Spring, Summer, Fall Blooming Perennials

Perennial flowers offer great appeal in the spring, ringing the bell of activity of the gardening season.  The great news is that perennials do not bloom only in spring – they offer ever-changing garden views in all seasons.  If you plan your garden well, it will offer texture, color and movement appeal whenever you look…

Spring Flowering Shrubs – Now and Then

One of the true joys of the well-balanced, diversified landscape are the spring flowering and summer flowering shrubs.  Now is the time when we can enjoy the spring flowering shrubs such as  dogwood, viburnum, lilac, cotoneaster and forsythia.  The good part is that there are many cultivars or varieties of these spring blooming species to…

Mulching – Timing and Products

Weeds are a given.  They’re a true guaranteed item in a field of gardening and lawn care variables.  In lawn care, common sense turf practices and herbicides can be used to create a relatively weed free part of the landscape.  In landscape beds, we turn to mulch. The key to mulch effectiveness is to apply…

Plant Groundcovers Under Shade Trees

Is the vegetation under your shade tree thin and lifeless?  If so, you may wish to consider planting a groundcover instead of turfgrass.  Periwinkle, English ivy, lamium, pachysandra, some cultivars of coral bells, ajuga, plumbago, euonymous, Virginia creeper and Hall’s honeysuckle are good options to consider.  The bottom line is Right Plant, Right Place, and…

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

The phase “Right Plant, Right Place” rings true in every outdoor space, certainly for a vegetable garden.  Though each plant has some potential for adaptability, vegetables can generally be divided into 2 groups: a. the sun lovers and b. the ones that prefer full day sun but are adaptable to a few hours of shade…

Veggies – Eat What You Want

Customize your gardening experience.  Think about what produce you and your family enjoy and want to eat and what you might want to use to can or freeze for later use.  In the spirit of “one person, one vote”, consider asking each person in the household to make a plea for vegetables that they like…

April is National Safe Digging Month

April is Safe Digging Month   Late April is prime time for starting all sorts of landscaping projects from planting trees, shrubs and lawns to installing brick work and paths.  But, before you dig, it’s SUPER important that you make sure there are no buried communication or utility lines in your digging zone.  Here are…

Preemergence Herbicides for the Lawn – When, Where and How Much?

The traditional question for spring lawn management – when is the best time to put on a preemergence herbicide?  Also called “crabgrass preventer”, timing is important, but is not the only consideration.  In addition to timing, there are at least 5 others.   Target temperature – Since the weeds that are targeted with these products…

Much Mulch

Are you kidding?  Seeing a mound of mulch piled on a tree trunk conjures up images of a volcano with a tree sticking out of it.  Why does this happen?  Three reasons: If a little is good, more is better. Just like with adult beverages, potato chips, pop and buying clothes, excessive amounts are not…

Viburnums – Tried and True for the Landscape

Need a screen between your backyard and the street?  How about you and the nosy neighbor?  Or, let’s say you need a good specimen feature in a corner planting…what would be a good choice?  If any of these scenarios are a reality for you, consider the group of shrubs, the Viburnums.  In general, they are…