Tag Archive | Dave Dailey

Dormant Oil – Insects’ Worst Nightmare

It may be the middle of winter but that doesn’t mean your trees and shrubs are free from insects. You may not see them at this time because both the insects and the plant are dormant. Come spring, though, the insects will be active again, feasting on the leaves of your trees and shrubs. And, […]

How To Make The Most Of Nice January Days

Mother Nature usually gives us one or more respites from winter in the form of nice January days. The temperatures warm a bit, the sun comes out and you itch to get outdoors and do something, Might I suggest a couple of landscaping ideas? What you can do during a “January thaw” depends on how […]

Think Low Maintenance When Planning Spring Landscape Renovations

It may seem a bit early to think about next spring’s landscape renovations, but I assure you it’s not. Planning a beautiful landscape takes time, and you don’t typically have landscaping chores in the winter, so using that time to plan will allow you to hit the ground running, come spring. All good plans begin […]

Holiday Greetings

The twinkling lights and sound of jingling bells signal the arrival of the holiday season. The most festive time of the year is here. A time of joy, smiles, sounds, and holiday smells. On behalf of the 145 members of the Birchcrest family, I urge you to make the most of the season. Emblazon those […]

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 […]

Selecting Just The Right Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are both behind us, and Christmas tree lots have popped up all around. Friends and neighbors often ask me which variety is best. That’s difficult to answer because they’re all good, hardy species. It all depends on your taste, which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I can […]

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 […]