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Friday, March 18, 2011
Selecting the Right Breed of Chickens
When deciding to raise chickens, among other factors such as quantity, temp requirements, feed demands, predator prevention, and chicken coop construction, choosing a specific breed of chicken to raise will play an important role in the success of your endeavor. There are numerous considerations that could factor into your breed choice decisions. You could consider everything from feather color to bird stress levels if you had the time, but most breed decisions should be based on the purpose for which the chickens are intended...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
So, you're interested in raising chickens in your backyard? Is it legal? How many can I have? You're about to embark on a fun and exciting journey!
There are rules and regulations on having back yard chickens.  After referencing to the City rules, you will need to check with your subdivision covenants.  For an average home in the city of Boise here is the information we have, but if you have an acre or more there are different rules...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Can I save My Corn Seed and Plant It?

The sweet corn that we plant in our gardens is what is called hybrids. A hybrid is the cross pollination of two different parent varieties of, in this case, corn. Each of the parent variety gives the corn certain traits that produce the kind of sweet corn we like. For the serious gardeners, they have their favorites because the hybrid gives the flavor, sweetness, number of rows of corn on the cob and size of ear that they want. Some of the traits that cross pollination can give the plant are ear size, plant height, sweetness, maturity dates, length of storage and canning or freezing ability...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Organic Gardening :: 0 Comments :: 6874 Views

Cover Crops

What is a cover crop and how do you use them in your garden? According to Wikipedia “Cover crops are crops planted primarily to manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife.” What does this mean to you? Cover crops are essentially sacrificial crops that are planted, allowed to grow, then mowed over and then tilled under to allow the organic matter to decompose...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Can chickens live outside in the Winter?
Here in Idaho, chickens can live outside in the winter, but they will need some help and special considerations. In no way, will I say that there are absolutes in taking care of our feathered friends, but let’s look at some of the basics. Shelter. Generally, mature chickens can handle an outside temperature to about 30°. This being said, they will still need shelter from the elements. A dry and draft-free shelter or coop is essential. This shelter should also have good ventilation, because damp air can lead to frostbite or other health problems...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Advantages of Raised Garden Beds
Advantages of Raised Garden Beds
Raised beds are very versatile and easy to use; I have to say this is my favorite way of gardening. A raised bed allows you to easily control your soil mixture so that you can always have the proper soil for your plants. As you customize the soil mixtures in you raised beds, you can improve soil drainage and soil compaction, this being the most important advantage. This is very important, especially with the high alkaline, clay soil that we deal with here in our area...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Organic Gardening :: 1 Comments :: 7356 Views

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
How to Plant and Grow Garlic
How to Plant and Grow Garlic
Garlic is part of the Allium family which also includes similar plants such as onions, shallots and leeks. Garlic is very easy to grow, having no real disease and pest problems to deal with and is forgiving about what kind of soil it is planted in. Garlic will grow even in our clay-like, high Ph (alkali) desert soil found here is southwest Idaho... 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, May 21, 2010
What is a JUMBO Six Pack?

What is a JUMBO Six Pack?  A jumbo six pack is  twice as large as most conventional pony packs, which carries many advantages for the gardener.   Each cell holds a larger amount of potting soil which means plants start with a healthy root system that is less root bound.  Jumbo six packs also hold more water and won't dry out as quickly while waiting to be planted (constant drying causes drought stress).  Lastly, when you purchase plants in a six pack container, each plant has its own cell; this means  plant roots do not intertwine and removal of the tender plant from the plastic cell is easier on both the plant and the gardener...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Seed Starting Indoors

Seed Starting Indoors
Starting plants from seed is an awesome and inexpensive way to get the specific plant varieties you want to grow. Seed starting indoors almost has the same requirements as growing plants outdoors: Light, Seeds, Soil, Water, and Food.

Seed Starting Indoors - Lighting When you are seed starting indoors, the hardest element to provide is light. You can start seeds in a room or on a windowsill that gets a full days worth (at least 8 hours) of bright light. Most gardeners will supplement their seedling lighting with grow lights to simulate the full spectrum of the sun. Even then, your seed...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, December 14, 2009
How to Care for a Christmas Cactus

How to Care for a Christmas Cactus
Since Grandma's day, the Christmas cactus has been a favorite houseplant. It's not unusual for a single plant to be passed down from generation to generation because they're long-lived, rather easy plants to grow. But if you want to get them in bloom for the upcoming holiday season, they will need a little special care during the coming weeks...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Learning How to Compost

Learning how to compost may take some time to get it down to a science.  Having access to home-grown organic produce is well worth the effort. Composting is the most environmentally responsible way of fertilizing for your garden, flower beds, and lawn. Composting involves keeping organic waste in a compost pile. Bacteria and other microorganisms break down your waste and turn it into fertilizer. You can easily create your own compost pile at home...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
How to Use Codling Moth Traps with Fruit Trees

How to Use Codling Moth Traps with Fruit Trees
Codling moth larva is one of the most destructive pests introduced from Europe by settlers. The female moths lay pinhead sized, disc-shaped transparent white eggs singly on developing fruit, stems or leaves just after sundown each night. After hatching the larva enters the calyx or side of the fruit, where they then burrow to the center and feed while they develop. The larva is pinkish white with a brown or black head and can reach about...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, September 07, 2009
How to Be Successful With the Topsy Turvy

This year one of the biggest trends has been growing tomatoes with the Topsy Turvy. From the White House to the house next door most folks have decided to take a chance on growing some of their own food. The Topsy Turvy is a product that has been created to assist those that don’t necessarily have the space required to keep and grow a large tomato plant. Although the Topsy Turvy itself is simple to set up, there are a few tricks that will ultimately help you become successful while using the Topsy Turvy...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Trap Hobo Spiders

Hobo Spiders are brown and measure roughly 12 to 18 mm in length.  Their legs show no distinct rings and have short hairs.  Their abdomens have several chevron shaped markings.  Males are distinctively different from females in that they have two large palps that look like boxing gloves.  These palps are often mistaken for fangs or venom sacs, but they are in fact the male genitalia.  The females also have these palps, but the ends are not 'swollen' as they are on the males.  Females tend to have a larger abdomen when compared to males...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, July 13, 2009
How to Prune Tomatoes

How to Prune Tomatoes -

When growing tomatoes, the ultimate goal is getting the maximum yield of crops, with the best flavour possible. If you're growing indeterminate or "vining" varieties (Big Boy, Beef Master, most "cherry" types, Early Girl, most heirloom varieties) pruning your plants to remove unwanted shoots and leaves can be an important part of ensuring that all the nutrients are going to the fruit.

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Fruits :: 0 Comments :: 4485 Views

Friday, June 05, 2009
Attracting Hummingbirds with Perennials

Attracting Hummingbirds with Perennials
Written By: Barbara Ward
One of my favorite things in the garden are the “Hummingbirds.” The sight and sound of their tiny, beating wings around my porch make me “Happy”! I go to great lengths to bring them into my world. I will admit the colorful petunia baskets combined with feeders between them is how I started but...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Fruit Tree Care / How to Care for your Fruit Trees

Fruit Tree Care
Fruits trees a have become quite popular with the home gardener. Many people don’t understand the care that is required to produce good healthy trees thus giving you large healthy fruit. With fruits trees come bugs disease and other pests. In this article I will discuss some strategies to help you be successful with your home orchard so you can enjoy the Fruits of your labor...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth has long been used as an organic control for insects in vegetable gardens. This fine white powdery dust will control many of the insects that crawl on our plants. It is also used to filter water in swimming pools, city water systems and in aquariums. Worked in to the soil diatomaceous earth will also help in moisture retention. Diatomaceous earth is the remains of ancient critters that live in seas centuries ago called Diatoms... 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
How to Plant a Garden Using Seeds

With warmer weather now upon us, most garden seeds can be planted directly into the soil. If you plant early enough you will have an early crop before temperatures are too hot to produce a healthy crop.

Seeds such as peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots and beets like to grow when the soil temperature is cooler. Early crops can also withstand light amounts of frost. Our average last frost is usually May 1st.  If you plant too...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 4:31 PM ::
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Zamzows Nutri-Rich Organic Fertilizer

Zamzows Nutri-Rich Organic Fertilizer
Nutri-rich is a 100% certified organic all purpose fertilizer. The majority of organics are unbalanced and very high in nitrogen. Our formula is 4-3-3. This balanced nutrient rich blend provides long lasting natural plant food, it also contains 7% calcium. This is vital in alkaline soils and is perfect in garden applications. Tomatoes draw tremendous amounts of calcium from the soil...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Things to Consider on Planting Saved Seeds

There is al lot of mis information on saving seeds. Most of the plants like tomatoes and peppers are hybrids. Saving seeds and planting the next year you may get one of the parent plants and not the hybrid plant. Some of the hybrids are exempt from this problem like sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. Most plants like zucchini squash will produce original plants the nest year. Radishes beets and other root crops should produce plants like the...


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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 11:05 AM ::
Vegetables :: 1 Comments :: 1901 Views

Monday, September 08, 2008
Iinoculation of the legume seed

Have you ever planted a garden from seed?  Did your seed germinate to your satisfaction?  Did your garden produce a healthy and large crop?  If not, I have some information that might make your next garden produce a bigger, healthier...

By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Compost Tea Recipe :: 0 Comments :: 1455 Views

Friday, September 05, 2008
Putting Your Bulbs to Bed

Putting Your Bulbs to Bed by: Barbra Ward
When I think of bulbs, I see my granny's garden, and the graceful cosmos swaying in the summer breeze.  Larkspur to marigolds, she had them all.  My best memories are the dainty blue flowers of the crocus, poking their heads out of the snow.  Throughout her yard were splashes of yellow daffodils, red tulips and white narcissus.  Later in the season, dinner...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Black Vine Root Weevils and How to Get Rid of Them

Controlling Black Vine Root Weevils By: Nolan Guthrie

Every year my wife gets really excited when her Peonies start growing. Sometimes she calls me at work to tell me they have buds on them. Every year like clock work as soon as the leaves are out and growing, little notches along the edge of the leaf begin to show up. And the notches increase in number every day until every leaf has them. Now, inspection of the leaves and plant...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Mosaic Virus On Tomatoes

Mosaic Virus On Tomatoes
By Mike Stanton 

There are many strains of viruses that will attack your tomato plants. The symptoms will vary depending on what virus your plants have. Mosaic virus will cause the leaves on the new leaflet to curl and grow somewhat deformed. Severe cases of mosaic virus will cause the leaves to be much distorted, fan shaped, and fernlike. The plant may appear to be somewhat stunted and will bar few fruits. This will be the case if the plant was infected...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 4:43 PM ::
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Monday, August 25, 2008
How to Control Cabbage Worms in the Garden

How to Control Cabbage Worms in the Garden
If you’re growing Cole crops such as cabbage, broccoli, kale or Brussel sprouts, your garden is probably a habitat for the cabbage butterfly and it’s offspring, the infamous cabbage worm. To Eradicate cabbage worms in your garden you must understand them. Cabbage worms are the larval...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, August 01, 2008
Organic Ways to Kill Aphids on Roses

Organic Ways to Kill Aphids on Roses By Ami Halcomb
Aphids also known as “plant lice” are one of the most common plant pest insects. They are pear shaped, soft bodied insects often only 1/8-inch length with long legs and antennae. They have long, thin mouth parts that resemble beaks, which they spear into plants and suck the juices ( sap) from the plant tissue. This distorts leaves and the tips of shoots and flowers. Aphids feeding on the undersides of leaves...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 3:07 PM ::
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Earwigs in the Garden

Earwigs in the Garden
Earwig is the common name given to the insect order Dermaptera characterized by membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings (hence the literal name of the order—"skin wings"). The abdomen extends well beyond the wings, and frequently, though not always, ends in a pair of forceps-like structures termed cerci. With about 1,800 recorded species in 10 families, the order is relatively small among Insecta...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 1:40 PM ::
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How To Get Tomato Plants to Produce Fruit

Getting Tomatoes to Produce Fruit Written by Kimberly Nance

Tomatoes are the one garden vegetable that drives us all crazy. We just can’t wait for that first ripe tomato. Every year we are presented with a challenge to have that first ripe tomato by the first part of July. This year is one of the hardest growing seasons we have had in a long time. Our weather is really affecting how the tomatoes are growing...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
How to get rid of Sqaush Bugs the Organic Way

Organic Ways to Deal with Squash Bugs Written by Kim Legg

Squash bugs are found all over the United States, and usually feed on cucurbits, including squash (their favorite is yellow straight neck or crookneck), pumpkins and melons. The adult squash bug is about 5/8 inch long and 1/3 inch wide. It is normally black or grey, with orange and brown stripes along its underside. They lay their eggs on...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Better Container Gardens with Less Water

Better Container Gardens with Less Water By Barbara Ward
I’ve been planting hanging baskets and patio pots for “many” years and I continue to learn more tricks and ways to improve my methods. Hopefully I can help you to have more success and enjoyment in your projects. When getting started you must decide where your container is going to be placed and how much sun will it get and for how long...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
How do I make Compost Tea?

Jim Zamzow’s “Secret” Compost Tea Recipe

Mixing Instructions

  1. Start with a clean Five-Gallon Bucket
  2. Place Five-Gallon Paint Strainer in the bucket attaching the elastic band around the top (this will form a “liner” for the...


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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
How can I plant new trees to insure a long, healthy life for them?

Measure the depth and width of the root ball with your spade. Then dig a hole twice as wide and one and one-half times as deep as the root ball. For trees that are 2 inch caliper or larger, dig the hole only as deep as the root ball. The reason is that heavy root balls tend to settle after a few days, placing the top of the root ball below grade. With only a few exceptions, never plant a shrub or tree deeper than its original depth. Doing so will destroy the cambium layer on the tree...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, May 23, 2008
How do I keep my dog out of the Garden?

Keeping animals out of the Garden
i.e. dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons
Critter Ridder may not be your solution for this problem. The label states “if on skin or clothing, rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 min”. This product is made from Oil of Black Pepper and very potent. To keep away a dog who already thinks this whole backyard is his/hers by saturating small part of the yard, this will probably not work very well...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Do you have any products that would be safe to use to eradicate thistles growing up through rug junipers?

Zamzows makes two products that would work for this. They are called Zamzows KleenUp and Zamzows StayPut. Here is how you eradicate thistles growing up through rug junipers. Paint the thistles with Zamzows KeenUp using a foam paintbrush. Make sure to use StayPut to insure good adherence to the thistles. Only paint the thistles...

By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Seed Starting

There are several reasons you may want to start your own vegetables or flowers from seed. The selection you can choose from seed is much larger than the plant selection you can find at your local nursery. Or maybe you have received some seeds given to you from a friend and want to start these for use in your vegetable garden or flower beds. One other reason may be that you have to be the first in your neighbor hood to have ripe tomatoes. By starting your own seeds and planting the tomatoes in to wall-o-waters...

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By Tim Humpherys (thumpherys) @ 1:15 PM ::
Vegetables :: 1 Comments :: 4437 Views

Compost Happens
Before we get into how to compost lets talk a little bit about why we need compost and what is does. Compost benefits the soil in ways that fertilizers can not. In sandy soil compost acts as a sponge to help retain water. In clay soils it helps add holes to the soil,
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By KipWeybright (Meridian Store Manager) (kweybright) @ 8:11 AM ::
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Controlling Lawn Insects In Southern Idaho
gardenNLbillgrub.jpg In our high desert environment the most common turf grass problem is the invasion of insects. There are wide ranges of known pest that invade annually. Knowing how to diagnose and stop these pests can be difficult. Your first line of defense should be preventive actions. Until just the past few years there were on products on the market that had the staying power to stop multiple generations of invasive insects. Never more true is the old saying of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...
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By KenKirkbride (Zamzows Vice President) (kkirkbride) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Bromeliads-Unique and Beautiful Houseplants

Have you ever thought of pineapple as a houseplant? Actually, the pineapple belongs to a family of plants known as bromeliads, which are both unique and very beautiful plants.

Bromeliads are unique in that they exist in such a wide variety of sizes, shapes and foliage color.  

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By GregSchneider (Retail Sales Manager) (gschneider) @ 10:15 AM ::
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Flowers Top To bottom
rainbud.bmp So you have spent the last three months staring at that blank spot in the yard with nothing happening except the occasional dog digging his favorite bone or going to the bathroom. Now some might think its mean do get rid of Fidos favorite spot in the yard but dang it if I have to look at that spot again next winter. Now is great time to get out the paper and pencil and head down to Zamzows to get some advice and insight on what you can put there. What I would do first is set some goals with what you want to accomplish with this spot for the next season.
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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 8:32 AM ::
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marigolds2.bmp A native of Mexico, marigolds have been grown in gardens throughout the world for hundreds of years. Today, they are one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States. Marigolds are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and native of Mexico, marigolds have been grown in gardens throughout the world for hundreds of years. Today, they are one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States. Marigolds are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and have few insect and disease problems...
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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Plant a New Tree or Shrub
tree1.bmp Trees and shrubs are very easy to plant when you use the proper tools and products.  I have personally planted 10-15 trees and shrubs at my house in the last two years and have had very good success. First and most important is the plant location.  You must pick an area that will be the permanent home for your new tree or shrub.  Look to see how tall your tree or shrub will grow to be sure that nothing will interfere with the growth several years down the road.  The last thing a person wants is to have a tree growing into power lines or a shrub over taking a sidewalk or pathway...
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By Randy Corn (rcorn) @ 12:00 AM ::
Trees and Shrubs :: 1 Comments :: 3017 Views

Box Elder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs Boxelder bugs feed on low vegetation and seeds on the ground during the spring and early summer. These black and orange bugs move to the female seed-bearing boxelder trees, starting in mid-July. Eggs are normally laid on the trunk, branches, and leaves of the tree and are found almost entirely on flowering and seed-producing boxelder rather than on male boxelder trees...

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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 12:00 AM ::
Trees and Shrubs :: 1 Comments :: 5305 Views

Monday, January 15, 2007
Using Z-One Insect Control
Z1-CONCENTRATE-16-OZ.jpg Zamzows Z-One Insect Control provides economical, user and environmentally friendly, contact and residual insect control for up to four weeks.  Pleasantly scented, water based and will not stain.  Kills 100s of insects which destroy lawns, roses, flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, nuts...
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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, January 08, 2007
Getting rid of Fungus Gnats
fungus gnat.jpg Fungus Gnats During the holiday season and shortly there after, customers will come into our stores or call about small fruit fly sized insects flying around their houseplants.  These are more than likely fungus gnats.  Fungus gnats are nuisance pests.
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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 1:35 PM ::
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How to use Zamzows Stay Put spreader sticker
STAYPUT.jpg Zamzows StayPut spreader sticker is a unique product designed to enhance your lawn and garden chemical by making them work better. StayPut is completely biodegradable, combination of spreading, sticking and penetrate agent to provide better distribution and adhesion of all types of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides (liquid or wettable powders).
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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 1:23 PM ::
Lawns :: 1 Comments :: 2262 Views

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Natural weed control
bullthistle.jpg Natural weed and grass killers do exist. There are very few that are commercially available. Several sources list recipes for mix home made versions of this. Zamzows products a natural weed and grass killer made of a special formula of Clove oil and vinegar.
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By KenKirkbride (Zamzows Vice President) (kkirkbride) @ 3:39 PM ::
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Preventing insect damage in fruit trees
codling moth damage.jpg Homeowners who grow fruit in backyards or small orchards find that diseases and insect pests often ruin the entire crop and in some instances damage the tree itself. It is difficult to produce noninsect-damaged and disease-free fruit. In some years it may be possible to grow acceptable fruit without the use of pesticides, but in most years well-timed insecticide and fungicide sprays are needed.
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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 9:52 AM ::
Trees and Shrubs :: 0 Comments :: 7725 Views

Poisonous spiders in Idaho
blackwiddow.gif In the early 1990s in the wake of the movie Arachnophobia, it was nearly impossible to not harbor on at least some level, a fear of poisonous spiders. Unfortunately, these sorts of fears have given spiders a bad rap. The purpose of this article is to address which spider bites in our area can if fact, cause a serious reaction. This way those beneficial spiders in our yards can be left to do their thing!
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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 9:10 AM ::
Lawns :: 1 Comments :: 11169 Views

Killing clover and thistles in your lawn
clover.jpg Controlling  broadleaf weeds in a lawn can be a frustrating task, especially when the broadleaf weeds are the difficult-to-control types like white clover and thistle. The most effective method of controlling them is to maintain a dense and healthy stand of grass. 
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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Chlorosis in Trees
chlorosis_maple.jpg Chlorosis is a serious tree problem in the valley, especially with our clay and very alkaline soils. Chlorosis is where a tree has lost the capacity to make enough chlorophyll to support itself through photosynthesis. Without chlorophyll a tree cannot produce the energy and sugars that it needs to grow and even to survive. 

Many studies have been done on this problem and the most common reason for a tree to show signs of chlorosis is attributed to the pH of the soils. Ada county and the surrounding areas are on average an 8.0 on the pH scale, which is very alkaline...
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, June 09, 2006
How much water does my tree need?
doug fir.jpg How much water does my tree need? In my opinion this question doesn't get asked as frequently as it should. The number one killer of any new planting is over watering, which probably surprises a lot of people, but it is true. Especially here in the treasure valley with our hard clay soils. What we need to remember is that trees don't grow in naturally landscaped lawns and flower beds.
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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 7:01 PM ::
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Addicted to Orchids
nolansorchid.jpg A few years ago on a bright sunny Father's Day, my wife surprised me with my very first Orchid. It was two, actually; they were both beautiful Dendrobium species. The plants themselves werent much, but the flowers were so different and deep red and orange - I really couldnt take my eyes off of them. Then over the next few weeks the flowers began to wilt and eventually fall.I knew the day would come, but I just wished I could have a few more days. I had read about orchid care long before I ever kept one so I knew some basics...
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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, April 14, 2006
Solving Ant Problems

One of the first insect problems we hear about in early spring is ants. Its happened to most of us. We find them on our kitchen counters, in the bathroom; they seem to be in every room of our house. We want them out of our house.

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By Tim Humpherys (thumpherys) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, March 31, 2006
Preventing Crabgrass
Crabgrass is very often incorrectly identified. Crabgrass is an annual plant; it comes up from seed every spring. It develops into to an aggressive spreading plant in June through July. Very often people confuse crabgrass with other perennial grasses. These grasses are present in lawns year round. The majority of perennial grasses can not be selectively controlled...

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By KenKirkbride (Zamzows Vice President) (kkirkbride) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
billbugarticle.jpg The Billbug belongs to large group of insects known as snout beetles. The snout beetle gets its name for the long and homely proboscis, which holds strong chewing parts at its tip.  They vary in color from brown to almost black and range in length up to an inch.
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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 4:12 PM ::
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The Frustration of Verticillium Wilt
sprgtre5.jpg Verticillium wilt can be one of the most troublesome diseases out there. The main reason for this is that it lives in the soil and can remain alive in the soil even after it kills the host plant.
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 3:56 PM ::
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Pruning II
orange rose.jpg Lopping off limbs and cutting back branches can be the key tokeeping trees and shrubs healthy, strong, and looking their best. Making the proper cuts can encourage thicker foliage, bigger fruit or flowers, and a hardier plant.
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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 3:10 PM ::
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
How to Grow Onions
onionarticle1.gif The onion is one of the most popular vegetables in the garden today. It can be planted very early in the spring and harvested in the early summer. The onion is a versatile plant and will grow in most all soil types, even Idahos nutrient-lacking hard pan.
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By MarkReed (mreed) @ 9:16 AM ::
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Getting Trees Ready for Spring
sprgtre5.jpg You have been waiting for months to get out in the yard and start doing something, but what could you possibly do at this time of year? Well, something you could start with would be getting your trees ready for the summer. Depending on how many trees you have, this is a good day to two-day project that will be simple and get you out of the house for a little while. Taking some preventative action now will alleviate a lot of problems later in the spring and summer.
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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 8:33 AM ::
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What does HumaGreen do for my lawn?
If you want your lawn to look like mine, then yes, you really do need Huma Green.  One downfall of working for Zamzows is that your lawn has to be flawless.  Dont get me wrong, Zamzows does not enforce this on us, but when your neighbors know where you work you have to look good.  Fortunately for me I work here, which makes it easy.  That, and I am a confessed yardiac.  Hi, Im Tyler and I am addicted to green lawns.  One of my secrets is the use of Huma Green....
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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Know Your Weeds Life Cycle
dandy lion.jpg Most of the weeds that appear in our landscape usually come from seeds that have germinated.  Our soil is full of weeds seeds that have collected over the years. A cubic foot of our soil can contain 200,000 weeds seeds just waiting to grow.  We all want a weed free landscape or lawn. Knowing when the weed seed geminates will help us in controlling them in our yards.
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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 2:50 PM ::
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Keeping the Worm out of your Apples
codling moth damage.jpg For lovers of apples, there is nothing more satisfying then harvesting your own home grown fruits from trees in you own yard! Conversely, there is nothing worse than losing much of your apple crop to worms! The worm which is actually the larvae of a moth called the codling moth is the single largest pest that growers of apples face world wide! Fortunately, this insect has existed for some time and there are established ways of dealing with the problem.
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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 5:32 PM ::
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Monday, March 13, 2006
Organic Pest Control Using Diatomaceous Earth
Made from the finely ground fossils of prehistoric fresh water diatoms.  Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) kills common household and garden pests like roaches, ants, fleas, beetles and many others.   It is a long lasting control -- sprinkles  easily into cracks and crevices where bugs hide and wipes them out! More...
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By KenKirkbride (Zamzows Vice President) (kkirkbride) @ 11:06 AM ::
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Friday, March 10, 2006
Dealing with Gophers and Moles
gopher.jpg Dealing with gophers and moles is very easy but if you don't stay on top of the problem, it can quickly get out of hand. This article should help you keep the holes in your yard to a minimum.
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By KipWeybright (Meridian Store Manager) (kweybright) @ 5:33 PM ::
Lawns :: 2 Comments :: 4334 Views

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Are these seeds still good?
seed packet carrots.jpg So you found a pack of seeds in the drawer that you haven't seen for a couple of years, are they still good?  The answer is probably yes, but this article should help you decide.
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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 11:49 AM ::
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Choosing the right house plant for your environment
houseplant3.gif House plants can be a great addition to your home, but choosing the right plant can be challenging.  This article will shed a little light on the process of picking the right plant.
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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 11:29 AM ::
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The history of Living Lawn Fertilizers
Over the past 25 years, Jim Zamzow developed what we feel is the greatest lawn fertilizer in the world.  These fertilizers were formulated out of necessity and conviction.
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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 8:49 AM ::
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Monday, February 13, 2006
Controlling tomato horn-worms
hornworm.jpg If left un-checked, tomato horn-worms can quickly ruin your tomato patch. This article should help you keep this from happening.
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By Tim Humpherys (thumpherys) @ 4:41 PM ::
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Using corn gluten meal for organic weed control in lawns
glutenml.gif Corn gluten meal can be used for organic weed control in lawns.  This article will shed a little light on how it works and how to use it. 
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By GregSchneider (Retail Sales Manager) (gschneider) @ 2:52 PM ::
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Aphids on your trees and shrubs
aphidcottomn146ba.jpg Aphids can quickly become a problem on trees and shrubs. Not only doing damage on their own, but also spreading viruses and fungus.  This article will help you identify them and work on a solution.
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 8:16 AM ::
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Friday, February 10, 2006
Early season preparation in the vegetable garden
Even if it is too early to plant your vegetable garden, there are several things you can do to prepare for the coming growing season. More....
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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 12:41 PM ::
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Mosaic Virus in Tomatoes
tomv04140[1].jpg This year I had an unseen visitor in my garden.  Early in the planting season I had my tomatoes in the ground and was waiting with hurried anticipation for the first fruits of my beautiful Plants.  They got off to a great start and were growing and flowering wonderfully.  Then one day as I went out to turn on the sprinkler and squash any earwigs I found I noticed a strange growth pattern on one of my plants...
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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, January 13, 2006
Low Maintenance,Eye-catching Color! Whats the secret?

Hey, look at me! shouts a season-long garden full of colorful-leaved and fruited shrubs. With little maintenance, shades from gold to purple to deep red can be mixed with greens and whites to draw you into your garden retreat long after the one-time beautiful blooms have gone. Besides extending the season, these shrubs provide a beautiful backdrop for perennials and bedding plants. More....
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By SandyTurpen (Zamzows Green House Manager) (sturpen) @ 2:23 PM ::
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
House plants as air purifiers
houseplant1.gif These days it is nearly impossible to go shopping and not see some sort of home air purification system. A decade ago NASA conducted a study on the levels of toxicity in isolated home spaces and found that there was much more to this issue then was originally thought. The amount of VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) present indoors has been found to cause all kinds of problems for humans. Some of the more common sources of VOCs are found in copier paper and printers, pesticides, household cleaners, paint, and even tissue...
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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 12:00 AM ::
House Plants :: 1 Comments :: 4193 Views

Monday, January 09, 2006
Extending your gardening season.
tomatoa.jpg Its 6:00 PM and its already dark outside, trees are starting to drop their leaves, and your tomatoes and peppers just are not done producing vegetables yet.  Here you are sitting in your home wishing that there was a way to prolong your growing season because those homemade salads never tasted so good.
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 1:37 PM ::
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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Controlling bores in trees.

The key element in controlling bores in your trees is to keep your trees healthy. A tree that is stressed out literally sends out a signal that insects can here and tells them that this tree will not put up a fight if we attack it. Water and nutrients flow up and down the xylem and phloem, (which is the vascular system of a tree) a healthy tree will keep a steady flow, which is silent.

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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 12:10 PM ::
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Yellow jacket andwasp control.
wasp.gif We have all had the unpleasant experience of uninvited guests to our backyard barbecues.No, we are not talking about Uncle Bob, were talking yellow jackets. For their small size these black and yellow insects have a nasty sting and bite.
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By Tim Humpherys (thumpherys) @ 11:12 AM ::
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Colorado potato beetle.
col_beetle.jpg The Colorado potato beetle is one small insect that has a big appetite. Just a small infestation of potato beetles can destroy a home gardeners potato vines in a short period of time. The Colorado potato beetle is a small insect that is yellow and black striped.
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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 11:05 AM ::
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Choosing a lawn spreader.
spreader.jpg Choosing what type of lawn of lawn spreader to use when applying granular products to your lawn is really a matter of personal choice. Drop spreaders "drop" the granules between the wheels of the spreader. Most drop spreaders are somewhere between 16 and 22 inches wide.
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By GregSchneider (Retail Sales Manager) (gschneider) @ 9:52 AM ::
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Application of crabgrass preventer.
There is a specific window as to when crabgrass preventer should be applied to work properly. During the early months of spring as the soil warms, the small seeds that the crabgrass left behind, begin to germinate just slightly.
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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 9:20 AM ::
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Lawn fertilization in the fall.
It's a fact that good lawns need adequate nutrition on a regular basis. A regular fertilization program keeps the grass growing and keeps weeds out. Surprisingly, the most important part of a regular fertilization program is in the fall. In fact, the key to a healthy lawn in spring is how you take care of it in the fall.
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By GregSchneider (Retail Sales Manager) (gschneider) @ 8:59 AM ::
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Understanding & controlling lawn thatch.

Thatch is a layer of living and dead organic matter which develops between the base of the grass plant and the soil surface. Thatch consists of the "woody" material of the grass plant, namely the stems and roots that are slow to decompose. It accumulates as these plant parts buildup faster than they breakdown.Thatch buildup is a natural process with a healthy lawn but becomes a problem when thatch levels accumulate to greater than 1/2 inch..Thatch can even be mistaken for soil at first glance...

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By GregSchneider (Retail Sales Manager) (gschneider) @ 12:00 AM ::
Lawns :: 1 Comments :: 3445 Views

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Earwig controll
earwigs Earwigs are a common pest in the garden and landscape areas. Actually, earwigs are considered a beneficial insect, feeding on aphids, mites and insect eggs. however, when the populations reach the levels they have this year in Boise, and the rest of the TreasureValley, they quickly become a destructive insect that you may need to control.
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By Tim Humpherys (thumpherys) @ 1:37 PM ::
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How to graft a fruit tree.
apple.gif To fully explain the process of grafting fruit trees there are a few terms that I think need to be explained.
1. Topworking- The operation of cutting back the branches and top of an established tree and budding or grafting part of another tree to it.
2. Cultivar- Cultivar and variety are both names issued to a tree, probably by whoever crossed or discovered this tree.
3. Understock or stock- The part on which the scion is inserted; the area below the graft...
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 10:14 AM ::
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Preventing and Treating "Shot Hole Fungus"

Shot hole fungus, also known by Coryneum blight can be a big problem in both the landscape and in orchards.  This fungus thrives during long wet springs, or warm wet winters The fungus can still release spores when temperatures average 36 degrees F.  Shot hole fungus over winters inside buds and in twig lesions that have been affected.  Shot hole fungus appears in the early spring and is easily recognized when it causes spots or lesions on buds, leaves...

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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 9:07 AM ::
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Growing Kiwis in a Northern Climate
kiwi Hardy kiwi plants (Actinidia arguta and Actinidia kolomikta) produce fruit, but there is a catch.  You must have both a male and female vine because kiwis are dioecious (which means male and female flowers are borne on separate plants).  Fruit results from fertilized flowers.  Cream-colored flowers appear in early May to June, turn orange-yellow, and then...
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By SandyTurpen (Zamzows Green House Manager) (sturpen) @ 8:47 AM ::
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How to transplant house plants


A general rule of thumb would be to transplant every two to tree years, or when the roots are growing around the pot continuously, and when your plant looks stressed as well as not drinking enough water even if watered often. Although some plants enjoy to be confined in smaller containers as dose the spider plant. When transplanting, only upsize the container by one size so that the root ball has 1 on all sides. Unless the plant is so large that you dont want to transplant as often. The larger the plant, the tougher it is...


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By MarkReed (mreed) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Live christmas tree care


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Live Christmas trees can be any variety that is hardy to Boise, but you need to remember that it was meant to be planted outside, so there indoor life needs to be kept short. For your best results, preparation for a live Christmas tree needs to be started early, before Christmas and preferably before the ground is frozen. If the ground is already frozen that is O.K. but it does mean that there is a little more work for you to make sure that the tree does not dry out while it is in the pot. Here are a few helpful hints...

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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Planting a new lawn.

Planting a new lawn is a process that takes quite a lot of work whether using sod, hydro-seeding or just planting seed. The better you prepare the soil, the healthier and greater the lawn will look during the first year and long term down the road. Planting a lawn around a new house requires some soil amendments to rebuild the soil disturbed during construction...

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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Planting a new tree.
holly bush.jpg There are many questions you should ask yourself when you are planting your new tree, like, how is my soil? How deep should I plant this tree? Should I use a stake to support this tree? How big should I dig the hole? And how much water should I give this tree. All of these questions should be and are frequently asked and all have a very simple answer...  
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By ChristopherOwings (cowings) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, October 17, 2005
Killing Lawn Thistles

Let me start off with just a little information about the four life cycle categories of the thistle. Annuals are those that come up in the spring, seen in the summer, and die in the fall. Winter annuals germinate and emerge in the fall, begin growing right away in the spring, and have usually flowered and died by June of the following year.  Biennials plants that normally require two seasons to complete its life cycle, growing usually as a rosette in the first season and producing flowers...


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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 10:57 AM ::
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Living Lawn Program Reduces Need For Water

Zamzows "Living Lawn" Program is a natural-based lawn care program. It consists of two different specific granular slow-release natural-based lawn foods (Spring and Summer Lawn Food ;and Fall and Winter Recharger) and one organic humus and iron supplement( Huma Green)-all of which are safe for kids and pets. Included in the Program is a lawn care calendar that lists the recommended application doses and the times to apply each product. Zamzows has come to realize that the soil is a living organism, containing...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 9:37 AM ::
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