As I wrote about last August, I had a weed from hell growing in my yard. It is back!!! Lespedeza striata gave me fits last year. I was pretty sure that I had it under control, but there it is again, acting like I invited it to come back as a guest. Over the winter, I pulled the usual suspects, … Read more about I want to stay strong, but…
It has become a perennial question Do you have an Empress tree? Do you have a Paulownia? Do you have a Sapphire Dragon tree? NO, NO and NO!!! We don't, we won't, not now, not ever and here is why. This tree has weak limbs and is brittle. It must be trimmed every year, all the way to the top. If … Read more about Stop! Don’t plant THAT tree!
Every spring... Just about the same time that everyone is starting to work in their yards, we start getting lots of requests for peat moss, as a soil amendment. Most of the requests come from gardeners who are starting square foot gardens. The recipe in the books call for peat moss, … Read more about Peat moss? No way!
Barefoot surprise! As I have said before I hate wearing shoes, which means that I am conscious of what is under my feet. Over the last 2 days, I was doing some yard work. Weeding, turning compost, planted some fruit trees, planting more veggie seeds where we had harvested something...talking to … Read more about Search and destroy on sight!
It started with a Forest Pansy Think redbuds are a flash in the pan? Pretty for 2 weeks then turning ho-hum? You couldn't be more wrong. Breeders and growers have come a long way in developing and finding amazing forms and colors. We are going to allow them to speak for … Read more about Not your Granny’s Redbuds
From the horse's mouth... According to our supplier, sod will be in short supply this year. Why? The drought last summer, plain and simple. Our supplier has sold to other sod growers, to fill their shortages. Sod suppliers buying from each other, is a bad sign. We were told that the price of … Read more about Replanting this year
Flowers = fruit It is that time of the year when we start thinking about planting for the spring. Why can't we enjoy the fruit of our shrubs and trees? Why do we hide our veggies behind the garage? There are lots to choose from and most of them need the same amount of care as standard landscape … Read more about Edible landscape
We all have them It is that time of year, again. Weeds are popping up everywhere. Does it seem to be worse in the winter than most of the year? Several factors go into why we have so many winter weeds. Most seeds are temperature sensitive. This is why we have certain weeds at certain times of … Read more about Weeds galore