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December 2014 Metro Albany Yard of the Month

The Johnston residence at 3512 W. Surrey Road is selected top yard

The Daffodil Garden Club selects the home of Ray and Martha Johnston for its Demcember honor.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Poinsettias take center stage at Christmas

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: The showy colored parts of poinsettias are actually modified leaves

Of the many home and office arrangements, the poinsettias take center stage at Christmas. These brightly colored plants are a definite indication that the Christmas season has arrived and are very much a part of our Christmas decor.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Christmas lights add to holiday cheer

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: The Christmas season is already upon us and rejoicing is in the air

Christmas lights help spread the holiday spirit within each of us. However, with these lights come much responsibility to ensure the safety of the home, workplace and community throughout this season.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Holiday cacti add color to celebrations

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A cactus commonly referred to as Christmas cactus is actually a Thanksgiving cactus

Three varieties of leaf cacti bloom at the time of significant holidays and holy days: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Holiday decorations can be dangerous for pets

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Decorating is a great tradition, but make sure pets do not get hurt

Many of the decorations and trappings of the holidays can be problems for pets if they ingest them.

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Forest Glen Drive residence Yard of the Month for November | PHOTO GALLERY

Home of Robert Miller is cited for its beauty by the Daffodil Garden Club

After buying the home at 1205 Forest Glen Drive in Albany a dozen years ago, Robert Miller first gutted and renovated the residence, then turned his attention to the landscaping.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Mulches are the final touches

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Mulch gives landscapes curb appeal and unique character

Organic mulches are effective, but mineral and synthetic (inorganic) mulches can also make good mulching choices.

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THE NOVEMBER GARDENER: Clamoring for citrus

RON WOLFE: Yes, you can grow citrus in the Albany area

This question is frequently asked and the answer is yes, you can grow citrus here. There are some precautions one must consider before planting a citrus tree in the ground.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Mulches offer environmental benefits and curb appeal

GEORGAI CLIPPNGS: Mulches are a very popular commodity in our contemporary landscapes and urban communities

Many different natural and synthetic mulches are available today which provide curb appeal, reduction of soil water losses, suppression of weeds, and protection against temperature extremes.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: November a good month to 'play' in the yard

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: It's a good time to complete effective landscape plantings

The weather outside is comfortable, yet cool enough to encourage plants to transition well into their new landscape homes. Check the soil for necessary preparation and proper drainage and make the necessary adjustments before installing any new plant materials.

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Volunteers pave way for another gardening season

Church gather for Make a Difference event

The volunteers worked on various chores connected with the “Food for a Thousand” vegetable garden at St. Patrick’s, a mission garden where the food is grown exclusively for distribution to people in need through food pantries such as Neighbors in Need and The Lord’s Pantry.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Let the party begin!

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Fall is in the air, which means its time to work on those landscapes

This is the month that initiates seasonal activity in your landscape from color enjoyment and curb appeal to activity resolution and evening moments sitting around the outside fireplace or wood burner.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Develop an effective focus for your landscape

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: An understanding of the outdoor room concept is important in planning

Before you start any projects, a good understanding of what is involved from start to finish is most critical.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Welcome to the autumn season

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Fall is a beautiful time of the year

Every landscape garden needs shrubs for structure and good form for all seasons. Colorful fall foliage is often a factor many people link only to trees, but be reminded that shrubs can offer an interesting display of fall colors too.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Mum’s the word for fall

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: Chrysanthemums add more splashes of color to the autumn season

Our modern cultivated chrysanthemums exhibit a greater display of color than those found in nature. Their flowers can be seen in several forms including daisy-like, decorative, pompons or buttons. The chrysanthemums have many hybrids and multitudes of cultivars developed for horticultural purposes.

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