Winter damage causes needles to brown, rust-colored or purple-brown
A drive around town caused me to scrap the column I was writing about Easter flowers. When I saw evergreens in home landscapes showing large patches of ugly brown needles, I knew we should tackle the topic.
I enjoy good naturedly teasing Martha Stewart. She’s such easy pickings. Her list of must-do spring gardening tasks includes cooking watercress soup with freshly picked ramps. Just between you and me, I thought a ramp was used to launch a boat in lake country.
Q. My neighbor and I plant two large gardens. We install a three-wire electric fence after planting to keep animals out. The problem is keeping weeds from growing under the lowest wire and shorting it out.
Soon we’ll be busy pruning, planting and weeding with less time to ponder and plan. Because none of us are ever really “done” landscaping, early spring is a great time to consider plant material that provide healthy snacks.
Q I purchased a brand name potting soil, complete with nutrients, and transplanted my beloved Boston fern. When I watered it, the water floated on top of the soil and spilled over the edge of the pot. Next, I went to a hardware store and bought a cheap bag of dirt. Later I noticed flying insects in my house and in the open bag of soil. Meanwhile, my fern died. Why is finding qualify potting soil so difficult?
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