Tag Archive | gardening

Still Time For Anti-Desiccant

I’m a big fan of anti-desiccant. That’s why I post a reminder every fall. It’s clean, easy to apply and protects evergreens very well. Best of all you don’t have to wrap burlap around most trees and shrubs protected by anti-desiccant. Although it’s November already, you can still apply anti-desiccant. Just don’t pick a day […]

Overwintering Containerized Plants

When preparing your patio or deck for winter, don’t forget your containerized plants. Plants that have required common care during the warm growing season will need specialized care for the winter. Plants that are hardy to USDA zone 3 or 4 should be able to survive the winter outside. As a precaution, though, I would […]

Expanding Your Spring Bulb Garden

The earliest spring colors to emerge in your landscape are supplied by your bulb garden – crocuses, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are some of the more popular. If you thought, last spring, that you’d like more of these flowers, either in your present bulb garden or in another garden, now’s the time to take action […]

Time To Divide Herbaceous Perennials

One reason perennials are popular is because they flower every year so you don’t have to plant new ones like you do with annuals. Herbaceous perennials are those that die down to the ground each year but whose roots remain alive and send up new top growth each year. Although herbaceous perennials rebloom every year, […]

Continue Summer Color Straight Through Fall

How are your annuals looking? If they made it this far into the season, consider yourself lucky. If they’re starting to look tired, it’s late enough in the season that, rather than spend money on replacing summer plants, you can change them out for fall annuals. Chrysanthemums, undoubtedly, pop into your mind when you think […]

Start Planning Your 2021 Landscape Updates

Hopefully, you’ve stopped to enjoy your landscape on these hot summer days. Now is a good time to begin looking ahead to next season. As you’re relaxing, hopefully, you’re in the right frame of mind to contemplate landscape updates. There are only two lightweight tools required for the task. One is a camera and the […]

Changing Your Hydrangeas’ Color

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular perennials today. One reason may be that the large mop like flowers last a long time without them needing to be deadheaded.In fact, there is even a cultivar (a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding) called Endless Summer. This is a bigleaf variety, […]

Keep Your Landscape Green – Remove Yellow Foliage

Yellow leaves detract from a landscape even though yellow is a leaf’s natural color. When they’re alive and making food, chlorophyll masks the yellow pigment. Many people ask me what to do about yellow leaves. It’s one of those questions in which the answer is, “It depends.” If the plant is a spring flowering bulb […]

Are There Really Deer Proof Plants?

We’re frequently asked if there are really any deer proof plants. The answer is no. When a deer is really hungry, it will eat any plant that’s available. However, deer are no different from other animals. They have their favorites, others that are OK and those that will do in a pinch. So, there are […]

June Is For Pruning Conifers

June is usually when conifer (cone bearing) trees and shrubs are ready to be pruned. This year may be an exception, however. Our cold, wintery May has delayed many plants’ growth and flowering. And it is growth that determines whether conifers need to be pruned at all. This year, let the tree or shrub tell […]