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Curing the Gardening Phobia

Natural Way to Rid Your Yard of Moles?

As winter fades and the cold gives way here and there to a little warmth, many of you might be starting to think about the lawn.

The winter months can be a good time to think about how to address your mole or gopher problem. Are you making a plan? Investigating how to scare them off? I’ve done a lot of research for you and can provide you with some pros and cons to mull over with your spiced wine in front of the fireplace.

i want some help with moles and gophers
black-eyed Susan-like flowers in dry ground with browned grasses surrounding them, all against a pink stone side of hill in Badlands
Curing the Gardening Phobia

How to Create a Wild Space in Your Backyard

Since this COVID WFH situation for a lot of us will continue at least until January, the need is constant for us to polish our delicate work/life balance. Reports are in from the booming gardening industry proving that thousands of you are digging around in your backyards. And lots of you smart new gardeners are also looking up to watch the birds.

Now …as you wrap up the hoses and stack the rakes into the shed, you might be at a loss for how to keep kids engaged outside in the coming weeks. Besides building snowmen and snow angels, what else is there to do?

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brilliant orange Fall color on serviceberry shrub
Curing the Gardening Phobia

2nd Lesson in Pruning: Cut Out Extra Canes

Do you have a shrub that seems to have legs? That is, it’s creeping into a different spot in your yard? It’s got so many little “shoots” that the position is actually moving?

A couple of things could be happening here. And without going into too much science—I want to keep your life simple—the issue with your traveling shrub is basically that it constantly sends up shoots looking for light and water.

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