It is already occurring, garden fans. Innocent crepe myrtle trees being “pruned.” More like being hacked. The excessive pruning practice of “topping,” or “Crepe Murder” as it is often called, usually begins in February. Well meaning homeowners and commercial property managers have their reasons for reducing the height of... Read more
This past weekend’s snowfall, like most significant snowfalls brings up questions for many gardeners about winter preparedness. One question that is often asked after a few inches of snow is “will it damage my plants”? Or “should I remove the snow from my plants”? The answer is not a... Read more
As I travel around, I know it’s the holiday season. The Salvation Army bell ringers fill the air, parking lots are full, and parents are saying “I’m gonna tell Santa if you don’t be good.” Thankfully, I have matured past, or at least I am physically past, that last... Read more
T hanksgiving is here and it’s time for us to count the blessings we have. One of the many blessings I have is readers like you. My column is not an opinion or inspirational piece, but take one minute and ponder this. You may not think you mean much... Read more
It’s the middle of fall, and the weather certainly has not been typical. To say that this year’s weather has been different for gardeners may be an understatement. Summer annuals and even some perennials are still blooming even though cool-season annuals such as pansies have been planted for weeks.... Read more
Our area experienced strong wind gusts, thunderstorms, and a hurricane this year. Some landscapes suffered tree damage or even a total tree loss as a result of nature. Although there is no single way to prevent this type of damage, here are some suggestions that can increase the likelihood... Read more
It’s the middle of fall. Leaves will be turning those magnificent colors very soon and providing nature’s patchwork quilt on the ground. Craft shows and fall festivals are on many of our calendars. Yetmany gardeners think of this time of the year as bulb planting season. Gardening, like so... Read more
Fall officially arrived last week, and so marks the beginning of many people’s favorite season. Fall is the best time for aerating and seeding cool season grass lawns and planting new trees and shrubs. It is also the time when many of us think about fall decorating, Halloween, and... Read more
Sometimes as gardeners we have a bug that’s buggin’ us, a fungus among us, or plant that is an indeed a weed. There is a positive way to identify the problem, the Cooperative Extension office. I had a chance recently to visit Mike Likins, County Agent at the Chesterfield... Read more
It’s the middle of August and many varieties of perennials have finished blooming for the year. One species in our area, however, is still forming flowers. Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan or Gloriosa daisy, is thriving in home landscapes. Let’s explore this landscape workhorse further. The Black-Eyed... Read more