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DALY: Proper pruning of crape myrtles is essential

Crape myrtles are a positive addition to the home landscape. They will be healthier and produce an abundance of colorful blossoms throughout the summer if properly pruned.

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DALY: Use care when planting around septic drainfields

By carefully choosing and placing plant material around septic drain fields, you can have an attractive landscape that is beneficial to the system. Most importantly, this can reduce the chances of costly septic line repairs.

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DALY: If given proper care, fruit trees will produce abundantly

If given the proper care, these fruit trees can produce abundantly. When choosing fruit trees take their maintenance requirements into consideration and provide the appropriate growing conditions to ensure fresh fruit for your dinner table.

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DALY: Protecting landscape plants from the unseasonably cold weather

Throughout the growing season, make sure your landscape plants receive the appropriate care, such as proper watering, fertilization, pruning and pest control to maintain optimum vigor and growth. Plants that are weak, unhealthy and poorly maintained are more vulnerable to cold weather.

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DALY: Protecting landscape plants from the unseasonably cold weather

Throughout the growing season, make sure your landscape plants receive the appropriate care, such as proper watering, fertilization, pruning and pest control to maintain optimum vigor and growth. Plants that are weak, unhealthy and poorly maintained are more vulnerable to cold weather.

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DALY: Argentine ants are troubling area homeowners

In certain situations, Argentine ants can be quite persistent and may keep returning year after year. In such cases, contact a licensed professional pest control service to control the ants.

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DALY: Several plants that can add beauty to the winter landscape

We all love the beautiful flowers of the spring and summer and miss them this time of the year. With the exception of evergreens, the winter landscape can be quite bare and somewhat lifeless. However, even in the dead of winter, there are several plants that can add color and life to the landscape.

DALY: Hollies are attractive and durable plants for the landscape

Although hollies are extremely tough once they’re established, they do have some requirements. They prefer well-drained soil that’s amended with organic matter and slightly acidic. Wet soils that are heavily compacted will lead to weak plants. Hollies respond well to mulching and light fertilization. While many will grow in partial shade, most will produce a better berry crop and thrive if given full sunlight.

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DALY: Colorful poinsettias brighten the holiday season

Poinsettias make a great holiday decoration. They will provide color the indoors if given the appropriate care. Consider getting a few for your home.

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DALY: How to find the perfect Christmas tree

When choosing a good tree, there are several factors to consider. Make sure you select a tree that is at least a foot shorter than the ceiling in the room where it will be displayed. If the trunk is splitting, it most likely has dried to a point where it will not be able to absorb water. Look for a tree that is healthy, damage-free and well-trimmed.

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DALY: Houseplants brighten the indoors during winter

A few simple steps will help you have beautiful houseplants that can brighten the indoors during wintertime. Proper care will go a long way to keeping them in optimal condition and attractive, thus bringing a touch of spring inside.

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DALY: Landscape plants should fit the space where they are planted

Remember, by knowing the size of landscape plants can reduce the likelihood of problems as well as create an attractive, healthy landscape.

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DALY: Moles and voles are troubling home landscapes

Though these pests can be troublesome, knowing what to look for and the necessary control measures will help keep moles and voles from damaging your landscape.

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DALY: Local homeowners being plagued with kudzu bugs

Long-term control of these insects presents a challenge due to their presence in large numbers combined with an abundant source of food and cover, kudzu. Elimination of nearby kudzu patches is ultimately necessary for sustained control.

Randy's hosts free fall festivities

On Oct. 26, Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens is hosting a “Free Fall Fun” day for residents of all ages.