Gardening

Fall Is For Planting

For some reason, it’s not common knowledge yet. Fall IS for planting. That’s why I remind you of it every year about this time. As the seasons change, days remain warm while the nighttime temperatures dip. Although we don’t have to worry about sufficient moisture this year, in most years we wait for the rain to […]

Fall Is For Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Ever wonder how spring flowering bulbs like crocus, daffodils and tulips get the energy to wake up and flower so early in the spring? They go to bed with a full “stomach” before the other flowers do. For this to happen, though, you have to plant bulbs in the fall. Those nice, fat bulbs are […]

Refresh Your Flowering Plants

As you sit on your patio surveying your kingdom (see last week’s post), check out the annuals you planted in the spring. Are the flowers still colorful and plentiful? They should be if you’ve kept them watered and deadheaded. Those that don’t look so perky can still be changed out for new plants. You may […]

Take Time To Smell The Roses… And Other Flowers

Spring held on for dear life this year, causing summer to come late. As a result, there’s been plenty of rain. So, all’s well in the landscape, right? Then why not take some time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and Mother Nature’s gift? This year’s weather conditions gave you plenty of time to […]

Time To add Seasonal Color

This is the traditional time to plant annuals. Where, when and how many you plant depends on your tastes, time, ambition and, this year, the weather. Though short lived, annuals are among the most versatile plants. Your garden store has them in all shapes, sizes and colors. Most are small and sold in packages of […]

Bumper Crop Of Mosquitoes And Other Pests Expected

This year’s April showers left plenty of puddles in their wake. Perhaps puddle is an understatement. Rather, we had extensive flooding, which left a lot of standing water, and standing water is mosquitoes’ favorite breeding grounds. Besides being plentiful, entomologists expect an early hatch of these disease carrying insects. They carry everything from malaria to […]

Time To Spring Into Action

As March exits like a lamb and April steps up to usher in spring, the time has finally come for you to, once again, step outside and begin waking up your landscape from its winter nap. April is when you should cut back your ornamental grasses and remove that extra inch or two of mulch […]