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Monday, October 14, 2019

Growing Green: It's time to prune evergreens prudently

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Social News

Planting evergreens around a house's foundation is a landscaping no-brainer because they stay green and require little maintenance. However, foundation evergreens should be pruned to keep them looking good and scaled to the size of the house.

Many homeowners plant yews, junipers or arborvitae. After a few years, the plants block window views. The best time to prune evergreens is during the winter dormant season from December to March.

Growing Green: Deck the halls with holiday herbs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Although any aromatic herb can enhance holiday decorations, several have special biblical links with Christmas.

Many craft shops and florists carry dried herb plants along with the baskets, bowls and other trimmings needed for decorating. You might even have grown one or more these herbs in your own herb garden.

For a special touch this year, try one or more of the following in your holiday wreaths and mantle decorations:

Growing Green: Overwintering geraniums avoids frost

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Geraniums are popular bedding plants, blooming from May through frost. However, the first hard frost doesn't have to be the end of your geraniums. They can be overwintered indoors by potting up individual plants, taking cuttings or storing bare-root plants in a cool, dry place. Regardless of the method, the plants should be removed from the garden prior to the first frost.