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Managing Aphids in the Garden
By: Admin    July 20 2018 , 08:20 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Are aphids keeping you down? Aphids are a troublesome pest that have the potential to wreak havoc on trees and gardens.  Aphids are soft, pear-shaped bugs and come in a variety of colors such as black, green, gray, yellow, light green, and sometimes pink. Aphids reproduce rather quickly and can spread diseases to other plants, but eradicating them is not impossible. Noticing an Aphid Problem Due to their small size, they can be hard to spot with the naked eye. There are other ways to detect these insects, however. Aphids feed by using their proboscis to suck the fluid from plants, typically on buds or young shoots. This causes leaves to curl, stunt, or yellow. They will leave the leaves or stems covered in “honeydew,” which is a sticky sap secreted by the aphids. This sap will attract ants to plants and can cause sooty mold to grow on branches and leaves that make them...
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The Ultimate Pruning Guide
By: Admin    June 01 2018 , 02:19 pm
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Category: Gardening
Spring is a very important time to get those pruning shears out! Managing your trees and plants is integral to having a successful garden. Using Gardener’s Path’s excellent, detailed guide, let us go through the steps you can take to ensure a safe, successful endeavour in pruning.The best aspect of this guide is simply the fact that they go over everything you need to know. They have sections for what pruning is, why it is important, the tools you will need to use, and how to go about pruning all the individual trees, bushes and plants you might encounter. This makes it ideal for beginners who have never had the experience of pruning, but also makes a fantastic reference guide for more experienced landscapers who may need a refresher course on the subject.Gardener’s Path Guide OverviewFor our readers who care about their yards and trees, we think this guide is perfect for you! Here are some speci...
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Beautiful Trees of the South
By: Admin    April 10 2018 , 01:34 pm
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Category: Trees , Outdoors
Southern “Hospitali-Tree”!Homeowners in the southern United States have the unique opportunity to host some of these fascinating and beautiful trees on their lawns.Cherry BlossomThis stunning tree is a popular tourist attraction in our nation’s capital.Cherry blossom flowers are Japan’s national flower. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift. These trees provide springtime delight when they bloom, and they are celebrated each year at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. For homeowners interested in cultivating cherry blossom trees, it should be noted that they need particular conditions, and require a lot of maintenance and patience. Soil for cherry blossoms should be acidic and needs to be deep and well-draining. Cherry blossoms need full sunlight and they thrive when planted in multiples to help with pollination.Crepe MyrtleT...
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International Day of Forest
By: Admin    March 20 2018 , 01:51 pm
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Category: Nature , Urban Gardens
On March 21st we celebrate International Day of Forest! The first International Day of Forest was established in 2012 and celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This day helps raise awareness of the importance of trees.2018’s Theme: Forest and Sustainable CitiesEach year, a theme is selected by the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF). The theme for 2018 is “Forest and Sustainable Cities.”Some of the key points in this year’s message are to spread the importance of trees in an urban setting. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean your accessibility to green life needs to decrease! Trees and plants store carbon, which means they reduce the pollution in highly populated areas and filter out harmful particles, producing cleaner air.Have you ever wandered off into the shade on a hot day? That is because the temperature is likely two to eight degrees cooler ...
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Green touch hub Photo Contest Winner 2017
By: Admin    January 24 2018 , 04:14 pm
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A Renaissance Woman Living in A Digital Age Green Touch Hub recently interviewed Kaarina Dillabough, the winner of our photography contest, and asked her what it is like to see the natural world through a creative lens. A shot of Kaarina Dillabough “in action” Nuts and Bolts of the TradeKaarina has been taking photographs all her life, and has some wisdom to impart to budding photographersA flower and butterfly shot by Kaarina DillaboughGreen Touch Hub had the privilege of speaking to Kaarina Dillabough, the winner of our recent photography contest.  We asked her if she does photography for work or for fun, and how she shoots photos.“[I’m] just a hobby photographer, strictly for enjoyment.” Kaarina said. She’s been doing it her whole life, and she uses a “a very simple ‘point and shoot’ camera, Canon Power Shot SX 710HS”.  When asked what her advice is to aspiring pho...
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