the process. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy explains some of the do's and don'ts of fertilizing in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

More through the mail: perennials to trees

Last week, Amy Ivy had tips about how to make the most of the many offerings found in seed catalogs. This week in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley, the Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist looks at the other mail order possibilities: live plants, from hard-to-find perennials, to common trees.  Go to full article

Tips for soggy spots

It's been a wet fall and early winter. That can be a problem for low-lying areas in the yard and garden as cold temperatures set in. The freezing and thawing, and freezing again can be hard on roots and on the soil itself.
Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy told Martha Foley there are ways to avoid the problem altogether, and now is the time to make a plan.  Go to full article

Time to prune hydrangeas

Most of them, anyway. But not all hydrangeas are the same. Should you cut everything back? Or leave some of last year's growth? First, you've got to now what kind of hydrangea you've got. Pee gee? Old-fashioned Annabelle? And then there are the blue hydrangeas. As Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley, the formula is pretty straightforward, but each of these types requires a little different treatment.  Go to full article

Heavy snow means winter yard maintenance

Trees and shrubs are suffering the consequences of well over a foot of wet, heavy snow brought by back-to-back storms last week, not to mention the heavy winds in between. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says it's not a crisis -- like a heavy ice storm might be. And she told Martha Foley that early March isn't really a bad time for pruning away the damage.  Go to full article

The Bones of Your Landscape

Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about mixing shrubs with perennials for a more interesting landscape after the leaves fall.  Go to full article

Shapes and Forms of the Early Spring Landscape

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about backyard landscapes. The recent snowfall offers a good chance to see the shapes in the yard without all the details -- and to think about adding shrubs and trees in just the right spot.  Go to full article

The Autumn Leaves: Landscaping in the Fall

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about autumn landscaping. Shubbery and berries come into their own this time of year.  Go to full article

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