Category: Lawn & Garden Focus

Marion Elementary gets some curb  appeal after grant

Marion Elementary gets some curb appeal after grant

Marion Elementary School got some added curb appeal after winning a grant for a landscaping company to come in and redo several areas. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Marion Elementary students and parents pulled up to different looking school grounds last Tuesday after their three-day weekend. “We won a grant to pay for landscaping. The company came in and did it […]

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How landscaping can make your home more attractive

How landscaping can make your home more attractive

Margaret Hett of Marion waters the plants in the greenhouse in between customers. Hett and the other employees are knowledgeable about ways to increase your property's value with plants. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press One way to add to the value of your home is to do landscaping or add some plants to it. “If you are wanting to sell your […]

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Spring is in the air at Centre Greenhouse

Spring is in the air at Centre Greenhouse

Students are out in the greenhouses checking the plants and inspecting them to make sure that they don’t need water, and that the plants are healthy. Provided Photo What a great year with some very hard working students. These students have been working hard to get ready for the Spring. Ever since they got back from their winter break they […]

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Recognizing and addressing leaf spot

Homeowners who take pride in their properties may be alarmed to notice seemingly spotted leaves on their trees. Such spots may be indicative of a condition known as leaf spot. In spite of its appearance, leaf spot is often harmless. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, leaf spot is a term used to describe a number of diseases that can […]

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Experiment with growing edibles indoors

Foodies find it hard to beat vine-ripened tomatoes plucked right out of a garden. Other edibles, such as fresh lettuce for a small luncheon salad or a handful of fresh parsley right out of a pot to add to a marinade, also add a lot to meals. The convenience and flavor of freshly grown edibles propels many home gardeners to […]

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Controlling common spring pests

Just when winter thaws out and people are anxious to enjoy the blooming flowers and luscious lawns of spring, pesky pests can appear and impact comfort levels and safety. Many pests resume their levels of activity as spring draws closer and temperatures warm up. The presence of these insects and rodents may cause problems in and around a home, which […]

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Getting to know succulents

Succulents can be just what indoor or outdoor gardens need. Even though succulents are becoming more popular, there are still some people who are unaware of their attributes. By learning more about succulents, people may become devotees of these unique plants. The word “succulent” brings to mind juicy, savory foods. But succulents aren’t meant to be consumed. In fact, they […]

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Don’t underestimate the value of a lush lawn

When it comes to selling a home, there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home’s interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it’s the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale. Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Much of a buyer’s opinion about a property […]

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How to plant a tree for successful growth

More sunlight and warm temperatures frequently inspire homeowners to spend more time in the great outdoors during spring and summer. Outdoor projects often top homeowners’ to-do lists in spring and summer, with gardens and landscapes taking center stage. Planting more trees around the yard is one popular project that can improve property value and benefit the environment. Why plant trees? […]

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Composite decking can be a smart choice

Decks add character and functionality to a home, increasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes improving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity. Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treated lumber. While lumber remains a popular material, more and more homeowners are opting […]

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