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Most of us are happy when spring and then summer arrive, yet there are quite a few people who suffer from severe allergies during these times of the year. Depending on what is blooming and producing pollen, symptoms can include: nasal congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, coughing and increased asthmatic reactions.

When considering taking on the task of pruning evergreens always ask yourself a few questions. Do they really need to be pruned? Is it the right time to prune? How much can be removed at one time? Is it the right plant for the area (if plant is still young)? Without pruning is there a safety concern? Will it still look natural and if not, do you care?

Clematis is a vigorous climbing vine. With rich hues and varied blooming times, this vine enables a gardener to have masses of blooms from early spring to late fall. To accomplish this, varieties with different bloom times can be planted either together or in separate areas of the garden. Clematis can be chosen to compliment any garden, no matter how large or small.

If you were a tourist looking for help, you are most likely to get the answers you need from a long-time local resident rather than a fellow tourist. The same is true with the local native plants; they have grown in the same climatic zone and soil type for thousands of years and have adapted to the local conditions and therefore have thrived in that specific area.

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