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Should I Feed Birds in Winter?

Question: Should I feed birds in winter, and if so, what should I feed them? Answer: I think you should feed birds all year round! But perhaps, not exactly in the way you might be thinking. This is a more complex topic that most people realize. Water for Birds Before…

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Is Fall Seeding Sucessful With Natives?

Question: Does fall seeding work with native perennials and grasses? I’m in NJ. Answer: Seeding is a very economical way to grow native plants. Although most seeding is typically done in the spring, fall seeding can be quite successful, if you keep a few things in mind. Not all seeds…

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Can Native Plants Be Invasive?

I hear people talking about common milkweed as invasive. Can native plants be invasive? Answer: No matter where I travel throughout the U.S., I often hear people talk about certain native plants as “invasive” perhaps mentioning plants like Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) or Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) – two plants…

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Planting in Hot Weather?

Question: Is it too late to plant in July? I’m located in PA. Answer: For us plant geeks, it’s never too late to plant (or so we think!).   Ideally you want to finish up your planting when the days are warm and the nights are cool. This promotes the best…

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What Can I Plant for Pollinators on My Balcony?

I live in an apartment with a balcony. What can I plant for pollinators? Answer: Whether you have a balcony, a rooftop, or a patio, you can still plant many pollinator-supporting native plants in containers. It’s best to stick with perennials or small-sized woody plants, since the root volume of…

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Should I Top My Tree to Reduce Its Size?

My landscaper suggests that I cut back the top of my Sugar Maple to reduce its size. Is this ok? Answer: I suggest that you quickly replace your landscaper and find a qualified arborist. Tree topping is extremely injurious to trees.  Unfortunately, it is a very common practice, performed by…

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