March 19, 2014
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... that's what Steven stepped out to capture. He came back in towing a cart-full of troubling symptoms and interesting effects that may also greet you when you go out to reconnect with your garden. After a tough and record breaking winter we should have expected it -- the one article we planned turned into seven. Use it as a heads up and head off trouble by reading the signs your first time out.
Then, it will be "Trouble, get behind me!"
Ah spring, we embrace you, just as soon as we deal with the vestiges of winter's cold. Start from this page to scan and check into various categories of trouble. Please don't miss our consolation prize!
Why it happens, how to evaluate the damage, what you need to know about growth buds and damage to wood. If you wonder about a pine, spruce, falsecypress or other needled evergreen that's made a recent alarming change, this is the place to go for answers.
Few things are more frustrating than losing an established favorite shrub to winter's vagaries, but sometimes it happens. Even more aggravating is such a loss that remains mysterious. Here are signs to look for and solutions that will help you move quickly beyond the trouble. This article includes broadleaf evergreen problems.
What's dead or badly injured should be removed. Use this guide to cut it in quick, sure fashion.
Interpret the signs, help plants recover, and maybe even improve your animal control strategies.
Cherry, dogwood, rhododendron are our examples. We use them to show you how to predict the upcoming blooms and busts.
Deciduous plants that did not drop their leaves in fall are special cases. Give them special attention this spring.
Sometimes problems can loom so large that even simple oddities become worrisome. We hope that won't happen to you now on the brink of what may be the most glorious, all-at-once spring, ever!
Believe it or not, we still have fun out there, even when problems top our to-do list. We hope you do, too.
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