When spruce galls, buds break, bare twigs and woody weeds
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
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
Green Thumbs Up, Green Thumbs Down: Eye on Bare
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
Tip Cuttings: Oaks Got Flare, and Level Those
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?
The 45mph Garden: Spruce Down, and Sneaky
At 45mph, fallen trees speak volumes about soil,
water and roots, while sneaky weed trees lose their camouflage
and give us time to act!
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
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
Big Mistake, Big Lesson: Allowed a Volunteer
Sometimes, volunteers are mistakes; why woody
weeds shouldn't slip past your radar.
Stumper - Whyizzit That: Pleas Rise
Stumps us: Why we hoard divisions, with
more about that perennial beauty, turtlehead.
Who are Janet
Where we're appearing, and how to
invite us to talk in your garden or town
Our books, photos
and other good stuff