gardening tips Archive

December Garden Tips 2016 #3

Holiday Season Garden Notes Here’s why all your trees should be inspected each year, with maintenance pruning a yearly procedure. Storms and winter ice will test the strength of all trees. Broken trees lose much of their appeal, if not all their value! It’s easy to make attractive displays for the winter patio or entrance

November Garden Tips 2016 #2

Eastern Redbud Front & Center “Good things come in small packages” is a saying that ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbud exemplifies. It is a variety of eastern redbud that plant breeders have been paying more attention to, intensifying the charms of this once modest ornamental tree. It ‘performs’ wonderfully throughout the season. Just look at the attached

November Garden Tips 2016 #1

Nurturing for Spring What is done now to prepare for winter provides a dividend, a two-for-one benefit, as the major items to do also nurture the health and vibrancy of your turf, trees and shrubs for all of next year! And, too, it can still be a good time to add plants and landscape features

May “Garden Tips” #2

Seasonal Spoilers –insects One of the more interesting insects that will do damage to landscapes is the pine sawfly arvae. They are so well camouflaged that they actually look like the pine needles they are devouring.  Look for them mid to late May on any mugho pines you have and spray them right away as

One Hour Holiday Gift Ideas

One Hour Holiday Gift Ideas Fairy Garden Instead of a toy with temporary appeal for a child, how about a “Fairy Garden” that could stir their imagination and teach them about responsibility.  We suggest a gift card that also includes care instructions. “Fairy-Garden” for Kids Terrarium Garden A “Terrarium Garden” would be welcomed by both garden enthusiasts and those

November Gardening Notes

Garden checklist for Winter Trees, shrubbery and sod can be planted late into the fall instead of waiting until the too-busy spring. Spring bulbs can still be planted until the ground freezes. Check for needed pruning of tree limbs that could break off, causing damage or interrupting phone or electric services. Use sharp pruners to

August Garden tips #2

Summer Tree & Shrub Care While early insects are easy to see, with later insects you have to know where to look! Notched leaves of rhododendron: this is a dead giveaway to taxus weevil larvae girdling the stem. Sap oozing from tree trunks: probably borers. Look under the leaves: aphids and other sucking insects gaining

July Garden Tips #1

July is a month made for the outdoors! It’s a time to barbecue and enjoy leisurely outdoor meals; a time for kids playing on the lawn and a time when every tree and shrub seems all in its glory. It’s also vacation time for lots of us, and that means making plans to keep the