Author Archives: Rachel Edler

Keep the Furry Members of Your Family Dry and Warm This Winter

 
The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another cold winter, and if the cooler temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately continue, we’ll probably be decked out in boots, hats and mittens before we know it. But …

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Plant Fall Bulbs Now for Spring Color

The growing season never ends, and you may be surprised to discover that fall is the perfect time to start thinking about your spring gardens! This cooler season is the best time to plant bulbs …

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Harvest Time: Which Perennials are Best to Plant in the Fall?

 
If you haven’t already started planning your gardens for next year, now is the time to get started.
Why? Because now is the best time to plant many perennials, as the roots will …

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The Best Fertilizer For Your Lawn And Garden

When trying to pick a fertilizer for your lawn and garden, you need to know a couple of numbers. These numbers will help you determine which fertilizer is best both for the plants you’re growing …

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How Can a Landscaping Company Do Your Yard Good?

If your yard or property needs a refresher, Homestead Gardens award-winning Landscaping Division can help you with everything from generating design ideas to finding plant varieties that may not available in retail stores. Plus, once you …

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

If you’ve decided to adopt a fuzzy new member for your family, be prepared for lots of giggling, tail wagging, yippy barks and the repetitive use of the word “no” as you train your puppy …

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Tips for Buying Pumpkins

The cool Chesapeake breeze is starting to lower the temperatures, indicating Halloween is right around the corner. Pumpkins are now available, and they can be put to many uses – both for decorating and eating! The …

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Warmly Welcome Visitors with a Beautiful Entrance Garden

 
The front entrance of the home or business makes an important first impression on visitors. If you’ve driven the streets of Davidsonville recently, you may have noticed the front of Killarney House, a …

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Bring Herbs, House Plants and Tropicals Inside Before the Temps Drop Too Much

Your herbs, flowering plants and vines spent the summer months beautifying your outdoor deck or patio. If you want to enjoy the fresh herbs all winter long, or would like an encore performance of the …

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Take Time to Fertilize Now for a Healthy Spring Lawn

After surviving the heat and burning rays of the summer sun, your lawn is probably relishing the excellent growing conditions provided by the fall temperatures. The Chesapeake region experiences cooler temperatures and higher rainfall – …

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Is Your Family Ready For A Dog?

 
The kids have been asking for years if they can get a pet, and now your spouse is starting to make comments, too. Is your family ready for a dog? Before bringing a …

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Fall is Prime Time for Planting Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

Roots are the most important feature of any plant. Whether you’re breaking up a root ball to transplant a seedling into soil in the spring months, or adding some trees and shrubs to your backyard …

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5 tips for a longer-living pet

Pets are members of the family, which means we do whatever we can to keep them with us for as long as possible. The Homestead Gardens staff has some tips to help you extend the …

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Beginning Gardeners Series – Starting a Compost Pile

Gardeners with extra garden and kitchen waste on their hands often look to composting as a great way to reduce this waste. Plus composting at home provides them with excellent organic fertilizer to feed their …

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Plant Fall-Blooming Perennials Now for a Fall Show!

 
Fall-blooming perennials add vibrant color in your garden even after a long, healthy spring and summer season. They produce lively colors and attract various butterflies and birds.
The knowledgeable staff at

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Purebred dogs vs mutts: What to consider before getting a new pet

 
When bringing a new dog into the family, breeding can be an important factor for some. If you’re debating the merits of a purebred versus those of a mixed-breed dog, consider the following …

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Gardening with Succulents

 
Homestead Gardens is where you’ll find delightful – and amazingly easy to care for – succulent plants for both your indoor and patio gardens. Succulents are perfect for shining solo in a unique …

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Are you a dog person or a cat person?

 

Asking someone whether they prefer dogs or cats is a very common question, and regardless of a person’s preference, the majority of us are just looking for a friendly, affectionate and long-term companion. One …

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How to prepare your lawn for fall reseeding

 
Fall is the best time to reseed your lawn because the seeds will have a chance to collect all of the necessary nutrients over the winter for rich growth in the spring. Summer …

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How to protect your lawn from doggy destruction

 
No matter how cute your dog is, it has the capability and potential to terrorize your lawn by creating brown spots or digging holes. Proper training can help deter your dog from digging …

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