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Summer Tips

Mid-spring to mid-summer is the best time to establish warm season grasses. More Information

How you water your lawn and landscape can affect the health, drought-tolerance, and maintenance needed. Deep, infrequent watering is better for established lawns and landscape.More Information

Have you tested your soil lately? Soils in Tidewater should be tested every 2-3 years. Soil tests provide important information that can be used to efficiently manage fertilization for your lawn and garden, and can be used to diagnose nutrient deficiencies. Late summer - early fall is the best time to have your soil tested so that amendments can be made prior to new spring growth. More Information


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Lady Beetle

Scientific Name: Coccinellids

Time of Year Active: spring to early winter

Where to See Them: trees, herbaceous plants

Benefits: Lady beetles are predators. Both adults and larvae feed on aphids. Some species will also feed on mites.

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Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum biflorum

Solomon’s Seal is a native Virginia wildflower that can be found in shady areas. The plant grows 2-3’ tall and forms clumps. White flowers appear in spring and may be followed by blue-black berries, which are mildly toxic. Dwarf and variegated cultivars are available. The plant is perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9.

Garden uses: shade perennial, groundcover, shady borders, woodland gardens.

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