Fertilizer Basics: Annuals, Perennials, and Vegetables

Annuals last just one summer. Since you want as much growth and bloom as possible, you can fertilize them pretty regularly. Miracle-Gro is a good choice, just remember to water the plants first [...]

Fertilizer Basics: Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs should be fertilized from late fall until the end of May. Summer fertilizing isn’t good for them, it messes with their fall dormancy. Tree-Tone and Plant –Tone are excellent [...]

Fertilizer Basics: Lawn

There are three major plant nutrients listed as three numbers on the package: nitrogen for green leafy growth; phosphorous for rooting, blooming, and fruiting; and potassium for disease [...]

Bagworms and Systemic Insecticide

Did you have bagworms on your trees last year? Now is the time to get ahead of them for this year. Hopefully you were able to remove as many bags as possible over the winter. If half the bags had [...]

Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Spring is my favorite season because of all the blooming trees and shrubs. The show starts with the glorious yellow forsythia bushes and purple branches of redbud trees. Magnolias come in white, [...]

Summer Bulbs

Summer bulbs are planted in the spring and provide colored foliage and bright flowers through the summer. They don’t need winter to set them up to bloom. Most of them are tropical or tender [...]


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a saying that applies to pre-emergent herbicides. Whether for a flowerbed or lawn, a pre-emergent herbicide will help prevent new weeds by [...]

Early Veggies and Starting Seeds

Did you know you can grow three seasons of vegetables in your garden? Starting in mid to late March you can grow cold weather veggies: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, [...]

Spraying Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are prone to insect and disease problems. Preventive spraying is necessary for good fruit production. The first spray is dormant oil, usually in late February or early March. [...]