Building a Butterfly Garden

Building a Butterfly Garden: First Things First! Along with the increased interest in the use of native plants for landscaping, butterfly watching has come right alongside it and has become a popular pastime. By choosing the right plants, anyone can create a butterfly garden, whether it be in a space as small as an apartment [...] . . . → Read More: Building a Butterfly Garden

What Will Grow Under My Walnut Tree?

Those doggone walnuts. They are one of our most valuable hardwood tree species, but they can be a real nuisance in the home landscape. Each year, several people will ask me why they can’t seem to get anything to grow under their walnut tree. Just the other day I was at a customer’s house looking [...] . . . → Read More: What Will Grow Under My Walnut Tree?

How to keep Deer away from your plants

If you have deer in your neighborhood, chances are that you have seen them taking a lunch break on in your yard, enjoying one of the new shrubs (or perennials) that you just purchased. And you thought it was just the right plant for the right space. It looks like the deer agree with you, [...] . . . → Read More: How to keep Deer away from your plants

Fun facts from the gardening world

Occasionally I’ll run across something on the web that I’d like to pass on, whether it be an important issue, or just a fun fact. In this case, it’s just a fun fact I found from the U of M Yard and Garden News. There are some deciduous trees that hold their leaves in the [...] . . . → Read More: Fun facts from the gardening world

Is Global Warming here? New Plant Hardiness Zones

If you’re an avid gardener, you have probably seen that the National Arbor Day Foundation has released an updated version of the U.S Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zone map, which was last updated in 1990. The NADF has used data from 5000 National Climatic Data Center stations around the country from the last 15 years [...] . . . → Read More: Is Global Warming here? New Plant Hardiness Zones

Keep Water Out of Your Basement

This is the time of year that I get a lot of calls from people asking about water problems in their basements. Part of the issue can be that the ground around their home has started to thaw out, while the ground further from the home is frozen. If the the lawn around home is [...] . . . → Read More: Keep Water Out of Your Basement

Farmer’s Almanac: Weather predictions for 2011

Farmer’s Almanac, has always been known for its long range forecasts. But it also contains a lot of other information, such as gardening tips, tide tables, moon phases, astronomy and articles on farming. It has been around for over 225 years, making it the longest running periodical ever. You can also check out the weather history for any given [...] . . . → Read More: Farmer’s Almanac: Weather predictions for 2011