Category: Lawn & Garden Focus

Inspect fences to ensure safety and security

Fencing around the home is vulnerable to weather-related, accidental or intentional damage. Rain hastens rust, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Children swinging on gates and animals trying to get through the fence also take a toll. Now?s the time to inspect fencing, gates and gate hardware around your property to ensure all are […]

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Create an outdoor patio design fit for a magazine cover

While the nice weather lasts, there?s nothing better than expanding your living space to the great outdoors. Luckily, it?s easy and affordable to create a comfortable and chic outdoor room that?s perfectly put together. Use these quick tips and inspiring ideas to transform your deck, porch or patio into one you?ll be proud to show off. Planning perfection Simply putting […]

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Rejuvenate lawn from heavy summer wear and tear

As summer winds down, heat and drought may have left your grass a little tired. Soccer, picnics and chasing fireflies have likely taken a toll. Luckily, because of cooler temperatures and an increase in precipitation, fall is the best time for lawn rescue. To many homeowners, early fall yard work may seem overwhelming, but a few 15 minute projects are […]

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Bring birds to your backyard with a reliable food source
Bring birds to your backyard with a reliable food source

Bring birds to your backyard with a reliable food source

It?s a myth that continues to persist: Feeding birds in spring and summer will spoil them. But birds are like babies?it?s impossible to spoil them. Contrary to the myth, well-fed birds won?t get too lazy to search for food; they?ll just get healthy and happy. And the better the food is you feed them, the more likely they?ll continue to […]

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Don?t let grub worms undermine your lawn
Don?t let grub worms undermine your lawn

Don?t let grub worms undermine your lawn

You water, fertilize and give your lawn all the TLC it needs, yet come late-summer you still find unsightly brown patches scattered across the turf. If the turf in these spots can easily be pulled away from the ground, you most likely have a grub problem. And chances are if you don?t act quickly these voracious pests may spread and […]

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Friesens turn backyard into a restful get-away garden
Friesens turn backyard into a restful get-away garden

Friesens turn backyard into a restful get-away garden

FriesenWayneLinda767.jpg Wayne and Linda Friesen sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor in creating a flower garden they can enjoy with family and friends. Wayne, who retired from Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro, uses some of what he learned in crop production, he said, to help his plants and trees keep a healthy pH balance. Linda does […]

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Tips for creating backyard bird habitat

Whether city or country, bird watching is fun and you can create an environment for it in your own backyard in less time than you think. John Robinson, chief ornithologist and manager of Scotts Birding Center of Excellence, says there are three components to making your backyard an oasis for feathered friends: 1. Vegetation provides shelter Having a variety of […]

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Through 20 years, local plant business has blossomed
Through 20 years, local plant business has blossomed

Through 20 years, local plant business has blossomed

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Sharon Boese is in her ninth year at the North Cedar location in Hillsboro. The original nursery was located on D Street.

The sights and sounds of spring are evident at the Garden Center.

Hues of yellow, red and purple lie scattered like splotches of paint on a canvas.

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Local grower expands wholesale business to retail
Local grower expands wholesale business to retail

Local grower expands wholesale business to retail

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For Dale and Jana Dalke, owners of Serenity Gardens, the gardening business is a family affair. Jana and children Emery, 9 months, Jesse 5 and Eli 3?, pose amid flowers that have been growing since January and February. Serenity Gardens is now in its second season as a retail operation, and is located about three miles east of Hillsboro on 190th.

With about 70 varieties of perennials, numerous annuals, 39 shrub varieties and 15 ornamental tree varieties, Serenity Gardens is ready to accommodate customers for the spring planting season.

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