Once we had to turn the clocks back an hour, it was odd to see it dark by 4:45 in the afternoon. What this means for your yard work is that you have to start earlier in the day to get all your chores done. Let me remind you of a few that you need […]
All the wind on this past Saturday did a pretty good job of knocking the leaves off the trees. Soon we will be hearing the sound of leaf blowers doing their job of piling up all of those leaves. Blisters on our hands are sure to follow because there are always a few leaves that […]
I would guess that everyone has had a killing frost in his or her yard by this time of the year. The plants may have stopped growing but there are still things to do in the yard and gardens.
The cold weather of October has arrived and it is time to winterize your trees, shrubs and perennials. Let me tell you 2 reasons that you need to do this project soon.
Pretty soon, the leaves will really begin to fall. There is a tendency to wait for all the leaves to fall before you clean them up. But you may want to do several batches of leaf removal over the next few weeks.
Well, it’s officially October. Time to get into the fall mode of gardening.
The cool weather of Fall has arrived in our area. I’m sure that we will have more of the warmer weather on some days but it is nice to be outside in the sun and not sweating as we all do our gardening.
Well, we are half way through September. There are still chores to do outside before the weather gets cold.
It was nice to get some cooler weather this past week. It would appear that it will get a bit warmer the rest of the week, but at least the humidity should be bearable if you are going to be working in the yard.
Well, September has arrived. The temperatures say that it is still summer but we need to prepare for fall. Here are a few things that you can add to your to do list for the month of September.
The hot weather is back but last weeks cool weather got the customers in the store talking about the invasion. The cool weather caused the boxelder bugs to show up on the sides of homes and garages.
There is nothing finer than having a few cool days after a summer of hot and humid weather. However, the cool weather also gives us a cue that fall is just around the corner.
For everyone who has been asking for rain, your wish has come true. The good news about this rainy weather has been that the rain has come down slowly enough that it has soaked into the ground.
The weather is hot and the humidity is high. If you are outside for any length of time, it is miserable to do any work. August of this year may not be a typical August, but for some creatures August signals that it is time to get ready for winter.
The hot and sticky weather has brought a new visitor to your gardens. Fungus diseases thrive when the dew settles on your plants during the nighttime hours.
Many of the summer flowering perennials are now putting on quite the show. In my opinion, the best of the summer flowering perennials is ready to begin blooming now.
Weeds are everywhere! With the July heat being a mainstay of our area, the weeds have taken off in record numbers. Many of you want to get rid of the weeds, but the question always remains on how to get rid of the weeds.
The heat wave that we had last week has shown many gardeners the importance of keeping up with the watering of their plants. Since the heat wave ended, we have had many people come into the store with leaves from their tomato plants.
With the arrival of the 4th of July, the plants are really growing. We have a few vegetable plants in large containers. The cucumber plant has tripled in size during the heat wave. Nothing like 90-degree weather to get the plants growing.
The calendar may say that it is summer, but the thermometer says that it is 50 degrees on Tuesday morning. However, the weather forecast says we may be in for some 90-degree weather this weekend and into next week.
Once the planting is all done; the work can really begin in the garden. Plants need to be watered and fertilized. Old flower blossoms may need to be pruned back. Plants need to be checked for signs of insect or disease infestations. In this week’s column, I’m going to give you a “to do “ […]
In many cases, a gardener’s worst enemy is the sun and the wind. During the past week, I have had many people stop by the store with leaf samples of plants. The leaves may be dry along the edge or the leaves may be almost white in color.
We are into the first week in June. It’s too bad that the temperatures on Monday felt like the first week of April! If you have boxwood plants in your yard, you should take a look at the leaves of the plant. You may notice that some of the leaves have curled a bit.
Many of you did a lot of planting this past weekend. But there is still plenty of time to plant annuals, vegetable plants and seeds, perennials, trees, and shrubs. Remember to keep up with watering those new transplants. They need water to help the plants get the root system established.
Memorial Day weekend is this weekend. Traditionally, this is the weekend to plant your vegetable garden and to plant your annual flowers in your flower beds, window boxes and other containers. The forecast sounds like we have made it past the lousy weather. Let’s get planting. Here are a few things for you to think […]
We are now in the middle of May, and the weather is still bouncing up and down. Unfortunately, this appears to be what we can call the typical month of May. Many of you are beginning to put plants in the ground or in various types of containers. When you set your plants out, it […]
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many of you will be giving hanging flowering baskets as a Mother’s Day gift. Along with giving the basket, make sure to include a package of fertilizer.
Another year of going from winter to summer. Still, it will feel nice to have sunshine.
It was so nice to be outside on the sunny and warmer days we have had in the past few days. Now, if we can convince Mother Nature to keep the warm weather coming, we all can get around to some real gardening.
The April showers continue to hit our area. This past Monday had to be one of the coldest rainy day we have had in a long time. Hopefully the weekend sounds like it will be a bit better.
The weather report shows warming temperatures for later in the week. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that it will truly be the start of real spring weather.
Why do you put mulch around the plants in your yard? You probably like the way the flower and shrub beds look after the mulch is in place. There are many reasons to put mulch around the plants.
April 1 St. is Easter Sunday. Part of the tradition of this holiday is giving flowers. In particular, people will give the spring flowering bulbs as Easter gifts. This would include tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, crocus and of course Easter Lilies.
I would guess that none of could believe that we are having the 4Th. northeaster of the month of March. I don’t know if that is any kind of record but I am sure that if it is a record it isn’t a record that we are willing to celebrate.
I don’t think that anyone had a clue that the snowstorm last week would create so much devastation to the trees in our area. At home, we lost 2 major limbs on one dogwood and 2 major branches on our ornamental flowering plum.
Two weeks ago, many people were talking about an early spring this year. You may want to unfriend those people on social media! Another Wednesday snowstorm for this week and possibly another snowstorm for Monday. When it comes to spring weather, I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas.
The first day that this column appears in the newspaper is the last day of February. With any luck, March will be kind to us and the weather will hopefully get progressively warmer through the month of March.
It’s not Spring! In all my years, Spring has never arrived in February. As a matter of fact, the official first day of Spring arrives in March and that day usually is not spring type of weather.
We are now in the middle of February. I have some good news for you. It is time to start gardening. No, you are not going to fill the window boxes with geraniums. No, you are not going to plant the tomato plants in the garden.
As I write this column, the ground is pretty much free of snow. There is a forecast for snow on Wednesday but that is supposed to turn to rain. And warmer temps are expected this weekend.
The weather has been varied this past month. We have had some cold days; some warm days and some snowy and or rainy days. I have noticed that there has been a steady flock of birds at the feeder. I have also noticed that there have been signs that deer have been in the yard.
Many people like to grow houseplants. Houseplants can be easy to grow. However, one of the comments that I hear a lot when people want to grow
Last week, I talked to you about watering houseplants. Even though it is far from the planting season outdoors, let me tell you this week how you should be watering your outdoor plants.
“How often do I need to water this plant? Should I water it once a week? Should I water it every day?” These are questions I get almost every day from my customers.
My guess is that you probably aren’t going to be planting anything outside for the next few weeks. With that being said, it is time to start thinking about the things you can do in the spring that will make you a more successful gardener.