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What’s Wrong With My Dogwood?

Grumpy loves flowering dogwoods. He thinks that anybody who can grow them and doesn’t has a serious developmental flaw. But sometimes your beautiful dogwood suddenly doesn’t look so pretty anymore. Here are 4 common problems and what to do about them.

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Power Company Pruning — Part II

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of days since I returned from vacation to find my sugar maple and crepe myrtle butchered by the power company. Grumpy met yesterday with John Morris, a certified arborist and registered forester with Alabama Power, to see if we could come to a mutually satisfactory solution.

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These Little Ants Are Driving Me Nuts!!!

I can’t take it any more! Little black ants. They’re everywhere! On the counter, on my desk, in the pantry, they’re in my brain! Please make them go away. Please. Grumpy needs your help! Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!

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They’re Coming!!! 4 Scary, Gross Pests We Must Stop Now

When some creepy, insidious, alien bug eats up your entire yard, you probably think it flew in, walked in, or crawled in by itself. But did you know that one of the most common ways evil pests invade is by hitching a ride with people? Here are 4 such pests identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as having the […]

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What Can I Transplant in Summer?

Plans change. Plants change. That shrub in the perfect spot 3 years ago is now in the worst spot you can imagine. So the question is: Will it kill it if you move it now? That depends on the plant.

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Pick A Peck of Peppers

I like growing veggies that give me a whole lot without taking up lots of room. That’s why I grow peppers. Pepper plants are easy, love the heat, and need 18 inches square or so of space per plant. If you haven’t planted peppers yet, there’s still time.

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Keep Chiggers in Check

Are you ready for chiggers? Chiggers are ready for you! So unless you enjoy having itchy red bumps eat up your ankles this summer, Grumpy suggests you continue reading.

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Kill Those Stinking Stink Bugs!!

Stink bugs stink. They really do. Smash one and you’ll be unforgettably stenchified. So how do you annihilate these dastardly insects before they destroy all the fruits and veggies growing in your garden? Grumpy’s donning his camo. It’s time to wage war.

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4 Great Garden Gifts for Dad

Next Sunday, June 16, is arguably the greatest day in the whole year — Father’s Day. Wouldn’t you like to show Dad how utterly grateful you are for his mere existence? Fortunately, Grumpy is a Dad who gardens, so here is his list of great garden gifts for Dad that Grumpy himself has tested and approved.

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Interview with a Cicada

By now, you’re aware that a plague of 17-year cicadas in parts of the South is causing many people to go deaf. But why? Today, in a Grumpy Gardener Exclusive Report, I sat down with one of those remarkable insects to find out the reason.

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