Gardening

Selecting & Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

What an impressive sight each spring. Crocuses peer up through the snow and add color to that drab sea of white. The snow melts and great expanses of bright yellow daffodils appear. They are then followed by the iconic tulip – Mother Nature’s way of saying that spring has finally arrived. If you wait until […]

Survey Your Domain

With the fall planting season just around the corner, this would be a good time to take stock of your landscape. An inventory will help you determine if there are any bare spots in your landscape that should be taken care of this fall. Check your landscape from every angle possible to see where new […]

Get Tools Ready For Fall Maintenance

If just sitting around enjoying your landscaping is making you a little antsy, I have an idea. Put this time to good use by getting your tools ready for the fall landscaping season that will soon be upon us. If the summer to fall transition is anything like the spring to summer transition, it will […]

Horticulture In Colonial Times And Its Effect On Our Landscapes

A lot of people are buying into the “use native plants exclusively” movement. However, like our human DNA, that of many plants we consider native may not be as native as we think. Have you had a DNA analysis done on yourself? Were you surprised? Most people I’ve spoken to who’ve done it are surprised […]

Does Your Foundation Planting Show Your House In Its Best Light?

The original purpose of foundation plantings were to hide the gray concrete foundation that was thought to distract from the beauty of the house. Today, foundation plantings have evolved into much more. They range from a few flowers to hide the foundation to elaborate gardens at the front of the house. Meanwhile, some landscape designers […]

Why Consider A Water Feature?

A water feature completes a landscape. Water is part of nature, just like plants and birds. Its sound is soothing, and watching it flow or fall is relaxing, almost Zen like. All water features are variations on three basic designs – ponds, streams and fountains. Space is one of the primary considerations when selecting a […]

Pruning Flowering Shrubs

Now that most spring flowering shrubs have finished blooming, it’s OK to prune them. An arborist’s best practice, however, is to prune only to meet specific objectives, not just because they’ve finished blooming. Objectives may include reducing the height or girth or removing interfering shoots. Shoots may be cascading over a sidewalk or driveway. This […]