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Ted Smith
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Helping with Do It Yourself Lawn Care
Helping with Do It Yourself Lawn Care

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Insects in my Trees
We often get calls with clients stating insects are attacking their trees and would we come spray them. Before you have a chemical spray application done, make sure you really have insects... August is a time when heat has had a lot of effect on the tree's ...
Insects in my Trees
Insects in my Trees
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TruGreen and your Trees
TruGreen and Trees Recently we have had a half-dozen calls asking us for a second opinion on a clients Tree health because TruGreen had told them the trees were infested with insects and needed to be chemically sprayed. I, and several other ISA Certified Ar...
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Raised Garden Bed Help
Raised Beds take more care and to truly get nutrition out of your vegetables you need to focus on soil and growing environment. The Green Team Booklet on Tree Health and Growing Nutritious Gardens has a simple to understand help on building better soil biol...
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Idaho Gardening
I am very excited about this great solution to backyard gardening. We've worked with many of you setting up garden programs with better quality soil. Getting that soil into backyards has often been very difficult. This new way of controlling garden soil is ...
Idaho Gardening
Idaho Gardening
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Idaho Trees and Clay Soil
The most overlooked problem in Idaho is how clay soil affects our trees. Trees roots need macropores or "air space" or you literally suffocate them. Clay is not "bad" soil, it's just too compact and needs organic matter to  create that air space. Back East ...
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Landscape fabric and tree health
Years ago we were told landscape fabric was the answer. But as we start to check trees showing health issues we are seeing more and more examples like this photo. This was peeled back (just bark on top) at a client in Nampa who's property was just ten year ...
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Truth about spraying Organic Oil
Organic Oil; aka Dormant Oil or Horticulture oil, is done usually in the winter to coat the tree in a thin oil sheen that suffocates overwintering insect eggs. I feel it is a must because it IS organic , inexpensive and good to coat open wounds after winter...
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Plant nutrition process
I've talked a lot about Mycorrhizae and the microbes that transfer nutrients into our garden plants. These are beneficial fungi that actually attach themselves to the roots of your plants and transfer nutrients into your vegetables. The best demonstration I...
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Soil for your raised beds
Soil is key to vegetables that actually have the nutrients to help our bodies become healthier. Raised beds (actually Table Top height) really are the answer when it comes down to gardening with less pain. However raised beds cut off the  mycorrhizal networ...
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Gardening into Fall and Winter
Hoop style garden covers do several things for us. One is they protect the plant from the desiccating fall winds. The second is that each cover will actually move your zone down one level south. If you want to extend your garden time, this is an essential w...
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