Gardening isn’t always sunshine and roses. A major downside for many of us is confronting harmful insects, namely ticks and mosquitoes, which are at best a nuisance and at worst a source of disease. Here are tips on driving these … Read Article
When tank-type bromeliads are grown outdoors, whether as year-round garden plants in frost-free areas like southern Florida, or as summer container specimens in colder regions, they can become a breeding site for mosquitoes. You need not get rid of them, … Read Article
Herb growers and pesto lovers are feeling a bit stressed the past few years due to the increasing pervasiveness of basil downy mildew (BDM). Sweet basil plants, those most cherished by gardeners, are the most susceptible to the disease. … Read Article
I first saw aster yellows last year on a solitary coneflower bloom. The odd growth pattern of the bloom had me mesmerized, delighted and a little stumped. Was this bloom that looked like fireworks a good find, or a sign … Read Article
Hostas are remarkably resilient plants that have become a mainstay of the shade garden. When the basic needs of the plant are met: protection from direct sun (most varieties), ample watering, regular fertilization and division of mature stands, hostas are, … Read Article
Fall is optimum tree- and shrub-planting time. Planting instructions usually end with the advice to water the new tree or shrub well and then apply an even layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperatures. This is … Read Article
Boxwood blight was first identified in the UK in 1994. It was found in Connecticut and North Carolina in October 2011 and has since then spread to other states.
The rose curculio beetle is a weevil that loves to munch roses, particularly yellow and white varieties. They’re reddish-black, ¼” long and they feed at night. The rose weevil dives into the flowers with its snout. If the plant isn’t … Read Article
Winter did a number on my rhododendrons, which I did not wrap. There are brown, curled leaves and some stem ends appear dead. Should I cut these all off, or what else can I do to improve the shrubs’ look?
Rabbits were a big problem for me last year. Any tips on stopping them from eating my entire garden?
English ivy (Hedera helix) is taking over my garden, the bigger landscape and even my house. How can I kill and remove this aggressive vine for good?