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sensiblegal

My favorite tip is to Redefine Attractive. Too many of us plant things because it is what everyone else plants. In a society that claims to value individualism and leadership, why are we so afraid to display those values in our yards? Be a leader of the native garden movement and maybe others will follow your lead. :)

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sensiblegal

I am usually afraid to cut back plants in the spring because I am afraid of disturbing critters that might be pupating or still overwintering in the base of the plants. I appreciate the tip in the comments that you use a weed whacker and leave the stems where they fall. I have been waiting until the plant has an inch or two of regrowth and then I will laboriously take out the old stems to the ground. Your way makes so much more sense. Thanks for the tip!

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Betty Walsh

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This is a terrific site. When we sold our home of 46 years, I left a myriad of gardens. The new owners are doing a great job, and I am now trying to begin/nurture a garden that's eco-friendly and native at our condo. complex. We are atop a lot of

granite, so I know I must enrich the soil. Last year, animals [deer, rabbits and raccoons] chewed to the ground all my native plants. The only thing they did not

eat were the annual red geraniums I put in for color. Any advice? I used wiring, eco-friendly granules to deter animals, etc.. So far, I have squirrel-proof seed, suet and hummingbird feeders, with a bird bath [and water wiggler] to keep water moving. I live about 20 minutes north of Boston, MA.

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