Winter

Keeping Evergreens Green

We’ve been having a classic Great Lakes/Finger Lakes winter so far. Fluctuating temperatures, frequent freeze/thaw cycles, days with plowable snow and days with bare ground are typical of a Great Lakes winter. They’re also the perfect combination of conditions that cause winter burn on evergreens. I hope you had us spray your evergreens with antidesiccant. […]

Last Minute Gifts For The Gardener On Your List

As the holidays get closer and the shopping days fade away, I have some ideas for the gardeners on your list. • A book on gardening from one of the online or brick and mortar booksellers. Of course, buying online relieves you of having to go to one more store. • A subscription to one […]

Tips To Keep Winter Foraging Rodents At Bay

Some of the smallest animals do some of the most serious damage to landscapes in the winter. That’s because their food sources are low to the ground, and their traditional food may be covered with snow. The animals I’m talking about are mice, voles and even rabbits. The tips here don’t apply to deer. They […]

Winter Prep For Perennials

Perennials are, arguably, the most popular landscape plants. One reason for their popularity is that they don’t have to be replanted every season like annuals do. Even if they are cut back to the ground, they’ll reappear in the spring. Another reason for perennials’ popularity is the number of varieties available in the nursery trade. […]

Time For The Burlap Coat

We live in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and have some Zone 6 pockets. This means that, although we aren’t in the coldest zone, many of our trees and shrubs need extra protection from winter’s extremes. Tender trees and shrubs, especially young trees that you just planted this year, may need a burlap coat. Wrappings are […]

Weed, Mulch & Remove Debris

With fall upon us, you may think that your landscaping work is done for the season. Sorry; there are still some jobs left that we lump under “Fall Clean-Up.” They include weeding, mulching and removing any debris. Weeding needs to continue until the plants go dormant. It behooves you to keep up with it because […]

Protect Your Evergreens from Winter Winds

Colder weather and higher winds keep reminding us that Ol’ Man Winter is just around the corner. Winter winds can cause your evergreen leaves and needles to dry out and die. You don’t have to experience this reality every season. Make this the year that you protect your evergreens. Unlike deciduous trees and shrubs that […]