As acreage owners ponder the winter landscape, trying to answer the question – “Is now a good time to prune my shrubs?” – it’s wise to consider a few basic guidelines.
Especially at this time of year, if you do much gardening and yard work, you’ll be carrying things. If it turns out to be a lot of things, then consider a garden cart, tote or wheelbarrow. The kind of work you’ll be doing, how often and how heavy the load is will help you choose.... Continue Reading →
At this point in the fall, leaves are probably dropping all over your yard, and blowing in from the neighbors. What to do with all these leaves?
Let’s face it – most of our flowering shrubs are showy in spring. In order to avoid the lack of color, interest and appeal, incorporation of summer/fall flowering shrubs such as rose of Sharon will infuse color as well as an interesting arching architectural structure to the landscape.
If you live on an acreage, or a large lot in town, or even a medium sized lot in town, you need a shed. Sure, you could store all of your stuff – mower, tools, seed, mulch, lawn art, pots, wood, etc. – in your garage or basement, but depending on where you put it,... Continue Reading →
Spring flowering bulb foliage is important for next year's bloom. Bulb leaves such as tulip, daffodil and hyacinth manufacture the sugars and carbohydrates that accumulate in the bulb, producing large flowers. Removing the foliage soon after flowering lowers the quality of next year's bloom, leading to smaller or non-existent flowers. Bulb foliage isn't particularly... Continue Reading →
While flood waters are in and surrounding your home, it’s best to focus on the basic needs of life – food, water and shelter. After initial needs are met, those of us with medium to large trees should consider the influences of an extended period of time with excessive water in contact with the roots, trunk and base.
When it comes down to the basics, songbirds are no different than any other animal. They need food, water and shelter to live. The better the provision of these elements, the more time they stay in a certain area such as your acreage. Food – A wide variety of bird food choices are available,... Continue Reading →