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Sandy Hook, CT
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Newtown, CT
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Naugatuck, CT
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Seymour, CT
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Washington, CT
How to get rid of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
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Derby, CT
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I would like to purchase a copper beech tree to plant in CT as a gift. Where can I find one to purchase?
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Danbury, CT
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Danbury, CT
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Woodbridge, CT
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We live on a deer path in southern Connecticut. What native evergreen tree can we plant which will not be eaten to death by the deer?
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Trumbull, CT
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My holly bush was eaten by deer. Will the leaves come back or is it done?
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Orange, CT
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