Garden Tips Archive

A Pruning Challenge

Weeping style trees require consistent pruning and talent to keep them looking good. They tend to grow a bit wild with layers of branches over previous growth. So, one has to know how to keep selecting which branches to prune to maintain an ideal shape. Is It Time? Try and try again, but the same

Special August Notes

  Many lawn fungus diseases can have a ‘field day’ under August’s heat. Water is critical to relieve stress, but can contribute to disease proliferation if it is supplied early in the evening. Grass should Patch Disease Damage be dry by nightfall. NOTE: A fungicide treatment does NOT turn turf green. The grass plant must

August Garden Tips ~ to keep it green!

For doctors, it’s flu season; for accountants, it’s tax season; for horticulturalists, it’s August! That’s right, the race is on! To get your landscape from the end of July to the cooler temperatures of September is the priority; and this during the hottest time of the year when cool season grasses are struggling (while their

Flowers & Herbs for More Than One Purpose

“Dill” provides savory flavor for cooking; but outside it attracts beneficial insects to control destructive insects. “Blue Borage” flowers are eatable and a garnish for drinks; outside they attract bees and butterflies to pollinate your veggies. “Surprise Lily” starts with foot-tall leaves, which are replaced in summer with three-foot stalks of fragrant pink blossoms.

Summer Flowers Without Fuss

  Everyone loves roses! This ‘Snowdrift’ rose is a great choice because it loves to flower constantly all summer and into the fall. And it is determinedly free of diseases, which is the bane of most rose growers. It is also very winter-hardy.   Rose Verbena is a perennial ground cover that does well in

How Does It Work?

Weed Control Materials: must be absorbed through the leaves. If the weather is dry and hot, the leaves can’t absorb the control material and there will be no control. Controlling weeds in lawns requires special materials. Think of: “walls of defense” through which the materials must go in order to kill the weed. Lawn grasses

July Garden Tips for the start of summer

This July 4th marks America’s 241st ‘birthday.’ It’s a time to fully enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Fire up the barbecue: steaks, hamburgers, frankfurters are all appealing summer fare as you celebrate . . . in your landscape that you can be proud of because you are providing the care necessary for its

Herbs Need Not Be Just for Flavor

Having a herb garden has always been regarded as a “kitchen garden” in that the herbs are grown as flavoring for food dishes. Here we present another side, dual use for herbs making them more serviceable and desirable. In addition to those pictured below are many others that can be decorative in the garden, such

These Don’t Want You To Have A Nice Lawn

A lawn is a beautiful thing, but it takes care in order to avoid excess damage that could jeopardize its health. Dollar Spot occurs with a weather change, as well as lack of nitrogen, because the fertilizer has almost been expended. More fertilizer, and sometimes a fungicide is needed to stop the expanding damage. Sod

A Time For Trimming

Once the first new spring growth is finished on shrubs, it’s time for trimming, both for neat-ness, as well as to contain the size you want. Spruce and fir can be kept in shape by cutting new growth back to the juncture of other stems. To keep pines full, and somewhat controlling the size, requires