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Should I prune my rhododendrons and azaleas? — Betsy Smith, Evanston In general, I find that rhododendrons and azaleas do not need a lot of pruning to keep them looking nice in the Chicago area. Azaleas and rhododendrons create their flower...
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The Virginian-PilotTy Brown spent almost 40 years as a lawyer, specializing in labor and employee issues. It was completely fascinating. And equally contentious and charged. Now, at 87, he is taking time to smell the roses. A lot of time. More than 3,100 hours at last...
Special to Tribune NewspapersAn array of vegetables, herbs, flowers and much more is hitting farm stands as the 2013 farmers market season gets underway. Although most markets will open later in May or in early June, several have already started. The market in Collum opens Wednesday,...
Q: We have a beautiful, full ash tree on the berm in back of our house, which at this point is free from the emerald ash borer. Last summer it was fully leafed out, and we have checked the bark for tell-tale signs of the borer such as small D-shaped...
There's no doubt that vegetable gardening is hot. Folks who've never grown a radish suddenly want to plant pots or plow up their lawn so they can add fresh food to the table. The upside: You can harvest edibles untouched by synthetic chemicals, and the...
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Associated PressThe silky petals of a fragrant pink shrub rose; the crunchy texture of a gravel path; a nook where grass rustles and a stream runs. What we smell, see, hear, touch and taste can make a garden walk a wonderful sensory experience. If you're designing a...
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I just moved to the city and do not have any garden beds anymore. I would like to plant some containers on my patio. Can you advise me on choosing containers? —Susan Jacobson, Chicago There are many types and styles of containers. The pots...
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Change of SubjectThe Sun-Times reports that, starting Saturday, visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe will be asked to pay $5 extra to park if they're not residents of Cook County -- so $25 for a passenger car instead of the......
Special to Tribune NewspapersI am planning to install a new garden in spring. I intend to buy most of the plants grown in containers and would like some tips for best watering practices. — Beth Swanson, Lake Zurich Plants that nurseries produce in containers are grown in...
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Special to Tribune NewspapersI am planning to plant some new trees in my garden and have heard some conflicting advice on the proper planting depth. Could you please provide some guidelines for this? — Kelly Carlson, Mt. Prospect Trees often are planted too deep. This can...
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Chicago ShoppingTackling your landscape can be quite the undertaking and, whether a novice dirt pusher or a professional perennial sculptor, you need a plan. Not to mention, a quality retailer nearby that houses a wide variety of supplies to help accomplish your...
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