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With a hori-hori knife, division of this spiderwort is a snap.

Divide (And Conquer) Weak Plants

By Susan Tito The proverb “The cobbler’s children have no shoes” could have been written to describe my life. You see, I’ve come to the realization that I help others beautify their gardens, yet I


Houttuynia: The Godzilla of the Garden

Gardenwise: Horror in the Garden

By Susan Tito When I was a child, one of my greatest pleasures was watching horror movies with my father. The films we fancied were not the gory fare that’s so prevalent today but


Gardenwise: Testing the Waters of Conservation

By Susan Tito By her own admission, a dear friend of mine has a black thumb. I would be hard-pressed to disagree with her, as most everything she plants quickly withers and dies. In fact, one


Gardenwise: Oh Deer!

By Susan Tito Attracting wildlife to your property is embracing the gardenwise lifestyle. Many birds, frogs, small mammals and insects occupy important niches in the local ecosystem, and their daily activities give you a front-row


One Garden ‘Weed’ We Need

One Garden ‘Weed’ We Need by Susan Tito It was Shakespeare’s Juliet who famously uttered “what’s in a name?” — and so it goes for Asclepias tuberosa — perhaps one of the most overlooked and underused


Loving Your Biodiverse Lawn

Our lawns are contributing to making Long Island’s water supply sick. One hundred and seventeen pesticide-related chemicals appeared in Long Island’s aquifer during a groundwater study conducted between 1996 and 2010 by the Suffolk County


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