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Thousands of red-winged blackbirds and grackles made their way to the area. See a video in the article. more
We have a White-tailed deer problem. They will eat almost everything we plant in our gardens. more
When the blare of the year’s first leaf blower awakened me one morning last week, I realized spring cleanup had commenced -- no matter that March could still roar like a lion. more

One of the biggest factors affecting the health of plants in your garden is the pH of the soil, which is a measure of acidity. more
As far away as it seems, as winter’s cold continues to linger, spring will eventually arrive. Early robins will usher the change and flocks of Canada geese noisily moving northward. more
The City of Rome and CNY Fair Housing are hosting Fair Housing training sessions for landlords and service providers in recognition of Fair Housing Month. more
Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB), a six-county affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful program, is preparing for its 22nd annual Great American Cleanup. more
The Central New York Conservancy announces a schedule change impacting its free lecture series “Get Ready for Spring with Master Gardener Mike Mahanna.” more
The Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundation’s Spring Bulb Sale is coming back for a second year as a way for people to support local students by purchasing flowers. more
For the 14th year, non-perishable food items will be collected during Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11. more
Most gardeners have favorite go-to plants that perform well in their climate and simply make them happy. more
The Sherrill Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library, 543 Sherrill Road. more
Fungus gnats can be a problem with houseplants or plants that were outdoors but brought inside for the winter. These insects are obnoxious, small flies that infest soil or potting mix. more
If you’ve been thumbing through a gardening catalog or shopping at a nursery, you’ve likely noticed two names assigned to each plant, a common name and a botanical name. more
The Central New York Conservancy announces a free lecture series “Get Ready for Spring with Master Gardener Mike Mahanna.” more
The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest, is rapidly crawling its way into Central New York, bringing concerns about environmental and economical destruction with it. more
Every year, deer ticks bite thousands of people in the Northeast. And as winters in the region become more mild, adult deer ticks are becoming more active at a time when they’re normally dormant. more
Seed and garden catalogs are filling the mailboxes, putting us on the road to this year’s garden season. more
The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery annual spring seedling sale has opened to the public and is scheduled to run through May 12. more
Registration for the March Food $en$e program — open to everyone regardless of income — will take place in Rome, Lee, Camden, Holland Patent, and Oneida. more
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