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How to Grow: Allergy Free Gardens

Learn about allergy free gardens, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: It's garden and allergy season. 50 years ago, less than 5 percent of the population had allergies to plant pollen. Now that number hovers closer to 40 percent. What happened? Plant breeders started selecting male trees and shrubs (which are loaded with pollen) over females (which have little pollen) to reduce that amount of "litter" that falls to the ground from female plants. The unintended consequence is that we have more street, park, and...

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How to Grow: Lilacs

Learn about lilacs, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Lilacs Syringa vulgaris and hybrids   Other Name common lilac   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in many shade of blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 15 feet x 6 to 12 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, drought tolerant   One of the signature shrubs of New England is the lilac. Spring in New England...

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How to Grow: Plant a Tree

Learn how to plant your tree in this step by step process including how to dig the hole, placing the tree in the hole, watering the tree, and mulching the tree. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I'm Charlie Nardzzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I'd like to talk to you about how to plant trees and shrubs. Fall is the perfect time to plant deciduous trees and shrubs in most parts of the country. The cool air and short days stimulate the leaves to drop, but the warm soil provide...

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How to Grow: Dogwoods

Learn all about selecting the hardiest dogwood trees and shrubs for the North. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript   How to Grow: Shrub Dogwoods Cornus spp   Other Name shrub dogwoods   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or yellow flowers with colorful summer berries and attractive fall foliage and bark color   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 10 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, fall color, deer resistant   Shrub dogwoods are...

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How to Grow: Fall Tree Planting

Learn how to select the right trees and plant them in fall. Listen to podcast: You see the signs up at many garden centers this time of year. "Fall sale on all trees and shrubs, 50% off, 70% off, we'll pay you to take them away!” Each fall garden centers want to move out their old plant stock so they don't have to over-winter the trees and shrubs in their yard. It's a great opportunity to snatch up some deals on some good looking plants. Fall is a good time of year to plant deciduous trees and shrubs and evergreens, with some precaution....

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How to Grow: Protecting Evergreens in Winter

Learn how to protect your evergreens trees and shrubs from damaging winter winds and cold. Listen to podcast: We've all seen it happen. A beautiful, broad-leaved rhododendron looks great going into winter. But in spring the leaves have browned and curled, turning our beautiful specimen into a deposit for the compost pile. So how do we get our broad-leaved evergreens such as rhodis, mountain laurel and pieris shrubs to make it through winter? It's all about protection. Broad-leaved evergreens continue to transpire moisture through their...

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How to Grow: American Elm

Ulmus americana   Other Name Elm Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grown mostly for it's unique vase shape   Mature Height x Spread 60 to 90 feet x 30 x 70 feet   Added Benefits native   The American elm was the quintessential, deciduous street tree throughout many towns and cities in New England until the Dutch elm disease wiped out many of the trees in the early 1900s. You can see why this was such a prized tree. The large trunk grows up to 90 feet tall and has a huge, vase-shaped top making it...

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How to Grow: Tamarack

Learn how to grow tamarack trees, including varieties and how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Tamarack Larix laricina   Other Name Larch, American Tamarack   Sun Requirements Full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grown for its bluish-green colored needles that turn a bright yellow in autumn   Mature Height x Spread 50 to 80 feet x 20 to 30 feet. Some dwarf and weeping versions stand less than 10 feet tall.   Added Benefits Native, fall color, deer resistant   This native,...

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How To Grow: Beech

Fagus spp   Other Name common beech   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grown mostly for its tall stature, colorful leaves, attractive bark and bronze or yellow fall foliage color.   Mature Height x Spread 50 to 70 feet x 100 feet. There are dwarf and weeping forms as that grow much smaller.   Added Benefits native, attracts beneficials, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant   The beech tree is a staple in New England forests. Its large spread, attractive light gray, smooth bark and brilliant...

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How to Grow: Birch

Betula spp.   Other Name American birch   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Has attractive green catkins in spring, but mostly grown for the arching shape, colorful bark and yellow fall color   Mature Height x Spread 30 to 40 feet x 12 to 15 feet   Added Benefits Native, fall color, deer resistant   This native, deciduous, North American tree is commonly found in New England forests, but also makes a great landscape tree in the yard. Birch trees are one of New England's poet Robert Frost's favorites for...