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Summer Solstice, when we experience the longest day of the year, is upon us. Midsummer, popularized by no other than Shakespeare, is a time when human civilization has paused to honor the all those aspects of Nature that support Life as we know it. It is time for all of us to consider, contemplate, and act on our responsibilities of correct stewardship of our world. This can begin so simply with all of us united in the pursuit of gardening, bringing forth the bounty of the earth. It is so…Continue
June is here, summer will arrive shortly and the tree canopy is full. There are many issues to watch for as that canopy matures and closes. The scourge of Emerald Ash Borer is still the big news of the landscape but don't let it overshadow the possibility of other diseases seriously impacting other species of trees. There are other similarly serious and devastating conditions to watch for. The American Elm, Ulmus americana, disappeared from the landscape and nearly disappeared from its…Continue
Many gardeners have asked, in this week just passed, "What is wrong with my plant and what can I spray it with?" There were 3 different samples from different gardeners and all different species but strangely all had the symptoms: withered or wilted young branch tips, young leaves, and just opening flower buds. Three of those samples were: a young Japanese Maple branch tip; young peach branch tip leaves; and a leaf sample and just opening flower bud from a Knockout Rose. Symptoms were very…Continue
There have been many questions concerning: "why are the leaves on my tree curling?" A very good question as it indicates the gardener is paying attention to details in the garden. Remember that basic pest control begins with correct identification. The first follow up question is then: "what kind of tree is it?" Right now these questions are consistently concerning Peach trees, but for this particular condition, Nectarines and Almonds are also possible candidates.
The next step is to…Continue