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Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse

Aug. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MURPHY, Idaho (AP) — The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in Idaho. Junipers provide perches for raptors that attack and kill sage grouse. Junipers also force out sagebrush and other plants that produce bugs that sage grouse...

Knowing when to prune is as vital as knowing how

Aug. 20, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how. Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and damage stressed plants. "It's time to prune whenever your pruners are sharp" is an old adage that applies only when removing...

Topiary tips: When you want shrubs to double as sculpture

Jul. 30, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

Topiary is the art of growing trees and shrubs as living sculptures — cubes, spheres, obelisks, animal shapes or combinations of these. The tradition has flourished in various places at different times, but in modern gardens, topiary is rare, unless you count our foundation plantings of clipped yews and...