Gardening Advice

Viburnum beetles

Viburnum beetles

Check susceptible species, such as Viburnum dentatum, Viburnum opulus, and Viburnum trilobum for larvae early in June. Spray each week for 2-3 weeks, as soon as young larvae are seen. Be sure to get good, full coverage of all foliage surfaces. In the fall, look for...

WildFlowers

WildFlowers

Proper site preparation is important for the prompt germination of seed and the healthy growth of seedlings. Best results will be obtained by planting on cleared ground. Remove existing vegetation to avoid competition from other plants. This may be done by pulling,...

Starting a Lawn from Seed

Starting a Lawn from Seed

Select the correct type of grass seed for the amount of sun in the area you are seeding. Most commercial grade seed will have this information on the package. For instance, mixes containing a lot of Kentucky Blue Grass will not thrive in heavy shade; it needs at least...

Bird Plants

Bird Plants

PLANTS for COVER Plant species &  Birds that benefit Abies (fir) — tanagers, grosbeaks and robins Alnus (alder) — several including blue jay Andropogon (bluestem)  — quail Crataegus (hawthorn)  — cardinals, hummingbirds and other small birds Ilex (holly) — several...

Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a great addition to your landscape. They provide both beauty and a satisfying harvest. Strolling by a flowering tree, with its rich sweet fragrance, can only add to your enjoyment of springtime. The flavor of freshly picked fruit, from perhaps a rarer...

Compost

Compost

Compost is merely the end product of controlled decay. Organic matter, water, and microbes are mixed in appropriate percentages, thus optimizing conditions for fast production of a healthy soil conditioner, a light, rich loam. 1. Save kitchen scraps, including coffee...

Getting Started with Perennials and Rock Plants

Getting Started with Perennials and Rock Plants

The sight of a well-planned and lovingly tended perennial border or rock garden makes many gardeners decide that they must have one (or more) of their own. But where to begin? First, take time to walk over your property. Observe the amount of sun at different times of...

White Pine Weevil

White Pine Weevil

The white pine weevil (Pissodes strobi Peck), which kills the tops of conifers, is the most serious insect pest of the white pine (Pinus strobus), in Maine. HOST TREES: The weevil also attacks: Norway Spruce (Picea abies), Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens), jack...

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons

All of the over 4,000 species and hybrids of Rhododendron (ro-do-DEN-dron) grown in America need the right conditions to thrive. A cool, moist climate, with plenty of atmospheric moisture, and acidic soil, with ample moisture, will ensure a robust plant. Due to these...

Lilium (Lilies)

Lilium (Lilies)

Although there are many types of Lilies their culture remains similar. Sun: Full sun with the base of the plant in shade. Water freely during active growth and apply a high-potash liquid fertilizer (5-10-5) in spring and again before bloom. Soil: Well-drained, deeply...