I know that sometimes it is hard to think of gifts for some people on your shopping list.
There is any number of plants that you can have in your home or business for the holiday season.
It has been a few weeks since most of you brought your houseplants back into the house for the winter.
The decorations will be going up soon.
This week I have some odds and end of things to do and things to consider doing in your yard.
Unless you live in the heart of a city, you probably have deer in your neighborhood.
If you remember back to this past spring, there were many plants that died over the winter.
So, what do you think the winter will be like this year? This is a question that I get asked a lot.
For many of you, this week holds the potential for our first frost of the fall.
The leave of the maple trees have begun to change color and unfortunately they have also begun to fall off the trees.
One of the questions that people always have at this time of the year concerns pruning back plants that are growing in the yard.
Another turn of the calendar page means that we are into October.
It’s hard to believe that September is coming to a close.
I was walking the dog on Sunday morning and I noticed that there were a lot of mushrooms growing in many of the grassy areas.
Let me get you set up with a list of things that you should be doing at this time of the year.
Where did the summer go? I doesn’t seem like that long ago we were talking about planting the flowers and the vegetable plants.
August is rapidly winding down and there are things you need to be doing in your gardens.The end of August is the best time to divide your bearded iris plants.
Well, it looks like we are back in the heat again. Having hot weather at this time of the growing season can present problems for any plants that you are growing in containers.
I hate to say that fall is coming, but the reality is that fall is coming.
Since we last talked, there have been a few things going on in the gardens.
Last week was one hot and humid week! It was so nice to have some cooler and dryer air on Sunday morning.
We are into mid July and back into another heat wave.
The only good thing about this weather is that any of the tropical flowering plants you may have in your planters are probably the happiest plants in your planters!
One of the hardest things to do during a heat wave is to get out into the garden.
July has arrived but the hot and humid weather has felt like July for a few weeks. Come on summer polar air!
The heat and humidity has given rise to a huge outbreak of insects in our gardens.
The hot and humid weather has arrived and with it comes the challenge of making sure that all of the plants in the garden are receiving enough water to help those plants to survive.
It looks like we might get a week with a few showers but no rainy days.
It turned out to be a relatively nice weekend after all.
I didn’t think that you could have 2 consecutive weekends that would have the weather extremes that we had the past 2 weekends.
Many of you will have spring flowering shrubs that soon will have finished their flowering for the year.
Early on Sunday morning, many of you awoke to find frost on the lawn.
The month of May has arrived and the vegetable gardeners are itching to get their entire garden planted.
I am sure that almost everyone who reads this column knows someone who has Lyme disease or you may be unfortunate enough to have or had the disease.
The weather is ever so slowly warming up.
I was out walking the dog the other morning and I was surprised at how much snow had melted away in just 4 days.
This week’s column will cover some odds and ends of things you need to know about gardening.
Winter just doesn’t want to let go and allow spring to come to our area. I guess spring will come eventually to our area.
When the forecast for snow on one TV station is for 1 to 3 inches of snow, 4 to 8 inches on another TV station and 6 to 10 inches on another TV station, you probably have to guess that it will be a dozy of a snowstorm.
Early March is a time when Mother Nature begins to awaken from winter. Maple trees are being tapped and the sugar harvest has begun up north. Slowly but surely, winter will lose its grip on us. We will probably have a setback or two, but those sunny days are melting the snow that, at first, we all thought would last until May!
The warming days in March will allow you to do some outdoor yard work. One of the most important things you can do is to apply dormant oil to some of your plants.
In the fall, many insects will lay eggs on plants. These eggs hatch out in the spring and the insects attack your plants. In some cases, the insects will crawl into hiding places on the bark of your plants. As the weather warms, these insects crawl out and begin to attack your plants. Certain plants are prone to insects over wintering under the bark. These plants would include all of your fruit trees, including your ornamental fruit trees, grape vines and many of your other fruiting vines. Many of your deciduous shrubs will also offer a home for over wintering insects and their eggs. Rose bushes are another plant that will be susceptible to over-wintering insects.
The trick to controlling these insects and their eggs is to use dormant oil on your plants before the insects have a chance to appear. Dormant oil, also called horticultural oil, is applied in late winter when the temperatures are above 40 degrees. The oil is mixed with water and sprayed onto the twigs and branches of your plants. The oil flows down into all those hiding places and coats the insects and their eggs with a thin film of oil. The oil will suffocate the eggs and the insects. As I said, the spray is applied when temperatures are above 40 degrees. This allows the oil to flow properly and to get down into those hiding places. If the temperatures are too cold, the oil does not flow effectively and you will not get the control needed to kill the insects and their eggs.
The other thing you need to know is that this spraying must be dome before the buds begin to swell on the plants. Once tender growth appears on the plants, the oil may damage that new growth. How long you have to do this spraying pretty much depends on what the weather does during this late part of winter.
As winter slowly drifts away, you have a chance to decrease the number of insects that can damage your plants in the spring. When you get a warm day this month, be sure to apply dormant oil to your deciduous trees and shrubs.
Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.
Well, another weekend and another snowstorm. This scenario is getting old really, really fast.
Spring fever appears to have hit many people in the last week.
Well, I guess we a got a bit of snow! Shoveling that much snow should qualify as a few days at the gym.
This week will be a potpourri of things you need to know for this time of the year.
Last week, I had talked about the soil in your yard potentially being a problem when it comes to growing plants.
“ It’s the soil.”
This is turning out to be another odd winter.
Many of you who have gardened in the last few years are familiar with a plant disease called Powdery Mildew.
We have begun another new year. May the New Year be better for all of us than 2012.