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Gardening Go-Tos Whether you’re a budding gardener or a planting pro, experts at local garden shops recommend their top products for a great growing season 1 6 1. The Tree. When going big, go native. Plant a native tree species like this spruce for an easy-to-maintain landscape choice that will thrive in all seasons. Dwarf Alberta spruce, $140; available at Jung’s Gardening Center. 2. The Gloves. Protect delicate hands with breathable cotton gloves that offer water- proof material over the fingers and palms. By Mud, $6; available at Felly’s Flowers. 3. The Pots. Liven your landscape while loving the Earth thanks to these 100 percent biodegradable pots made from rice-husk and bamboo scraps. By Willow, $7; available at Felly’s Flowers. 2 5 4. The Mulch. For a weed-deterring mulch that not only looks great but smells divine, add this environmentally friendly cocoa shell mulch to your landscape t0 retain moisture and insulate root systems year round. By Blommer, $5; available at Jung’s Gardening Center. 5. The Flowers. An easy-to-maintain plant such as the Hydrangea is perfect for Madison lawns, and blooms colorful flowers all sum- mer long. Flowers, $30, pot, $38; available at Johannsen’s Greenhouses. 6. The Compost. Keep your flowers blooming by adding an organic compost (made from the leftovers of mushroom crops) to your soil to boost plant growth, naturally. By Happy 3 56 BRAVA Magazine June 2011 4 Gardener, $6; available at Felly’s Flowers.

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