What's Coming Up This Week: Spruce gall
Spruce gall basics and control: What to do when a spruce has distorted dead tips. Help deciding whether to have the tree care company fertilize, too.
This week in our gardens: Wattle redtwig wanted
Pruning redtwig dogwood, and weaving colorful clippings into practical wattle fencing. Includes a wattle pattern and our plea for colorful wands you may have to spare.
This Week in our Gardens: Summary chart
New summary chart of weekly In Our Garden tips. It's row one in a 52-week quick reference compilation of what we're doing each week. Take a look! Tell us how we're doing!
Green Thumbs Up, Green Thumbs Down: Eye on Bare Limbs
Why the best time to notice bare tree- and shrub limbs is in March while they're bare -- before the green returns. Pruning, trouble shooting and weeding are all much simpler if you look now!
Keywords to unlock many disease and insect problems. A big chapter one in our dictionary of diagnostic help, with a helpful chart to guide troubleshooting. Brand new descriptions and images of many disease and insect problems.
Tip Cuttings: Oaks Got Flare, and Level Those Volcanoes
Oaks do have flare, like other trees. What a flare is and what it means and how it comes into play during tree planting. Also, a detailed tree planting how-to for making sure your trees require the least care and have the greatest health.
We're steamed and frustrated about volcano mulching on trees. We're looking for a champion to stomp out volcano mulching. Who could do this important job?
Aiming for Answers: Hit or Miss - Budbreak, and Jade Tree in Root Cellar
We missed defining budbreak, a key marker in any garden calendar. We cover it here, and we don't miss on its beauty.
Bareness is no disguise: You can identify leafless plants. Here's how to recognize a naked shrub or tree by twig, bud and other features.
Skunk cabbage, humble springtime wonder.
What was a miss turns into a hit as we pull plants from winter storage. A jade tree survives winter in a cold, dark space. It means simpler storage is on tap for the future!
Big Mistake, Big Lesson: Allowed a Volunteer Tree
Sometimes, volunteers are mistakes; why woody weeds shouldn't slip past your radar.